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MSc Finance (full-time)

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance Masters degrees. Predominantly aimed at pre-experience students, the programme has been designed to meet the needs of high-level graduates from fields not specifically related to finance, whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector. The programme benefits from teaching by the Department’s leading faculty in a range of innovative and cutting edge courses, which are available to MSc Finance and MSc Finance and Private Equity students only.

The programme is designed for students whose academic background is not necessarily in finance; however it is aimed at people with good undergraduate degrees and good quantitative skills. Admission to the programme is very competitive. In previous years, the majority of students accepted into the programme have obtained first class degrees or the equivalent. The mathematics used in the programme includes basic calculus and statistics.

Applicants are required to have studied a minimum of A-level Mathematics (or its equivalent). Applicants without a UK undergraduate degree are required to submit a GMAT or GRE test (GMAT is strongly preferred). The GMAT/GRE is also recommended for all students with UK undergraduate degrees, especially those who have not achieved, or are not expected to achieve a first class degree, or those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies. Prior work experience is not necessarily a pre-requisite for entry into the programme.

Programme details

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme follows the same syllabus as that of the MSc Finance (part-time) evening programme, which is focused towards professionals currently working in London's financial services sector. Both modes of the MSc Finance programme allow students access to a number of specifically designed applied courses, taught in part using case studies, and the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City. Students on the full-time programme have the opportunity to meet and network with the MSc Finance (part-time) students at a number of occasions throughout the year.

The foundation of the programme is built in the first term with the study of two core courses – Asset Markets and Corporate Finance. Asset Markets takes the student from fundamental concepts to up to date applications in fixed-income, equity, and derivatives markets. Corporate Finance begins with the firm's investment decision and the cost of capital. This in turn is linked to the firm's financial structure and market environment where the firm operates. It studies in detail major financial decisions including dividend choice, going public, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring in financial distress. In the second term, students deepen their knowledge by taking four optional half unit courses, on topics such as financial systems, risk management, portfolio management methods, advanced derivatives and structured financial products, fixed income, advanced corporate finance, and applied financial valuation. Students will also be required to write an extended essay in the place of an exam in one of the four optional courses.

Admitted students are required to attend a pre-sessional course in September which includes both preparatory quantitative methods and an in-depth focus on careers skills and professional development, on a one-to-one, group and peer lead basis. Throughout the programme, students are given access to a range of practitioners; in class, via the programme’s vibrant alumni network and more widely through the LSE Careers Service and events programme.

Applicants from developing countries may be eligible to be considered for one of the Lord Dahrendorf Scholarships (sponsored by Deutsche Bank). Please visit lse.ac.uk/finance for more information.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Corporate Finance provides a comprehensive overview of firms' financial decision-making.
  • Asset Markets familiarises students with the workings of financial markets, and equips them with the fundamental tools of asset valuation.

Students take four half unit courses from the following dedicated elective courses:

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates look to join Analyst programmes at major investment banks. Other students have joined consultancies, boutique firms, hedge funds, asset management firms, start-ups or have gone on to further study. 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).


Application code: N3UA (check availability)

Start date: Pre-sessional course begins September 2015

Duration: 10 months full-time only (including pre-sessional) (10 month master's programmes are not compliant with the Bologna process which may affect the extent to which they are 'recognised'.

Intake/applications in 2013: 80/1,692

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline and good quantitative skills, at least to A level Mathematics (or the equivalent) (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: GMAT or GRE is required for all students without a UK undergraduate degree (GMAT is strongly preferred). The GMAT is recommended for all students with UK undergraduate degrees, especially those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies, or are not expected to achieve a first class degree.

Fee level: £30,384

Deposit: Offer holders will be required to pay a deposit of £2,500 within four weeks of receiving their offer to secure a place on the programme.

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). Lord Dahrendorf Scholarships (see Department of finance)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

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