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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 master's 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.

You will gain an in-depth grounding with core courses in corporate finance and financial markets, before tailoring the degree to your goals with a range of elective courses, including a number of specifically designed applied courses. You will have the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City, and will benefit from close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group, which attracts leading international finance researchers to present at its many academic research seminars and practitioner conferences.

The programme enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employers, with alumni now working in a diversity of institutions including leading investment banks, financial institutions, consultancies and boutique firms.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Finance (full-time) 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, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. 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 circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. 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.

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 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 (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 £3,000 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: 115/1582

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