MSc Finance (part-time)

  • Executive
  • Department of Finance
  • Application code N42A
  • Starting 2018

The MSc Finance (part-time) programme provides a unique opportunity to pursue a world-leading MSc Finance degree alongside a full-time career. It is designed for professionals working in London who aspire to high-powered careers in finance and who wish to acquire a more in-depth and academically rigorous knowledge of the subject.

The programme is specifically tailored to meet the needs and demands of part-time students in employment, not only in terms of academic content but also in terms of the structure and timing of teaching and the support provided for students throughout the programme.

The academic structure and content in this programme is identical to the full-time MSc Finance programme, only differing in the mode of teaching, which is delivered through evening sessions. Being only a short journey from the City and Canary Wharf, LSE is ideally located for professionals to commute to and from the office for lectures, to study with their classmates or attend events and public lectures.

Programme details

Key facts

MSc Finance (part-time)
Start date Pre-sessional course will start in mid-September 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before August. Applications received after this date may be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed
Duration 21 months part-time (see Bologna process)
Applications 2016 166
Intake 2016 68
Availability UK/EU: Open 
Overseas: Open 
Tuition fee Year one: £17,100 (2018 entry)
Year two: £17,100 (2019, continuing student)
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline and good quantitative skills. 2-5 years relevant work experience will be considered a strong advantage. Students must be living and working in or around London for the duration of the programme
GRE/GMAT requirement GMAT or GRE is recommended, especially for those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

First year

The foundation of the programme is built in the first year, where you will attend a pre-sessional course in September, which covers preparatory quantitative methods. You will then study two compulsory courses – Asset Markets and Corporate Finance.

Corporate Finance
Provides a comprehensive overview of firms' financial decision-making.

Asset Markets
Familiarises you with the workings of financial markets, and equips you with the fundamental tools of asset valuation.

Second year

In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge by taking four optional half-unit courses, on topics such as risk management, portfolio management methods, advanced derivatives and structured financial products, fixed income, advanced corporate finance, and applied financial valuation.

Courses to the value of two units from a range of options

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

The programme is comprised of lectures, classwork (this will be completed, handed in and marked as part of your formative assessment), group work, class assessments and examinations.

You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

Throughout the programme, the Department provides a range of tailored resources to support you in combining your studies with a demanding professional life through regular academic help and review sessions, dedicated course support and extensive administrative support. A range of practitioners will be available to you both in class and via the programme’s alumni network to give insight and expert feedback.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork. 

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


As the vast majority of MSc Finance (part-time) students are already working in finance (or in a related role) when they join the programme, each individual’s future direction upon graduation depends on their own aspirations and career experience. However, whatever your reason for pursuing the programme, whether it be to help fast-track your professional development, change trajectory, or simply gain more knowledge in relation to your current role, the programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in, and enhance, your career.

This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Student stories

Stefan Padberg

MSc Finance (part-time)
Willich, Germany



The teachers are pass on their cutting-edge know-how and there is the perfect balance between theory and practical application through the use of case studies, in the topics we cover. The programme attracts a broad and interesting variety of people. Through my studies I have developed in different areas: I've gained knowledge in corporate finance and asset markets; enhanced my career opportunities and had the opportunity to learn from and meet so many great people.

I have also had the opportunity to start something called 'LSE Round Table Forum', which was great fun, and have been challenged to manage my time and prioritise in a way never faced before, as I had to combine a full-time job, and very interesting but also time-demanding studies, as well as some social life!

Hui Fai Tam

MSc Finance (part-time)
Hong Kong

Watch Hui Fai Tam's video 

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two references (also see details below)
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply. 

Minimum entry requirements for MSc Finance (part-time)

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in any discipline and good quantitative skills. Two to five years of relevant work experience will be considered a strong advantage. 

For this programme, we are willing to consider one academic and one professional reference. If you are unable to produce a professional reference, we will accept two academic references. We cannot however accept two professional references.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

GRE/GMAT requirement

GMAT or GRE is recommended, especially for those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about GRE/GMAT

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2018/19 intake for MSc Finance (part-time)

UK/EU students, first year: £17,100 (2018/19)
Overseas students, first year: £17,100 (2018/19)
UK/EU students, second year: £17,100 (2019/20)
Overseas students, second year: £17,100 (2019/20)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status. 

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Fee reduction

Currently there is also an early payment reward for self-financed students who pay their tuition fees by specific dates. 

Please refer to the Fees Office website for further information.

Scholarships and other funding

This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans
Find out more about external funding opportunities

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