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MSc in Finance

Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our carefully devised MSc in Finance will prepare you for diverse roles with the flexibility to tailor your studies in areas such as Corporate, Energy or Investment Finance.

Why choose the MSc in Finance?

Programme Director Dr Arman Eshraghi talks about our MSc in Finance, its structure, its interaction with the finance industry, and the benefits of studying in Edinburgh »

You will have the chance to get a taste for the different subject areas in Semester 1 before tailoring your learnings to your career aspirations in Semester 2.

The programme allows you to mix different areas of finance or specialise in:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Energy Finance & Markets
  • Finance & Investment

Programme overview

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective that will be gained through classroom learning and discussion, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. The course will provide you with the ability to apply and critically evaluate a range of financial techniques. We expect graduates to take up positions with companies like the Big 4, with investment and commercial banks; market and consumer research centres; fund management firms; energy utilities and consultancies; as well as with public sector departments responsible for finance sector, energy and climate-change policy.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and one more in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also be able to choose to specialise either in: Corporate Finance, Energy Finance and Markets, or Investment. Alternatively you can choose a mixture of electives without specialising. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (June-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. The course is structured to allow you to gain a strong foundation in finance, whilst allowing you to specialise and tailor your studies towards your chosen career path through the choices you make for your second Semester.

Programme structure

Knowledge exchange

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows students on the Masters to learn from visiting speakers with extensive experience in a variety of areas from Corporate Finance to Investment, such as the CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise and the Managing Director of the Securities and Investment Institute. Students may also enrol in a student consultancy project, a competitive process where the selected candidates will work closely with companies or businesses to further extend their knowledge of a specific area of expertise. Often, clients may ask you to write a report that may feed in to your final dissertation.

Consultancy projects

Industry links

Our MSc benefits from its close partnership with the internationally leading Credit Research Centre, which conducts applied research relevant to all industry stakeholders and the School is also a recognised partner institute by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute (CFA). This combined with industry engagement through student projects, organised corporate visits among other things allows our graduates to develop skills that can be applied to practical challenges faced by organisations and thus allow them to go on to have careers in globally recognised firms such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), EY, Standard Life Investments.