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How are business decisions made from a financial perspective? Do we need banks and stock markets to support economic growth? How do different financial markets operate? These are just some of the questions you’ll explore in our MSc Finance.
As well as gaining technical knowledge, you’ll develop practical skills in financial modelling and mathematical techniques. And you’ll gain an understanding of the broader issues of finance from our leading researchers in corporate social responsibility.
Don’t worry if you haven’t studied mathematics as your first degree. Our MSc Finance is for anyone who wants to move into this industry. We accept any subject from history to Japanese literature.
Our focus is on preparing you for the real world. You’ll be taught by experts from industry who will help hone your professional and digital skills. Plus, you’ll gain insights from high-profile guest speakers from companies like KPMG and Jaguar Land Rover.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Industry and academia
Our experienced team is made up of leading researchers and financial experts with real world insights. This means you get an ideal mix of theory and practice.
Bloomberg Trading Suite
Develop your skills by using our interactive Bloomberg Terminals. Access data and analytics from companies, industries and markets in real time.
Small, interactive groups
We believe in active learning, so you’ll be involved in workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving initiatives.
International field trips
Broaden your experience with one of our international study trips to places like Boston. Visit major companies and organisations where you’ll see global business in practice.
Our course focuses on giving you the edge in business. We’ll work on your professional development, not just the technical side. That’s what employers are looking for.
In your first semester, we’ll ensure you have a grasp of the skills necessary to study finance in depth. Including being able to analyse key accounting statements to help management make informed decisions.
You’ll also learn about corporate finance and company value and gain a practical understanding of how companies operate. By gaining experience of financial tools and quantitative methods, you’ll be able to back up a business case with evidence.
As we turn to financial markets and institutions, you’ll be examining topics such as asset pricing, market efficiency and the effects of globalisation.
As you progress, you’ll consider the bigger picture of the essential role that finance plays in supporting corporate strategy. You also get the chance to shape your study with our range of optional modules so you can focus on corporate social responsibility or financial modelling.
In the final semester, you can choose Strategic Business Simulation to give you experience of tackling real issues. For your final research project, you can choose a specialist area to explore in depth.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching and learning methods include:
- small interactive seminars
- workshop activities
- problem-solving activities.
You will develop critical enquiry skills and a firm grounding in practice. And gain confidence so you can take on graduate jobs in leading organisations.
Our teaching staff are researchers and/or from an industry background. They have in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. You will also learn from visiting speakers from:
- research bodies.
Students on our Accounting, Finance and Economics courses can gain certification and experience of trading on the financial markets by making mock transactions using real-world financial market data. Read our in-depth news story to find out more.
We will assess you on the quality of written or visual presentation work during your modules. Verbal presentations can also form part of the assessment.
The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments but there is some assessed group work.
You may also be assessed with:
- seminar papers
- formal written examinations.
The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.
We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China. If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.
If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Start this course in January
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
With our MSc Finance, there are various directions you can follow. You may decide to go into the finance sector and pursue a career in banking, trading, or insurance. Alternatively, you may choose a career in general business and take up a financial position within a national or international corporation.
Previous graduates have developed careers at prestigious global organisations such as Apple, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, IBM, and HSBC. Some have joined consultancy firms such as Accenture while others have chosen to work in financial roles in charities like Oxfam or Cancer Research.
Some of the roles you may go on to include:
- financial trader
- investment banker
- financial analyst
- fraud detection
As well as increasing your financial knowledge and technical ability throughout the course, you’ll also develop desirable skills such as digital literacy, team working and presentation techniques.
Whichever path you take, you can be confident that a finance degree from Oxford Brookes will act as a springboard for many interesting careers.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university’s English language requirements:
- IELTS minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
- if you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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International Business in Practice Study Trip module (inc. accommodation for seven nights, insurance, company visits and group transportation for all activities). This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.