MSc Finance and Investment

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Key information


MSc Finance and Investment

Types of study

Full time


12 months

Start date

September 2024


Nottingham University Business School China

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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);
  • TOEFL (IBT) 90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

Course overview

This programme is tailored for individuals seeking to excel in the dynamic finance and investment industry. The curriculum revolves around three primary realms of investment activities: equity markets, fixed-income markets, and derivative markets. Anchored in cutting-edge academic research and practical case studies rooted in both domestic and international financial markets, the course content is designed to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the financial markets.

Participants in the MSc Finance and Investment program have the opportunity to take advantage of the dissertation component to delve deeper into a finance and investment topic aligned with their personal interests and career aspirations.

Special features

  • Recognized Excellence: The program has earned a prestigious spot as a World Top 10 MSc in Finance program according to the Wall Street Journal rankings. It is also listed among the Top 35 postgraduate finance programs globally by the Financial Times.
  • CFA Affiliation: The MSc Finance and Investment program is an esteemed member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. Its curriculum extensively incorporates the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), aligning closely with investment management practice and offering valuable preparation for the CFA Program exams.
  • Cutting-edge Resources: The program harnesses state-of-the-art financial laboratories and databases, including the Blockchain Laboratory, Centre for Inclusive Finance, Financial Markets and Technology Centre, Bloomberg database, and CSMAR database. This integration of resources equips students with hands-on experience and real-world insights.

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

During the program, individuals are well-positioned to explore diverse avenues within the mainstream finance and investment sectors. This includes positions in banking, securities, futures, insurance, public/private equity, accounting and asset management firms. Furthermore, graduates can make their mark in enterprises, governmental bodies, and other sectors, contributing to areas such as corporate finance, investment and financing, government funds, and financial accounting.

According to the most recent Careers and Employability Annual Report, an impressive 93.3% of MSc Finance and Investment graduates swiftly transition into the workforce with the majority of them securing jobs in esteemed institutions in the finance industry.


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