Institution / Queens University Belfast


Why is this subject for you?
You have an interest in financial decision making and financial institutionsYou want a career in the financial services sector or in academiaYou want taught and supervised by leading academics

Studying finance looks at how company managers and investors make financial decisions, how they manage their risk and how financial markets function.

The programme offers graduates, whose backgrounds may not necessarily be in finance, a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive foundation and subsequent depth in the field of financial decision making and understanding financial markets. Students have access to leading academics with a broad range of research specialisms, and students have access to a wide range of software necessary for data collection and analysis.

Why Queen's?
Trading room
Certain classes are held in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions. The Trading Room allows for an interactive and exciting learning environment which brings textbook theory to life.

Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.

The programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program showing that the programme aligns with the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) - the core knowledge, skills, and abilities that are generally accepted and applied by investment professionals throughout the world.

Guest speakers
Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures. Students have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Trading and Investment Club
Students may wish to join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars. The Student Managed Fund, which uses real money, gives students the opportunity to be part of an investment management process.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Finance, Mathematics, Economics, or other relevant quantitative subject. Science and Engineering disciplines will be considered where there is a significant mathematical component.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

•See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance which combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree


1 year, full-time or 2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
For the full-time option, modules are taught morning/afternoon/evening. For the part-time option, modules are taught evenings only (from 6-9pm).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Successful students will have the necessary skills to launch careers in the finance industry such as investment banking, commercial banking and in top analyst positions in other financial intermediaries. For recent examples of where our alumni have secured employment, please see the School website.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Youwei Li, Programme Director
Queen's Management School
Tel: 9097.99981867634

Subjects taught

Full-time option (1 year)
Semester 1
•Asset Pricing
•Corporate Finance
•Market Microstructure
•Research Methods in Finance

Semester 2
•International Finance
•Time-Series Financial Econometrics

And choose one from:
•Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analytics
•Trading principles

Semester 3

Part-time option (2 years)
Year 1 - Semester 1
•Asset Pricing
•Corporate Finance

Semester 2
•Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analytics

Year 2 - Semester 1
•Market Microstructure
•Research Methods in Finance

Semester 2
•International Finance
•Time-Series Financial Econometrics

Semester 3

Note: each module is equal to 15 credit points, the dissertation is 60 credit points, 180 credit points in total. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment method

Two thirds of the programme is assessed by written examination and continuous assessment. The other third is a dissertation (14,000 – 17,000 words or equivalent).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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