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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Law and Finance

Programme code:MSC-LAW/L&FUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Karina Patrício Ferreira Lima Contact address:K.Patricio@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Law

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:


The MSc Law & Finance programme is designed to provide a deep and practical understanding of the interplay between legal frameworks and financial systems. This programme, delivered jointly by the School of Law and the Business School, offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, tailored to meet the challenges of the modern global financial landscape.

The programme’s content covers a wide spectrum, from corporate and international financial law to the theoretical principles of finance and accounting. It is structured to provide a balanced exposure to both law and finance, with five compulsory modules enhancing foundational knowledge, and a range of optional modules allowing for specialisation. At the core of this programme is a commitment to the principles of the Leeds Curriculum, emphasising research-led teaching, breadth of learning, and professional development.

A distinctive aspect of the MSc Law & Finance programme is its blend of traditional academic learning with innovative practical experiences. This includes a one-week trading simulation with Amplify Trading and access to the Business School’s financial markets lab, equipped with state-of-the-art resources like Bloomberg terminals. These elements provide you with real-world insights and hands-on experience, crucial for a comprehensive understanding of the field.

While primarily delivered through in-person lectures and seminars, the programme also utilises digital technologies to enrich the learning experience. This combination allows for an inclusive, engaging, and flexible environment, accommodating diverse learning styles and needs.

Upon successful completion of the MSc Law & Finance programme, you will have achieved a series of subject-specific and skills learning outcomes. These include an advanced understanding of finance and financial law, critical analysis skills, an appreciation for interdisciplinary research techniques, and the ability to engage professionally within the field. Furthermore, you will develop key transferable skills, such as independent learning, reflective practices, decision-making in complex scenarios, and effective communication abilities.

In essence, the MSc Law & Finance programme combines interdisciplinary academic learning with the development of practical skills. It provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with current global challenges in law and finance, thereby preparing you for advanced research degrees or professional roles in these sectors.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 75 credits of compulsory modules

LAW5556MCorporate Finance and Securities Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5584MPrinciples of International Financial Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5000MQuantitative Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5004MCorporate Finance15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5982MFinancial Reporting and Analysis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Law & Finance Pathway

LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5956MDissertation (Law and Finance)45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Accounting and Finance Pathway

LUBS5062MAccounting and Finance Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Students who wish to study the LUBS5062M Accounting and Finance Dissertation must have a grounding in quantitative subjects. As a general rule, candidates with a 2:1 or equivalent in 5 or more relevant subjects (e.g. mathematics; economics; accounting; finance) will be considered to have a ‘good grounding’ in quantitative methods or related subjects for the purposes of eligibility for this dissertation pathway.

Candidates will be required to study 45 credits of the following optional modules.

Semester 1
Basket 1: Choose one module
NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) is chosen, this counts as one 15 credit option from Basket 1 AND one 15 credit option from Basket 2.

LAW5550MCorporate Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5585MInternational Trade Finance Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5613MInternational Tax Law and Policy30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5942MConflict of Laws in Business Transactions15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

It is strongly recommended for candidates who have not previously studied Company Law in a common law jurisdiction to enrol on LAW5550M Corporate Law. This will better prepare them for the mandatory module LAW5556M Corporate Finance and Securities Law, which runs in Semester 2.

Semester 2
Basket 2:

Candidates must choose 2 x 15 Credit modules from Basket 2.
NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) was chosen in Basket 1, candidates should choose only 1 x 15 Credit module from Basket 2.

LAW5222MIntercultural Business and Organisational Communication15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5445MInternational Competition Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5565MInternational Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5568MInternational Corporate Governance15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5637MFinancial Crime15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5952MCentral Issues in Arbitration15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5019MForensic Accounting and Finance15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates are discouraged from choosing the modules LAW5637M Financial Crime and LUBS5019M Forensic Accounting and Finance simultaneously given the partial overlap in their contents.

Foundational knowledge in accounting is required to enrol in the module LUBS5019M Forensic Accounting and Finance.

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