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Who is it for?. Your peers on the course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor’s degree. It’s likely you will have a few years’ work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. Read more

Who is it for?

Your peers on the course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor’s degree. It’s likely you will have a few years’ work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. You needn’t have any prior knowledge of energy, commodities, shipping or finance, although you should be comfortable with quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics).

Objectives

You’ll emerge from this course fully equipped to operate effectively in this highly competitive international industry. You’ll gain a solid foundation in energy economics, markets and trading, and be able to formulate strategy for fossil fuels, electricity and renewables. Your studies will encompass energy transportation, especially seaborne and are rounded off with extensive study of finance and financial markets and essential transferrable skills in accounting and IT. You can complement your core modules with optional modules and, if you wish, an independent research project.

What will you learn

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of generation from exhaustible and renewable sources, demand determinants, transportation, trading, pricing and risk.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments.
  • Understand and critically evaluate current international issues in energy and commodities, finance and trade.
  • Formulate decisions in the energy sub-sectors of oil, gas, electricity, involving aspects such as refinery/petrochemical economics, energy transport solutions (pipeline/ship), generation and distribution of electricity, and managing energy risk.
  • Analyse factors affecting the energy, finance and commodity trade sectors.

Assesment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eleven core courses (10-20 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)

or

  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

or

  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

Graduates from the course are typically employed in positions related to energy, metals and agricultural commodities, shipping/freight operations, finance, consultancy and industry. Types of organisations employing trading houses include:

  • Commodity trading houses (e.g. Glencore, Trafigura)
  • Oil & gas companies (e.g. Shell, ENI, Total)
  • Professional services and specialist consultancy firms (e.g. KPMG, PwC, Wood McKenzie)
  • Shipping companies
  • Export/Import companies


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The MPhil/PhD in Economics will train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject. Read more
The MPhil/PhD in Economics will train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject. The degree involves both coursework and research training, but its major component is the preparation of a substantial research thesis. The thesis should demonstrate a sound understanding of the main issues in the area and add to existing knowledge.

Economics at Birkbeck has acquired an excellent reputation, not only for the quality of its research but also for the quality of its training. The Treasury, the Bank of England and many other employers hire us to train their staff. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of first-class training, whether they are studying full-time or part-time.

The Commodities Finance Centre, a forum for academics and practitioners working in the field of commodities modelling, is housed within the department.

The Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics is a research centre which aims to consolidate and publicise research in macroeconomics and monetary economics. The centre hosts regular seminars and workshops and prestigious visiting scholars.

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This unique. Finance MSc. online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. Read more

This unique Finance MSc online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. This online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas like, Investment Banking, International Finance and Islamic Banking and Finance.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals within the finance sector, this unique MSc Finance online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas such as Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance or Investment Banking.

Career Information

Improve your career prospects by acquiring the financial theory and practical skills required to work within emerging finance sectors. This course is ideally suited to financial roles in areas such as corporate finance, investment banking, commodities trading or Islamic banking. By acquiring this postgraduate qualification you'll be in a stronger position when applying for senior roles as a banker, finance analyst, commodity trader or financial advisor within the corporate sector and specialised financial institutions.

What does this course cover?

You can tailor this course to your personal and professional interests. You'll study core subject areas of Corporate Finance, Ethics and Corporate Governance with a choice of five optional modules in Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance, Investment Banking, Fixed Income Security and Commodities Trading. Finally you'll complete an Independent Scholarship Project to achieve your Masters degree.

Specialist awards that compliment your career

When you tailor this course to your personal and professional interests you can also achieve a named award at the Masters stage within 3 years:

  • MSc Finance 
  • MSc Finance (International Finance)
  • MSc Finance (Investment Banking)
  • MSc Finance (Commodity Trading)

You can start this course in September, January or May.



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The LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law provides the opportunity to study how the law relates to commercial endeavours within a globalised economy from the perspective of the private business actor. Read more
The LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law provides the opportunity to study how the law relates to commercial endeavours within a globalised economy from the perspective of the private business actor. It enables you to specialise in areas such as international commercial arbitration, cross-border transactions, international investment law, intellectual property law, anti-corruption, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

This course combines rigorous legal education with a contemporary and global perspective. It is ideally suited to students from a commercial law, business, management, or economics background, providing advanced knowledge of the application of legal principles and mechanisms to the world of international commerce.

The course is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and in-depth knowledge that will be attractive to employers in the areas of international and commercial legal practice, import-export, insurance, investment, shipping and freight and commodities.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/llm-in-international-trade-and-commercial-law/

Why choose this course?

