MSc Finance and Investment

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Get ready for a career in finance with this programme. It will provide you with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and practical sides of the discipline.

You will study at one of the UK’s top 10 universities, (QS World University Rankings 2023), and a highly regarded Russell Group institution - recognised by employers both in the UK and across the globe.

This programme offers an exceptionally wide range of units with flexibility to choose what interests you most during term 2. Popular units include Financial Technology where you will learn all about the topical themes of blockchain, peer-to-peer lending and digital finance. Another popular unit is Credit Risk, where you will learn how to practically estimate the risk of a portfolio. This involves using Bloomberg, the main source of live data for traders and asset managers in financial organisations. Our students also have access to other widely-used industry platforms such as Thomson Reuters Eikon. This helps prepare our students with the practical skills necessary for the workplace. We also provide access to databases including CRSP, Refinitiv, Compustat, and newspaper resources including Financial Times and the Economist.

You will be taught by world-leading experts in the discipline, regularly publishing in the best finance journals in the world such as the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. This means that the programme is frequently updated in line with recent advances in academic literature, so you will be learning about cutting-edge finance methods and theory.

This programme is aimed at students with good undergraduate degrees in finance, economics or accounting, as well as those with more scientific backgrounds (e.g mathematics, engineering or natural sciences).

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

This is a one-year programme.  During the first term you will complete four compulsory units, while in the second term, there is the opportunity to shape the degree to suit your interest by choosing three from a range of optional units alongside one further compulsory unit. The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.

Previous dissertation topics have included: Momentum Investing Strategies and New Dimensions, Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin and Current issues in shareholder democracy.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the programme structure and unit content.

Entry requirements

A strong upper second-class honours (65% or above) degree (or international equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, business, mathematics or another quantitative subject, such as engineering, physics or computing.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile G

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


The University of Bristol is ranked 49th in the world for employability, meaning that our graduates are equipped with the right skills and qualities for the modern workplace, (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022).

This programme in particular provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

Previous graduates have gone on to join investment banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, commercial banks, central banks and various consulting and accounting firms including Deloitte, EY, KPMG and Morningstar.

The school has a dedicated employability advisor working with students, with academics and with the Careers Service to deliver targeted support to students that complements the context and content of the subject.  

A rich offering of careers support is available to our students, including 1:1 and small group sessions to explore career options or plan applications, application skills tools, workshops led by UK and global employers, and the opportunity to connect with alumni, along with much more.

The faculty also benefits from a Professional Liaison Network – who focus on connecting academic theory and industry practice through provision of placement and mentoring opportunities, as well as insight talks and networking events.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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Contact details

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School website: University of Bristol Business School

International students

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REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.


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