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Programme description. The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of dollars of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Read more

Programme description

The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of dollars of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Delivering this investment will require greatly enhanced capacity in all aspects of carbon finance. In addition, following the Paris Agreement both developed and developing countries now have increased commitments for addressing climate change which is driving increased demand for skills and knowledge in carbon and climate finance.

This programme is the world's first MSc in Carbon Finance, dedicated to professionals in the climate change investment field and focussed on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society's response to climate change (carbon finance).

The MSc in Carbon Finance will appeal to graduates with significant work experience in business, government or the NGO sector.

Typically students will not have had an opportunity to specialise in climate change but will want to move into a career in climate change investment, carbon markets, consulting or carbon accounting.

Likely future roles include carbon credit development, low carbon portfolio management, renewable energy investment, climate find management, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting and related policy or regulatory roles (e.g. with government or NGOs).

Very few business schools in the world have a similar depth of expertise in carbon finance.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain an understanding of:

  • Explain and evaluate the current state of climate change science and key climate change policy initiatives;
  • Explain and apply principles of finance in the energy sector;
  • Describe and critically evaluate the structure and dynamics of the major global, regional and national-level carbon markets;
  • Explain and apply practices and procedures of carbon accounting;
  • Describe and evaluate the challenges and opportunities for low-carbon investment.


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How should financial professionals react to increasing regulatory and technological change? What tools and skills must you possess for a successful career in finance and investment?. Read more
How should financial professionals react to increasing regulatory and technological change? What tools and skills must you possess for a successful career in finance and investment?

This professionally recognised course provides advanced knowledge of finance and investment.

We develop your analytical skills and use of quantitative tools through industry-standard Bloomberg software. You tackle real-world investment decisions in our virtual trading floor, designed with input from a practicing Hedge Funder Manager. Our trading floor replicates the professional setting you might find in the City, allowing you to develop the skills needed in industry and gain an advantage in the graduate recruitment market.

You embark on a broad educational programme, preparing you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations operating in varying and complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. Upon graduation, you may be suitable for employment in a host of finance and investment posts.

You develop knowledge and skills in:
-Portfolio theory
-Fixed-income securities
-Behavioural finance
-Corporate finance

MSc Finance and Investment is taught at Essex Business School. We’re ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014) and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of contemporary finance. We’re an internationally diverse school, with our Masters students joining us from more than 40 countries.

Our MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge. Upon completing this course, you are well positioned to sit for the CFA exams, which are among the most widely-recognised and established qualifications in the UK.

Essex Business School offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and Investment Management Certificate (IMC) level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students. We are an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

This course is also available to study part time and the University of Essex offers scholarships and discounts that you may be able to take advantage of. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Essex Business School has one of the largest finance groups in the UK and is home to Essex Finance Centre.

With both academic and industry experience, our expert team are at the forefront of the financial debate; their work has been discussed at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.

We use a broad range of social science theories and concepts to explore:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

You benefit from a stunning work environment in our new zero carbon building, including facilities such as:
-A winter garden, which provides the building’s unique micro-climate
-Light and spacious lecture theatres
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café
-Study skills services

Your future

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

By completing this course, you should understand the financial drivers of an increasingly complex business world and have the best foundation for your career in finance.

Many of our recent graduates work for high-profile organisations worldwide, including:
-Deutsche Bank
-Standard Chartered
-GlobeOp Financial Services

As well as enjoying careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, many of our graduates are successful entrepreneurs.

Throughout your course, our dedicated employability team will help you find information about work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. Advice and opportunities are also available from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

Example structure

-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Portfolio Management
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Behavioural Finance
-Corporate Finance
-Fixed Income Securities
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Asset Pricing (optional)

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How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?. Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). Read more
How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups and experience a Masters education that combines theory with practice. You further your understanding of advanced accounting and corporate finance and can tailor your studies to your professional ambitions by choosing from a range of optional modules.

You cover topics including:
-Recent developments in theoretical approaches to accounting and corporate finance
-Quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research
-Financial reporting
-Portfolio management

Our world-renowned academics are at the cutting-edge of their fields. They embed the latest thinking into your course to ensure you stay up-to-date with the current developments and major issues in accounting and financial reporting.

Whether you’re thinking about continuing your studies to PhD level or targeting a senior role in the world of accounting or finance, this is the course to advance your career.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert academics and practitioners seek to shape the direction of debate and research in the fields of accounting and finance, addressing issues currently faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Their work has been cited in the national press and we’re home to internationally regarded figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka, who is campaigning for an end to corporation tax avoidance.

