Finance - MSc

Want to make a real impact on the financial landscape in this ever-changing world? This highly regarded Finance MSc is accredited by CFA, PRMIA and GARP and ensures students develop a detailed conceptual framework of principles and practices to grow a financial awareness that will stand them head and shoulders above the rest.

Overview

There is a bright future out there, but the business world will need the help of great finance thinkers to find it.

As a Kent Business School student studying Finance, you gain the knowledge and confidence to take the lead in the global financial sector.

Studying at our beautiful Canterbury campus, you learn from an internationally recognised team of specialists who are at the top of research in their field. Not only will you develop a thorough and solid understanding of financial principles and longstanding practices, you also have extensive access to real market data via our Bloomberg Lab, a coveted virtual trading platform which is bursting at the seams with live data and case studies.


Our MSc Finance degree programme

Studying Finance, you learn to critically evaluate and apply important topics in the field, including well known research skills and methods, financial risk management, financial econometrics, derivatives, investment and portfolio management. This flexible course also allows you to cherry-pick those subject areas which complement your personal career goals such as corporate governance and ethics, fixed income markets, finance with Excel, financial regulation and financial crises, domestic and international banking, corporate finance, credit risk, financial technology and programming in Python.

Studying at Kent Business School, be prepared to experience the world of finance through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies from our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and company visits.

You will also have access to our ASPIRE centre, a purpose built entrepreneurial lab where you can develop, plan and launch your own start up business.

Our Finance graduates leave the University with the skillset and contacts to pursue a sought-after career in the finance sector with a wide range of well-known and successful businesses and organisations.

Gain a competitive edge: industrial placement

Industrial placements are the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of a specific area of expertise.

This MSc programme is available with the option to take a 12-month industrial placement, allowing you to gain work experience in the UK or overseas.

While the placements are self-sought, The School offers support to those students seeking an industrial placement, through extra-curricular engagement with our dedicated placements team.

What’s next?

If you want to learn more visit the Kent Postgraduate Events website where you can register for open events, take a virtual tour and explore our world.

If you have any further questions regarding the course or the application process please contact kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply please check our information on how to apply and the documentation required to process your application.

About Kent Business School

Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:

We are proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold all three of these professionally recognised accreditations.

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

 All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by CFA Institute who aim to lead the investment profession globally by  promoting the highest standards of ethics,  education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.

It is also accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), the leading professional body in the risk management profession. As a result of this accreditation, graduates of the programme are eligible for a number of exemptions for the Professional Risk Manager Designation (PRM) exams.

A third accreditation is offered by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), the world's leading professional organisation for risk managers. It is dedicated to the advancement of the risk profession through education, research and the promotion of best practices globally.

Entry requirements

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For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in finance, accounting, business-related disciplines, the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and those without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

This flexible course is studied over one year full-time and consists of seven compulsory and two optional modules in Stage 1 with Stage 2 consisting of a piece of finance-related research.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with a broad overview of knowledge and understanding of finance including modules on financial risk management, financial econometrics and derivatives.

Stage 2 consists of one piece of finance-related research. This allows you to further develop your skills in finance theory whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

The MSc Finance is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on the course. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You may study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you

Compulsory modules currently include

This module covers key concepts related to financial risk management, especially market risk in financial institutions. It broadly addresses the rationale for practising risk management, followed by approaches to measuring and managing risk.

The course will cover the following indicative topics:

• Taxonomy of Risks

• Essential Financial Products

• Introduction to Regulation

• Modelling Portfolio Risk

• Market Risk and VAR

• Credit Risk

• Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures

Find out more about BUSN8011

This is an IT-oriented hands-on applied econometrics/forecasting module on research methodology. This module focuses on the financial applications of statistical and econometric techniques to develop and implement tools for financial analysis and planning models. It is designed for the post-graduate students who are interested in familiarising themselves with the traditional regression techniques as well as the most recent and ongoing modern time-series econometric and forecasting techniques in order to apply them to test models/hypotheses/topical issues.

