msc finance and investment
our msc in finance and investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad.
the programme offers rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of finance and investment, based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. we also place emphasis on our students’ roles in and duties towards the financial community to prepare them for life after they graduate.
our msc finance and investment offers a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies that are utilised today for valuation using financial tools from both the investor’s and institutional perspective. it also examines the complexities behind the decision making processes required at all levels.
who is this programme suitable for?
the programme is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial sector who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, investment and banking related fields. it is for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within an array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.
students will be required to successfully complete 6 core modules and complete a written dissertation.
our msc has a unique feature – it provides the opportunity for students to attempt the cfa level 1 examination (optional) while completing the msc qualification and support will be provided.
this chartered financial analyst (cfa®) qualification, adds the professional context to the postgraduate degree and develop skills and capabilities required by investment analysts, finance managers, finance directors and chief financial officers.
full details in the curriculum handbook
buckingham business school offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:
- real time data software: thomson reuters eikon.
- time series database: a full range of economic and financial data is available through datastream.
- statistical analysis software: a wide range of econometric software including spss, eviews, stata and matlab.
Assistance towards registration will be provided to students who wish to attempt the CFA while studying for their MSc in Finance & Investment degree.
outstanding students on the programme will have the opportunity of a short work placement with either wealth management, financial services, banking or accounting related firms. this option is available for both international and full-time home/eu students.
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tel: +44 (0)1280 820 172
the minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:
- a first or a good second-class honours degree in accounting, business (for the msc in finance and investment only), finance, investment or banking related subjects from a recognised university or,
- a recognised professional finance qualification with relevant work experience
age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
we are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
the university is a ukvi student sponsor.
if english is not your first language, please check our postgraduate english language requirements. if your english levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our pre-sessional english language foundation programmes.
wherever possible, you will be invited to the university to meet the admissions tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. if you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the admissions tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
our admissions team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. call us on +44 (0)1280 820227 or get in touch via our contact form.
student contract for prospective students
when you are offered a place at the university you will be notified of the student contract between the university and students on our courses of study. when you accept an offer of a place on the course at the university a legal contract is formed between you and the university on the basis of the student contract in your offer letter. your offer letter and the student contract contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting an offer. read the student contract
we offer high quality, traditional oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. the standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the uk – who approve and moderate assessed work.
high calibre staff
most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. members of the business school faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.
we frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision making in the world of work. role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.
the assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. please check module information for more details.
preparation for work
all our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
see the business curriculum handbook for further course details.
our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including harvard, london, oxford and cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading formula one motor-racing driver. another secured a position as the minister of sabah and one female law graduate became the first british lawyer to become a french advocate.
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please note that the university of buckingham has four terms per year. the tuition fees quoted are for the degree (e.g. if you start a degree at buckingham in january 2019, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in september 2020). students will pay the same termly fee for the duration of their studies, unless studies are interrupted and resumed later. the tuition fee quoted is therefore the total cost of the degree. fees are normally paid in termly instalments.
please click here for associate student fees (or here for international associate student fees).
postgraduate loan scheme
a new system of postgraduate loans for masters degrees in the uk was introduced in august 2016 with support from the uk government. the loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research masters courses in all subject areas. the loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. find out more >>
postgraduate first-class scholarship
a first-class scholarship is available to both home and international students studying a taught postgraduate degree at the university. the scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%. the scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to uk standard.
details of other scholarships can be found on our main bursaries and scholarships page. you should make an application to study at the university and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.
you may also find it useful to visit our external funding page.
we guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the university. most new students choose this option.
living on campus enables you to become involved in university activities, make friends, and integrate with the university community. for some of you this will be your first time in the uk; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
all our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. with few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. we have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. there are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
find out more
if you’d like to find out more, visit our accommodation pages or get in touch with our accommodation team.
we recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. arrange a tour via your admissions officer.
you can apply directly using our online application form – all you need to do is click the ‘apply’ button at the bottom of this page.
help and support
if you need any help making your application or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the form below, or by phone on +44 (0)1280 820227. we are available between 09:00 and 17:00, monday to friday.
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if you would like to make any changes to your current application, please contact admissions using the form below.