Essex Business School has four accounting and finance research centres, producing work with real-world impact:
-Essex Accounting Centre
-Essex Finance Centre
-Centre for Global Accountability
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies

We’re recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

We’re proud to have the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, which reflects our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. You will be able to:
-Practise analysing financial data in our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Prepare for your lectures in our lush winter garden
-Experience our Eden-style dome, which gives the building its own micro-climate
-Learn in light and spacious lecture theatres
-Utilise our study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Network with visiting businesses
-Utilise the study skills services provided by the EBS Learning Team
-Relax in Bonds café, adjacent to our sun terrace

Your future

We develop your business skills so you can use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the challenges that the international business world continues to present. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our recent graduates have progressed to roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy in organisations across the world, such as:
-The Government of Pakistan
-Brit College
-Dytex Cotfabr

Our courses also inspire graduates to pursue their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Working alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, we’ll help you find out about employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Finance
-Dissertation
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Portfolio Management
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Research Methods in Accounting (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)
-Corporate Finance (optional)
-Financial Decision Making (optional)

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Programme description. The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. It provides students with expertise, knowledge and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

MSc Carbon Management was recently ranked in the top 15 World’s Best Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management (Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2013-14).

Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. Edinburgh in particular has emerged as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline.

This innovative programme, taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management, is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.

Programme structure

This MSc programme consists of two semesters of taught courses. Each course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. Students will then undertake individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Business and Climate Change
  • Carbon Economics
  • Climate Change Management
  • Applied Carbon Methods
  • Dissertation

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Economics for Postgraduates
  • Change Management
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Issues and Perspectives
  • Emission Reduction Project Development
  • Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context
  • Low Carbon Investment
  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Water Resource Management
  • Integrated Resource Planning
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Energy & Society
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • International Climate Change Law
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems
  • Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
  • Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions

Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

If you are unable to commit to a full MSc at present, it is possible to study a Postgraduate Certificate by online distance learning:

Career opportunities

A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.

The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘Teaching Employable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct business carbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such as the 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part of work-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators.

Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants.

See what some of our MSc Carbon Management alumni are doing now:

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.



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How can we prevent another financial crisis? What do ethical finance and responsible management look like in practice?. If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with a deep understanding of the financial world, then our course is for you. Read more
How can we prevent another financial crisis? What do ethical finance and responsible management look like in practice?

If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with a deep understanding of the financial world, then our course is for you. We broaden your understanding of these two disciplines and prepare you to face the challenges of working in complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. By developing a diverse range of financial and management skills, you can graduate as an extremely attractive candidate to employers in a range of financial organisations.

Topics include:
-Corporate finance
-Portfolio management
-The foundations of marketing
-Management principles

MSc Finance and Management is taught at Essex Business School, acclaimed for research expertise on workplace behaviour, management and finance. You join an internationally diverse school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).

This course is also available to study part-time and you may be able to apply for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our lecturers have presented their work at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.

Our team form one of the largest finance groups in the UK, with expertise across both academia and industry. Essex Finance Centre organise research seminars that Masters students are welcome to attend.

We have specialists from across the discipline who draw upon a range of social science theories and concepts to ensure this course reflects the breadth of contemporary issues in banking and finance affecting today’s organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

Our zero carbon Essex Business School building is the first of its kind in the UK and provides superb learning and socialising facilities.

As well as a lush winter garden and sun terrace, which provide the building’s own micro-climate, you can enjoy our virtual trading floor with industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, space for group working, and our Bonds café for meetings and socialising.

Our Essex Business School building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, providing potential networking and career opportunities for students with a host of innovative Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Your future

Take the next step towards becoming a business leader of the future with our MSc Finance and Management. We foster your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness so you can meet the challenges of today’s global business world.

A Masters degree from Essex Business School can form the basis of a successful career in financial analysis, management, public administration or accountancy and has inspired many students to go into business themselves.

Many of our recent graduates work for global organisations, including:
-Tata Steel
-Cisco Systems
-Government of Pakistan
-Yes Bank
-Jewim Pharmaceutical Inc

The University’s Employability and Careers Centre and our dedicated careers team will help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Corporate Finance
-Portfolio Management
-Dissertation (optional)
-Managing Across Cultures (optional)
-Foundations of Management and Marketing
-Management: Principles and Practices
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Exchange Rates and International Finance (optional)
-International Environment of Business (optional)

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How are banks innovating to meet customer demands? Is globalisation increasing risk in the banking and finance sector?. This course builds on your existing knowledge of finance, banking or business to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in any banking specialism. Read more
How are banks innovating to meet customer demands? Is globalisation increasing risk in the banking and finance sector?

