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The MSc Finance from the University of Aberdeen is the only fully online Master’s in Finance programme offered by one of the UK’s six ancient universities.

Gain all the essential skills for a successful career in finance, as you develop a deep understanding of financial theories, assumptions and techniques – before going on to explore fast-developing specialisms such as Fintech, Big Data, Regulation and International Finance.

The programme also gives you the unique option to earn credits towards your Master’s degree by studying for the CFA® credential, giving you an added advantage in a competitive job market.

What You'll Learn

Master Core Disciplines

Gain a deeper knowledge of core theory, developing skills in corporate finance, portfolio analysis, asset valuation, derivatives and risk management.

Earn Credits for CFA Study

Earn credits towards your MSc in Finance by studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst exams – whether you choose to sit them or not.

Perform In-Depth Analysis

Learn how to assess a company’s performance for investors, using Excel and econometric software to carry out detailed financial analysis.

Explore Industry Innovations

Explore recent and future areas of development in finance, in areas such as Fintech, Big Data, Regulation and International Banking.

Practice Ethical & Responsible Finance

See how your decisions impact global financial markets as you become familiar with financial codes of conduct and corporate citizenship.

Understand Financial Markets

Develop an in-depth understanding of how financial markets function, exploring international issues and the causes of financial crises.

Why Choose Us?

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is part of a group of only six ancient British universities, which includes Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.

The University of Aberdeen Business School works to continue this proud history, using our research and knowledge to advance learning in many industries and sectors.

82500 alumni in over 192 countries
2nd in uk for research impact in business studies
70% of research rated world leading/excellent


*Both of these figures come from our assessment in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Why Choose Our MSc in Finance?

100% Online Finance Education

Earn your Master’s completely online from anywhere in the world, with no face-to-face classes to attend.

Flexible Learning Experience

No set lectures, and no exams. Message your tutor at times that suit you, and fit study around your other commitments.

Put Theory into Practice

Adapt and apply newly-learned financial theory and skills in the context of your job while you study.

Fitch CFA Training

If you choose, you’ll receive exam preparation from the leading CFA training providers, Fitch Learning.

Unlimited Support

Receive one-to-one guidance and feedback from expert tutors, and help from your dedicated student support team.

Financial Times Access

Benefit from full access to the Financial Times during your MSc Finance studies, at no additional cost.

What is the CFA?

If you choose, you can gain credits towards your Master’s by studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential: a professional standard for over 31,000 investment firms worldwide.

Global Network

A professional community of more than 135,000 CFA charterholders

Employer Demand

Top CFA employers include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, HSBC and Merrill Lynch

Real-World Expertise

A progressive curriculum that bridges real-world practices and theoretical knowledge


If you choose the courses which include CFA study, you’ll benefit from training and exam preparation from CFA prep provider FitchLearning.

Learn more about the CFA »

Additional Benefits

There are some additional features of the MSc Finance programme that you should know about.

Gain Your MSc in 2 Years

Studying part-time, you’ll complete the programme and earn your finance MSc online in just over two years.

Balanced Study Schedule

We recommend a 15 hour weekly time commitment, to allow you to fit study into your own timetable.

Fully Responsive Platform

Our study platform is fully compatible with your laptop, tablet and mobile to make access as easy as possible.



The MSc Finance study platform is easy to use, allowing you to:

  • Log in at any time, from any device
  • Access all your courses and learning materials
  • Benefit from unlimited tuition, guidance and support
  • Communicate with your peers in secure online forums
  • Receive ongoing feedback and course grades
  • Message your student and technical support teams at any time

Course Structure

Across the two-year programme, you’ll progress through three blocks covering core finance disciplines (with a study break of at least one week between blocks).*

You can personalise your online master’s in finance degree to suit your own career aspirations, with optional courses in blocks 2 and 3.

*Please note, there may be additional holidays in your schedule depending on your start date.

  • Block 1

    Block 1

    Fundamental Concepts
    You will explore financial accounting assumptions and conventions, and develop your technical knowledge - enabling you to appreciate the recording of business transactions and preparing financial statements. You’ll gain an understanding of the purpose of financial information and the influence of governments, stock exchanges and other institutions on accounts.
    This course introduces core financial concepts and key areas within corporate finance. The aimis to combine conceptual understanding with analytical skills, allowing you to appreciate the implications of corporate financing decisions. This includes understanding why companies make financing choices and how they interact with global financial markets.
    In this course, you will cover the main elements of microeconomic theory; how this underpins the macroeconomy and how this theory can be used to consider the welfare effects of price changes. Production and how the theory can be used to identify market supply and demand from empirical data will also be explored.
    This course develops a quantitative and statistical ‘toolbox’ for the programme. These tools are applied to contemporary finance related topics, combining technique and interpretation of outcomes. The course blends quantitative techniques with central concepts in finance, covering: financial calculation and financial data management; probability concepts; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression analysis.
  • Block 2

