Home > Finance > Study > MSc Finance and Private Equity > About the Programme


About the Programme


The MSc Finance and Private Equity programme at LSE is ideal for those who wish to study a broad-based Finance Masters at the same time as specialising in the study and practice of private equity.

Following a major investment initiative into the research and study of private equity at LSE by the global private equity firm Abraaj Group, students will benefit from being part of an exciting environment where world-renowned academic faculty and leading practitioners contribute to the development of the field.

The programme is built upon, and follows a similar structure to, the Department's highly successful MSc Finance (Full-time) Programme. Both this, and the MSc Finance and Private Equity, allow students access to a number of specifically designed applied courses, taught in part using case studies, as well as the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City.

See the Programme Structure| page for more information on the content of the course.

Student testimonial

Admission Criteria

The MSc Finance and Private Equity is designed for students whose academic background may not necessarily be in finance. However, admission to the programme is expected to be very competitive.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree, in which they have achieved a good 2:1 (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate excellent quantitative skills. The mathematics used in the programme includes basic calculus and statistics, so applicants are also required to have studied a minimum of A-level Mathematics (or its equivalent). Prior work experience is not necessarily a pre-requisite for entry into the programme.

Applicants for whom English is a second language or who have not studied in English before should provide evidence of their command of English. For the MSc Finance and Private Equity, this should be a minimum of 627 in the TOEFL paper-based test (107 in the internet-based test), or at least 7.0 in the IELTS test.