Find out more about BUSN8014

Global derivative markets have exhibited spectacular growth in terms of volume of trading and use by both financial and non-financial institutions. Some of the world’s large institutions-Orange County, Baring, Metallgesellschaft, Negara, AIG, and Lehman Brothers have lost billions of dollars in the financial markets. Whilst national and international authorities have agonised over the regulation of derivative markets, it generated tremendous interest on the nature, operation, working mechanism and true significance of derivative products and markets in the financial system and the economy.

Main topics:

• Forwards: No arbitrage principle

• Futures: Marking-to-market, margins call and liquidity

• Swaps: Interest rate risk and measures for risk management

• Options: Arbitrage versus speculation, options trading strategies

• Credit Default Swaps: Selling protection or printing money

• Path Dependent Products

• Exotic Options

• Real-Estate and Subprime Loans: The bubbles that always burst

• Securitization Process and Asset-Backed Securities: Derivatives as weapons from mass destruction?

The module focuses on the principles and characteristics of the main derivative markets, products and instruments, such as Futures, Forward, Options, Swaps, Credit Default Products and Structured Products. It examines the role, significance and working mechanism of various derivatives products, their valuation method and the models underpinning the pricing and hedging of derivative instruments. The module will draw from the rapidly expanding body of academic and professional literature relating to derivatives and their applications in Financial Markets.

Find out more about BUSN8016

This module will cover the following topics:

• Investment appraisal techniques and decisions

• Stock market efficiency – capital market behaviour

• Portfolio theory

• The Capital Asset Pricing Model

• Sources of finance

• Capital Structure

Find out more about BUSN8021

This module provides a general introduction to the quantitative methods used in financial applications and topics may include:

Statistical concepts

Probability distributions

Statistical inference, estimation and hypothesis testing

Correlation, spurious correlation and general dependence measures

Linear regression

Multiple linear regression

Logistic regression

Monte Carlo simulation

Modelling in Excel

Find out more about BUSN8022

This module assumes basic knowledge and understanding of risk-return relationship, portfolio theory, and CAPM. It considers the investment and portfolio management decision in more detail by first examining the asset allocation decision and investments in a global context. It then attempts to evaluate different types of securities (bonds and stocks) in which investments can be made using a three-step top-down approach consisting of macro- and micro-market analysis, industry analysis and finally, company analysis. It then critically examines different equity portfolio management and performance evaluation strategies.

Find out more about BUSN8030

This module develops the necessary knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a business report/dissertation proposal. Topics are:

- Choosing a company for analysis/ the finance topic of interest

- Identifying suitable finance issues relevant to the chosen company

- Searching and reviewing the literature and Bloomberg

- Choosing suitable methods and approaches for analysing the chosen company

- Preparing the business report/dissertation proposal

- Structuring the business report/dissertation

Find out more about BUSN9078

Optional modules may include

This module aims to develop the ability to analyse financial crises and bank regulation, examining the roots, consequences and remedies for the financial crises with the special emphasis on the current global financial crisis. The module also aims to understand the complexity of the financial crisis and the role of bank regulation.

The module will cover topics including the Financial Crisis, banking supervision and regulation, the Basle Accord, banking failures, rating agencies and Financial Crisis, the role of international financial institutions.

Find out more about BUSN8015

The module will develop students' understanding of corporate finance theory and its applications to the main problems faced by financial managers and corporate decision makers. The main topics that will be covered include corporate capital budgeting, investment decisions under uncertainty, cost of capital, sources of finance, capital structure, dividend policy and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) decisions.

Find out more about BUSN8020

This module provides a general introduction to various aspects of the fixed income market and its instruments. Indicative topics may include:

- The structure of fixed income markets, main instruments and pricing

- Introduction to the various types of interest rate curves, and interest rate arbitrage through the Law of One Price

- Modelling the term structure

- Interest rate risk: duration,-based measures of risk, the effect of convexity, multi-factor models and key rate durations

- Passive strategies, active strategies and liability-hedging through immunization

- Funding fixed income positions through the repo rate, liquidity risk and the practical limits to arbitrage

- Interest rate derivatives: forwards, futures and swaps

- Credit scoring, credit risk models, credit risk derivatives and their applications

Find out more about BUSN8025

This module provides a general introduction to the use of Microsoft Excel in financial applications.

