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MSc Finance and Private Equity

About the MSc programme

This is the world’s only finance master’s degree with an integrated specialisation in the study of private equity. This unique programme, supported by The Abraaj Group, offers you unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who have actively participated in the deals which are studied.

The foundation of the programme is built in the first term with the study of Asset Markets and Corporate Finance. In the second term, you will deepen your specific knowledge of private equity by taking a dedicated course taught by the School's Abraaj Group Chair in Finance and Private Equity. This will explore the structure of private equity (PE) funds and how PE can be used in start-ups, in scaling-up cash flow businesses, and in restructuring firms facing financial distress. It explores the link between PE and venture capital on the one hand and public securities markets on the other.

The programme involves a number of case studies and is taught in conjunction with a range of practitioners in the field via a weekly additional PE practitioner seminar.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Finance and Private Equity in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

A significant proportion of graduates join either investment banks or boutique corporate finance firms as analysts as a first step in their careers into the world of private equity, however, some have been hired directly upon graduation by private equity or venture capital firms. Following a similar structure to the generalist MSc Finance, the programme also prepares students for various roles in investment banks, consultancies, hedge funds and asset management firms, or to pursue further study. In addition, having met on the programme, students have worked together on entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups.

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: N3UB (check availability)

Start date: Pre-sessional course begins September 2017

Duration: 10 months full-time only (including pre-sessional) (see Bologna process)

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent 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 strongly preferred). GMAT is recommended for 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: £32,880

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 Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 46/824

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