MSc, 2-2½ years, by distance learning

This is for you if… you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst developing and enhancing your knowledge and skills in the areas of finance and financial management.

Course Description

The MSc in Finance will develop your understanding of the concepts of finance and the role of financial management in a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will gain a greater understanding of how finance is central to organisational decision-making by looking at key areas including financial analysis and investment, financial statements, strategic financial management, financial modelling and financial risk management and corporate finance. You will be able to pursue your own areas of interest when taking your option modules and dissertation.

As well as gaining a deeper theoretical and conceptual knowledge of finance, this degree will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate financial management problems and make sound strategic decisions in your professional role. The skills and knowledge gained during the course will enable you to enhance your career in finance or move into further study and academic work in the area.

By choosing to study by distance learning, you will have the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Dates

Start date: 1 May 2017
Application deadline for May 2017: 30 March 2017

Start date: 1 August 2017
Application deadline for August 2017: 5 July 2017

Start date: 1 November 2017
Application deadline for November 2017: 4 October 2017

Start date: 1 February 2018
Application deadline for February 2018: 3 January 2018

Start date: 1 May 2018
Application deadline for May 2018: 4 April 2018

Key Facts

Start date:
February, May, August and November each year
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Why Leicester?

We have over 25 years’ experience of offering high quality distance learning courses. Over 36,000 students have graduated from our distance learning courses.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Business Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Our wide range of option modules provide you with the flexibility to tailor your study around your interests.

Course Structure

Core modules


  • Research Methods and 15,000-word Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

You must select at least one of the finance options (F) plus any other option module listed.

  • International Finance and Globalisation (F)
  • Public Finance (F)
  • Alternative Economies
  • Branding and Communication
  • Business to Business and Supply Chain Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Knowledge Management
  • Leadership: Foundational and Critical Perspectives
  • Managing Information: Technology and Systems
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Total Quality Management

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 1 May 2018
Application deadline for May 2018: 4 April 2018

Start date: 1 August 2018
Application deadline for August 2018 start: 2 July 2018

Start date: 1 November 2018
Application deadline for November 2018 start: 2 October 2018

Start date: 1 February 2019
Application deadline for February 2019 start: 3 January 2019

Teaching and Assessment

As a distance learning student you will receive support throughout the course from a group of dedicated academic mentors and module tutors.

You will use module study books – available in hard copy and electronically – and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This will give you online access to materials to support each module, discussion forums hosted by module tutors and chat rooms where you can network with fellow students.

You will be invited to attend our annual residential summer school held on campus at the University. This week-long programme of lectures, activities and workshops, takes place every July/August and is open to students on any of our distance learning postgraduate Management courses, at any point in their studies.


You will be assessed at the end of each module either by an exam or written assignment which is usually between 3,000 to 4,000 words. Your final piece of work, the dissertation, is 15,000 words.

Exams are usually held in the UK on a Saturday (exam days in other countries may vary). Elsewhere, we offer one exam centre free of charge in each country. If you do not live close to the designated exam centre then we can arrange for you to take the exam in a local city for a nominal administrative charge.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library’s electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Entry Requirements

  • A good second class honours degree from a British University, or its equivalent
  • Or a postgraduate diploma from a recognised institution
  • A relevant graduate level professional qualification alongside substantial relevant work experience

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for this degree, please complete our eligibility form for further guidance.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 (7.0 in writing preferred) or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Fees and Funding

This is the total fee. You will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

Starting in May 2018

  • £10,070

Starting in August 2018, November 2018, February 2019 or May 2019

  • £10,345

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

Our finance and economics courses have been developed to match the needs of employers and are highly regarded within business and government, whether national or international. Our courses are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to career needs, a fact endorsed by over 20,000 School of Business graduates from around 100 countries.

By taking the MSc in Finance, you will acquire the latest academic and professional knowledge in the areas of corporate finance, financial modelling, accountability, representations and control, financial statements, financial analysis and investment, which will enhance your professional development and career prospects.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Finance MSc 2-2½ years by distance learning February, May, August and November each year Apply Now