Corporate Finance MSc

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Why Surrey?

This programme has been developed with Surrey Business School’s rigorous academic expertise in corporate finance at its heart, and is guided by a philosophy of practical learning.

We encourage you to be entrepreneurial and innovative, with regular opportunities to engage with real-world business problems throughout your programme.

Programme overview

The Masters in Corporate Finance will give you a thorough understanding of the rapidly changing financial market conditions around the world. The programme offers a rigorous treatment of finance theory with emphasis in corporate finance and corporate governance practises.

You will become equipped with a knowledge of the econometric techniques needed to understand the world of corporate finance, as well as undertake independent empirical research on the subject.

The optional modules allow you to widen your perspective on the subject matter and tailor the programme to your career aspirations and interests.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to provide a high quality education that is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future corporate finance professionals in the financial sector or any other large corporations and the academia.

It provides theoretical framework and practical skills that finance professionals working in corporations and financial institutions need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance leading to a PhD level.

The programme provides the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.

The compulsory modules aim to provide not only a rigorous treatment of the relevant theory, but also the quantitative techniques necessary to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of corporate finance.

The optional modules aim to offer students a broader perspective on the subject matter and allow them to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them.

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to area of corporatefinance
  • High level theoretical and applied knowledge of finance and corporate practice
  • An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied
  • Conduct finance-oriented research using appropriate research design and methodology
  • Collect and analyse data, to interpret findings and communicate results efficinently

Professional practical skills

  • An ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to financial sector
  • An ability to independently evaluate business/financial reports and relevant information with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies

Key / transferable skills

  • An ability of demonstrating competence in a range of skills that are relevant to the needs of future financial professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation, especially in financial sector
  • Critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • Using computer software for financial calculation
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Independent research
  • Presentation
  • Report writing

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Programme leader

Dr Christos P. Mavis

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university in a related subject (including accountancy, business administration, economics, engineering, finance, management, mathematics, physics or science).

If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £11,500 £21,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management we are offering all applicants who hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent the opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Admissions Information

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Further information for applicants

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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