This course builds on your existing knowledge of finance, banking or business to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in any banking specialism. You follow an advanced and up-to-date programme of study using industry-standard trading software.

We provide you with a broad vision and understanding of the changing nature of modern banking firms. You develop a detailed understanding of areas including:
-Portfolio management
-Modern banking methods
-Bank strategy and risk
-Regulation and the internationalisation process

This course is taught at Essex Business School. We're proud to be an internationally diverse and research intensive school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). By embedding the latest academic and industry thinking into our teaching, you experience an education that’s at the forefront of the issues impacting today’s banking and finance sectors.

We help you understand the financial drivers of an increasingly complex banking world to give you the best foundation for your career.

Our MSc Banking and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our finance group is one of the largest in the UK.

Our expert team are at the forefront of financial debate and have presented their research at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. They combine academic and industry experience to explore issues such as:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Essex Finance Centre is based at the School and uses social science theories to address the important issues faced by today’s organisations in the commercial, public and third sectors.

Specialist facilities

Our zero carbon building reflects our ethical approach to business.

Located on our Colchester Campus on the Knowledge Gateway and Parkside Office Village, our Essex Business School building features a unique winter garden, which gives the building its own micro-climate. The Eden-style dome provides an innovative working environment, which includes:
-Bloomberg Financial Market Labs in our virtual trading floor
-Modern lecture theatres
-Study pods and innovation booths – perfect for group working
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café
-Study skills support, such as workshops and learning resources

Your future

Our course will provide you with the foundations for a rewarding career in banking and finance, equipping you with the skills to lead at a global level. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Many of our graduates enjoy roles in a host of occupations, including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many even now run their own successful businesses.

We work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you enhance your CV by taking part in employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Banking and Finance - MSc
-Modern Banking
-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Bank Strategy and Risk
-Portfolio Management
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Exchange Rates and International Finance (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)

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The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. It provides students with expertise, knowledge and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

MSc Carbon Management was recently ranked in the top 15 World’s Best Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management (Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2013-14).

Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. Edinburgh in particular has emerged as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline.

This innovative programme, taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management, is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure
This MSc programme consists of two semesters of taught courses. Each course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. Students will then undertake individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses:

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Business and Climate Change
Carbon Economics
Climate Change Management
Applied Carbon Methods
Dissertation

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

Economics for Postgraduates
Change Management
Global Strategic Management
Issues and Perspectives
Management of R&D and Product Innovation
Emission Reduction Project Development
Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context
Low Carbon Investment
Applications in Ecological Economics
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forests and Environment
Water Resource Management
Integrated Resource Planning
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Energy & Society
Energy Policy and Politics
International Climate Change Law
Interrelationships in Food Systems
Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
Land Use/Environmental Interactions

If you are unable to commit to a full MSc at present, it is possible to study a Postgraduate Certificate by online distance learning.

Career opportunities

A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.

The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘Teaching Employable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct business carbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such as the 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part of work-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators.

Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.

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This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of finance before going on to a Masters course. Read more
This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of finance before going on to a Masters course. You improve your language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning so that you can progress onto a relevant Masters course with Essex Business School.

At Essex, you can progress onto our MSc Banking and Finance or MSc Finance and Investment.

Our International Academy offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students and have also attracted UK students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.

If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.

Essex Business School takes you beyond the basics of a business education. Our strong emphasis on ethics and sustainable business practice in the global economy, and our expertise in international management, accounting and finance, will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for your future career in an increasingly complex business world.

Our expert staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including financial crises, behavioural finance, hedge fund performance, financial bubbles, and growth and poverty.

Specialist facilities

By studying within our International Academy, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer:
-We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
-Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
-Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends

Within Essex Business School, our landmark new building on our Colchester Campus is the first zero-carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome will give the building its own micro-climate. Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Example structure

-Corporate Finance
-Empirical Finance
-English for Academic Purposes
-Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
-Portfolio Analysis
-Advanced English for Academic Purposes
-Critical Reading and Seminar Skills
-Extended English for Academic Purposes Project

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MSc Financial Econometrics combines a practical approach to finance with a strong theoretical approach in econometrics, and is taught jointly between our Department of Economics and Essex Business School. Read more
MSc Financial Econometrics combines a practical approach to finance with a strong theoretical approach in econometrics, and is taught jointly between our Department of Economics and Essex Business School. This mix of approaches means that you graduate from our course as someone who is very attractive to a variety of financial institutions, from insurance companies to central banks.

