Finance - MS

This is an American degree (see the 'structure' tab for more information).

This programme provides a quantitative and comprehensive examination of finance.

You will look at corporate finance, investments, market instruments and institutions, and at the related fields of accounting and economics.

A capstone experience ties together major finance topics, with a significant focus on mergers and acquisitions.

You will also have the choice of a number of elective modules in topics to further your specific interests and career goals.

If you do not have sufficient academic background in finance-related studies you may be required to take one or more pre-requisite modules.

Why should I choose this programme?

The global financial crisis has redefined standards, precipitated new thinking about organisations and imposed new governance structures. In addition, forces of economic globalisation, political transition, technical innovation and hybridisation create new opportunities and propose new definitions of work.

Demand for better-qualified risk managers and financial analysts continues to grow. You will delve into the issues most relevant to today’s financial and corporate sector and learn how to prepare for them.

Through a hands-on approach to learning, the programme will prepare you to work in a wide range of roles within the finance world and in key financial positions across all sectors.

You will gain a rigorous training in financial modelling, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions and real options, set within the context of corporate governance, ethics and strategy.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Strong foundation in the theory and practice of finance
  • A global perspective on the process of financial decision-making
  • Practical knowledge of the workings of institutions, financial markets, price-setting processes and financial products
  • Ability to use current quantitative techniques to analyse financial situations and respond to complex scenarios  
  • Ability to recognise and manage risk
  • In-depth knowledge in areas such as investment and capital budgeting, firm valuations and dividend policy and capital structure
  • Transferable skills in communication, IT, commercial and situational awareness
  • An analytical and logical approach problem solving

Future opportunities

You will be in a strong position to succeed in the financial service sector. Previous MS Finance graduates have:

  • Joined investment firms, compliance or risk departments in banks, security and asset management companies
  • Work as financial market professionals in sales, trading and research
  • Moved into other sectors where specialist financial knowledge is required, in roles such as credit analyst, finance officer, financial planner and adviser
  • Gone into consultancy, accountancy, operations and IT
  • Moved on to high-level finance executive positions within major multinationals, in diverse fields and industries
  • Successfully reoriented their existing careers  

This programme is recognised worldwide. Employers are attracted to our graduates because of their global mind-set and ability to be immediately operational.

Length

Most students complete their degree in six terms over 14 months. Academically strong and dedicated students may complete the degree in five terms over 12 months.

Additional information

This is an American degree. It is made up of units known as credit hours. Each class that you undertake will allow you to accumulate credit hours. Most classes (modules) carry three credit hours. You must successfully complete at least 36 credit hours (12 modules) to complete the programme.

The main parts of your degree are the core modules. You will follow 8-10 core modules, depending on your chosen degree. These must be complemented with a selection of elective modules to make up the required total of 12 modules. For some programmes, elective modules can be chosen from the full selection of MA, MS and MBA classes.

Professional skills development
In addition you will be expected to spend time in scholarship and research activities each term. All students undertake a mandatory, no-credit module in their first term (LIBR 5010 Professional Studies) which strengthens their academic skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Sequential degrees
RUL also offers you the opportunity to undertake a sequential degree – a second MA, MS or MBA degree following your first postgraduate degree.

If you have earned an MA, MS or an MBA from Webster University, or Master’s or Doctorate from another regionally accredited college or university, or an international equivalent, you may apply for a sequential Master’s degree by completing the core modules (minimum 21 credit hours) in your chosen degree.

Please note: the sequential Master’s degrees in International Relations and Finance require completion of 27 hours of coursework.

Modules

Pre requisite modules
If you do not have sufficient academic background in finance-related studies you will be required to take one or more pre-requisite modules:
BUSN 5600 Accounting Theory and Practice
BUSN 5620 Current Economic Analysis
BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics

Core courses
BUSN 6070 Management Accounting
BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics
FINC 5000 Finance
FINC 5210 Investments
FINC 5810 Capital Budgeting and Corporate Investments
FINC 5830 Institutions and Financial Markets
FINC 5840 International Finance
FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance
FINC 6290 Financial Strategies

See module descriptions

In addition, you will take choose three electives from any of the MA, MS and MBA modules.

Future start dates

9 January 2015

13 March 2015
May 2015
August 2015
October 2015

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Fees

Fees 2014/15
Full course fee (12 courses): £15,600
Registration fee: £420 (refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £730 (refundable)
Alumni fee of £360

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Academic

We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).

Pre-requisite courses
Programme prerequisites are to be completed before beginning coursework for the MS in finance for those students who have not completed prerequisite courses (or an appropriate equivalent) within five years of entering the programme and having earned a grade of B or better.

If the appropriate prerequisite course content was completed longer than five years prior to entering the programme, the department will allow a waiver if the student demonstrates their command of the content area by successfully completing a waiver examination. The prerequisite courses BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5620 may not count as electives in the 36-credit-hour MS in finance.

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL.  English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of  90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 61 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax: 

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from the accredited university that awarded your Bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic. The second can be academic, professional or personal (although it cannot be from a family member or a peer)
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • A CV outlining your professional experience
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the refundable registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa). 

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all of the supporting documentation listed above. If you wish to have transfer credit assessed, you should provide us with official university transcripts before your proposed start date.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships available

Regent's Progress Fund for Alumni

We are delighted when our Alumni decide to return to study on a postgraduate programme. To demonstrate our support for you as a progressing student and acknowledge your academic achievements to date, we are pleased to offer progression scholarships from September 2014 onwards.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Study methods

Our faculty combine academic excellence with extensive practical experience. Many of our professors are also qualified practitioners from the areas of banking and finance, corporate treasury and accounting, logistics and global supply chain management, marketing and advertising, law, manufacturing, consultancy, and the IT industry.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Enquire about programme

Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 20 November 2014

 

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Key information

Name
Finance
Qualification
MS
Level
Postgraduate
Accreditation
US
UCAS Code
School
Regent's American College London
Mode
Full time
Length
12 - 14 months
Fees
£15,600 *
Scholarships
Yes
Next start date
9 January 2015 *
Study abroad
Yes
Validation
This degree is awarded by Webster University, St. Louis, USA

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

US accredited degree

What does this mean?

Endorsement

CMI


This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.
 

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03 Feb

Postgraduate open evening

Regent's is pleased to be hosting a Postgraduate Open Evening on Tuesday, 3 February 2015. The event will be a wonderful opportunity for you to find out more about postgraduate studies at Regent's.