- As well as being attractive to employers in the areas of international and commercial legal practice, import-export, insurance, investment, shipping and freight, and commodities, this course is also ideal for those who intend to pursue careers in emerging markets jurisdictions, international and national trade bodies, as well as in government and academic posts.

- Enhance your CV and career prospects by developing specialisations that go beyond the standard commercial and trade law subjects of a LLB or other law degree.

- All members of the LLM course team are active researchers and encourage students to become involved in their respective areas of research by teaching specialist modules in which they have expertise and by supervising dissertations in their specialist subjects.

- Your course tutors, fellow students and alumni are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to build a truly international network of contacts.

- Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.

- The 2015 Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide places the School of Law at Oxford Brookes in the top 30 of all the UK’s university Law Schools.

- You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning strategies, from case studies to interactive seminars, presentations and moots.

- In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, LLM students have access to the unparalleled legal holdings at the Bodleian Law Library.

Course length

Full-time: LLM: 12 months; PGDip: 9 months
Part-time: LLM: 24 months; PGDip:18 months

Teaching and learning

A wide diversity of teaching methods are employed throughout the LLM courses in order to provide a high-quality learning experience. These include lectures, seminar discussions, individual and small group tutorials, case studies, group and individual presentations, and moots.

Particular emphasis is placed on skills training, with opportunities provided to acquire and practise legal reasoning as well as research and IT skills. Assessment methods include coursework, and individual and group presentations.

Careers

Graduates from the LLM succeed across an impressive range of careers from policy makers and human rights activists through to high flying diplomats and commercial lawyers. LLM staff can advise you and direct you to possible careers and employers depending on your particular needs and ambitions.

"I have joined a corporate law team at a leading multinational law firm in Beijing, thanks to my LLM."
- LLM Alumna, Lin Zheng

- Pursuing an academic career in law:
Research is fundamental to the Law School and is one of the reasons we performed so well in the last REF. Your own interests will be reflected in the modules you choose and many students feel moved to continue their academic studies and become specialists themselves. Several former LLM students have chosen to become researchers - publishing and lecturing on their work and graduating to do a PhD.

"The grounding that I now have in international law has allowed me to take on work that I would not previously have been qualified for. For example, I am currently developing a programme of litigation on the issue of counter-terrorism and human rights for an international organisation. I have lectured at Harvard Law School and been invited to contribute to an edited volume produced by Harvard."
- LLM Alumnus Richard Carver, Associate Lecturer and Human Rights Consultant.

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

Professor Peter Edge researches in the interaction of religion and law, and the law of small jurisdictions including International Finance Centres. Recent projects exploring these at the transnational level have included a study of foreign lawyers working in small jurisdictions, and a comparative study of the status of ministers of religion in employment law. Past PhD students have worked on projects such as a comparison of the European Convention on Human Rights and Shariah, and a comparative study of how criminal law treats religion.

Professor Lucy Vickers’ research into the religious discrimination at work has led to consultancy work for Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well invitations to speak at United Nations with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Sonia Morano-Foadi, interviewed and quoted in The Economist, secured £12,000 from the European Science Foundation to fund exploratory work into the effects of EU directives on migration and asylum.

Professor Ilona Cheyne has been invited to participate in the EU COST group on 'Fragmentation, Politicisation and Constitutionalisation of International Law', working on standards of review in international courts and tribunals.

Research areas and clusters

Oxford Brookes academics who are at the forefront of a wide range of internationally recognised and world-leading research and projects. In the 2014 REF 96% of the School of Law’s research was internationally recognised. The LLM course team consists of researchers working within the International Law and Fundamental Rights and Equality research groups. LLM students can attend the programmes of research seminars and other events that underpin the research culture of the School of Law.

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The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. Read more

The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. In global exploration and production networks there is a clear need for managers who are trained in the latest techniques and practices in the field of the global oil and gas environment. The needs of the industry, technology and work practices are ever-changing. Consequently, it is vital that all their training reflects the changes in the business.

This postgraduate degree programme provides a global perspective on these issues and also a high quality of delivery from subject matter experts, from both industry and academia. The programme also features software products and computer-based training from market leaders in the relevant subject areas.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide students with an enhanced base of knowledge of current and reflective practices necessary to initiate or further a career in global oil and gas management
  • Develop an advanced insight into global oil and gas management commercial environment and requirements
  • Develop critical insight into management issues relating to the global oil and gas business.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought for the programme. It is strongly anticipated that this programme will have a minimum of two accrediting professional bodies.

