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Finance MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): January 2022; September 2022; January 2023
  • Duration: One year / two years with placement (September start only)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Our MSc Finance degree provides you with an in-depth understanding of core financial concepts, theories and tools used in a wide variety of organisations worldwide. It’s designed for ambitious individuals with quantitative abilities but not necessarily a finance related degree who are seeking a career in finance.

Throughout the course you will immerse yourself in financial mathematics, model building, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. You will apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the finance disciplines, evaluate the rigour and validity of published research, and assess its relevance to the practice of finance.

In your third semester, you’ll choose an experiential project. With the opportunity to use your skills in a real-world setting, you can choose from completing a consultancy experience project, an internship experience project, a business research project or a global experience project.

Created in collaboration with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), our modules are closely aligned with the institution’s own qualifications, which you can work towards upon completion of your degree.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • develop a critical understanding of the role of the finance discipline in a wider organisational context.
  • A faster progression towards the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
  • an ability to appreciate contemporary issues, theories and conceptual frameworks used to explain and guide financial activities in organisations both nationally and internationally.
  • an ability to apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the finance discipline.
  • a critical approach in evaluating the rigour and validity of published research and assessing its relevance to the practice of finance.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

What you’ll study

At NBS you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work.

Take a look at our current term dates to give you an idea of the module structures.

Semester One

Global Financial Markets (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to give a complete overview of the financial markets and to understand how they fit into the economic structure.
This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the global financial marketplace. You will explore structure, participants, different types of financial markets, regulation and regulatory changes, technology and changing roles of financial markets within society.
You will critically evaluate the necessity for free-functioning financial markets and their role in society, set against the set against the extreme difficulty of ensuring free functioning financial markets with ever changing perceptions from different groups in society.

Financial Statement Analysis (20 credits)

This module is designed to provide a complete understanding, interpretation and analysis of companies’ financial statement and critical evaluation of its usefulness for investors and other stakeholders.
You will gain a detailed understanding of the content of financial reports and the reporting framework and develop critical understanding of financial analysis techniques and their practical application in evaluating a company’s financial performance and position, for decision making.

Corporate Finance (20 credits)

This module is designed to give you a deeper knowledge of theory and practice in the key aspects of corporate finance and allows you to explore how various aspects of corporate finance are interrelated. You will assess the impact of financial decisions with respect to investments, financing and the management of risk and develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation.
This module allows you to develop a detailed understanding of key finance theories and be able to apply theoretical frameworks and practice to companies and other organisations.

Semester Two

Financial Modelling (20 credits)

On this module, you will be able to apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the finance discipline. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to make recommendations for organisational practise based on theoretical insights through a process of experimental or applied learning.

Risk Management (20 credits)

This module explores risk and its relevance to business and corporation, including issues related to management of risk. You will explore and develop and understanding of the theoretical techniques, concepts and methods employed in various types of specific financial risk and more general holistic enterprise-wide risks.

You will develop analytical abilities to select and apply theory to practice through application of relevant techniques in a range of situations. This module allows you to learn to evaluate and develop a critical and reflective awareness of the importance of the application of relevant, available techniques to enhance financial risk management.

Corporate Restructuring (20 credits)

This module is designed to give a deep and integrated view of theory and practice of corporate restructuring strategies such as mergers and acquisitions and divestment via the use of sell-offs, spin-offs and management buyouts. The module focuses on the management issues during post-restructuring phase such as post-M&A integration, impact of human and cultural aspects and, measuring efficiency and performance following a restructuring.

You will gain an understanding of financial valuation and restructuring techniques used in corporate strategic and financial decisions and how to use them to enhance firm value.

Semester Three

In your final semester you will take on a major project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge you've gained to produce a challenging, meaningful piece of work. Projects include:

Consultancy Experience Project (40 credits)

Working as part of a team, you will undertake focused research, developing your professional skills, applying theory and skills you have learnt during your course to manage a complex project and deliver results in a real business situation. You will learn and apply valuable project management tools and concepts whilst exploring the requirements of an effective consultancy team and assessment expectations.

