Our MSc Finance programmes are among the strongest in the UK. Taught by a world-class faculty and supported by international-quality research, these intensive one-year, full-time programmes will help you develop the analytical skills needed to stand out and build a successful career in finance.
With the MSc Finance you can tailor your degree from a wide range of optional modules, giving you valuable flexibility in career choice whether you focus on investment banking or hedge funds.
Youll learn in a stimulating and progressive environment meaning youll leave the course in the ideal position to excel in whatever finance specialism you choose. Whats more, our trained careers advisors and broad alumni network will extend your business connections and support you up to and beyond graduation.
Were proud of our strong international connections. Helping you get an inside perspective on global business is a key part of the programme. Thats why we offer a range of opportunities to help you immerse yourself in a countrys business and academic environment, make new contacts and stand out in a competitive jobs market. These include:
Our MSc Finance programmes have partnership status with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). The CFA is the world's premier association for investment professionals and the accepted benchmark for technical excellence in financial markets. It guarantees you'll benefit from a curriculum of the highest standards and through participation in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge, CFA employer networking events, scholarships and more.
Youll have access to a wide range of software and databases, including specialist training on our Bloomberg terminals for accessing economic and financial data.
This facility will give you hands-on experience of monitoring and analysing real-time financial market data movements, and the chance to build a hypothetical portfolio with securities of your choice. As a result, youll improve your investment and security selection skills and boost your CV. Plus theres a cash prize for the winner.
You can also put your financial skills to the test and enhance your CV, by managing a genuine fund in our Investment Club. Each year ten students are selected to take part, meeting every month to evaluate research and place trades. At the end of the year the monetary fund, along with a report on its performance, is passed to next year's Club.
If you need to revise or update your quantitative skills in Maths and Statistics before you start your MSc, you can enrol on a week-long, pre-sessional course of lectures and workshops. The course is free, youll just need to cover the cost of accommodation.
The MSc Finance enables you to develop the specific knowledge and skills relevant to a career in your chosen field, while studying at the leading edge of the subject. Through analysis of key theories and econometric techniques, youll develop essential skills in evaluation, implementation, decision making and research. To achieve your qualification youll be required to successfully complete both core and elective modules and a dissertation or business project or placement.
Youll study four modules that provide a foundation of essential knowledge and understanding.
Youll then choose four further modules from a wide selection, so you can tailor your degree to specialise in a specific area or broaden your knowledge.
In the third term, you will complete a 12,000 word dissertation, a business project (a commercial challenge sourced by you or the Business School) or a placement (sourced by you and supported by the Business School). Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, youll investigate in greater detail a subject that youve already studied as part of your programme.
The dissertation is an opportunity for you to develop your research skills and business insight and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly way. It should also demonstrate your ability to use critical analysis in evaluating evidence and the existing academic literature.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
You can either upload your supporting documents with your online application or email or fax them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office using the contact details below.
a. IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0)
b. TOEFL iBT (internet based test): 92 (no component under 23)
c. Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): Grade C
d. Cambridge Advanced (CAE): Grade A
e. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English at Grade C or above [not normally acceptable for students who require a Tier 4 student visa]
f. Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language at Grade B or above [not normally acceptable for students who require a Tier 4 student visa]
g. GCSE English Language at grade C or above
h. Pearson Test of English (overall score 62 (with no score less than 56 in each component))
i. Certificate of Attainment (Edexcel)
j. GCE A-levels (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, CCEA, OCR, WJEC) at grade C or above in an essay based, humanities or social science subject from the following list: History, Philosophy, Government and Politics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Religious Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Law and Sociology. Modern or Classical Languages are not acceptable in meeting this requirement.
k. International Baccalaureate with a minimum of grade 5 in Standard Level English or a minimum of grade 5 if taken at Higher Level.
l. NEAB (JMB) Test in English (Overseas)
m. Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) at grade C or above in an essay based, humanities or social science subject from the following list: History, Philosophy, Government and Politics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Religious Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Law and Sociology. Modern or Classical Languages are not acceptable in meeting this requirement.
n. Singapore Polytechnic Diploma and Advanced Diplomas at GPA 3.0 or above
o. WAEC and NECO Grade B3 or above from Nigeria and Ghana
Durham University Business School is currently offering two 25% tuition fee postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from India.
Further funding information is available on the University's fees and finance pages.
Some possible sources of finance are:
Please note: Durham University cannot recommend that you take a loan nor recommend a lender. The options provided above are listed for your information only and do not constitute a recommendation by the University. All queries should be directed to the loan provider. Remember that these are personal loans between you and the loan provider (the bank or other organisation), and you are responsible for repayments.