MSc

Finance / Finance (2yr)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2017 / January 2018
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our pure Finance route gives you a more in-depth understanding of core financial concepts, theories and tools used in a wide variety of organisations worldwide. This includes financial mathematics, model building, risk management and mergers and acquisitions.Its designed for ambitious individuals with quantitative abilities but not necessarily a finance related degree who are seeking a career in finance.

Your first semester develops a strong core knowledge of institutional, accounting and financial modelling frameworks. You will explore the operation of markets, their major participants and the regulatory environment, as well as building a firm understanding of corporate finance, basic accounting and financial analysis.

In your second Semester you can deepen your core knowledge of Finance, or specialise by taking an Investment Banking or Accounting route. Finally, your third semester sees you undertake a major project, applying your skills in a real-world setting, conducting independent research or gaining an international perspective by working overseas.

Why choose this degree?

  • The degree will give you a wide-ranging theoretical background and equip you with practical skills for active interaction in the world of finance.
  • It is run by tutors who have both academic and practical industry experience in finance.
  • The emphasis of the course is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse the instruments, participants and markets in international finance.
  • You will also be able to specialise in an area of finance that particularly interests you.
  • You will complete a comprehensive development programme, which includes a short residential team-building course, usually held in the Peak District.
  • You can learn from the best by attending guest lectures from leading organisations. Previous speakers have included representatives from companies such as E.ON, Lego, Experian, Santander, and IBM.

Work Placement Opportunity

You may be able to add a years' work placement, making your Masters a two year degree. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Please note that the two year with work placement option is only available to September starters.

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What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, 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.

  • Semester One modules

    Global Financial Markets

    Financial markets enable the transfer of funds from those who want to save to those who want to borrow to invest in productive activity. This module deepens the analysis of the major markets, participants and instruments in a global context.

    Financial Statement Analysis

    This module aims to analyse is the decision making process of internal and external stakeholders. It will develop your critical understanding of financial reporting through in depth application and evaluation of a range of analytical techniques.

    Corporate Finance

    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.
  • Semester Two modules

    Financial Modelling
    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
    This module will show you the importance of control and risk management when implementing strong governance measures, and evaluate the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by those entrusted with these responsibilities. It will provide you with the necessary theoretical and practical frameworks to help you develop risk management approaches and consider their effectiveness.

    Corporate Restructuring
    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 will provide learners with 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 modules

    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

    Working as part of a team, you will undertake focused research, developing your professional skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You will present your findings to the client and learn valuable project management tools and concepts.

    Internship Experience Project

    On an internship of 12 weeks or more, you will apply the theories you have learned to a substantial, live project. This will involve focused research, developing skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You will also learn project management tools and concepts.

    Business Research Project

    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.

    Global Experience Project

    This exciting project gives you the opportunity of travelling overseas to attend a summer school at one of our partner institutions. You will produce a piece of academic work drawing on either a concept from the summer school or a case study based on a company local to the host institution.

  • All year

    Transformational Leadership Development

    Transformational management education is a key focus within NBS, where effective ethical education across all business and management courses is the foundation of our students’ abilities to understand and contribute in meaningful ways towards current and future challenges in the area of sustainable development. 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 be an effective and transformational leader.

    Research Methods for Finance and Accounting

    The aim of this module is to develop students as effective researchers in different contexts within the finance and accounting subject areas.

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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How you’re taught

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

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.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

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You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

87% of Finance and Accounting PGT students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course, 100%  said that staff are good at explaining things and 100% said that they would recommend their course to a friend.

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Careers and employability

Placement year opportunities

If you are starting your course in September, you can choose to add a year's work placement, making your Masters a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career. We have extensive links with corporate partners who can offer placements, so we can guide you in your placement search, and help you to find and apply for a suitable post. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

If you're unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed at least 36 weeks, you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience.

Career prospects

You could go into a range of finance-related areas, including central banking, corporate finance or international finance, taking on roles like financial manager, financial analyst or financial adviser.

Career development

As an integral part of the course, careers advisers will run a series of workshops where students can identify methods and strategies to enable them to effectively pursue their career goals. The workshops will focus on both home and international students and concentrate on developing skills and occupational awareness.

Helping you find your feet after university

Following graduation, we will continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team are here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

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
  • help to get into volunteering
  • information on further study.

We have an excellent employability rate, with 95% of our postgraduates being employed or in further education six months after graduating.

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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. For Accounting and Finance, your undergraduate degree should be in this subject, or in a business and management related subject with a substantial accounting and finance element.
  • 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.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability. For Accounting and Finance, your undergraduate degree should be in this subject, or in a business and management related subject with a substantial accounting and finance element.
  • 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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or Pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and Pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Click the Apply online button at the top of the page to complete your application. You can apply for this degree throughout the year. Most of our masters degrees are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date
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. You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your degree as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date
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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

If you have any questions on applying, funding, or your degree of interest, please get in touch. James Stephenson (james.stephenson@ntu.ac.uk) is responsible for MSc Finance.

If you would like to speak to a current student studying your course of interest, please get in touch with James Stephenson (james.stephenson@ntu.ac.uk) to arrange this.

Fees and funding

Full-time one year: £9,000.

Full-time two years (with placement): £10,380 (£9,000 in Year 1, £1,380 in Year 2).

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 funding page will answer your questions.

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

Please take a look at our postgraduate funding page for information about postgraduate funding opportunities.

Full-time one year: £13,400.

Full-time two years (with placement): £14,780 (£13,400 in Year 1, £1,380 in Year 2).

Please visit our postgraduate fees page for further information on course fees.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study on eligible courses at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Prestigious postgraduate scholarships are available. Find out more on our postgraduate scholarships webpage.

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