Top 10 Finance Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

A Masters in Finance will prepare you for a rewarding and competitive career in the world of finance.

Many postgraduate finance courses provide excellent work experience placements with the chance to develop your networking skills to improve your future career prospects.

Here is our roundup of 10 of the best Finance Master Degree Courses in the UK and Europe.*

MSc in Finance – Università Bocconi

Duration: 2 years full time.

Cost: €26,037 total fees for all students.

What you will study: Subjects studied on the MSc in Finance at Universita Bocconi in Italy include Corporate Finance and Advisory to Quantitative Finance, Derivatives, Investment Banking, Asset Pricing and Risk Management. This course is offered both in English and Italian.

MSc in Financial Markets – EDHEC Business School

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: €21,500 for all students.

What you will study: The MSc in Financial Markets at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France includes a 3 to 6 month work placemen. This means that the course can overrun the usual 1 year. Modules include subjects such as Portfolio Management, Asset Pricing and Quantitative Techniques in Finance. This course is conducted in English.

MSc in Finance – ESADE Business School

Duration: 10 months full time.

Cost: €26,500 for all students.

What you will study: The aim of the MSc in Finance at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain is to give students an understanding of the socially responsible role of companies and a deeper understanding of your speciality of either Asset Management and Banking or Corporate Financial Management. The course is conducted in English but students also study Spanish unless they have advanced Spanish language skills and then they study French or German.

Advanced Master in Finance – ESCP Europe

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: €21,300 for all students.

What you will study: At the world's oldest business school students spilt their time between the London and Paris campuses followed by an internship to improve and develop professional contacts and skills. This course is conducted in English.

MSc in Financial Techniques – ESSEC Business School

Duration: 15 months full time.

Cost: €22,000 for students based in France.

What you will study: Students on this MSc in Financial Techniques are based in either France or Singapore with lessons conducted in English. The course gives students an in-depth technical knowledge of finance as well as an understanding of the global issues facing international financial institutions.

MSc in International Finance – HEC Paris

Duration: 10 months full time.

Cost: €29,900 for all students.

What you will study: This is a flexible course that is tailored to your previous experience. If you have already worked in an area of finance or have already studied it, then you can study other areas during your first semester. This course is taught entirely in English.

Master in Finance – IE Business School

Duration: 10 months full time.

Cost: €37,200 for all students.

What you will study: This finance course has a focus on developing practical skills and improving your career prospects. Modules include Trading Room Essentials, Ethic Workshops, Negotiation Skills and Risk Governance. This course is taught in English.

MSc Financial Economics – University of Oxford

Duration: 9 months full time.

Cost: £35,805 course fees plus £3,021 college fees for all students.

What you will study: For those aiming for positions in financial institutions, governmental institutions and international companies the MSc in Financial Economics at the University of Oxford provides modules on core subjects including Economics, Corporate Finance, Financial Econometrics and Asset Pricing.

MA in Banking and Finance – University of St Gallen HSG

Duration: 3 semesters full time.

Cost: CHF 1,426 per semester for Swiss residents / CHF 3,326 per semester for non-Swiss residents.

What you will study: The aim of the course at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland is to provide students with a firm understanding of the financial industries during the first semester. Students can then specialise and customise their studies throughout the rest of the year. The course is run entirely in English.

MSc Financial Markets and Investments – Skema Business School

Duration: 2 years full time.

Cost: €26,900 total fees for all students.

What you will study: Modules covered include at Skema Business School in France include Financial Econometrics, Derivatives, Portfolio Management and Equity & Debt Firm Financing Decision. The course is taught in English across three campuses in Paris, Raleigh and Sophia Antipolis.

*SOURCE: FT RANKINGS MASTERS IN FINANCE 2016.

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4 comments

Amos Lee Aug. 30, 2019, 7:59 a.m.

This is a very catchy and informative article.

Charlotte King Sept. 2, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Aris Sept. 11, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

Good evening Charlotte,
Could you give me your opinion about Msc Finance programs from these universities?:
Erasmus University Rotterdam,University of Amsterdam,Tilburg University,Lund University,University of Birmingham,University of Newcastle.
Which one/ones are the best?
Thanks in advance!

Charlotte King Sept. 15, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

HI Aris,
These are all well respected universities offering great Finance Masters courses – so any of them would be a great choice. I think you need to work out where you would like to be based whilst studying your MSc to help you make your decision. For example, living in Sweden will be a very different experience to living in the UK or the Netherlands - and there will be different costs associated. What is your budget? Do you want to live near friends/family? Do you want the experience of living and studying abroad for a year? These are all factors that you will have to take into consideration when making your choice.
Good luck!

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