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Finance and Financial Law


There have been rapid and wide-ranging changes to financial markets and to the legal and regulatory environments in which they operate. This has created strong demand for graduates with expertise in both finance and financial law.

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This MSc takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law by including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, bond issues, and loans.

With this degree, you have the option to favour law or finance, so you can tailor your learning according to your needs, interests and current expertise.

This MSc takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law by including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans.

It is relevant to national and international finance and will introduce you to how financial and legal principles are applied in theory and in practice.

Course details

  • MSc: You study six modules, which includes an optional dissertation.
  • Individual Professional Awards: Study up to three individual courses from this programme.

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The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated CeFiMS tutor.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics at SOAS. These include a core subject guide for each course; further textbooks and collections of key readings; and various online and multimedia tools.

Online support

When you register, you gain access to your Student Portal. You can then access your email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.     
  • A dedicated Associate Tutor, who you can contact with queries.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
  • Discussion forums to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.

Time commitment

Most students take three years to complete the MSc, but this can vary according to need.

The study calendar consists of five sessions per year. Each session is devoted to a specific module and lasts eight weeks (with the exception of the first session which runs for 10 weeks). During each session you should expect to study between 15-20 hours per week.


Each module is assessed by a three-hour unseen written exam (70% of the module mark), and two assignments of 2,500 words (30% of the mark). The dissertation is assessed by a thesis of 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices).

Exams take place once a year in September/October. You have two attempts to pass an exam, after which your registration will cease.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need either a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. finance, economics) from an institution acceptable to the University or relevant education and work experience that comprises suitable training for the programme.

If you have a qualification in an unrelated subject or an international qualification considered equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, we will consider these on their own merits.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the iELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

See more about computer requirements.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Total MSc

£ 10,080

Cost per module

£ 1,260

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams, and any customs duties or taxes payable on educational materials (e.g. USB/CDs).

Method of payment

Please contact CeFiMS:

This MSc creates a new kind of financial services professional: graduates who are trained in both finance and law. As a graduate, you will your specialist knowledge to be in demand by international banks and investment firms, legal practices, regulatory institutions and the academic world.

"The skills acquired during the MSc have helped me very much. I have been able to relate much of the material learned to my current projects. A couple of examples may be working on a merger assignment and funding rounds for two new ventures – one in hospitality and the other for a TV format."

Oreste Signori,
MSc Finance and Financial Law graduate, London

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The programme is developed by academics at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), a postgraduate research and teaching department within SOAS, University of London.

The academics at CeFiMS have international reputations and are involved in researching their subjects at the very limits of current knowledge. Over 80 academics act as online tutors. There is also a dedicated team of student advisers.

Programme Directors

Dr Richard Alexander is Lecturer in Financial Law at the School of Finance and Management and the School of Law at SOAS. His research interests include financial services law and regulation, and financial crime.

Dr Federico Mucciarelli is Reader in Financial Law at the School of Finance and Management at SOAS. He teaches in corporate governance the legal aspects of corporate finance, and his research interests include takeover regulation and corporate and insolvency law.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fees if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer


Oreste Signori MSc Finance and Financial Law, Italy

Oreste Signori - MSc Finance and Law

"The distance learning provision offered by the University of London was the best match for balancing my life between work and study ."

Oreste Signori

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