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An online Masters’s degree in Finance is a flexible way of gaining a postgraduate qualification, perfect if you work full-time or have busy family commitments.

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Online Masters in Finance FAQ

Online learning students, in general, need to be able to dedicate 10 to 15 hours a week to study for a two-year completion time frame. Most UK universities offer these courses on a two-year, part-time basis. However, some distance learning MScs provide more flexibility and can be completed full-time in one year or part-time over a longer period. It is possible to find courses that let students take up to 5 years to complete.

Once you have narrowed down your choice, ask the admissions team the recommended number of hours required for that specific course, as the time required can vary between courses and universities.

Graduates with a master’s in Finance can go on to work in a wide range of roles in the finance industry and financial markets, such as;

  • Investment Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Risk Manager
  • Investment Banking
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

Yes, it is possible to gain a place on a master’s in Finance without a bachelor’s in Finance. Most universities accept applications with an undergraduate degree in economics, maths or similarly quantitative degrees, such as physics or engineering. However, accounting is not usually considered a quantitative subject for admission purposes.

In some cases, it is possible to gain admission with an unrelated undergraduate degree but with significant career experience and professional certification. Always check with the business school before you apply if you are unsure about the suitability of your existing qualifications.

An MSc in Finance is a quantitative-heavy postgraduate qualification. The syllabus and materials are designed to challenge and equip graduates with the tools and ability to manage complex corporate finance operations. As such, it is a demanding course and students going on to the course should be comfortable with A-level mathematics as a minimum.

Most universities will ask for a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in maths, economics or a similar quantitative-heavy course. Some will also require relevant career experience, while others are open to fresh graduates. Each university sets its own criteria, and some will be more flexible than others in considering applications, for example, putting more weight on relevant career experience.

An MSc in Finance covers financial management and investment management. It focuses on bottom-line analysis and typically prepares graduates for roles that put theory into practice in corporate Finance and investment roles.

An MSc in Finance can cover a combination of the following.

  • Corporate Finance and investment management
  • Risk management
  • Corporate governance
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • Big data analytics
  • Finance industry
  • Financial management
  • International finance


Additionally, most programmes offer specialisations, such as how Finance affects everyday decision-making, Islamic banking and Wealth management.

Yes, graduates who take a distance learning master’s in Finance can secure top roles in leading global organisations in the finance sector. Companies respect and value finance professionals who have gone through the process of gaining a postgraduate qualification while working full-time.

Top universities offer online master’s in Finance alongside their on-campus equivalents with the same academics, syllabus and learning outcomes.

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