Mode of Attendance: Online learning
The rapid and wide-ranging changes occurring in financial markets around the world and in the legal and regulatory environment in which they operate has created a demand for people with expertise in both finance and financial law. This MSc takes an integrated approach to these two aspects by including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, the formation of companies and the bank-client relation, bond issues, and loans. It relates to both national and international finance and will introduce you to how financial and legal principles are applied in practice as well as in theory.
Too often expertise in financial services is polarised. Professionals either have knowledge of the practicalities of how financial services businesses operate or of the law relating to them. This programme creates a new kind of financial services professional: graduates who are trained in both finance and law. Graduates of the MSc FFL find that their specialist knowledge is in demand by international banks and investment firms, legal practices, regulatory institutions and the academic world.
You will study six modules: three core modules and three elective modules selected from the list below.
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Law
- Introduction to Law and Finance
- Bank Financial Management
- Banking and Capital Markets
- Corporate Governance
- Finance in the Global Market
- Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet Banking
- Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
- Legal Aspects of International Finance
- Regulation of International Capital Markets
- Research Methods
- Risk Management: Principles and Applications
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Education and experience
You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics, or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
For all of our modules, you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.
If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.
Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
About the School
SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.