MSc Finance and Financial Regulation

This programme is ideal for those who want to broaden their knowledge within financial, economic and regulatory environments. The programme is one of the few MSc Finance and Financial Regulation programmes in the UK which integrates sustainability and corporate governance. 

Why choose this course?

  • Offers specialist and integrated instruction in both Finance and Financial Regulation
  • Broadens knowledge and understanding of the operations of firms, organisations and markets within their financial, economic and regulatory environments
  • Expand your expertise in economic and regulatory problems facing firms and institutions 

This programme is designed to offer specialist and integrated instruction in both Finance and Financial Regulation.  The programme will be attractive to graduates who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the operations of firms, organisations and markets within their financial, economic and regulatory environments.  It will also appeal to graduates wishing to pursue regulatory and compliance based careers.

The taught modules are designed to enable students to appreciate and understand both finance and financial regulation.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Core Modules:

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

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.

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.  The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research.  Successful completion of both the taught and research parts of the programme leads the completion of the degree.

Personal development

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

Course director

Dr Dudley Gilder
I joined Aston Business School as a Lecturer in Finance in September 2010. Prior to this I was a PhD student at Lancaster University. My thesis investigated the application of high-frequency data in the identification of jumps in stock prices and in improving forecasts of the covariance matrix.

This programme is designed for candidates wishing to pursue a career in finance in the private and public sectors as well as those wishing to pursue a career in financial regulation with financial regulatory bodies and financial institutions such as banks.  The programme is also suitable for those wishing to pursue more advanced studies, such as a PhD on completion of the programme.

For information on sector opportunities see the Banking, Investment and Insurance overview on the Prospects website.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

One of the following:
  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in one of the following areas: Finance, Accounting, Law with Finance and/or Accounting.  Business Studies entrants should demonstrate some prior understanding of Finance, Law and /or Accounting at an undergraduate level

  • 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:          £ 9,350 (2015 fee)  
International:  £17,000 (2015 fee) 

For more information on our scholarships see here. 

Contact details: 

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

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