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 (2.2 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.

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.

When you study MSc Finance at Aston, 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.

This course will develop your knowledge of finance theory with practical applications and research tools. As part of the programme, you will also 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.

This course covers the finance sector in depth giving you a substantial knowledge so you can succeed in a finance career.

You 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. 

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project which will be undertaken during the summer term.

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

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

Alongside these subject specific modules, all students will complete Aston’s Professional Development Programme (PDP). This compulsory module runs alongside course content and is designed to give you an edge over other graduates in your field.

The programme has been created to enhance your employability by developing your key strengths to make you stand out and become a more successful future leader.

The programme includes skills workshops to enhance key business competencies including team working, leadership, presentations and more. In addition you will have the option of completing an internship or a study abroad placement to help you develop a unique skill set.

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

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

This programme is designed to prepare you for a range of careers in the financial and insurance sectors.

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).

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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 upper second class)

  • 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 programme: 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 
Senior Lecturer in Finance

0121 204 3060

Contact details:

Aston Business School postgraduate admissions office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

Interested? We'd love to hear from you

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