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MSc Law and Finance

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate extended knowledge of the disciplines of finance and finance law, underpinned by theories and principles at the forefront of the field.

2. Exercise advanced intellectual abilities specific to finance and financial law, including critical analysis, logical thinking, and the capacity for comparative analysis of cases and legislation.

3. Identify and apply interdisciplinary research techniques, particularly in the context of financial law and finance, including effective library research and the use of law and business databases.

4. Formulate, evaluate, and critically discuss complex ideas and hypotheses in finance and financial law, using both written and oral methods in academic settings.

5. Critically evaluate current issues, research, and developments in finance and financial law, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the financial system, market operations, and institutional behaviours.

Skills Learning Outcomes
By the end of this programme students will:
1. Master critical and creative thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources

2. Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to financial institutions, markets, and investors

3. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, explain and apply your discipline

4. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence-based arguments

5. Be able to make effective use of digital tools to develop your academic, personal and professional skills

6. Be confident communicating persuasively to a diverse range of audiences

7. Be skilled in organisation and effective planning, being equipped to manage competing demands and manage time successfully

8. Distinguish and apply varying research methodologies, including quantitative analysis, and be able to undertake your own independent research

9. Engage in professional relationships, reflecting a proactive and self-reflective approach to learning and collaboration within the field.


This programme is designed to provide you with an inclusive and authentic, programme-level package of assessment and feedback activities that will effectively scaffold learning and cultivate the knowledge and skills that you need to fulfil your aspirations. We prioritise assessment for learning by investing in practice (formative) assessment activities and providing individual feedback to help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in readiness for your end of module (summative) assessments.

Each module is assessed separately, and assessments are designed to align with the programme’s learning outcomes, providing a comprehensive and authentic evaluation of your skills and knowledge. Written assignments play a central role, assessing your ability to conduct independent research, critically analyse information, and articulate complex ideas. Such assignments encourage in-depth engagement with module content, demonstrating advanced understanding and engagement with current issues and research in the field.

At the culmination of your studies, you will carry out a dissertation in a research area of your choice. This significant piece of research work will provide an opportunity for you to showcase your ability to synthesise information, critically evaluate contemporary debates, and articulate your findings comprehensively.


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