Careers

The oil and gas industries provide a wide range of career opportunities across the globe. Some are offshore, working directly out on the rigs drilling for oil and gas and on fixed installation oil and gas production platforms as part of the extraction process. Other roles are in commercial activities working onshore, such as in buying and selling oil and gas or as part of the legal teams setting up contracts.

Specialised equipment

Students will have access to existing online resources such as Moodle, emails, library online resources, IEEEXplore, databases, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus.



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The. Master of Science in Commodity Trading. (former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping) was created in 2008 with professionals through the. Read more

The Master of Science in Commodity Trading

(former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping) was created in 2008 with professionals through the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association, this unique academic programme has been designed to respond to a need identified by Geneva’s commodity trading, commodity finance, and shipping community itself.

Developed with professionals

this innovative academic program for young students with a Bachelor Degree is conducted to best fit in with the demands of the commodity trading industry.

From 2018, Students will have to secure a part-time traineeship linked to Commodity Trading and in Switzerland as of the first semester in order to start the master.

The Master is designed for young students with a Bachelor degree with no or less than 3 years of work experience.

If you have more than 3 years of work experience, in any field of expertise, you can apply to the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Commodity Trading (DAS). You will find more information on the website by clicking here.

The Master in Commodity Trading, created in conjunction with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA), is founded on the principle of a strong coordination between academia and the commodity trading industry. This partnership reflects the desire to create a highly specialized academic programme for people wanting to work while studying, in the trading field, in Geneva. 

Career opportunities

Graduates find work in all sectors both in Switzerland and abroad. Given the nature of the Geneva economy, opportunities are usually found in banking, financial institutions, fiduciaries, consulting firms, insurance agencies, local and international manufacturing, international trade companies (e.g. commodities trading, product distribution), international or global organisations (e.g. ICRC, UNHCR, WTO) and public administration.

Study Programme

Core courses (30 credits): Quantitive methods, Finance and Investment, Legal Aspects and Regulations, International Economics and Trade, Natural Resource Economy and Agri Commodities

Specialized courses (24 credits): Metals, Ores and Mineral, Options, Hedging Tools & Technics, Shipping, Transport & Logistics, Energy Oil and Gas, Energy Renewables, Types of Financing for Commodity Companies, Trade Finance for Banking Instruments, Accountancy, Control and Auditing, Marine Insurance, Commodity Price Mechanism, Commodity Price Risk, Shipping market, CSR and Business Ethics

Traineeship (30 credits)

Master Thesis (18 credits)

Application

The application procedure opens every year at the beginning of January.

Applications close on 28 February for all students.

There is only one Master intake in September every year. Attendance is mandatory for admitted students from day one.



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Make the move into the fast paced world of international commerce with a masters degree designed to give you cutting-edge knowledge of global management issues. Read more

Make the move into the fast paced world of international commerce with a masters degree designed to give you cutting-edge knowledge of global management issues. In today's globalised economy, the ability to think and work across boundaries and borders is imperative.

  • Acquire valuable research and critical thinking skills to prepare for flexible strategy development and decision making under ncreasing complexity
  • Work with renowned researchers in the fields of international business and management, multinational strategy, corporate social responsibility, inclusive value chains, technology transfer, international entrepreneurship and sustainable development. This includes company visits and networking with practitioners, enabling you to apply your skills anywhere in the world.  
  • Apply for an international exchange, spending the second semester at an international partner institution to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability in the global job market. There are a limited number of exchange places available, and you can apply for a place once you are registered on the course. Click on this link for details of the  exchange variant of the course .  

Special features

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an organised company visit to illustrate real-life applications of international business and management concepts covered on the course. 

There is also an opportunity to apply to spend an exchange semester at one of Alliance Manchester Business School's partner institutions abroad.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work and presentations. Problem-solving exercises are prepared and evaluated in groups.

A dissertation of between 12,000 and 25,000 words is also undertaken.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below. 

There may also be an opportunity to study during the second semester in an Exchange Institution - details can be found here .

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. 

If you would like to collect primary data (conduct interviews with companies or distribute a survey), you will need to study the 'Advanced Research Methods and Data Collection in International and Comparative Business' elective unit.

Examples of recent accounting and finance dissertation project topics include:

  • A systematic review of international joint venture studies in East and South East Asia
  • A comparison of Generation-Y's value perceptions on luxury goods between China and the UK
  • The reshoring trend of US manufacturing: exploring the key motivations and the role Exchange partners: of the financial crisis

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The range of career opportunities available is wide, and recent graduates have gained employment in management consultancy, international banking, in the commodities markets and with multinational companies and universities.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.



