MSc Law and Finance is one of the very few specialised law and finance postgraduate programmes in the UK.
Our programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law, economics and finance governing international business and finance in the UK, in Europe and at a global level.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the interdisciplinary issues of law and finance, and acquire valuable skills to address matters of financial law, business and regulation.
Experts from both the School of Law and Leeds University Business School teach the core and optional modules in this interdisciplinary programme, and we have carefully chosen each module so that you develop a sound understanding of the key issues in law and finance.
Career possibilitiesMSc Law and Finance is an excellent postgraduate programme of study should you have an interest in the interaction between law and finance and a background in law or business.
Again, if you wish to pursue a career in a law firm that specialises in financial transactions or a financial services institution such as a bank, credit company or an appropriate regulator, MSc Law and Finance will give you the skills and knowledge you require.
If you want to ... * explore corporate law and corporate governance
* examine the principles of the Law of Credit and Security
* understand how to analyse and present statistical data
* learn how to interpret financial accounting information
* make effective financial decisions in a corporate enterprise
... then consider MSc Law and Finance.
Compulsory modulesCorporate Law explores the legal nature of companies with an emphasis on the limited liability company and the separate personality of such companies. You will examine the constitution of companies and issues relating to contracting. You will also address issues surrounding corporate governance, directors duties and shareholders, and takeover regulation.
International Law of Credit and Security is designed to develop a critical understanding of the general principles of the Law of Credit and Security with emphasis upon their application to particular transactions. You will explore English and US law as well as considering more general international developments, including the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) legislative guide on secured transactions.
Postgraduate Legal Research Skills aims to prepare you for blegal research required for seminar preparation, coursework assignments and for writing dissertations in law. The module focuses on instilling the fundamental research skills that you need to undertake any type of legal research.
Quantitative Methods provides an understanding of quantitative methodologies and ways to analyse and present data by focusing on business mathematics, descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing and techniques for statistical analysis.
Accounting for Managers considers the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, and principles of costing. It moves on to examine the use of accounting information for planning, decision making, performance measurement and control.
Corporate Finance provides a critical understanding of the principles for effective financial decision-making in a corporate enterprise. You will study corporate financial objectives and agency theory; risks, returns and portfolio theory; the efficient market hypothesis; and capital investment decisions. The module also examines the valuation of equity, capital structure decisions, payout policy decisions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Dissertation (in Law or Business) will enable you to develop your research and writing skills with reference to a topic in Law or Finance. You will describe the topic and provide a critique based on the chosen premise.
Optional modules * Advanced Corporate Law
* Alternative Dispute Resolution
* Central Issues in Arbitration
* Conflict of Laws in Business Transactions
* Corporate Governance
* Corporate Law
* Environmental Law The Regulation of Pollution
* Financial Reporting and Regulation
* Forensic Accounting and Finance
* Insolvency Law
* International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
* International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
* International Competition Law
* International Corporate Governance
* International Corporate Rescue
* International Economic Law
* International Law of Credit and Security
* International Sales Law
* International Trade Finance Law
* Islamic Banking and Finance
* The International Law of Foreign Investment
* Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets
* World Trade Organisation Law
Programme structureYou will be taught through weekly and fortnighly seminars and lectures over two semesters. You will also receive separate dissertation supervision.
AssessmentYou will be assessed through coursework or exams.
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.