    Block 2

    Advanced Topics
    The course combines practical and profession-driven analytical and valuation techniques. This course will focus on fundamental analysis and how this fits with efficient markets, building on your ability to analyse companies and to exert sound judgment. You will learn to use the key valuation approaches in finance, while also understanding their assumptions and limitations.
    This course equips you with the ability and skills to price standard assets and to manage investment portfolios. We blend modern portfolio theory with practical skills to ensure you have access to the latest developments in portfolio management. Themes include: risk and return; investment motives; the application of modern portfolio theory (including the Capital Asset Pricing Model); information and market efficiency; portfolio analysis and asset pricing; bonds and equities; real estate and derivative markets.
    In this course you will acquire a sound understanding of derivative contracts: forwards, futures, options, and swaps, written on a variety of underlying instruments. You will also build up a good knowledge of interest rate and credit derivatives. Using both a theoretical and practical approach, the course will equip you with rigorous skills in analysing and valuing derivatives and using them in risk management.
    If you choose to study towards the CFA qualification, you will benefit from training and exam preparation within Fitch Learning’s online learning platform, which you will access directly through the Professional Finance course. As part of your course assessment, you will be required to write an essay, reflecting on professional and academic approaches to finance, and complete a CFA mock exam.
    This course considers methods for making international financial decisions using theoretical approaches, data, industry examples and practical case studies.

    A central theme is the evaluation and management of the risks that arise in international markets. You’ll also explore the concept of globalisation, foreign exchange markets, foreign currency hedging and derivatives, exchange rate determination and the characteristics of multinational corporations.
  • Block 3

    Block 3

    Specialised Topics
    Using both a theoretical and practical approach, this course will develop your understanding of the modern banking industry.

    Exploring the latest developments in the sector, you’ll gain vital knowledge of the actors and practices of the industry – covering banks’ financial statements; banks’ activities; the different types of banks; banks’ managements; banks’ assets and liabilities management.
    Technology is central to modern finance. This course will give you an understanding of the latest evolutions in financial technology, and the role Big Data is playing in finance.

    You’ll gain a competitive edge by analysing the latest topics in the sector: blockchain technology; cryptocurrency; peer-to-peer lending; data analytics; data mining and data management; ethics in fintech and big data.
    This course gives you a deep understanding of fixed income securities, their key features, their risk profile and how to manage a fixed income portfolio. It also provides knowledge about methodologies that can be used to analyse this asset class. This will be instrumental in furthering your career in the modern financial world.
    This course provides you with the opportunity to study towards the CFA qualification (or to continue your CFA studies at the next level if you’ve previously completed any CFA levels).

    You’ll benefit from training and exam preparation within Fitch Learning’s online learning platform, which you’ll access directly through the Professional Finance course. As part of your course assessment you will be required to write an essay, reflecting on professional and academic approaches to finance, and complete a CFA mock exam.
    Understanding the impact of regulations on the banking and financial industries is a highly valuable skill. This course will guide you through the latest evolutions in regulation.

    You’ll cover a range of topics including: the rationale and extent of financial regulation; the effects of the 2007-2008 financial crisis; international regulation (including the US and European financial markets); rationale and extent of banking regulation; capital ratio in the banking industry and Basel III regulation.

Read the programme specification »

Start Dates & Schedules

Click below to see the schedules for each of the start dates in 2018/19:

Induction: 18/2/2019 → 22/2/2019

Block 1: 25/02/2019 → 07/10/2019

25/02/2019Accounting for Finance
22/04/2019Corporate Finance
17/06/2019Economics for Finance
16/08/2019Quantative Methods for Finance
07/10/2019Study Break

Block 2: 14/10/2019 → 17/08/2020

14/10/2019Professional Finance A or International Finance
09/12/2019Study Break
16/12/2019Financial Analysis
06/01/2020Financial Analysis
24/02/2020Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management
20/04/2020Professional Finance B or Financial and Banking Regulation
15/06/2020Study Break
22/06/2020Derivatives and Risk Management
17/08/2020Study Break

Block 3: 24/08/2020 → 26/01/2021

24/08/2020International Banking
19/10/2020Fixed Income Analysis
14/12/2020Study Break
04/01/2021Fintech and Big Data

Induction: 22/4/2019 → 26/4/2019

Block 1: 29/04/2019 → 21/02/2020

29/04/2019Accounting for Finance
24/06/2019Corporate Finance
19/08/2019Economics for Finance
14/10/2019Professional Finance A or International Finance
09/12/2019Study Break
16/08/2019Quantitive Methods for Finance
06/01/2020Quantitive Methods for Finance

Block 2: 24/02/2020 → 12/10/2020

24/02/2020Financial Analysis
20/04/2020Professional Finance B or Financial and Banking Regulation
15/06/2020Study Break
22/06/2020Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management
17/08/2020Derivatives and Risk Management
12/10/2020Study Break

Block 3: 19/10/2020 → 23/03/2021

19/10/2020International Banking
14/12/2020Study Break
04/01/2021Fixed Income Analysis
01/03/2021Fintech and Big Data