Subjects are:

Excel Essentials

Basic Financial Calculations with Excel (PV and FV, with applications to stock valuation; building loan tables)

Essential Probability and Statistics with Excel

Bond & Stock Analysis (bond pricing, duration and convexity, the yield curve, stock valuation using the DDM)

Portfolio Optimization (building efficient frontiers; constrained optimization)

Derivatives Modelling in Excel

Advanced Modelling: VBA for Financial Applications

Find out more about BUSN9060

This module will introduce students to Python, a programming language that has become the industry standard. Students will learn how to use Python in order to conduct financial and econometric analysis. Particular emphasis will be placed on programming for specific financial applications such as portfolio optimization, asset valuation, and derivatives pricing. Indicative topics include

• Data types and structures

• Input/output operations

• Data visualization

• Summary statistics

• Regression

• Optimization

• Valuation and risk

• Derivatives

Find out more about BUSN9196

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will allow students to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course in order to produce an extended independent piece of work. Every student will be allocated a personal supervisor who will guide them through the process. As part of their project, students will generate an interesting and relevant research question in finance, analyse the related financial literature, and conduct their own independent research into their topic. More specifically, students will research topics in the fields of finance (MSc Finance); finance, investment and risk (MSc Finance, Investment and Risk); finance and financial management (MSc Finance and Management); banking and finance (MSc Banking and Finance); financial technology (MSc Financial Technology).

Find out more about BUSN9034

Compulsory modules currently include

Students will spend a period of time working in an industrial or organisational setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have learned on the programme. Work will be carried out under the direction of a placement supervisor. This support will include ensuring that the work they are expected to do within the placement company/organisation meets the learning outcomes of the module.

Find out more about BUSN9176

Optional modules may include

Students will spend a period of time working in an industrial or organisational setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have learned on the MSc in Business Analytics programme. Work will be carried out under the direction of an industrial supervisor and supported by a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the School. This support will include ensuring that the work they are expected to do within the placement company/organisation meets the learning outcomes of the module.

Find out more about BUSN9168

Students will spend a period of time working in an industrial or organisational setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have learned on the MSc in Business Analytics programme. Work will be carried out under the direction of an industrial supervisor and supported by a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the School. This support will include ensuring that the work they are expected to do within the placement company/organisation meets the learning outcomes of the module.

Find out more about BUSN9169

Students will spend a period of time working in an industrial or organisational setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have learned on the MSc in Business Analytics programme. Work will be carried out under the direction of an industrial supervisor and supported by a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the School. This support will include ensuring that the work they are expected to do within the placement company/organisation meets the learning outcomes of the module.

Find out more about BUSN9171

Students will spend a period of time working in an industrial or organisational setting, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have learned on the MSc in Business Analytics programme. Work will be carried out under the direction of an industrial supervisor and supported by a dedicated Placement Support Officer within the School. This support will include ensuring that the work they are expected to do within the placement company/organisation meets the learning outcomes of the module.

Find out more about BUSN9172

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress on this course is assessed through a variety of means, including:

  • written examinations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • reports
  • projects
  • computer based quizzes

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

Fees

The 2022/23 UK fees for this course are:

Finance - MSc at Canterbury

  • Home full-time £11400
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200

Finance with Industrial Placement - MSc at Canterbury

  • Home full-time
  • International full-time

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Research

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history.

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture 

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

Careers

Of Kent postgraduate students who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 97% were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE 2017)

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Our Finance graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:

  • Dolfin Group Wealth Management
  • NatWest
  • Huawei
  • US Bank
  • Caterpillar
  • Eurex

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

Global Association of Risk Professionals

The MSc Finance programme is accredited by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), CFA Institute and PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers Internal Association)

Kent Business School works closely with all three bodies to ensure that our Finance MSc is to the highest of standards. 

CFA Institute

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, bought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities

The multi-award-winning Sibson Building is Kent Business School's home on our Canterbury campus. This vibrant, state-of-the-art structure includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites as well as social and breakout areas to fully enhance your learning experience.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you to secure access to the information you need.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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