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Overview

The world of modern finance is more complex, automated, international and interconnected than ever, and finance professionals require an increasingly intricate set of tools to adapt to the rapid pace of change in their field.

The research-oriented MSc Finance programme focuses on teaching students how to solve real-world and relevant financial problems, thereby creating value for the companies they work for and society as a whole. MSc Finance students approach their learning from both theoretical and practical perspectives and are equipped with quantitative analysis tools to study and analyse real-world financial industry problems.

IBSS’s MSc Finance programme aims to enhance the effectiveness and competitiveness of students looking to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors. All IBSS programmes have the added benefit of preparing students for global careers, and international content is a valuable feature of the course. IBSS’s Financial Laboratory and Trading Platform provides real-world international data for learning and research, including data feeds from data streams such as Thomson Reuters. The course also features EIKON system training by Thomson Reuters staff, allowing students to gain Thompson Reuters EIKON certification. As a Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) member school,

IBSS is able to provide students with additional communication and learning opportunities at 25 top schools worldwide.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY FINANCE AT XJTLU?

  • Benefit from opportunities to apply for teaching and research assistantships within IBSS as well as the wider University during your studies
  • Study a programme that combines theoretical knowledge, and quantitative and analytical skills to get you a competitive edge in the finance sector
  • Learn from industry leaders with the opportunity to attend networking and recruiting events with local companies
  • Take advantage of the IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor located on campus, which gives you access to a world of data for study and research purposes, including data feeds from Datastream and Thomson One, and training by Thomson Reuters staff on EIKON system, leading to a TR EIKON training certificate
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Finance, you will have:

  • knowledge of in-depth content on key areas such as asset pricing, financial markets and corporate finance;
  • a better understanding of financial markets as current financial affairs are integrated into the learning process throughout the programme;
  • exposure to cutting-edge financial tools and teaching materials; and
  • opportunities to take advantage of the School’s research centres and its extensive industry links with companies in Suzhou and Shanghai for your research and future careers.
The MSc Finance provides a comprehensive knowledge of the latest developments in the corporate finance, financial markets and asset pricing fields, giving you the tools for a successful career in a financial institution or academia.
Xingzhi Yao
Programme director
“I got offers from UCL and King’s College London when I applied for my postgraduate degree. However, I chose IBSS because I clearly knew what I needed most at that stage and what the school could bring to me. IBSS provided me with cutting-edge learning resources, such as the financial labs and a number of research opportunities. I love the wonderful campus experience, and the scholarship was also very attractive!”
Xi Shi
Alumna testimonial

Modules*Programme modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. Additionally, IBSS programmes offer discipline- specific supplementary modules which will aid to broaden your knowledge in that specific field and enhance your skills. These would include opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits will be organized, and invited talks will be given by the industrial experts and professionals. All these activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall career and employability.

Careers

MSc Finance graduates have the skills and qualifications to pursue careers in investment banks, asset management companies, commercial banks, multinational companies, non-financial enterprises, government agencies, and consulting companies. The programme also lays a solid foundation for students looking to further their studies with doctoral degrees and engage in academic research.

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