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Finance 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 programme is an applied, broadbased master’s degree that provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of finance roles.

This programme is best suited to students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the whole field of finance before choosing their preferred area of specialisation. You will gain an understanding of corporate finance topics such as cost of capital and dividend policy, as well as investment topics such as asset pricing and portfolio selection.    

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, enabling you to practically apply concepts you have learned during the programme.

Key facts

  • Consistently rated as a Top-10 UK Business School in national league tables - 7th for Finance and Accounting (The Times and Sunday Times University League 2016)
  • Among just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation
  • 75% of the School of Business and Economics’ research was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘ internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

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.

Applications will also be considered from those who do not meet the previous criteria but who can demonstrate numerical proficiency and have either:

  • an appropriate professional qualification in Finance or
  • more than one year of relevant work experience if they have an honours degree (high 2:2 or above).

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 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

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.