UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0128: Finance Research Project

Masters, level 7
MSc Finance students only
Delivery method
10 x 2 hour lectures
Consulting project/dissertation 100%
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Course overview

The Finance Dissertation is a core module. It is the final project that allows students apply all knowledge gained through the MSc Finance core and optional modules.

Student’s 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.

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 individual 1:1 meetings with their allocated dissertation supervisors.

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 in the meantime it is related to the MSc Finance syllabus and is research-based.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and frame a significant financial problem or the hypothesis to be tested
  • Design a dissertation project including timeframes and outcomes.
  • Identify and collect appropriate qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Select appropriate concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques to analyse/test the problem.
  • Develop clear conclusions and actionable recommendations.

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.

Last updated Tuesday, 14 May 2019