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Couldn’t get enough of finance at postgraduate level and want to take it up a notch to further prepare you for a finance career? A postgraduate qualification in finance it is, then!

What will I study on a finance postgraduate course?

Finance course syllabuses for postgraduate programmes will vary according to each university, and they may each offer a different range of elective modules, so it’s smart to research all of your course options thoroughly to ensure you’re applying for a course that best matches your interests. Here’s a rough indication of what’s typical for the majority of these courses:

  • Financial analysis
  • Financial markets
  • Quantitative methods for finance
  • Corporate finance
  • International finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Financial reporting
  • Portfolio management
  • Specialist elective modules on different assets classes such as derivatives or alternative investments, as well as risk management areas, financial engineering or big data analysis.

On a postgraduate course in finance you’ll partake in a mixture of lectures and seminars, practical work (such as lab time, gaining skills and experience with relevant software applications) and coursework projects. A dissertation is a pretty standard component of the assessment process. The course will be an intense year-long if you choose to study in a full time capacity.

If you’d like to widen your expertise, you can also study finance at a postgraduate level combined with other finance related subjects like accounting, information technology or economics.

Entry requirements…

You’ll need at least a 2:1 in a finance related degree (or the equivalent) to be considered for a place on a finance postgraduate course.

A heads up to international students: if your first language isn’t English then you’ll need to pass an English language proficiency test with at least the minimum score stated by your prospective university. You’ll be able to find out more information in their course eligibility requirements.

Where could a finance postgraduate qualification take me?

The possibilities are plentiful with a strong result in a finance postgraduate degree. It’s one of the key qualifications investment banks, asset management companies and professional services firms look for in candidates for numerous roles across their businesses because it arms graduates with essential knowledge and skills to progress quickly and well in their respective fields.

A postgraduate qualification could also help to fast track you up the ladder in some organisations too!

Typical industries for finance postgraduates…

Here are some of the industries to could head into with a postgraduate degree in finance:

  • Accounting
  • Asset management
  • Investment banking (front office, back office or middle office)
  • Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Retail banking
  • Private banking
  • Wealth management.

By Jos Weale, Editor,

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