MSc Finance


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Cardiff (Campus code - B )


ATRiuM (Atlantic House)

Tuition Fees

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate finance, accounting or audit degree from a UK university, class 2:2 Honours or higher.

Alternatively, an undergraduate business degree from a UK university with an appropriate level of financial content, class 2:2 Honours or higher.

Equivalent accredited international or professional qualifications are acceptable.

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Prepare yourself for a career in the exciting and fast-moving world of financial services with a Masters degree in Finance. Enhance your critical, analytical and appraisal skills in this dynamic area of study.

About MSc Finance

Essential Information

You will study a range of finance modules from both a theoretical and practical point of view, through academic reading and use of simulation software and powerful financial databases. A study of research methods in a finance context will prepare you to undertake your own chosen research project in an area of finance with supervision from expert academic staff. You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module in an area of specialism such as Islamic banking and finance or financial mathematics.

Wales accounts for 49,000 employees in the financial and professional services sector, and is predicted to see further growth in the next 10 years, as the sector grows, there will be an increase in demand for a skilled workforce.

You could be part of this workforce, you will be studying in Atlantic House, which is right in the heart of Cardiff’s Business Enterprise Zone and is very close to the University’s ATRiuM campus.

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What you will study

Students will take the following modules:

Quantitative methods for financial markets
Investment and portfolio analysis
Financial management techniques
Corporate governance
Research methods for finance and accounting

Option from:

Financial mathematics
Multinational operations in finance and banking
Islamic banking and finance
Corporate financial reporting

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for MSc Finance

Learning and Teaching methods

The course is delivered full time or part-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case study analysis and discussion groups. A hands-on, student led approach is employed; whereby students are exposed to real-world situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a range of methods, predominantly coursework based assignments.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for MSc Finance


This MSc Finance will enhance your critical, analytical and appraisal skills when handling business data from a financial perspective. These skills, coupled with your previous qualifications in business studies, accounting or audit, will make you a highly desirable candidate.


You will receive a full master’s degree from the University of South Wales that demonstrates a high-order overview of Finance.

Possible Career Options

A wide range of careers in financial services are available to graduates, including Trading, investment management, fund management, financial advice, compliance reporting, banking and insurance.

Additional Information for MSc Finance


This course is delivered in Atlantic House, Cardiff and offers facilities and a supportive environment in which Accounting and Finance students can flourish. From a fully equipped learning resource centre and a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software from Thomson Reuters to interactive teaching spaces.

The Accounting and Finance Advice Clinic is also based in Atlantic House, utilising specialist expertise within the University to provide free financial advice to the public and small businesses. The Clinic provides opportunities for Accounting and Finance students to gain experience in an applied setting, enabling them to gain and enhance the transferable skills they’ll need when entering the workforce.

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