Interdisciplinary study at the postgraduate level is widely recognised as a highly desirable attribute for employers. The MSc in Law and Finance offers an advanced qualification to graduates in business, economics or law. It is taught full-time over one year and comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30 ECTS research dissertation, 90 ECTS in total.
The course will develop the students' skills to apply theory to practice, solve business problems and help organisations to continuously grow and improve their performance across these disciplines. The course is structured to include the foundational and advanced material needed to build students' knowledge and understanding of law and finance, provide students with the capacity to embrace current and future changes such as financial regulation, EU law and financial innovation, and develop both students' technical skills in understanding financial and legal concepts and analytic skills to apply these skills.
Of the 60 ECTS taught credits, there will be five mandatory modules worth 30 ECTS and elective modules worth 30 ECTS. Mandatory modules such as Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, Investment Theory and EU Financial Services Law will allow students to master the fundamentals of law and finance. Elective modules which include Financial Econometrics, Regulation of Alternative Investment Funds, International Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions will further enhance students' knowledge.
The 30 ECTS research dissertation is designed to enable students to undertake individual research and undertake an in-depth individual research study of a particular issue within the field of Law or Finance. Students will have the option to write a 12,000 word dissertation under the guidance of academic leaders at the School of Law or School of Business.
The MSc in Law and Finance will ensure that graduates are particularly well placed to tackle business challenges with an understanding of both the legal and financial aspects, which is crucially important to organisations operating in an increasingly dynamic and complex world. It will be beneficial for lawyers working in corporate law, corporate finance, funds, securities, financial regulation as well as those working in the financial services industry. Many of those employed in corporate finance in investment banks have a background in law, making the programme a popular choice for those working in banking, asset management or regulation. It will provide individuals with the necessary skills and ways of thinking needed to succeed in areas of law and financial services.