The MSc Finance Project is an opportunity to engage with students specialising in Finance on a piece of research and analysis carried out between May and August. Alongside the academic dissertation, the main output of the project is an executive summary and/or presentation to the client.

What projects are suitable?

Students on the MSc Finance programme undertake a range of courses, including:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets and Investments
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Statistics for Finance
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Projects within any of these areas would be of interest to our students.

Examples of projects

  • Trends in UK Tech private companies [merger and acquisition transactions]: a function of macroeconomic changes or natural market evolution?
  • Are fixed income markets currently pricing carbon transition risk, and if so, to what extent?
  • Are there links between corporate performance and stability of shareholder base? To what extent does the stability of the shareholder register impact the earnings potential of a listed company, and the resulting investment return? Why might this be?
  • Have companies with good environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) practices produced superior stock price performance? Additionally, have companies with good environmental, social, and corporate governance practices performed better in crisis periods?

Qualifying criteria

  • Complete an application form setting out clear project objectives
  • Have an interesting research topic that meets academic requirements
  • Willingness to communicate business details to the student
  • Ability to engage with the student throughout the project
  • Commitment to share necessary data and arrange access for data collection (NDAs can be signed as part of the process)


Action Date
Contact Business Engagement Manager to discuss your project Any time
Client project proposal due Deadline: 15 December
Final list of projects confirmed By end of January
Projects are matched to students Late February
Client informed of matching outcome Early March
Dissertation period May to mid-August
Initial meeting between client and student and project scoping May
MoU and NDA agreed By end of May
Student carries out the research Exact start date to be agreed in the MoU (from May onwards to mid-August)
Outputs delivered to the client End of August

Discuss your ideas

If you would like more information on student projects please contact Rachel Parks, our Business Engagement Manager.