Introduction

The MSc Finance is founded on the considerable financial expertise that exists within the Business School and on powerful global connections with the financial sector. Delivered online, the course focuses not only on academic success, but also on helping you to build a broad range of specialist skills that will help advance your career.

This programme is studied fully online.

Whether you have already embarked on a finance career or you aspire to enter a finance profession, the MSc Finance will provide you with a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of finance, economics and investment. The programme begins with the core disciplines that underpin finance – including Accounting for Finance, Economics for Finance and Quantitative Methods for Finance – before building through more advanced topics to culminate with a project or dissertation as the capstone of your study.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
June or October

What You'll Study

The programme, which runs in runs in January, March, July and October, is divided into three blocks of approximately eight months of study. The programme begins with the core disciplines underpinning finance and then builds on these, finishing with a project or dissertation as the capstone of your study and achievement. You have the option to study for CFA level 1 and 2 exams with preparatory learning materials delivered by Fitch Learning.

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Please contact admissions-onlineidi@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning and teaching are delivered in an innovative way via the University of Aberdeen Online bespoke online study environment. The study environment is carefully designed to be secure, reliable and user friendly, where all of the learning materials are stored and where communication with your tutors and fellow students takes place.

If you choose to incorporate the CFA preparation into your studies, you will benefit from training provided by Fitch Learning. CFA learning and exam preparation will be completed on the Fitch Learning online learning platform. Although the preparation materials will be studied separately within a different platform, studies with Fitch Learning will link directly to the MSc Finance programme.

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Why Study Finance?

Our online programme combines degree-level study with professional training by enabling you to study towards the globally recognised qualification CFA Levels 1 and 2 as part of the MSc. The CFA exams open up the investment management professional world and combined with the MSc Finance will provide you with the tools you need to embark on a successful career in financial management. There are alternative routes for those who do not wish to do CFA or decide to do only level 1.

What will you gain?
You’ll acquire the competitive advantage needed to launch your career in the world of global finance by developing your intellectual, interpersonal and practical skills. This course will help you to:

• Expand your knowledge of financial modeling and investment decisions
• Acquire research skills and techniques that are relevant to finance
• Access sophisticated financial management technology and software
• Gain invaluable insights from employers and industry practitioners
• Develop essential communication and professional business skills

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline, and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £15,000
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year The standard tuition fee for the MSc Finance programme is £15,000. You have the choice of two payment options: one instalment of £15,000, or three instalments of £5,000.
All Students £640
Tuition Fee for 2019/20 - Additional CFA 1 Element For those who choose to include the CFA as part of the MSc Finance programme, there will be an additional fee for the learning materials delivered by Fitch Learning. Payment should be made at the beginning of Block 1. Please note: Students choosing this pathway will be responsible for payment of their own examination fee and organising and attending the CFA exam.
All Students £750
Tuition Fee for 2019/20 - Additional CFA 2 Element For those who choose to include the CFA as part of the MSc Finance programme, there will be an additional fee for the learning materials delivered by Fitch Learning. Payment should be made at the beginning of Block 2. Please note: Students choosing this pathway will be responsible for payment of their own examination fee and organising and attending the CFA exam.

Our Funding Database

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Careers

Financial qualifications are in high demand worldwide and potential careers are diverse and include positions such as business analysts, asset managers, brokers, hedge fund or investment advisors, credit controllers, treasurers, bankers or accountants.

A leading UK Business School in Finance

A brilliant, flexible opportunity with a leading UK business school to secure a strong advantage in your progress in a top career in finance

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Dr Paul-Olivier Klein

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Online Learning at Aberdeen

Fitch Learning

The FitchLearning elements will be focused on preparing you for the CFA’s unique exams (six hours of multiple choice at level 1).

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Business School
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3QY