MSc Entry Requirements

To be considered for our 12 month MSc programmes you will need a good honours degree (2:1 or higher), or equivalent from a recognised university. For International Entry Requirement Information and equivalent qualifications, please visit our Country-specific pages.

For the below programmes you will also need to have subject-specific knowledge:

  • MSc's in Economics
    A degree in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have taken at minimum: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics or Statistics, and Mathematics or a Quantitative module.
  • MSc Financial Management
    A degree in any subject with a pass mark (or a pass grade) in any quantitative subject (such as econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics, or any other relevant module) for at least two semesters; or a degree in any subject with any pass grade at GCE A-Level or overseas equivalent in mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics. You must upload A-Level or equivalent evidence of maths in addition to your university transcript if you would like this to be considered as part of your application.
  • MSc Financial Technology
    A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent in a highly quantitative subject (such as Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Finance or Science).
    You must have obtained good grades in mathematical, quantitative or statistics related modules at undergraduate level, or GCE A-Level grade A or overseas equivalent in Mathematics. Good programming skills, using languages such as C++, SQL, Java, R or Python, and/or two years relevant work experience in the field of science and technology, financial services or treasury management, are not strict requirements but will add weight to your application. Places on this programme are limited, so you may be asked to attend an interview as part of a competitive application process. 
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
    A degree in a relevant subject. You must have achieved a mark equivalent to a 2.1 at Bachelor’s level in Accounting and Finance (or equivalent) modules and you should have studied several of the following at bachelor’s level with a 2.1 (or overseas equivalent): Financial Management, Audit, Tax, Management/Cost Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Investments.
  • MSc Investments
    A degree in a relevant subject and/or obtained good grades in mathematical related modules at undergraduate level
  • MSc Management
    A degree in business, management, economics, accounting, finance or a similar subject area in Business.
  • MSc Marketing Communications
    A degree in a relevant subject or a minimum of 2 years direct work experience.
  • MSc Strategic Marketing and Consulting
    A degree in a relevant subject or a minimum of 2 years direct work experience.

Other available options

If you fail to meet the entry requirements for our MSc Business programmes you may be interested in taking our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or applying for our 24-month MSc International Business programme. Please see the relevant course webpage for more information about this option.

Students who do not meet entry for the Economics MSc programmes might want to consider a Pre-Masters programme available for the following: Economics, Development Economics, International Economics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Money Banking & Finance, and International Money & Banking.


A staged admissions process is in place for the Business School’s full-time 12-month MSc programmes. This means that when you apply for one of our programmes below for September 2021 entry, your application will be considered with all others that have been submitted before that deadline.

An application can be made online, where you will need to upload the following:

  • A copy of your academic transcript in English
  • Two references, or contact details for your referees, at least one of which should comment on your academic abilities
  • A personal statement explaining why you wish to join the programme and what makes you a suitable candidate (5000 characters max)
  • Evidence to show competency in the English language, if applicable (applications can be considered without English Language evidence though offers may include the condition that it is provided at a later date)

Please note that if you are made an offer of study, you will normally be asked to post official copies of some of these documents to the Admissions Office; find out more about the application process.

English Language Requirements

Programmes: MSc's in Economics | MSc International Business | MSc Management:

  • Requirements:

    IELTS - 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band

    TOEFL - 88 with no less than 22 in speaking, 21 in reading and writing, and 20 in listening.

    PEARSON ACADEMIC TEST OF ENGLISH - 59 in all four skills

Programmes: MSc Marketing | MSc International Marketing | MSc Strategic Marketing & Consulting | MSc Marketing Communications | MSc Human Resource Management | MSc Human Resource Management with CIPD pathway | MSc Accounting & Finance | MSc Investments | MSc Financial Management |MSc Financial Technology

  • Requirements: :

    IELTS - 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band

    TOEFL - 95 with no less than 22 in any band.

    PEARSON ACADEMIC TEST OF ENGLISH - 67 in all four skills

If you are an international student who has studied in the UK, or you have studied in an English-speaking country, within the past two years you may not need to provide an English language certificate such as IELTS. However, this can only be confirmed by the Admissions Office if you make an application and you are made an offer of study.

Find out further details about English entry requirements (including alternatives)

Presessional English Programmes

We offer Presessional English courses for those applicants who fail to achieve the required IETLS scores. Postgraduates with conditional offers to study at the Birmingham Business School can usually apply to study on the Business Management English Presessional Programme.  Economics students should apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional.

The UK Home Office recently made changes to the rules about English language tests for presessional courses. Depending on when you took the IELTS, you may be required to submit the UKVI version of IELTS in order to qualify for an English presessional course. Please review the entry criteria for the presessional programmes linked above and read the additional SELT information here