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MSc

Key facts


Start dates

January 2020 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

Overview


You will gain a thorough grounding in the key areas of finance with our MSc Finance course. You will identify, analyse and critically evaluate a range of finance related issues, including:

  • the relationship between finance and corporate strategy
  • international finance.

You will also develop skills such as:

  • quantitative analysis
  • digital literacy
  • communication
  • presentation
  • team-working.

We will help you to develop your CV and interview skills with support from our Careers Centre.

This course will deepen your understanding of financial issues. It 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 KPMG, EDF Energy and Deutsche bank.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific 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.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2020/21
Home/EU full time
£10,000

Home/EU part time
£5,000

International full time
£15,400

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020/21
Home/EU full time
£10,000

Home/EU part time
£5,000

International full time
£15,400

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you.

The destination varies from year to year, so it is not possible to give a precise cost. As an example, the fee for the Boston USA field trip in July 2019 was £1580 and included: accommodation for 7 nights in the Boston area insurance company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America) group transportation for all activities and some of the meals. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

Learning and assessment


You will study the compulsory modules listed below and choose from a range of elective modules. You will then complete a research project.

Lecturer presenting to class

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

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.

Corporate Finance Concepts

You will acquire theoretical knowledge on the elements of company value including how financial decisions contribute to meeting a corporation’s objectives. By having practical focus, the module contributes to your understanding of how financial decisions are taken by companies.

Financial Markets and Institutions

This module compared how international markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. It focuses 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 speculative attacks. It will consider the issues with currency risk management and hedging instruments.

Finance and Strategy

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.

Optional modules

Applied Financial Econometrics

Corporate Governance

Corporate Social Responsibility

Financial Modelling

Strategic Business Simulation

Final project

Compulsory modules

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.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching and learning methods include:

  • small interactive seminars
  • workshop activities
  • discussions
  • 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:

  • business
  • industry
  • consultancies
  • research bodies.

Field trips

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.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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:

  • reports
  • seminar papers
  • formal written examinations.

After you graduate


Career prospects

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.

You will develop skills which are embedded in the programme, such as:

  • digital literacy
  • communication
  • presentation skills
  • team working.

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
  • IBM.

The roles they have taken up are varied and include:

  • investment banker
  • financial analyst
  • fraud detection
  • treasurer.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.