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Who is it for?. You are a business-focused individual with a high-performing career in global shipping and its associated industries as your ultimate goal. Read more

Who is it for?

You are a business-focused individual with a high-performing career in global shipping and its associated industries as your ultimate goal. Equally at home with practical subjects and academic theory, you thrive on solving tough challenges under time constraints. You want to acquire or sharpen the skills necessary to operate at an executive level in areas ranging from shipping, supply chain and commodities, to finance, investment, trading, banking and related sectors and industries.

Objectives

The course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. The Centre is widely recognised and valued by practitioners and academics.

Since its launch in 1983, its three primary aims remain the same:

  • Offer high quality teaching in its three interlinked disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Produce high quality research in these areas
  • Create a forum for international dialogue between academia, industry and government and to link decision makers.

The combination of the three disciplines of shipping, trade and finance was pioneering at the time but also remains current and relevant in today’s economic and financial environment. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that you are equipped with competitive skills and knowledge not only in the core area of shipping but also in the areas of commodity trade, ship finance, banking and investment.

What will you learn

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the interlocking disciplines of shipping, trade and finance
  • Develop your range of hard and soft skills as an international decision maker
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of economic issues that affect the shipping industry and all who work within it
  • Network with your peers and business leaders from the global business community
  • Gain a highly valuable international perspective on the challenges facing executives in shipping, finance, banking and international trade
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global shipping, commodity trade, investment and finance, from operations to strategy.

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (5 - 25 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits) or
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.

Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

The wide curriculum of the MSc STF provides a range of employment opportunities for our graduates. Many hold key positions and have eminent careers in over 70 countries in fields including:

  • investment banking and shipping finance
  • commodity trading
  • chartering
  • shipping management
  • logistics and supply chain
  • management consultancy
  • manufacturing
  • stockbroking
  • governmental positions


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This full time 12 month intensive programme. is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. Read more

This full time 12 month intensive programme is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. It is suitable for those who already have an honours degree in geology, mining/minerals engineering or a related subject.

You will attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry. New skills include underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning. In-depth coverage of mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining, enable skills in quantifying the economic value of an ore body and assessing its potential for exploitation to be attained. There is emphasis on acquiring knowledge of the geological characteristics and genesis, methods of exploration, extraction and processing techniques of the major types of metalliferous ore deposit, bulk commodities and industrial minerals.

Taught modules are presented over two semesters and individual projects are undertaken throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company. Recent projects have been carried out in all major mining countries on six continents, including Australia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile as well as in the UK.

Programme Structure

You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include;

  • Research Project and Dissertation;
  • Resource Estimation;
  • Ore Deposit Geology and Industrial Minerals;
  • Techniques in Mining Geology ;
  • Excavation and Geomechanics ;
  • Economics, Processing & Environment

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are;

  • Advanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis
  • Mine Wastes: Principles, Monitoring and Remediation.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

Learning and teaching

Formal teaching ends in late April/May with a field excursion to examine the geology and visit mines in an area of the world famous for its mining activity. Extensive use is made of Camborne School of Mines' underground mine facilities, laboratories, mineral processing pilot plant, and the superb field geology and extractive industry operations in South West England.



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The Finance MSc aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in finance from a strategic and managerial perspective. Read more
The Finance MSc aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in finance from a strategic and managerial perspective. The emphasis of the programme will be on the practical application of financial theories, concepts and principles.

Students will learn how to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real business situations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Covers traditional and modern financial theory.

Students will develop research skills in finance areas.

Students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme providing the opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

A strong foundation in the principles and practice of finance is built from the Financial Analysis and Decision Making, Quantitative Methods, Institutional Investments and Corporate Finance modules.

International Financial Markets and Emerging Markets Finance will develop students’ understanding of financial management in an international context.

Real-time data provided by Reuters' financial database is utilised to expose students to financial practices and techniques that they will experience when working in the financial sector.

Students will have the opportunity to take specialist options in the areas of investment and risk management techniques in financial markets.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government legislation. The Finance MSc is available as both a September and January start.

