Finance (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)


Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

You will use cutting-edge software and real-time data to develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in finance. The course is aligned with the latest requirements of the market; students can seek registration with industry bodies such as the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) and Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) before or after graduation.

Workshops, problem-solving, case studies and business simulations will consolidate your expertise. All learning is based on real market data; students will hone their skills in the Thomson Reuters/Bloomberg Trading Room. Supported by a team of highly experienced teaching staff, with strong professional backgrounds, you will develop your skills and network.

This flexible course allows you to tailor your learning to your career goals by choosing optional modules. Students can opt to take an integrated work placement component within the programme. Although you will be expected to find and secure the placement, the university’s Your Future Plan team can support you with this. The placement is undertaken after the taught portion of your programme and you will be required to complete an assessment.

Module Descriptions

  • Financial Econometrics Develop a working knowledge of statistics and econometrics
  • Compliance and Risk Develop a practical understanding of the importance of regulatory compliance and risk management
  • Financial Derivatives Advanced analysis of derivative instruments and their usefulness
  • Portfolio Management Study modern portfolio management in an international context
  • Contemporary Issues in Islamic Finance Analyse contemporary issues to underpin informed discussion

The University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology has moved to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £18 million development is home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new School of Business and Technology and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

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Study style

  • Taught modules will be assessed through examinations, case studies, practical computer-based data analysis and research-focused assignment
  • The final master’s stage is assessed by a research-based dissertation

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree in an analytical discipline such as accounting, finance, economics, engineering, mathematics or physics
  • Or substantial passess in the examinations of a professional body (eg CFA, PRMIA)
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £9300
With 6 month work placement
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14800
With 6 month work placement

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


This course equips students with the skills required to work in a variety of specialist roles, for example as financial analysts and investment advisers. It is also a route to an academic or consultancy career via a PhD.

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

Placement information

Placement type:

6-Month, Optional


6 months, at maximum


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

During the placement year, you will pay the placement fee of £700 for 2018/19 (£1150 for international students). Please note that you will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement, and international students applying for a Tier 4 visa will need to pay the non-refundable immigration health surcharge up front for both years. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement period. You can contact the Placements Team on Further information is available.

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Professionally recognized

The course content in shaped by the curricula of leading financial professional bodies, including the CFA Institute, PRMIA and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

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Industry-standard software and real financial data

Students can access industry leading software in the dedicated Thomson Reuters trading room. Eikon software presents real trading data with a 15 minute delay to replicate a live trading floor environment. Datastream software provides historical data and financial archives on markets and businesses.

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Expert teaching underpinned by a research active community

Using the latest data and real-world examples, acquire the skills and expertise needed to enter the dynamic world of finance at a senior level.

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