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N3K109 Finance MSc Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code N3K109
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5295

Course Content


Why a Durham Masters?

There are many reasons to study for a masters degree at Durham Business School. Here are just a few:

  • Career enhancement

A Durham Business School masters degree will help you gain a competitive edge in an over-crowded job market. If you are a recent graduate it will help you develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your employers' needs. For those already in a career it will build on existing experience to help give your career a boost, or provide you with a platform for career change.

  • Academic excellence

You will be taught by world-class faculty, who possess up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in the key areas of business, management, economics and finance. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of the School's research was rated of International Quality and above. This positions the School 19 in a total of 90 schools within the business and management sector (based on the Grade Point Average score).

By exposing students to the frontiers of the subject and training them in relevant research skills, these degrees can be used as a successful platform from which to progress to further study at both MPhil and PhD levels. Indeed around 17% of Durham Masters graduates progress to a higher degree.

A rich and rewarding study environment. Durham Business School is part of Durham University, one of the leading academic universities in the UK.

  • Wall Street at Your Fingertips

Experience investment first hand through our bespoke stock market trading simulation. The system allows you to test your skills as a portfolio manager by investing in a plethora of securities on real data of major world markets. During the 'challenge' you will build a hypothetical portfolio trading on all available securities and instruments using real time data. The student with the best performing portfolio wins £100. The system is especially helpful for those considering a career as stock brokers or in investment banking. Find out more about the Stock-Trak competition...

You will also have the opportunity to join the Investment Club. This small, self-managed group will be given £5,000 to invest over the duration of the programme. The group will elect a chair and meet regularly, working together to maximise the investment. At the end of the year the fund will be passed, along with a report on the fund's performance, to next year's Club. This exciting and new initiative will give you the chance to put your financial skills to the test, and will be an asset on your CV.

  • Diversity

We warmly welcome international students and, with over 80% non-UK postgraduate students from all over the world currently studying at Durham Business School, we are committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

  • Postgradute research

Many of our students use the MA to progress to PhD by research

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

Academic: a good Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline (see How to apply for more details)

English Language: IELTS 6.5 (no element under 6.0) or TOEFL 92 (no element under 23).

Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


£8,500 pa for home/EU students); £16,500 pa for international students.

Please note: from 1 May 2011 an application fee of £40 will apply.

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

For information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Campus tours

Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Then why not come along to one of our Campus Tours? They run regularly at Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Wednesday afternoons. For further information, please click here.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)


Durham University Business School is one of a small elite group of academic institutions worldwide who are accredited by all three major quality assurance bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This achievement is a testament to the quality of all our programmes, and gives you the extra assurance that they, and the School, have been rigorously tested and proven to be of high quality.

DBS was ranked 17th in Europe in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, January 2011, and our programmes are also consistently ranked among the best in the world by the Economist.

The School's diversity and international standing is reflected in our student intake, with over 100 nationalities across taught and research programmes. Academic staff are also from all over the world, making us 12th in the world for international faculty (Financial Times, January 2011).


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