Postgraduate Taught

MSc Finance

This new course is for graduates from a wide range of disciplines who may have little or no business experience and want to begin a career in finance or business. It is available full-time over one year. 

The course will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how corporations manage their finances as well as how global capital markets work. Key accounting topics are also covered.

This course is due for validation in December 2018. Please check this site for updates. 

Why QMU?

  • QMU is located in the UK’s second largest financial centre.
  • Professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • We want to ensure that your experience is not only student centred, but is also focused on you as an individual. As part of a smaller cohort of students, the academic team is able to get to know and support you as an individual. You will also form a close knit group with your classmates who will come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. You will be able to share experiences and learn from each other.
  • The variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods used are designed to enhance the student experience.
  • We actively support entrepreneurs and students have access to our on campus Business Innovation Zone.
  • The course is taught by leading academics with consultancy and research expertise.

Course overview

The course will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how corporations manage their finances as well as how global capital markets work. Key accounting topics are also covered.

The course will give you a critical understanding of global financial issues and contemporary theories. You will also gain an appreciation of economic, social and environmental sustainability, including green and ethical investments, corporate social responsibility and community engagement. You will develop your employability skills such as teamwork, leadership and oral communication skills. There is also an opportunity to gain real-life industry experience via the Finance Project.

As a student on this course, you have access to our on-campus Business Gateway and Business Innovation Zone (BIZ). This provides business incubation space for student/graduate led start-up companies and you will have access to: desk space; a QMU business address; meeting facilities; Business Gateway support and advice; a profile for your company on the QMU website; support with marketing materials; and access to entrepreneurial networks within QMU and other universities, eg Enterprise Campus, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Sporting Chance and Converge Challenge.



To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. Individual modules on this course can be taken on a standalone CPD basis and credits subsequently applied to a higher award.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, case studies, software demonstrations, field trips and projects. Independent learning is also important, allowing you to prepare for classes and develop your research skills. Additionally, you have the option of completing a conventional dissertation or doing a live project, which involves engaging with an external organisation and reporting on a practical business problem.

Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, reflective logs, exams, presentations and a dissertation.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Most modules consist of two to three hours of class time each week of the semester. Where possible, all teaching takes place over two days per week.

Class sizes

We expect around 20 students to enrol on this new course each year.

Links with industry / professional bodies

The course has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, and offers a number of exemptions from CIMA’s professional examinations.


  • Corporate and Behavioural Finance (20 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (20 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics (20 credits)
  • Causes and Effects of Financial Crises (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Finance Dissertation (60 credits)

You will also complete one option module from the following: Accounting for Managers (20 credits)/ Family Business Insight (20 credits).

The modules listed over are correct at time of publication (September 2018) but are subject to change following validation. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students.

Please check this site for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Stuart Farquhar for more information.



There are no formal placements on this course but there will be opportunities for students to engage with local employers for the purposes of their finance project. This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project. Although we support students to find positions and projects, you are required to secure your own arrangements in line with your personal interests.


We expect our graduates to find employment in the financial sector, businesses, public sector organisations and accountancy firms. Example job titles could include: Investment Analyst, Financial Market Trader, Risk Manager, Finance Planning Analyst, Wealth Manager, Auditor and Finance Manager. Additionally, students can start up their own businesses during the course with support from the University.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a UK honours degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. We also welcome applicants with an ordinary degree who can show a period of relevant postgraduation work experience or additional capabilities.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.


Application deadline


More information and contacts

Admissions or Stuart Farquhar, Programme Leader, on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

We would be delighted to arrange a visit to the University when we can tell you even more about the courses and facilities.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).



Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

Business Innovation Zone at QMU