MSc Finance and Investment

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Key information


MSc Finance and Investment

Types of study

Full time


12 months

Start date

September 2023


Nottingham University Business School China

Introductory video


Entry requirements

Although the entry requirements vary depending on the course, as a general rule, you are expected to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in Business related disciplines. The programme needs sufficient finance and accounting modules/degree.

In addition to academic qualifications, if your first language is not English or entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English.

The minimum requirements for our courses are:

  • IELTS 6.5 no less than 6.0 in any element;
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65);
  • or other equivalent English proficiency test scores.

Course overview

The degree is suitable for those seeking positions in the finance and investment industry. The programme is based around the three main aspects - equity markets, fixed income markets, and derivative markets. The course contents are led by cutting-edge academic research and practice-based case studies that focus on both domestic and international financial markets.

Participants in the MSc Finance and Investment programme can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on a finance and investment topic according to individual interests and career requirements.

Special features

  • World top 10 MSc in Finance programme by Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal rank (2018); Top 35 world's best postgraduate finance programmes by the Financial Times (Financial Times MSc in Finance Ranking, 2013);
  • MSc Finance and Investment has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Programme. The curriculum of our programme incorporates a significant portion of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), is closely tied to the practice of investment management, and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Programme exams.
  • The programme is equipped with a world-class financial laboratory and databases, including the Block Chain Laboratory, Centre for Inclusive Finance, Financial Markets and Technology Centre, the Bloomberg database, and WIND database.

Course structure

The structure of the MSc in Finance and Investment programme is modular, with individual modules each having weighting of 20 credits.

One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 20 credit module represents 200 hours of study including formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments.

The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180 credits, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 credits a finance related dissertation. 

All students undertake core modules relating to finance. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives that allow the student to focus upon advanced finance and management modules that are most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.

Year 1 modules



Students must take all modules in this group.

Module Code Module Title Credits Taught
BUSI4528 Quantitative Research Methods for Finance and Investment 20 Autumn
BUSI4535 Capital Market Analysis 20 Autumn
BUSI4543 Corporate Finance 20 Autumn
BUSI4304 Finance & Investment Dissertation 60 Summer
BUSI4536 Derivative Investment 20 Spring
BUSI4537 Fixed Interest Investment 20 Spring



Students must take 20 credits from this group

Module Code Module Title Credits Taught
BUSI4548 Project Management 10 Autumn
BUSI4586 Principles of Banking 10 Autumn
BUSI4534 Financial Reporting 10 Spring
BUSI4544 Managing International Business in China 10 Spring
BUSI4547 E-Business 10 Spring
BUSI4549 Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility 10 Spring
BUSI4606 Financial Technology 10 Spring


Careers and further study

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in mainstream finance and investment industries such as banking, securities, futures, insurance, public/ private equity, accounting firms, and asset appraisal. They can also enter enterprises or government sectors and engage in areas such as corporate finance, investment and financing, government guidance fund, or financial accounting.

According to the latest Careers and Employability Annual Report, 90.5% of graduates in the MSc Finance and Investment programme head to work directly, the most of them work for banks and securities companies.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Please click here and find more information about scholarships.

Contact us

Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0574) 8818 0182