Induction: 22/7/2019 → 26/7/2019

Block 1: 29/07/2019 → 06/04/2020

29/07/2019Accounting for Finance
23/09/2019Corporate Finance
18/11/2019Study Break
25/11/2019Economics for Finance
06/01/2020Economics for Finance
03/02/2020Study Break
10/02/2020Quantitate Methods for Finance
06/04/2020Study Break

Block 2: 13/04/2020 → 04/11/2020

13/04/2020Study Break
10/04/2020Professional Finance A or International Finance
15/06/2020Study Break
22/06/2020Financial Analysis
17/08/2020Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management
12/10/2020Derivatives and Risk Management

Block 3: 07/12/2020 → 06/08/2021

07/12/2020International Banking
04/01/2021International Banking
15/02/2021Fixed Income Analysis
12/04/2021Professional Finance B or Financial and Banking Regulation
07/06/2021Study Break
14/06/2021Fintech and Big Data

Induction: 7/10/2019 → 11/10/2019

Block 1: 14/10/2019 → 08/06/2020

14/10/2019Accounting for Finance
09/12/2019Corporate Finance
06/01/2020Corporate Finance
17/02/2020Economics for Finance
13/04/2020Quantitive Methods for Finance
08/06/2020Study Break

Block 2: 15/06/2020 → 12/02/2021

15/06/2020Financial Analysis
10/08/2020Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management
05/10/2020Professional Finance A or International Finance
30/11/2020Study Break
07/12/2020Derivatives and Risk Management
04/01/2021Derivatives and Risk Management

Block 3: 15/02/2021 → 01/10/2021

15/02/2021International Banking
12/04/2021Professional Finance B or Financial and Banking Regulation
07/06/2021Study Break
14/06/2021Fixed Income Analysis
09/08/2021Fintech and Big Data

You’ll gain access to your online Induction one week before your chosen start date, and can continue to access the resources there throughout your studies.


The MSc Finance is assessed entirely by coursework. We believe that assessment should be a core part of your learning – allowing you to use your knowledge, skills and experience in context.

There are three types of assessment, each of which will mirror practice:

Theory into Practice

Critique and adapt a new theory or framework in your own professional context.

Group Challenges

Address business challenges and innovate solutions by collaborating in teams.

Professional Development

Reflect on your learning and acquired knowledge to develop your management skills.

Are You Eligible?

The MSc Finance is open to applicants of any background. You can enrol even if your undergraduate degree is in a different discipline, but it is beneficial to provide evidence of numerical or quantitative skills.

 We assess all candidates on an individual basis, but to be eligible you’ll normally meet the following requirements:

Academic Qualifications

UK second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Professional Experience?

No specific professional experience is required.

English Language

Language skills will be assessed during the admissions process.*


*If we need further evidence of your English language proficiency, we may ask you to take one of the recognised tests such as IELTS.

The easiest way to find out if you’re eligible is to use our quick CV checker, for a 24-hour response from one of our Admissions Advisors:

Fees and Payment Options

The total tuition fee for the online MSc Finance programme is £13,800, which you can pay in two ways:

3 Instalments of


1 Instalment of



If you choose to include the CFA* as part of your study, there’s an additional fee for the learning materials delivered by FitchLearning: £640 for CFA 1, and £750 for CFA 2.

Read on below for ways you could save on your fees, or you can speak with an Admissions Advisor if you have any questions about the fee structure or payment process.

Ways to Save

At the University of Aberdeen, we know that investing in your career is a big decision. To make that investment easier, here are some of the ways you could be able to save on your MSc Finance tuition.

Scholarships & Grants

Several awarding bodies offer fellowships and scholarships to qualifying students.

Find out if you qualify »

Loan & Funding Options

Depending on where you reside, you could be eligible for loan funding or other financial help.

View funding options »

Alumni Discount

All University alumni are entitled to a 20% discount on your finance master fees.

Apply to claim »

Accreditations & Recognition

The University of Aberdeen is accredited by Her Majesty’s Privy Council of the United Kingdom – guaranteeing the highest standards of academic quality.

The University of Aberdeen Business School is also accredited by the Energy Institute, the Chartered Management Institute and is a member of the AASCB Business Education Alliance.

Faculty & Support

When you study online with the University of Aberdeen, you’ll have continuous help from our faculty and support teams as you progress towards gaining your Master in finance.

Admissions Advisors

Ready to apply? Our advisors will guide you through the whole process in our easy-to-use Admissions Portal.

One-to-One Tuition

You’ll receive constant guidance and feedback from your expert tutors, who you can message at any time.

Student Support

Our dedicated support teams will be on-hand to provide any administrative or technical help you might need.

Advance Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers in asset management, commercial, private or investment banking, and to fill a wide variety of other roles in the financial industry, including:

  • Financial analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Trader
  • Financial services sales agent
  • Financial analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Research analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Mergers and acquisitions analyst
  • Chief financial officer

These are just a few examples of possible career paths you could explore – master of finance graduates can, and do, go on to advance their careers in a wide variety of industries and roles.

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