Developed by leading academics at LSE, this diploma gives graduates a strong grounding in the principles of finance and the critical skills to address a wide range of real-world situations, preparing you for your career or further study.
World-class academic direction
The programme is developed, examined and assessed by expert academics at LSE, a federation member of the University of London and one of the world’s leading social science universities. LSE is ranked seventh in the world for Accounting and Finance in the 2023 QS World University subject rankings.
Boost your career prospects
This diploma will prepare you for careers in accountancy, finance, auditing or management if your first degree is in a different field. You'll gain a solid grounding in the principles of finance, including financial management, risk and the operation of financial markets, and the technical languages and practices of banking.
Study closer to home
Study at a local teaching centre near you and gain a prestigious University of London qualification with no international travel, relocation or accommodation costs. Benefit from in-person academic support and all the facilities of a campus environment.
Unparalleled resources at your fingertips
Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) gives you access to a range of engaging content, from study materials to revision guides, and forums to connect with your tutors and fellow students. You can also access our Online Library containing a wealth of e-journal articles, ebooks and much more.
Join our global alumni network
After you graduate, you'll continue to benefit from a lifelong connection to the University of London. Our worldwide alumni community includes industry leaders and Nobel Prize winners.
Teaching Centre Support
General entry requirements
The Graduate Diploma in Finance comprises of four courses; you must complete two compulsory courses and two elective courses.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
There are two compulsory courses.
Choose two elective courses.
Study at a Recognised Teaching Centre
This programme is only available to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre and cannot be studied independently.
If you prefer to study independently, a selection of programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are available to study fully supported online.
Your study materials are available through the Student Portal and are specially written by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Student Guide and the programme handbook; online course materials for each course studied; past examination papers and examiners’ commentaries; and Programme Regulations containing full details of syllabuses, programme structures and degree classification criteria.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
- If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.
Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.
LSE provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.
Dr Vicente Cuñat is Associate Professor in the Department of Finance at LSE. A former winner of the Young Economist Award, he began his studies at the University of Valencia in Spain before undertaking doctoral research at LSE. Dr Cuñat’s research interests include corporate finance, applied theory and econometrics and labour economics.
About the LSE Summer School
LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.
Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to earn credit equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.
Full details and how to apply are available on the LSE Summer School website.
To be eligible for this Graduate Diploma programme you must have one of the following:
- an acceptable bachelor’s degree;
- an acceptable master’s degree (or any other appropriately accredited Level 7 award) provided this is at least one year full time in duration;
- an acceptable Level 5 or Level 6 award (such as an HND or Graduate Certificate) provided this is at least one year full time in duration. In addition applicants must submit evidence of at least two years relevant work experience.
GCSE Mathematics (Grade A – C) or equivalent.
English Language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. These may be increased by up to seven per cent per annum.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||£107|
|Initial registration fee||£1275|
|Further registration fee for Law options (per course)||£70|
|Examination entry fee per half course||£192|
|Examination entry fee per full course||£384|
|Online examination fee*||£10|
|Continuing registration fee||£581|
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*The online examination administration fee is charged for each examination paper held online, including resits. This does not apply to any coursework submissions. This fee will be charged at the point of exam entry and is in addition to the exam entry fee listed above.
You will also need to budget for:
- Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
- Teaching centre tuition costs
- Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.
We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London diploma anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live.
This diploma will help to prepare you for careers in accountancy, finance, auditing or management if your first degree is in a different field. It could also help you gain entry to master’s programmes in these fields.
Graduate Diplomas will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued by a broad range of employers.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.