The Master's (MSc) in Finance is designed for graduates who are seeking a specialist programme to enable an accelerated start to a career in finance. The programme combines the academic theory of finance with a strong practical perspective closely related to the world of finance. Specialist modules include: corporate finance, financial econometrics, international financial markets, derivatives and risk management, contemporary issues in finance and empirical finance. This programme is designed for graduates who are seeking a fast track career in finance. Full details can be found below.
Students must attain a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) in an undergraduate degree that has included a range of modules in accounting/finance or quantitative/statistical methods. This need not necessarily be a degree with accounting or finance in the title.
We consider all applications on their merits and will look at each individual case before making an offer so students who fall slightly short of the entry criteria should still apply to the School of Management.
Non-native English speakers must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5. A list of equivalent tests are provided here. If you have studied an undergraduate degree taught through the medium of English you maybe exempt from this requirement – click here for further information.
For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of Pre-Master’s training programmes that you may take before starting your Master's qualification. Further details can be found here.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.
To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's
scholarships and bursaries page.
Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.
We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.
From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:
Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’
In September 2015 Swansea University will become one university with two stunning campuses, located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of the bay. The School of Management is excited to be moving over to this magnificent 65 acre campus. All programmes delivered by the School of Management will be taught at the Bay Campus from September for both new and continuing students.
The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus will feature modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.
There will be a Tower Information Centre which will be home to central support services for students, a state of the art library and resource centre, the Students’ Union, facilities and meeting rooms and an impressive Great Hall will house an auditorium for 800, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across the Swansea Bay towards Gower and Baglan Bay. There will be extensive catering provision throughout the campus to include cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.
The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:
A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.
A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.
Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.
“I have always been interested in financial services and knew that was where I wanted to work, so after graduating from my undergraduate degree in Maths I undertook the MSc in Finance.
I was attracted by the level of flexibility the course offered as it allowed some options to choose the areas that I wanted to focus on.
My dissertation explored Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. As part of the analysis part of the work I proved how he could not have delivered the returns he said he would using the strategy he employed.
I had a fantastic four years at Swansea and the skills I gained really gave me the edge in the job market.
I’m currently on the graduate scheme at Zurich Financial Services working as an underwriter. It’s a role which could take me in many different directions and my future looks very exciting!”
Name: Dr Jing Chen
Position:Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance
Education: BSc Computer Science (Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China), MSc Finance & Investment Management, PhD in Finance (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Research area: Liquidity provision, information dynamics and their relation to policy changes in financial markets
Teaches: Principle of Finance, Risk Management and Financial Innovation, Financial Markets and Institutions, Contemporary Finance Issues, Corporate Finance, Strategic Case Study
About me: "I started my career as a computer software engineer specializing in programming. Before coming to the UK, I worked as a Training and Sales & Marketing Manager for China Telecom and Dell (China).
The aim of my research is to obtain robust and powerful empirically-derived measures of liquidity utilizing market microstructure theories drawn from the academic finance literature which could ultimately help investors, analysts and regulators to better assess market liquidity, and so more effectively predict future prices and trades.
I have an international research profile and my study on the link between Collateralized Debt Swaps (CDSs) and the current Eurozone sovereign debt crisis has been cited in the House of the Lord and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)."