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Finance

MSc

Business School

On the MSc Finance course you will obtain a thorough grounding in the key areas of finance. You will identify, analyse and critically evaluate a range of finance related issues, including the relationship between finance and corporate strategy and also international finance. This course will deepen your understanding of financial issues and is ideal if you would like a career in the financial sector or a general business career. Our students have gone to work for prestigious international organisations including BNP Paribas and Accenture.

Please come to our Postgraduate Open Day or Master's Online Information Session

Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 12 months
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS Postgraduate code

33328

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Employability: This course helps you develop both academically and professionally providing you with a strong foundation for a career in finance. It ensures that your skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working are developed. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre. We help you to compete for challenging and interesting roles in finance or general business. Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious corporations such as BNP Paribas, Accenture and IBM. The roles they have taken up are varied and include investment banker and financial analyst.
  • Teaching and Learning:  Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Finance with much of the teaching in small interactive workshops. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Student support: You will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling city. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.
For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School, come to one of our Business School Open Days or visit our web pages

Compulsory modules

On the MSc Finance course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then choose from a range of elective modules. You then complete a research project. View the course structure here:

Analytical Techniques for Finance: This will help you acquire the essential skills to study finance in depth. You will study areas of mathematics, statistics and the interpretation of accounting statements.

Finance in Context:  You will investigate the relationship between finance and corporate strategy. It will help you understand how financial decisions are affected by strategic issues and how corporate strategies need to take into account financial considerations.

Corporate Finance Concepts: You will acquire theoretical knowledge on the elements of company value. Studies will focus on how financial decisions contribute to meeting the aims of a corporation. The module has a practical focus and contributes to your understanding of how financial decisions are taken by companies.

Financial Markets and Institutions: This focuses on an international and comparative dimension of markets and institutions. You will examine the way markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. There is a focus on issues of asset pricing and market efficiency, and the effects of globalisation on organisations, technical innovation and regulatory change.

International Finance: Focusing on the operation of foreign exchange and derivative markets, you will examine the main theories of exchange rate determination and consider the issues with currency risk management and hedging instruments.

Finance and Accounting Research Project: This module incorporates research methods and a research project. This is a key component of the master's degree. The project provides you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.

Elective modules

You are offered a choice of elective module. These include management and leadership modules alongside finance modules. The elective modules on offer may change but will come from the following list:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Developing Economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Financial Modelling
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Strategic Business Simulation
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit)
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may vary from those listed.

Teaching and learning

On this course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking.

Our innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.

At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.

Teaching Location

If you are starting the course in January 2017 most the taught element of the course is likely to be based at the Wheatley Campus. If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.

Field trips

An elective, non-credit module - International Business In Practice: Study Trip gives you hands-on experience of the ideas and practices of global business.

You will meet with leaders of global firms, receive presentations from global academic experts and tour company facilities. There is a particular focus on the economic system of the country being visited

You will develop a practical knowledge of the state and development of the economy; leading companies and industries; global participation; and social, cultural, and historical influences.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

A timetable for classes will be set at the start of the programme.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £8,160

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £5,000

International - full time: 2017/18: £14,300

Where part time fees are quoted the same fee will apply in year 2 of study.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the university's general 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.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Please contact Business School enquiries if you need help with your application or require any further information.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

This course helps you develop both academically and professionally providing you with a strong foundation for a career in finance. It offers you an opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals you may meet during your time at Brookes. It ensures that your skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working are well developed as they are embedded into the programme.

The MSc in Finance develops your ability to compete for challenging and interesting roles in finance or general business.

Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious corporations such as Citibank, Apple, HSBC, Accenture and IBM. The roles they have taken up are varied and include investment banker, financial analyst, fraud detection and treasurer.’

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

We take great pride in the personal, academic and career development support provided to our postgraduate students. Our student support co-ordinators ensure that whatever problem you may have it is addressed rapidly.

Our dedicated careers centre provides advice and workshops to help develop the key skills needed to develop your career and get the right job. The programme lead and all academic staff provide open office hours so that you can walk in without an appointment to discuss academic or personal concerns. A dedicated team of postgraduate programme administrators ensures efficient and effective support of students, delivered in a friendly and approachable manner.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The Business School's growing international reputation for research has been confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.

The REF results show that 96% of this research is 'internationally recognised', with 58% judged to be of 'world leading' quality or 'internationally excellent'.

The main focus of research within the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics within the Business School is on how accountability is achieved, explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around three clusters: Accountability and ResponsibilityEnvironmental and Developmental Economics and Corporate Social Responsibility.