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.
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.
You are offered a choice of elective modules. These include management and leadership modules alongside finance modules. The elective modules on offer may change but will typically include 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
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.
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
Approach to assessment
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
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.
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.
An elective, non-credit module - International Business In Practice: Study Trip gives you hands-on experience of the ideas and practices of global business.
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.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2018 was £1380, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits, group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
for classes will be set at the start of the programme.
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