Finance

  • 9th for Accounting and Finance in the Complete University Guide 2016
  • 12th for Accounting and Finance in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • One of a select group of universities worldwide with CFA® Institute Program Partner status

About our programmes

We offer well-established, research-led programmes relevant for professional careers. The MSc Finance and Investment was the first finance Masters to be launched in the UK, more than 40 years ago, and a succession of innovative programmes have been developed since, such as the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management. This was one of the first in the UK to be designed with the aim of combining a Masters programme with taking Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) examinations.

Our research

The Finance Research Group focus on the sustainable delivery of leading-edge research across a broad range of areas within the disciplines of finance. Our research themes are: aspects of firm valuation models, trading strategies, risk management, derivative instruments, and volatility modelling, mergers and acquisitions, corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment, market-based accounting, payout policy, corporate governance, return predictability, portfolio management and alternative investments and venture capital. Recent research grants have been awarded from professional bodies including the International Auditing Standards Board and the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (UK). Our faculty members are regularly invited to advise policy makers at institutions such as the Bank of England, the Department of Work and Pensions, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Competition Commission.

Adding value to our programmes

A close association with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the CFA Institute, the global membership organisation that awards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, means that Finance at Exeter is positioned to align its standards with the highest level of professional excellence. The Finance Group has an ongoing programme of conferences and seminars and an active weekly research seminar, with a mix of external and internal speakers. 

Every year students have the opportunity to go on a week-long trip to Europe, last year’s students visited the European Commission in Brussels and the stock exchange and Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, as well as a financial organisation in Paris, giving a rare insight into how these organisations operate.