Postgraduate study2016



School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

This is an applied, broad-based Masters in Finance programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in finance roles.



School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

This is an applied, broad-based Masters in Finance programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in finance roles.

Programme information

You will gain an understanding of both corporate finance and investment subjects. This covers investment topics such as asset pricing and portfolio selection, as well as corporate finance topics such as cost of capital and dividend policy.

This programme is best suited to candidates who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the whole field of finance before choosing their preferred area of specialisation.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, business communication for finance, corporate finance, portfolio management, and corporate governance and responsibility.


Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Entry qualification

Minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent overseas qualification in business, accounting, maths, physics, engineering, computing, economics or a minor in finance. Good (2:1) grades in quantitative modules are required.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

English language requirement for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course. 

Find out more information on English Language Requirements

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles.

Indicative positions include roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

Expected destinations for MSc Finance graduates include Investment Banking and Corporate Finance as well as Asset Management and Accountancy. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Financial Management Trainee, Investment Banker, Treasury Analyst, Equity Researcher, Corporate Finance Associate and Financial Market Trader.

Programme modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Financial Reporting and Company Performance
  • Methods for Financial Data Analysis
  • Principles of Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Business Communication for Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Management

Optional Modules

  • Business Economics
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
  • Financial Statements and Business Valuation 
  • International Financial Management
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Compulsory Module

  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Financial Trading
  • Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules.

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 4 (Premium) £11,000 £19,350

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.