At the end of the project, you will present your findings to the client and will be required to reflect on your personal development. This is undertaken in the form of secondary research around a focused topic.

Internship Experience Project (40 credits)

This module is designed to give you the opportunity to apply theory from the course to an substantial, live project undertaken on an internship of 12 weeks or more. Usually in an organisation identified by NB or partner institution, the project and associated brief will be relevant to this course and will support your learning and development.

The project will involve focused research, developing a range of professional skills relating to working with others, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You will also learn project management tools and concepts. At the end of the project individual assessments will require you to reflect on their personal development.

Business Research Project (40 credits)

This project is a more traditional piece of independent research, creating an academic research paper, presentation and methodological reflection. Because we believe experiential learning is so important, this project is only available to students with significant prior work experience or a desire to progress to a PhD.

For more information about semester three options please visit our Experiential Projects page.

Ongoing Learning

Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

Professional Development (10 credits)

The purpose of the module is to increase understanding of how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development in order to enable sustained career success and to enhance your business acumen.  Personal and professional development in this context involves providing you with academic tools and experiential opportunities to expand your horizons and challenge your actions, attitudes and behaviours.

Research Methods for Economists (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop students as effective researchers in different contexts within the finance and accounting subject areas. This module will enhance your independent learning skills, develop your research and data analytics skills and your ability to locate and critically evaluate relevant literature.

You will develop a suitable research project, complete the research and communicate the findings through an academic research report.

Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience (2 year course only)

This module aims to develop your understanding of the business and commercial environment. You will apply relevant prior knowledge and skills in the business environment increasing your commercial awareness. On completion of the module, you will have developed a range of skills and have a practical insight into the world of work and possible career opportunities.

Please note that placements are not available for students starting in January.

If you start your Masters in September you can apply for the two-year option where you can add a year’s work placement onto your course. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to help boost your career prospects once graduating.

Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and you will need to work hard in securing one during your first semester. We have a dedicated Employability team who are here to help and support you during the placement process with CV writing, creating a LinkedIn page, interview tips, where to search for a placement etc. You can visit the Employability team’s page for further information.

Placements are only available for students beginning their studies in September.

Please contact us through Ask NTU if you have any questions about securing placements.

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)

Our MSc Finance course has been created in collaboration with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). The modules are aligned with the institution’s own qualifications, which you can work towards upon completion of your degree. The CFA credential is held by over 150,000 professionals around the world. The charter gives a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

Please note this course is not eligible for any CFA Institute exemptions.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Our MSc Finance course offers a quicker route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business.

You will have 10 exemptions from the CIMA modules which means you just need to complete five CIMA exams to complete the CIMA professional qualification starting at the Operational Case Study (OCS). For further information please visit the CIMA exemptions website.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Chikondi Chinyamunyamu

Finance

Business, management and marketing

I would encourage students to come to NTU because it is a home away from home.

Ha Xuan Thuy

Finance

Accounting, finance and economics

You will gain very practical skills and a lot of them. The case studies we do are based on real-life businesses and important finance events that are in the news

Trung Hieu Nguyen

Accounting, finance and economics

How you’re taught

Teaching and Learning

Nottingham Business School adopts a distinctive approach to the design of student learning opportunities. Your learning is structured around theory, practice, experience and observation, and reflection and improvement. At each level (course, module and session), you will study different theories, concepts and approaches and be given opportunities to apply these in a range of practical settings. The aim is to enhance your understanding through the direct experience of business, where you will have opportunities to observe business practices and behaviours (including your own) and analyse these using theoretical knowledge. It is our intention that by reflecting on these experiences, you will be able to use these theories to guide your actions and decisions in a business context or even consider how a theory itself might be improved. In this way, we aim to enhance the quality of your learning.