You develop a solid theoretical grounding in econometrics which complements the modules taught by Essex Business School; this structure gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in econometrics and apply them practically in a finance environment. You investigate topics including:
-Asset pricing theories and empirical findings
-Methods of estimation
-Modern econometric techniques
-Time series econometrics

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Labour economics

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Within Essex Business School, you are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Our landmark new Essex Business School building on our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate. Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

Our MSc Financial Econometrics will help you to develop a range of skills that will make you highly employable. These include modelling skills, statistical analysis, research skills and developing an understanding of asset pricing and financial markets.

Our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Time Series Econometrics
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics
-Dissertation (optional)
-Asset Pricing
-Financial Modelling
-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation (optional)
-Econometric Methods (optional)
-Mathematical Methods (optional)
-Monetary Economics (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Banking (optional)
-Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
-Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
-Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)
-Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
-Corporate Finance (optional)
-Derivative Securities (optional)
-Portfolio Management (optional)
-Exchange Rates and International Finance (optional)
-Behavioural Finance (optional)
-Risk Management (optional)
-Fixed Income Securities (optional)
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)
-Modern Banking (optional)
-Bank Strategy and Risk (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

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The online MSc and PG Diploma in Real Estate Investment Finance have been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio. Read more
The online MSc and PG Diploma in Real Estate Investment Finance have been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio. The programmes are practically based and offer the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations. Both the MSc and PG Diploma are available as online and open-learning programmes and offer students a flexible and innovative way to study. The programmes are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment as well as a series of Network Seminars which offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences. The programmes have been developed in close consultation with key specialists working in the industry and build on the successful CREIF programme that has been running in Asia for 8 years.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/real-estate-investment-finance/

Why choose this course?

- The open-learning approach, online delivery and study support offer students a flexible and innovative way to study

- The courses are practically based and offer the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.

- The four 'stand-alone’ core modules enable students to start the MSc or PG Diploma at any point

- Each module is organised around six learning packages allowing students to work at their own pace and keep track of their learning

- Network Seminars offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences.

- The courses have been developed in close consultation with key specialists working in the industry and build on the successful CREIF course that has been running in Asia for 8 years.

Approach to assessment

Each module is organised around six learning packages and progress is assessed through a combination of online tests, workbooks, problem-solving, analysis and report writing. Course work, assessment and feedback take place throughout each module and reflect the practical nature of the programmes. There are no formal exams.

Network seminars

Students will have the opportunity to attend Network Seminars throughout the programme. These will be locally based and will build on the practical approach of the programmes by incorporating sessions given by local practitioners. Students will be strongly encouraged to attend to benefit from the opportunities they offer: sharing work and study experiences; building professional networks and taking part in case-study presentations led by expert local practitioners.

How this course helps you develop

The programme intends to develop an online community for students and module leaders to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.

In addition, after the PG Diploma course, graduates would have the opportunity to take a four months training programme, Oxford Adapt, to become a chartered surveyor. The MSc course is accredited by the the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so after the MSc course, graduates are entitled to apply for RICS graduate pathway to membership.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Members of the REIF Team - Peter Dent, Michael Patrick and Ye Xu, authored ‘Real Estate Property Markets and Sustainable Behaviour’ for the Natural and Built Environment Series (Routledge 2012).

Research areas and clusters

Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work. The Real Estate and Land Policy Group brings together expertise on a wide range of topics relating to the operation of land and property markets, real estate development and land and housing policy. A major part of our work is on the impact of land and housing markets/policy on broader development processes particularly for enhancing urban sustainability. This includes research themes which cover low carbon development, sustainable real estate, corporate social responsibility and urban equity. At the same time our research addresses broader market-based fundamentals such as valuation and emerging areas of research in real estate including behavioural finance. We have a strong track record of international comparative research including developing and transition economies while at the same time maintaining established areas of expertise on local and national topics.

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The Master of Finance (MFinc) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Finance. Read more
The Master of Finance (MFinc) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Finance.

