MSc students at the Business school

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides students with an understanding of both the financial basics and the practical elements of the finance and accounting industries.

About the course


This programme will appeal to students from a range of business backgrounds looking to move into the finance industry.

It provides students with an understanding of both the financial basics and the practical elements of the finance and accounting industries, including advanced techniques in corporate financial strategy and project management, and company valuation.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The course comprises nine or ten taught modules and an end of year project. Six are core modules, taken during the first two terms. Three or four elective modules are taken during the spring and summer terms.

You will devote the summer to the completion of the project. Students can either opt to pursue a traditional research project (10,000 words) or an 'Applied Financial Research' report (3,000 words) together with an additional elective.

A strong academic background in a quantitative discipline (e.g. finance, accounting, economics, mathematics, engineering, science or business) is essential.


Pre-study modules (online)
  • Accounting Primer
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Maths
  • Plagiarism Awareness
  • Study Skills
Foundation modules
  • Accounting and Valuation
  • Application of MATLAB to Finance
  • Financial Modelling
  • Markets and Securities
  • The Finance Industry
Core modules
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Derivates
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance (online module)
Elective modules
  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Financial Crises: Regulation and Ethics
  • International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners
  • International Finance
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Venture Capital Finance and Innovation

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

For the academic requirements for this course please see the Imperial College Business School website.

International qualifications

We accept a wide variety of international qualifications. Please see the Business School's International Entry Requirements for guidance.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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