During your studies you will be using our Bloomberg Terminals in our dedicated Business Lab. The Bloomberg Terminal is the industry standard in financial markets by bringing together real-time data on every market, breaking news, in-depth research, powerful analytics, communications tools and world-class execution capabilities. Also, as a student of Nottingham Business School you will be able to complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate with no extra cost*.

*Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8-hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets.

Guest Lectures

Through our popular Business Leaders Lecture Series, you'll have the chance to listen to experts from a wide range of industries who will share their knowledge with you. Recent guests have included Jason Bates, the co-founder of digital banks Monzo and Starling, who is currently creating new banks and customer propositions in Hong Kong, the US, Europe, Middle East, and the UK with his consultancy group 11:FS.

Finance Simulation

Our approach to teaching incorporates a range of innovative elements aimed at providing you with a practical exposure to financial markets. One of the key highlights of the academic year is our financial markets simulation events delivered by Amplify Trading in association with the major investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Amplify trading is an award-winning FinTech company offering professional training solutions to the world’s largest financial institutions (e.g. Bank of America/Merry Lynch, Deutsch Bank, UBS, S&P).

Morgan Stanley is a major investment bank which operates in more than 42 countries and has approximately 58,000 employees.

During the Amplify/Morgan Stanley simulation events, you will be using the FlowTrader platform to experience the different roles, operations and objectives within financial markets, as you will operate on simulated or real market prices.

Academic Mentors

Every postgraduate student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. Academic Mentors help you make the most of your time at NTU. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.

Assessments

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language classes are offered to international students at no extra cost. The classes aim to provide focused support in the skills you need in order to develop your English in your subject area.

Further information please contact the Nottingham Language Centre based in the DICE building on City Campus:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 6156 | Email: englishsupport@ntu.ac.uk | Website: www.ntu.ac.uk/nlc

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

Staff Profiles

Vangelis Tsiligkiris

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Vangelis Tsiligkiris (Tsiligiris) is Associate Professor at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Solomon Y Deku

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Solomon Deku is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance. His research interests include asset backed securitisation and financial exclusion. He is a chartered accountant (ACCA) and holds a Master’s degree

Thao Ngoc Nguyen

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Dr Thao Nguyen is Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University.

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your postgraduate degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • Finance Executive
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Direct Tax Accountant

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and time out
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

As a student you will have access to our virtual learning environment, where you will be able to get in touch with our Employability team for CV support, application, interview and job hunting advice, career ideas and employer videos.

You can visit the Employability Team on your local campus every day during term time. They are also open outside of term time too, except on University closure days. So drop in, say hello, and get help with quick enquiries or book an appointment with a careers consultant from your school.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship to behavioural science, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City Campus. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.

Dryden Centre

A short walk from the Newton building and Boots library, the Dryden Centre facilitates on-campus teaching for Nottingham Business School’s postgraduate and executive education courses. Benefit from the newly built NTU Dryden Enterprise Centre next door that provides dedicated support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
  • Access industry-standard software in our specialist Business Lab facility, as you work with live financial data from across the global markets.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
  • We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
  • Your studies will benefit from the £13 million Boots Library.
  • You can take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Get in touch If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need the following:

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for January 2022 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (full-time)

£10,500

Two years (placement year)*

£11,885 (£10,500 in year one and £1,385 in year two)

Home fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (full-time)

£11,000

Two years (placement year)*

£12,385 (£11,000 in year one and £1,385 in year two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Please note that placements are not available for students starting in January.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our City Campus library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

You may choose to purchase core text books for your course, and prices for these may vary. However, our library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think!

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and funding pages will answer your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for Master degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Find out more on our postgraduate loans page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

International / EU fees for January 2021 entry

Study route

International / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£17,300

Two years (placement year)*

£18,685 (£17,300 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

International / EU fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry

Study route

International / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£18,000

Two years (placement year)*

£19,385 (£18,000 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

Please note that placements are not available for students starting in January.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placement

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account in the Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.