Semester 1
The first semester of the degree (worth 60 credits) will involve studying the following subjects:
-Financial Statements Analysis and Valuation
-Institutional Investments
-Corporate Finance
-Quantitative Methods

Semester 2
The second semester (worth 75 credits) involves studying the following:
-Behavioural Finance
-International Financial Markets
-Emerging Markets Finance
-Corporate Financial Strategy
-Research Methods

Semester 3
-Dissertation or Company Internship

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc Finance programme is designed for students aspiring to careers in the financial services, corporate finance, treasury or banking sectors.

Example careers include financial planners and controllers, treasurers, stock brokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance.

Successful applicants for the company internship will significantly enhance their employability skills in their chosen career path.

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the Finance MSc course, students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme.

This module normally lasts between 8–12 weeks and provides students with an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

Coventry University Business School works closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships.

Students must successfully meet the following assessment criteria:
-Academic: successfully complete all Semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt
-CV shortlisting: submit a CV, which will be used for competitive short listing by the internship panel
-Presentation: prepare and successfully deliver a formal presentation
-Interview: interview with the university internship panel

After completing the Internship, you are required to write an extensive report based on the managerial and educational experience derived from the internship itself and present your findings to both the employers and academic staff.

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Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world. Read more

Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world.

Introducing your degree

This highly specialised MSc in International Financial Markets offers advanced study in the areas of international financial markets and portfolio management, with an emphasis on equity, bonds, foreign exchange and their various derivatives markets. You’ll examine effective strategies for managing portfolios of these assets and analyse the impact of world events on global financial markets. Innovative practical exercises, such as trading floor simulations and portfolio management assignments, will enhance your professional skills. And our academics’ research and sector expertise, combined with input from guest lecturers from leading financial institutions, will ensure you are up to date with the latest thinking in the sector. 

Overview

Southampton was one of the first UK universities to offer a specialised masters course in international financial markets, and remains at the leading edge of research and education in this field today. On this course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the workings of global financial markets and how they are affected by political and economic events worldwide.  

This course is ideal if you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies or gain expertise to further your career in the financial sector. It offers an advanced level of study and is therefore suitable for those who have already undertaken some quantitative study, or those with relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a career as a trader or financial manager in a wide range of settings. These include mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance funds, investment analysis and advice, trading in equities, bond, foreign exchange, commodities and a wide variety of derivatives markets, investment banking, private equity, and private wealth management. You could become an investment consultant, corporate treasurer or rating agency analyst, or choose to work in financial journalism, policy, training or regulation. Alternatively, you could further your studies by doing a PhD and become a researcher in academia. 

Former students have gone on to work for PwC, Mackenzie, HSBC and Bank of Shanghai.



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We offer MPhil and PhD supervision across a wide range of human and physical geography topics. Our research engages with applied issues and public policy concerns, as well as more abstract cultural and theoretical issues. Read more
We offer MPhil and PhD supervision across a wide range of human and physical geography topics. Our research engages with applied issues and public policy concerns, as well as more abstract cultural and theoretical issues.

We were recently ranked within the top 30 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by subject). Almost all our research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

Our staff provide supervision in a range of specialisms. Our research focusses on four research clusters:

Physical geography

Our research strengths in physical geography include:
-Paleoclimatology
-Landscape evolution
-Applied geomorphology and natural hazards
-Quaternary geochronology
-Glaciology
-Water science

We carry out research through active collaboration with colleagues in Newcastle University and beyond. Our research takes us to a wide variety of environments across the globe, including:
-The UK
-Greenland
-Iceland
-Patagonia
-Turkey
-USA
-Tibet
-Japan

Economic geographies

Our research in economic geographies is theoretically-informed and politically-engaged. It covers the production, forms, experiences and impacts of uneven geographies of:
-Commodities
-People
-Finance
-Knowledge
-Technology

Our location in the north east is a European periphery. Our researchers in this theme explore 'ordinary', diverse and/or marginalised economies and subjectivities. They also scrutinise orthodox socio-economic models and practices in the following contexts:
-Western industrialised
-Post-socialist
-Post-colonial

Power, space, politics

In power, space, politics our research focuses on the expression of political power across space and includes topics around:
-Borders and boundaries
-Critical geopolitics
-International development
-Militarism and military geographies
-The politics of representation
-Issues of resistance, justice and peace

We conduct research on a range of scales. From the international and national to the individual, with reference to a range of global contexts. Our work is methodologically innovative, drawing on:
-Interactional research
-Ethnographic research
-Discourse analysis
-Participatory research
-Visual research

This enables us to produce grounded, empirically-informed reflections on the multiple ways in which concepts of power, space and politics intersect.

