Finance 2018/19

  • 5th for Accounting and Finance in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 9th for Accounting and Finance in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
  • A CISI Centre of Excellence
  • The MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management has CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program status

We offer well-established, research-led, programmes relevant for students wishing to embark upon careers in finance. The MSc Finance and Investment was the first finance Masters to be launched in the UK, more than 40 years ago, with a series of innovative programmes being 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 the opportunity to attempt Level I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) examinations. Studying a MSc Finance programme at Exeter will provide you with a hands-on experience of financial databases including Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Bureau van Dijk.

Our Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment focuses on the sustainable delivery of cutting-edge research across a broad range of areas within the disciplines of finance and we’ve received research grants from professional bodies including the International Auditing Standards Board, the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (UK), and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Positioned to align our standards to the highest level of professional excellence, we also have 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.

Finance Research

With a range of well-established, research-led Masters programmes, the Finance department continues to offer a broad range of cutting-edge research themes across a variety of finance disciplines. And, with 73% of our Finance research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment focuses on the sustainable delivery of such research with an active weekly research seminar programme.

Xfi faculty research covers a wide range of themes including Firm Valuation Models, Trading Strategies, Risk Management, Derivative Instruments and Volatility Modelling, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investment to Market-Based Accounting, Payout Policy, Corporate Governance, Return Predictability, Portfolio Management, Alternative Investments and Venture Capital.