The UCL MSc Finance programme is a specialist Master’s degree designed for those targeting finance as a professional career.

This full-time programme is delivered by UCL School of Management and UCL’s Department of Economics, providing a study of finance underpinned by a blend of quantitative and qualitative components.

It is based in UCL School of Management’s new home in Canary Wharf, the heart of London’s dynamic financial centre. It aims to provide individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to engage with specialist roles in the modern global financial industry.

Such roles are likely to be within a range of organisations, including but not limited to; commercial banks, investment banks, asset management companies, hedge funds and private equity firms, insurance companies, credit rating agencies, fintech firms, broker/dealers, and boutique financial advisory companies.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year

Module Details:

All participants study four core modules in Term One, providing a robust quantitative underpinning in key areas of finance. In Term Two, a further two core modules are studied, again reflecting a quantitative thrust. An elective portfolio is offered, with four elective modules which can be undertaken in Term Two and/or Term Three. The elective modules enable participants to develop their interests in a number of specialist areas. Additionally, in Term Three and during the summer, participants engage in the design, execution and delivery of a finance research project which will be supported by a compulsory 10-hour research methods module.

Term One:

  • MSIN0103 Asset Pricing
  • MSIN0104 Introduction to Quantitative Finance
  • MSIN0105 Financial Econometrics
  • MSIN0149 Corporate Finance

Term Two:

  • MSIN0106 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
  • MSIN0107 Advanced Quantitative Finance
  • MSIN0210 Hedge Fund Strategies (optional)
  • MSIN0224 Corporate Finance Practices (optional)
  • MSIN0226 Fintech (optional)
  • MSIN0229 Further Topics in Mathematical and Computational Finance (optional)

Term Three:

  • MSIN0209 Finance research project
  • MSIN0208 Big Data Analytics (optional)
  • MSIN0225 Behavioural Finance (optional)
  • MSIN0227 Private Equity and Venture Capital (optional)
  • MSIN0228 Wealth Management and Private Banking (optional)

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Our students go on to careers in a range of sectors; the most common destinations for our students are financial institutions of various types, banks, and consulting firms. Graduates from the MSc Finance programme have secures jobs in a variety of high-profile companies including:

  • Beiersdorf
  • Beijing Compass Technology Development Co Ltd
  • Capto
  • BOE
  • EY
  • Industrial Security
  • InfraRed Capital Partners
  • Jupiter Asset Management Ltd
  • Macquarie Group
  • Management Solutions
  • Mouthwater
  • Palestine Investment Fund
  • PGA
  • Preqin Ltd
  • PwC
  • SDH Co-operations
  • St Partners
  • …and many more

The aim of the MSc Finance programme is to prepare individuals for effective roles in any of these different organisations within the financial industry.


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Entry Requirements

We look for students with drive, intelligence, passion, and the right aptitude. To ensure we enrol students who meet those four criteria, we use the following methods to assess applications.

Academic profile

Applicants should have a minimum of an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised UK University, or the overseas equivalent from a recognised higher education institution, in the following disciplines: economics, finance, mathematics, mathematical economics, econometrics, economic theory, statistics, engineering, or any combination thereof. Degrees from other disciplines may be considered if the applicant has an adequate background in mathematics or econometrics.

Applicants who have not received their final undergraduate degree must be able to prove their current grade average is a 2:1 or equivalent. We will not consider applicants with a degree result lower than an upper second-class degree.

International Students may ascertain qualification equivalents from the UCL international students website. UCL Admissions check qualification equivalencies before forwarding application forms to our School. The UCL School of Management is unable to comment on international qualifications.

Last Updated: 06/Dec/2021

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