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Programme overview

The Cambridge Master of Finance provides an academically rigorous and commercially relevant master's level degree in finance combined with excellent resources to support career development.

The Master of Finance has been designed in consultation with the banking and finance industry and provides a first-class training for ambitious and successful finance professionals wishing to strengthen their existing knowledge of finance.

The programme consists of:

  • Core courses, providing a rigorous grounding in the foundations of finance
  • A range of electives covering the main areas of applied finance
  • Projects, enabling the integration of theory and practice
  • A choice of a number of summer activities
  • A weekly City Speaker Series seminar
MichaelmasTerm 1Sep - Dec
Orientation

A two week period designed to get to know Cambridge, your fellow students, and the MFin team. Students also undertake maths and statistics refresher classes.

Core courses (8 scheduled in Michaelmas Term)

Core courses scheduled in Michaelmas Term:

  • Introduction to Derivatives
  • Economic Foundations of Finance
  • Financial Institutions & Markets
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • Principles of Finance
  • Management Lecture Series
  • Management Practice
  • City Speaker Series

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City Speaker Series

The City Speaker Series provides a further stream of practical financial expertise to the degree, and gives you regular networking opportunities with finance professionals. The speakers are experts in their fields, working at the daily cutting edge of applied finance.

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Personal & Professional Development Programme

The MFin careers service is designed to help you gain the insights and skills needed to succeed in your career. The careers programme encompasses one-to-one coaching, soft skills workshops aimed at job search, interview success and supporting professional development, and finally recruitment and networking events including alumni panels.

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Vacation
Equity Research Project

In groups, you are assigned a listed company on which you're required to undertake a stock valuation exercise. You produce an equity research report outlining your valuation methodology, investment thesis and a recommendation to buy or sell shares in this company. The project culminates in a presentation followed by a panel Q&A, simulating a real-life 'morning call'.

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LentTerm 2Jan - Mar
Core courses (5 scheduled in Lent Term)

Core courses scheduled in Lent Term:

  • Econometrics
  • Fundamentals of Credit
  • Management Lecture Series (continued)
  • Management Practice (continued)
  • City Speaker Series

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Electives (3 or 4 to be taken in Lent Term)

Students can choose from a wide range of electives, including:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Further Derivatives
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Topics in Investment Management

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*Please note the running order and specific electives on offer may change from year to year.

City Speaker Series

The City Speaker Series provides a further stream of practical financial expertise to the degree, and gives you regular networking opportunities with finance professionals. The speakers are experts in their fields, working at the daily cutting edge of applied finance.

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Personal & Professional Development Programme

The MFin careers service is designed to help you gain the insights and skills needed to succeed in your career. The careers programme encompasses one-to-one coaching, soft skills workshops aimed at job search, interview success and supporting professional development, and finally recruitment and networking events including alumni panels.

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Vacation
Group Consulting Project

The Group Consulting Project provides a chance for you to work on a real assignment for a host company or organisation. The project offers a great opportunity to put into practice new ideas that you've encountered on the MFin, and to get experience in sectors and roles you're interested in.

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EasterTerm 3Apr - Jun
Core courses (2 scheduled in Easter Term)

Core courses scheduled in Easter Term:

  • Management Lecture Series (continued)
  • City Speaker Series

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Electives (4 or 5 to be taken in Easter Term)

Students can choose from a wide range of electives, including:

  • Advanced Credit
  • Advanced Derivatives
  • Asian Capital Markets
  • Further Econometrics: Time Series
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Principals of Financial Regulation
  • Liquid Alternatives and Hedge Funds
  • The Coming of Modern Capital Markets
  • New Venture Finance
  • Understanding the International Economy and Financial System
  • Venture Capital & the Entrepreneurial World

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*Please note the running order and specific electives on offer may change from year to year.

City Speaker Series

The City Speaker Series provides a further stream of practical financial expertise to the degree, and gives you regular networking opportunities with finance professionals. The speakers are experts in their fields, working at the daily cutting edge of applied finance.

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Personal & Professional Development Programme

The MFin careers service is designed to help you gain the insights and skills needed to succeed in your career. The careers programme encompasses one-to-one coaching, soft skills workshops aimed at job search, interview success and supporting professional development, and finally recruitment and networking events including alumni panels.

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SummerJun - Sep
Individual Project

This is an optional project spent working for a financial institution or completing a research dissertation. This project is deliberately flexible to accommodate the varying needs of students.

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A choice of summer activities

A number of activities are on offer over the summer period.

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  • Pre-term courses
  • Core courses
  • Electives
  • Projects
  • Visiting speakers
  • Careers
  • Summer activities

Please note that the content of the programme is subject to change.

Virtual tour

View the lecture theatre where the majority of MFin teaching takes place:

Lecture theatre

View of one of the School's three lecture theatres.

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The learning experience on the MFin is unparalleled. Not only do you learn from top professors in their fields, but also from your highly experienced classmates who come from all over the world. On top of this, you meet skilled individuals from other fields within your College, which is invaluable. This was definitely the best and most rich learning environment in my educational career.
Meshaal Al Saleh, MFin 2016