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Finance and Investment MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: Not available
  • School: Business and Economics

Programme information

Our MSc Finance and Investment programme is an applied master’s degree that equips you with knowledge and skills to work in within investment management, investment banking and related careers.

Studying investments raises some interesting issues, such as; why do companies trade so much? Is the best investment strategy to simply track the stock market index? How should risk be measured? How should assets be priced? The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance. It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including portfolio management, financial trading and global investment analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our School staff.

Our Trading Room, which incorporates Thomson- Reuters Eikon financial trading software, is integrated into the programme and will provide the platform for many of the computer lab sessions. This enables you to practically apply concepts you have learned during the programme. 


MSc Finance and Investment

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Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) 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 requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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. 

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each


Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based coursework. In general, the weight on examinations is higher than on coursework. 

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Future Career Prospects

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 Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Financial Risk Analyst and Private Client Wealth Manager.

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 £12,500 £20,500

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):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.