Finance MSc (and degree combinations)

  • For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Our MSc Finance focuses on the role of modern business organisations, financial institutions and markets in the global economy. The programme also introduces students to state-of-the-art techniques and thinking regarding research methodology and the modern statistical techniques employed to investigate firm values and asset prices on inter-temporal and cross-sectional bases.

Why study this course at Dundee?

This degree programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the operation of modern business organisations, the role of financial institutions and the capital markets in the global economy. You will be encouraged to think critically about the ways in which modern businesses organisations interact with the financial markets and you will develop an understanding of the knowledge creation process.

In addition aim to provide our overseas students with the educational and cultural experiences which are unique to the UK.

Who should study this course?

This programme is designed particularly to help students with first degrees involving only limited specialisation in finance, but have a keen interest in it, develop their knowledge and skills.

What is so good about this course?

Students studying accounting and finance are taught by staff who have either practical experience working in this sector or who have gained insights into financial and accounting practices through research of analysts, company directors and market traders. These insights from practice help inform the teaching of accounting and finance at Dundee.

Related Courses

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

The course comprises five taught modules (shown below) plus a dissertation:

  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Econometrics for Finance
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
  • Global Risk Analysis

Semester 1 modules are examined in December while modules taught in semester 2 are examined at the end of April/early May. At this point, students will be directed, by their supervisor, to begin the dissertation phase of the degree (although they will be encouraged to begin thinking about their research topics in Semester 2). The dissertation should take students around four months to complete with final drafts being submitted in late August/early September.

The programme is intended for students wishing to embark on a career in the financial sector. It is particularly suited for students wishing to pursue a career in banking, fund management, investment analysis, treasury management and academic finance (via doctoral study).

The University has excellent employment records for its students (and an impressive Alumni), and this new Masters-level programme is intended to continue this pattern of success and enable students to embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. In this regard, the structure of the degree, with an emphasis on developing both technical and generic (soft) skills, in the context of a fast-changing business environment, will stand students in good stead.

Year of Entry: 2016

A good undergraduate degree in business.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee statusFees for students starting 2015/16
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £5,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £5,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS

Course Contact

Dr Suzanne Fifield
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385148