The Master of Finance can be completed in one year of full-time study which consists of a selection of papers plus either an applied or research project. The programme allows for the development of individual skills and applied or theoretical research and investigation. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing or new fields of research (applied or theoretical).

Graduates who follow the option of completing an Applied Project (BSNS 501) will have a wide range of career opportunities in commercial and investment banks, brokerage and investment firms, insurance companies, treasury departments of non-financial corporations, regulatory agencies, consulting and accounting firms. Graduates completing the Master of Finance with a Research Project (BSNS 580) will in addition have the ability to design and pursue a large project of independent research suitable to the PhD.

Programme Requirements

Seven of:
ACFI 459 Advanced Research Methods (20 Points)
BSNS 401 The Environment of Business and Economics (20 Points)
FINC 402 Advanced Corporate Finance (20 Points)
FINC 403 Studies in Capital Markets (20 Points)
FINC 405 Mathematical Finance (20 Points)
FINC 406 Advanced Empirical Finance (20 Points)
FINC 410 Advanced International Financial Management (20 Points)
FINC 411 Financial Risk Management (20 Points)
FINC 420 Energy and Carbon Finance (20 Points)
FINC 460 Advanced Fixed Income Securities (20 Points)
Plus one of the following project papers:
BSNS 501 Applied Project (40 Points)
OR
BSNS 580 Research Project (40 Points)

Structure of the Programme

-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers described on the basis of previous study. Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the project, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-A candidate must pass both the papers and the project components.

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MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance is a challenging programme based on the increasing range of issues faced by business leaders. Read more
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance is a challenging programme based on the increasing range of issues faced by business leaders. The programme focuses on the area of climate change and sustainability, such as energy efficiency, risk management and insurance, financing future ventures and innovation or reducing carbon emissions.

You will gain technical expertise in finance, economics, innovation, management, marketing and strategy to help you develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities raised by climate change and the interrelations between these two areas. Armed with deep quantitative and technical knowledge, you will be an asset for successful organisations from a wide variety of sectors, whether large corporations or SMEs, established industrial firms or technological ventures, either in sustainability focused roles or broader business management roles.

The Programme

The programme comprises core modules from a range of subject areas. Given the need to understand the relationship between its two components, the programme has been designed to embed within each module both the business and the sustainability/climate change/ carbon aspect of a topic.

These 13 core modules include:
• Business Economics, Climate Change and the Environment
• Change Management and Leadership
• Clean Tech Innovation and Investment
• Climate Change and Governance
• Corporate Finance and Carbon Finance
• Energy Economics and Strategy
• Financial and Carbon Accounting and Reporting
• Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change
• Marketing and Sustainability
• Mitigating Climate Change
• Quantitative Methods
• Risk Management and Climate Change
• The Science of Climate Change

These modules are taught over three academic terms, and you will benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussions group exercises and case studies. Assessment will combine examination, group and individual reports and presentations.

In addition to the core modules, you will have the choice during the summer to undertake either a Group Consultancy Project for a real client or a Work Placement. In both cases, you may also choose to do your project or work placement abroad.

Your final assessment will consist of a 5,000 word Capstone Individual Report. This report will help you put the theory taught in the programme modules into practice, linking your experience on the Group Consulting Project or Work Placement.

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The Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus) is an interdisciplinary programme providing students with an advanced qualification in sustainability and its relevance to the business community. Read more
The Master of Sustainable Business (MSusBus) is an interdisciplinary programme providing students with an advanced qualification in sustainability and its relevance to the business community.

Drawing upon emerging research in the field, this programme will position graduates for a wider range of career options in the public and private sectors as practitioners and policy makers in fields such as sustainability management for industry, business analysis, sustainable business consulting and sustainable development management.

The Master of Sustainable Business will normally be completed in 12 months of full-time, or 24 months of part-time study.

Programme Requirements

Four compulsory papers (20 Points each):
MANT 414 Research Process
MANT 437 Organisations and Sustainability
MANT 450 Governance and Social Responsibility
MANT 458 Advanced Management Studies

Three of the following elective papers:
ECON 405 The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice
EMAN 410 Energy Policy
ENTR 420 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
FINC 420 Energy and Carbon Finance
GEOG 472 Developments in Environmental Management
GEOG 475 Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries
MANT 415 Advanced Research Practice
MANT 451 Strategic Thinking
MANT 455 Leadership Development
TOUR 422 Tourism and Global Environmental Change

Plus one of the following (40 Points each):
BSNS 501 Applied Project
BSNS 580 Research Project

Structure of the Programme

-The programme of study shall consist seven 20-point papers, together with a 40-point project. (See table above).
-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required described on the basis of previous study. Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the project, secure the approval of the Head of Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-A candidate must pass both the papers and the project components of the programme.