Geographies of social change

In geographies of social change we explore and extend an applied, critical understanding of cities and urbanism. Ideas that run through our research include:
-Identity
-Families and households
-Health
-Welfare and care
-Infrastructures
-Community

These lead us to connect with issues of:
-Gender
-Race
-Ethnicity
-Migration
-Youth
-Religion
-Class
-Size
-Generation

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This course will provide you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skillset needed for a successful career in accounting, finance, or as a senior business manager. Read more

This course will provide you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skillset needed for a successful career in accounting, finance, or as a senior business manager. Our graduates go on to work at companies including KPMG, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

This is a great course for those who have not previously specialised in accounting and finance but now wish to do so. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms. You will gain a clear understanding of the joint role of accounting and finance in ensuring successful operations in a range of business settings. This includes public and private sector organisations, both financial and non-financial.

Already specialised in accounting and finance or a related subject at undergraduate level?  Take a look at MSc International Accounting and Finance, Master’s course, designed to develop your pre-existing knowledge within an international context.

Modules

Core Modules

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Corporate Governance Regulation and Compliance
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • Professional Development Programme

The course concludes with a financial reporting project to be completed during the summer. 

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Professional Accreditation and Exemptions 

Several modules are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and/ or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

Successful completion of this course leads to exemptions from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will still need to secure professional training and complete further exams in order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but these exemptions can demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete sector qualifications.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Assessment 

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a financial reporting project.

Personal Development

You will develop your skills in presenting; teamwork; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical skills and knowledge highly relevant to a wide range of graduate careers where analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning are required. These include:

  • Evaluating and reporting on organisations’ financial performance
  • Measuring costs, financial planning, forecasting and decision-making
  • Assessing economic policy
  • Interpreting accounting information using financial tools including balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and cash flow statements
  • Ratio analysis and shareholding value reporting
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through financial reporting project.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career in accounting, finance or as a senior business manager. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Accountant – Ernst & Young (China) 
  • Commodities Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK) 
  • Regulatory Reporting Analyst – UBS Bank (USA) 
  • Risk Consultant – KPMG (Russia and CIS) 
  • Tax Associate – PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK)
  • Accounting Analyst – IBM (Bratislava)
  • Auditor - Deloitte (China)

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions. 



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This program is designed for professionals with more than 2 years of relevant work experience in the finance sector or related fields who wish to accelerate or focus their career on the financial world and seek top positions in the finance industry at the associate level. Read more
This program is designed for professionals with more than 2 years of relevant work experience in the finance sector or related fields who wish to accelerate or focus their career on the financial world and seek top positions in the finance industry at the associate level. The main purpose of the Master in Advanced Finance program at IE University is to equip participants with an education that will play a pivotal role in increasing candidate appeal in recruitment processes for Tier I financial institutions like investment banks, hedge funds, private banking, sovereign wealth funds, consulting firms and private equity firms. The program affords up-to-the-minute knowledge in the most innovative areas of finance such as securitization, swaps, commodities, equity derivatives, leveraged buy-outs, geopolitics, behavioral finance, value at risk, and Islamic finance.

Quick Facts

Format: Full-time

Intake: Apr–Jul of the following year

Duration: 14 months

Language: English

Work Experience: 2-7 years

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The Comparative Business Economics MA at UCL is focused principally at company-level study and offers the chance to examine. the role of multinationals; corporate governance and finance; privatisation; entrepreneurship, and the determinants of innovation and technological change within the European area. Read more

The Comparative Business Economics MA at UCL is focused principally at company-level study and offers the chance to examine: the role of multinationals; corporate governance and finance; privatisation; entrepreneurship, and the determinants of innovation and technological change within the European area.

About this degree

The programme offers discipline-based training combined with empirical application, drawing on the experience of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet block in Europe and Asia. Students are equipped with strong foundations in both international business and economics as well as in finance and corporate governance.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), plus a compulsory choice of one of four additional modules (15 credits), a selection of optional modules to the value of 45 credits, and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

60 credits of core modules:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Political Economy of International Business

Optional modules

  • Financial Development
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
  • Public Choice-Private Interest
  • International Macroeconomic Policy
  • Language modules
  • Corporate Governance
  • The Economics of Property Rights

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • Auditor, KPMG
  • Commodities Derivative Officer, Goldman Sachs
  • Reporting Analyst, News UK
  • Risk Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Employability

The Comparative Business Economics MA prepares our graduates for both further research, and for work in international business, for European and national government institutions, and for developing their own entrepreneurial ventures. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.

Located in Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

Our unique specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

64% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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