Graduate Diploma in Finance

Prepare for your master's degree in finance at the University of Exeter.

You will develop your study skills, English language and subject knowledge in preparation for postgraduate study.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a highly supportive study environment

What is special about the programme?

The Graduate Diploma is a full-time academic programme, preparing you for postgraduate study in finance. You will improve your language skills, increase your knowledge in academic subjects and develop the necessary study and research skills for postgraduate study. You will also gain an understanding of the UK education system before entering as a postgraduate.

As well as full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • flexible start dates

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter.

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Human Resource Management

You will develop your knowledge and skill in managing people. This module will enable you to understand how to negotiate with as well as how to support and reward teams and individuals, for whom you are responsible. 

Financial Management

You will study the techniques used in managing the finance of a business, and how to monitor and control business performance.

Operations Management

You will develop knowledge of the role and contribution of operations management and production functions in business.

Marketing Management

You will learn how to analyse the marketing processes, investigate the purpose of marketing within a business context and apply marketing to practical situations.

Fundamentals of Investments

This module will equip you with a fundamental knowledge of investment theory and provide a rigorous understanding of the concepts and techniques used by finance specialists. It will enable you to apply these concepts to the practical application of investment analysis. 

English language and Communication Skills

This module will offer you the chance to develop your English language knowledge and skills. You will increase your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation along with skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This module will also provide you with essential skills for undertaking academic study in your chosen subject at a UK university.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal, and designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study. Marks do not count towards the Master's qualification, but help the University to assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

  • detailed feedback on performance
  • guidance on appropriate study methods through personal tutorials and by other means
  • one-to-one English language tutorials to help with assignments in all subject modules
  • individual support for subject-related assessments

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Applicants are expected to have to have a first degree or equivalent. We will consider a 3-5 year diploma with high grades and work experience.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.


17 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

September 2016 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017


January 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 2: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017


  Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £200 per academic course
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following Masters degrees at the University of Exeter:

The University of Exeter Business School

MSc Finance and Investment

MSc Finance and Management

MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management

MSc Marketing and Financial Services

MSc Financial Mathematics