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How can we prevent another financial crisis? Is it by better understanding risk in financial securities? Can improving the way we measure and manage risk create stability in the financial world?. Read more
How can we prevent another financial crisis? Is it by better understanding risk in financial securities? Can improving the way we measure and manage risk create stability in the financial world?

The after effects of the 2008 financial meltdown are still being felt across the globe. We need knowledgeable financial professionals who can evaluate risk, act rationally and understand the economic impact of their actions in order to find solutions. If you can rise to the challenge of making ethical, sound financial decisions in pressurised environments, MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management is for you.

You follow advanced, contemporary study in financial engineering and risk management and develop a deeper understanding of the risks within modern financial securities. You also become skilled in the design of robust management systems to measure risk. Upon graduation, you should possess the skills and knowledge for a successful career in commercial, investment and central banks, hedge funds, regulatory authorities and rating agencies.

You master areas including:
-Asset pricing
-Derivative securities
-Financial modelling
-Mathematical research techniques using Matlab

MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management is taught at Essex Business School, home to one of the largest, and most respected, finance groups in the UK. Our teaching is grounded in contemporary issues and professional practice, supported by industry-standard facilities, such as our Bloomberg virtual trading floor.

We’re ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and are home to an international community of scholars, practitioners and academics; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries.

This course is also available to study part-time and you may be able to apply for scholarships and discounts offered by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

We’re home to Essex Finance Centre, which produces research at the cutting-edge of financial debate.

Work by our expert staff has been discussed in the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, so you join a business school that seeks to make a real difference to solving financial challenges around the world.

We combine academic experience with industry expertise and are renowned for research into:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

You’re based at our Colchester Campus, in our landmark zero carbon building.

Our Colchester home is an example of our dedication to sustainable and ethical business practices. Its design is both environmentally friendly and architecturally stunning, with a winter garden and sun terrace contributing to the building’s own micro-climate and providing a tranquil environment for group working and socialising. Our Bonds café is located on site, making a great space for reviewing course notes before lectures.

Our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, enables you to practice dealing stocks and securities using industry-standard equipment. You can also benefit from our study skills workshops, designed to help you excel in your academic work.

Our building is also located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, providing potential opportunities to network with inspiring SMEs who locate their businesses on our Colchester Campus.

Your future

An Essex Business School education is founded on creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to prepare you for the challenges of the global marketplace. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our course provides you with the opportunity to develop a career in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, as well as fostering your entrepreneurial spirit.

We provide plenty of support along the way to help you secure your dream job. Our dedicated employability team work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Finance Research Techniques Using Matlab
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Risk Management
-Financial Modelling
-Asset Pricing
-Derivative Securities
-Trading Global Financial Markets (optional)

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Gain both accountancy skills and a deeper understanding of economics in the context of modern finance. Split between our Department of Economics and Essex Business School, you graduate with the academic and business skills needed for a career in the financial sector. Read more
Gain both accountancy skills and a deeper understanding of economics in the context of modern finance. Split between our Department of Economics and Essex Business School, you graduate with the academic and business skills needed for a career in the financial sector.

You gain in-depth knowledge of the use of accounting information in organisational control and decision making, plus the use of financial statements and the problems of measurement and disclosure, and explore topics including:
-Optimisation theory
-How economic arguments work
-The role of equilibrium
-Notions of risk and return in equity markets
-Asset pricing and the management of equity portfolios

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Labour economics

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

For a full list of research interests, see our Department’s staff pages.

Within Essex Business School, you are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record.

Our staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Our landmark new Essex Business School building on our Colchester Campus is the first zero carbon business school in the UK. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate. Our new building provides you with a stunning new work environment, offering:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
-A light and spacious lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Dedicated office space for student entrepreneurs
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

Graduates will be well placed for success in decision making in the interface between economics and accounting. Key skills include analytical reasoning, mathematical techniques, research and the evaluation of business accounts. One recent graduate of MSc Accounting and Financial Economics is now a finance officer for Save the Children China programme.

Our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting and Financial Economics
-Dissertation
-Economics of Financial Markets
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Management Accounting
-Mathematical Methods
-Econometric Methods (optional)
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)

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