The Financial Times ranks this course third in the UK, and 11th in the world
Join us to gain a deep theoretical and conceptual knowledge of finance and quantitative skills, preparing you for a range of careers in the financial industry. Go beyond the application of skills and develop your ability to challenge, evaluate, and rethink established paradigms.
As the anticipation of jobs being challenged by Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality, we aim to share the skills and depth of understanding needed to design, develop, and supervise these new forms of financial intelligence.
In line with the CFA curriculum we have launched a new module on Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance, offering you the opportunity to study with a European business school partner.
WBS benefits from excellent links to key financial institutions and employers, and this course has benefited from industry recommendations. This course was revised for 2020 entry.
Seven compulsory modules cover key areas in modern finance while optional modules allow you to focus on your preferences. Please note that availability and delivery modes of modules may vary.
Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, classes, and computer lab sessions.
Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework with your dissertation bringing all your learning together at the end.
Lectures and classes
Lectures introduce key theories, concepts, and economic models. In classes you will solve financial problems and numerical exercises, analyse case studies, and make presentations of research published in academic journals.
As part of a recent review of the MSc Finance, WBS has launched an exciting new compulsory module on Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance. This module will be run in conjunction with at least one of WBS’ key European business school partners, and as such will offer the opportunity to study overseas, providing you with access to contextualised content and a global voice on the concepts of ethics and financial market regulation.
Lab work will give you hands-on experience of using software to perform finance-related calculations and conduct realistic simulations. Econometric methods are also taught in the lab, so you will learn to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.
A 6,000 word dissertation gives you the opportunity to develop, test, practise, and apply the techniques and theories you have gained through your studies. You will be supervised and supported throughout by one of our academic staff or teaching associates and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.
The finance programmes are challenging technical courses. To succeed on these courses you will need strong mathematics and statistics or econometrics ability, this could be demonstrated by a high 2.1 or 1st achieved in a relevant subject at Undergraduate level.
GMAT & GRE
We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.