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The Dissertation option

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It may be possible for you to offer a dissertation in place of three taught elective modules. This is subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the Head of the Finance subject group, and the availability of a supervisor.

Students interested in continuing to the School’s PhD programme (either at the end of the MPhil or after a gap year) are strongly encouraged to take taught modules only, and may only take the dissertation option if they have had sufficient prior research training. A student who is allowed to exercise this option will write a 12,000 word dissertation and take six courses in total. The dissertation is weighted the equivalent of three modules, and is submitted in June.

Preparatory Maths & Statistics

The online pre-course in mathematical and statistical methods takes place in September before the academic year begins in October. The pre-course is mandatory; those who do not take it will not be admitted to the MPhil in Finance programme. The details about the pre-course will be confirmed in your offer letter.


Assessment is by written examination, project, or coursework, depending upon the nature of the particular course. Each course carries the same weighting towards the final mark. The dissertation is weighted the equivalent of three courses.