MSc in Finance and Private Equity

Programme code: TMFIPE
TMFIPEW (Work Placement Pathway)

Department: Finance

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations
Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules        

Academic-year (10 month) programme (TMFIPE). Students must take three compulsory courses (FM410 Private Equity includes a dissertation) and optional courses to the value of 1.5 units. Admitted students are required to attend the Quantitative Methods September course. The dissertation must be submitted by the third week in June.

Students who choose to transfer to the Work Placement Pathway must undertake a work placement and assessment in addition to the courses listed above. Transferring to the Work Placement Pathway extends the duration of the programme to 12 months. Students have the option to transfer to the Work Placement Pathway upon receipt of an offer to undertake an internship placement, which must be approved by the Department. Students on this pathway are required to undertake a full-time internship or work placement during the summer and to submit an essay of 2000 words following the placement (see FM411 for details). The essay will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and students must pass the essay to graduate from the programme.


Course number and title



Corporate Finance



Asset Markets



Private Equity (H)


Three of the following half unit courses (students must select at least two courses from the list of dedicated options marked '*').



Forecasting Financial Time Series (H) +


Fixed Income Securities and Credit Markets (H) *


Topics in Portfolio Management (H) *


Mergers,  Buyouts and Corporate Restructurings (H) *


Financial Engineering (H) *


Risk Management in Financial Markets (H) * 


Quantitative Security Analysis (H)


Corporate Investment and Financial Policy (H) *


Applied Computational Finance **


International Finance (H)


Entrepreneurial Finance (H)


In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to take an unlisted optional course with the approval of the programme Director.



Work Placement Pathway


Course number and title



Finance Work Placement and Assessment (non-credit bearing) ***




Students are required to write a 6,000 word dissertation (replacing the exam) in one of the half unit courses. Students will be required to attend teaching for the course which they choose to write their dissertation on.


+ With the approval of the course leader.


** This course is not for credit and can be taken in addition to courses to the value of two full units selected from Paper 3 & 4.


*** This element is not for credit, but is a requirement for students on the Work Placement Pathway and must be taken in addition to courses to the value of two full units selected from Papers 3 & 4. Successful completion of FM411 is a requirement for students to be eligible for the award of the degree.

The Bologna Process facilitates comparability and compatibility between higher education systems across the European Higher Education Area. Some of the School's taught master's programmes are nine or ten months in duration. If you wish to proceed from these programmes to higher study in EHEA countries other than the UK, you should be aware that their recognition for such purposes is not guaranteed, due to the way in which ECTS credits are calculated.

Note for prospective students:
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