MSc Finance

Aston University MSc Finance

I decided to study at Aston because it is a very good school, the rankings are really high and it has triple accreditation. Student life at Aston Business School is unique, it's amazing."

Robiarivelo Rakotoarisoa
Consultant at Sopra

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.1 minimum)

You will have access to the most innovative tools available, including a dedicated Reuters trading room facility and market trading simulations to give you the experience and confidence you need to success in the Finance industry. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

Develop key skills required for a career in the financial and insurance sectors.
Access innovative learning tools including marketing trading simulations.
Study abroad and internship opportunities.
Undertake a research dissertation at a financial institution.

Studying MSc Finance at Aston provides you with access to the most innovative tools available, including a dedicated Reuters trading room facility and market trading simulations, to give you the experience and confidence you need to success in the Finance industry. 

This course will develop your knowledge of finance theory with practical applications and research tools. As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry-recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of financial markets and how they impact on decision-making finance. You will be provided with a thorough understanding of how and when to apply the relevant mathematical and statistical tools that are appropriate for decision-making. The course also contains a strong quantitative content with practical applications. 

Core Modules: 

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Market Microstructure
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Finance Theory

Optional Modules (Choose one):

  • Trading Techniques
  • International Finance
  • Global Finance and Financial Markets

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project


Taught modules are assessed by examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers in banking and finance. Specialist knowledge areas developed on this programme include:

  • Understanding of investment valuation and portfolio management, focusing on fixed income securities, pricing of futures and options contracts, performance and risk management
  • Application of option pricing models and understanding of trading and hedging strategies
  • Understanding of market microstructures including auction and dealer trading systems and the influence of liquidity, inventory and adverse selection on trading costs
  • Understanding of key mathematical and statistical techniques underpinning finance and investment models including use of sampling and estimation theory, multiple regression analysis and approximation techniques
  • Application of econometric techniques (including time series methods, smoothing techniques, principal components techniques) to modelling financial markets
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through research dissertation

Course director

Enrico Onali 
Enrico is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Finance at Aston Business School. His research interests lie mainly in the areas of capital markets, banking, and corporate finance.

More than a masters 

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. 

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We will support you in your studies for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI) Diploma Papers and in the summer term you will have the opportunity to attend preparation and revision classes for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level One course. CFA Institute is a global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for excellence in the industry.

Trading room

At Aston we're different. That's why we focus on putting theory into practice. We're proud to offer a dedicated Reuters Trading Room facility where you can test out what you learn on the course and gain real practical experience of what it is like to be in a trading room. It also gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Reuters' database, ThomsonOne and programmes such as Stata in lab sessions which will prepare you for a future in banking or think tanks.

This real-life experience will give you the edge over other candidates in this competitive industry as you are already prepared and ready to work in a busy trading environment and will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques you need to succeed.

This course is designed to prepare you for a range of careers in the financial and insurance sectors. This course is ideal for those who wish to go into trading as the practical element of the course will give you real experience. The theoretical grounding of this course will also provide a solid foundation if you are considering studying for your PhD.

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Analyst – Goldman Sachs (UK)
  • Consultant – Transaction Services – Ernst & Young (France)
  • Investment Risk Officer – BNP Paribas (Luxembourg)
  • Trading Risk Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
  • Treasury Dealer – Bangkok Bank (Thailand). 

You must demonstrate a good level of quantitative and analytical skills gained from a degree in finance or economics (we will also consider an upper second class degree in mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering or the sciences).

Plus one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum 2:1)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months 
Start date:

UK/EU:          £11,950 
International:  £17,650   

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here

Enrico Onali
Dr Enrico Onali

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