UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0209: Finance Research Project

Masters, level 7
MSc Finance students only
Delivery method
5 x 2 hour lectures
Consulting project/dissertation 100%
Previous Module Code

Course overview

The Finance Research Project allows students to apply all the knowledge gained through the MSc Finance core and optional modules throughout the programme. Students carry out individual research on a topic of their choice based on one or more of the concepts studied during the MSc.

It is expected that the project will explore a significant issue faced by a government, a large corporation or a financial agent such as banks, brokers, derivative traders, insurance companies or rating agencies among others. The project will take the form of a traditional dissertation but it could be industry-led.

Students will be expected to draw on the full range of knowledge and skills they have developed during the MSc Finance programme, and demonstrate their ability to integrate this knowledge and apply it in novel situations.

Students will be able to access all resources available at the School of Management including specialised software, market-connected terminals and related bibliography. They will receive support in the form of lectures and will have a designated tutor available to guide them through the process if necessary. Students could meet with their designated tutor up to 3 hours during summer for guidance on the process, these meetings will be voluntary.

The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to create a substantial piece of work that highlights their skills and experience in the field of finance adding value by finding answers to specific issues. Students can share their outcome with potential employers or use it as a starting point for further studies. Students are encouraged to identify suitable projects with companies and other organisations; the project should be related to the MSc Finance syllabus and be research-based.

Learning outcomes

  • Design a dissertation project being able to identify a significant financial problem and related research questions.
  • Identify relevant literature to understand previous work done in the field and related to the topic.
  • Develop the skills to conduct a traditional dissertation using both primary and secondary data.
  • Select appropriate concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques to analyse/test the problem.
  • Develop clear conclusions and actionable recommendations and communicate the results of their research to non-specialist audiences.

Assessment summary

Consulting project/dissertation 100%

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Past versions of this module

MSIN0128 18/19

Last updated Monday, 15 July 2019