Open University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Finance (E83) (Taught)

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Course summary

This qualification is designed to support professional development and practice in a wide range of roles in finance, whether you are developing in your career or aspiring to enter the sector, such as investment banking, portfolio management, corporate finance, treasury, and consultancy. It provides a thorough grounding in areas such as the financing of companies and other organisations finance, instruments and structures of financial markets, financial decision-making, valuation, mergers & acquisitions and financial reporting. It develops competencies in applying statistical and econometric techniques, and equips you with knowledge of the fundamentals of Islamic finance, ethics, and corporate governance. You can choose to specialise either in derivatives and financial risk management, or in investment and portfolio management. Key features of the course

  • Provides an up-to-date perspective on both theory and practice in national and international contexts
  • Learn and apply the most important tools for financial analysis and decision support
  • Acquire competencies in statistical and econometric analysis
  • Develop your digital literacy skills, research capabilities and critical thinking
  • Opens up the opportunity to top up to the MSc in Finance in just one more year by completing a dissertation module.


To gain this qualification, you'll complete four modules. Three are compulsory:

  • Financial markets and the financing of organisations
  • Financial strategy: valuation, governance and ethics
  • Research methods for finance
Finally, you can choose either of the following:
  • Investment and portfolio management
- Derivatives and risk management

Entry requirements

You must hold a bachelors degree awarded by a recognised UK university or equivalent. Please contact us if you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK degree to ensure that it meets the requirements for admission. This diploma requires an aptitude for analytical and quantitative methods to engage with theories of finance and their applications. You should possess a good working knowledge of maths and be confident with spreadsheets. To help you decide whether you are ready, you’ll find more information by following the links to our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

As fees for individual modules can vary, the total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study.
Finance (E83) at Open University - UCAS