MA in Finance


This course aims to provide our students with the opportunity to undergo a comprehensive and rigorous study in current financial theories, financial markets, investment banking and digital technologies. In addition to an MA in Finance, this course is duly recognised by the Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and it would aid students in their future preparations for undertaking the CFA examination.
As the MA in Finance is a two-year cross-border programme, our students will spend their first year, studying on our campus on Boars Hill in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, and in their second year, our students will undergo their studies in our campus in Shenzhen, China. Our students will study in a world-class university, in two countries, with internationally renowned academics. At the end of their studies, they will be equipped with critical and practical problem-solving skills in finance which will make them extremely competitive and well sought after in the world of banking and finance.
Our campuses are equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities. Furthermore, to enable our students to obtain the most current and up-to-date knowledge and skills, our students will study with academics who are forefront in their research in finance. Our students will also study the latest in-demand topics in finance like Fintech, Blockchain, Big Data Science and AI Analytics which are extremely useful in business applications.
Since opening up to foreign trade and investment and implementing free-market reforms in 1979, China has been among the world's fastest-growing economies, with real annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 9.5% through 2018, a pace described by the World Bank as “the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in history.Thus, with the one year study in China, this MA in Finance programme provides our students with the stellar opportunity and advantage to develop an in-depth understanding of the workings of Chinese businesses, the Chinese economy and its financial industry. Furthermore, it will also allow our students the highly sought after access to employment and entrepreneurship in the region.   

Academic excellence: this course is designed and delivered by faculty members who had received their PhD from top universities in the world. Our finance research department is distinctive and it draws upon the expertise from worldwide forefront research hubs in finance.


Course Modules

Students need to chose 16 courses from 19 courses below, plus research project and dissertation.
Foundation: Academic Writing /Business Mathematics 
Microeconomics/Managerial Economics
International Finance
Applied Econometrics
Understanding of Chinese Economy and Development
Corporate Finance
Financial Markets
Blockchain & Currency
AI Analytics I (general) and II (advanced)
Big Data Science for Finance and Banking Study 
Financial Risk Management/Financial Derivatives
Financial Markets and Investment in China
Behaviour Finance
Fixed Income Securities
Financial Economics 
Merger and Acquisition 
Business Chinese 
Independent Study of China
Graduate Thesis Seminar

The Application Process

Entry requirements:
1. A good bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized university, preferably with a strong quantitative background
2. English proficiency for non-native speakers: TOEFL (80 and above) or IELTS (overall 6.5 and above)
3. GMAT and GRE scores are not required, but are advantageous and will be taken into consideration

How to apply
1. Send your CV and official transcripts in English to and copy 
2. Start online application through after receiving instructions from us
3. Post your documents and printed application forms to our Admissions Office in Shenzhen. Our address is:
      ​Admissions Office for International Students, Room 114
      Peking University HSBC Business School University Town
      Nanshan District Shenzhen, China

Documents that need to be included:
1. A copy of your degree certificate and transcript
2. Evidence of your English language qualifications
3. An up-to-date CV
4. Two academic references

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.

Fees & Scholarships:

£13,000 + RMB 60,000
A range of scholarships are available for candidates who demonstrate excellent academic records and exhibit excellent professional and personal skills.
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Career Opportunities:

After the successful completion of an MA in Finance with Peking University, our students have not just the distinct opportunity to advance their careers with prestigious international organizations, multinational corporations, and governments over the world, they have the added advantage of being highly sought after by prestigious companies in China and companies who want to set up bases in China. Moreover, our students’ entrepreneurship ideas and ambitions will be fully supported by various funding opportunities that are available in Shenzhen.  Furthermore, as a Peking University Alumni, our graduates will have access to the invaluable and prestigious Peking University Alumnus Network all over the world. 
For our outstanding graduates who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, with Peking University, the University will also assist them in their selected research topics through the provision of a suitable supervisor and a scholarship if their application is successful.

Start Date: September 2021

Duration: 2 years full time (one year in Oxfordshire, UK and one year in Shenzhen, China)

Entry requirements:

oA good bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized university, preferably with a strong quantitative background

oEnglish proficiency for non-native speakers: TOEFL (80 and above) or IELTS (overall 6.5 and above)

Tuition fees: £13,000 + RMB 60,000

Application deadline: 15th April, 2021