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The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice. Read more

The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.

The programme is designed to provide a unique educational experience that combines research-led, technically advanced teaching by world-renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice centred, hands-on approach. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by major employers in the sector. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the shipping and financial markets interact and complement each other. You will specialise in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods as well as the development, implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange offering them the opportunity to register as associate members during their study.

Highlights

  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes specialised workshops, distinguished guest speakers, bespoke simulations and company visits.
  • Receive a Dual Degree Award, with two full time MSc degrees in International Shipping and Finance from both the ICMA Centre and ALBA Graduate Business School
  • Gain international experience with one month’s study in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world
  • Utilise our industry links to access unique work-experience placement opportunities, whilst benefitting from our in-house career development programme and partnership with leading shipping recruitment company Spinnaker Global
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

At ICMA centre

At ALBA

Part 2 optional modules (at ICMA centre)

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers in International Shipping and Finance

After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector.

On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation.

Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.

Internships/Placements

Internship opportunities with leading companies in the shipping industry are available to outstanding MSc ISF graduates. A number of companies have joined our work placement scheme and offer work experience placements to some of our excellent graduates (subject to successful interviews and work permits where applicable). Additional placement and full time opportunities in the shipping industry are also made available to our students on an ad-hoc basis .

Career Advisory Partnership

Along with a full range of career advisory and professional development services available to our students from our dedicated Henley Careers team, students will also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global, the leading shipping recruitment consultancy. As part of our collaboration Spinnaker provides career advice and support to our students and promotes their profiles internationally for internship and full time opportunities. 

Professional Accreditation

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Professional Qualification

The programme is accredited by ICS and our students are eligible for 3 exam exemptions from the ICS qualification, which is the maximum number of exemptions offered by the institute. The 3 exemptions offered are for the ICS modules:

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Shipping Finance

Our successful graduates have to take only 4 out of the 7 ICS exams to qualify for the ICS membership. 

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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A rigorous academic program. The Master in Finance, recognized by the . French Higher Education and Research Ministry as Master Degree. Read more

A rigorous academic program

The Master in Finance, recognized by the French Higher Education and Research Ministry as Master Degree, is a graduate program tailored to individual needs and goals. It offers 3 specialized tracks in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Asset Management.

The curriculum is flexible and it is full-time during 15 months. The 90 ECTS credits cover courses, an international study trip and an internship or academic dissertation.

Students can choose to enroll the program either on the ESSEC France campus (Cergy, Paris area), or the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus (Singapore). Regardless of campus choice, the program - and intake - starts in September.

Courses

The Master in Finance is an intensive program with 21 Core courses and 29 Elective courses. The program is tailored to each student’s career goals and individual needs.

Core courses include:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Options
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Options
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advanced Derivatives
  • Fixed Incomes
  • Introduction seminar to Financial career
  • Financial Theory
  • Introduction seminar to Asset Management & Insurance
  • and many more

You will then have a choice of elective courses to match your personal interests and professional ambitions.

Elective courses cover such topics as:

  • VBA Programing for Market Finance and Corporate Finance
  • Real Estate Finance 
  • Commodity markets & Energy products
  • Volatility Trading Game
  • Business Analysis & Value Creation
  • Asset management simulation game
  • and many more

For a full list of courses and electives available, please download the brochure.

Term 1

You will either start in France or in Singapore, where you will learn the finance fundamentals with a mix of core and elective courses.

Term 2

In term 2, you can choose from the 3 specialized tracks to reach their career objectives:

  • The Corporate Finance Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in mergers & acquisitions, financial analysis, firm valuation, transaction services, structured financing, private equity and equity (ECM) and debt (DCM) capital markets.
  • The Financial Markets Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in front and middle offices such as sales and structuring of financial products, traders, quantitative finance, risk management as well as asset and portfolio management.
  • The Asset Management Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in asset and portfolio management, risk management and insurance. This track is offered only in France.

Terms 3 & 4

During this period, you will receive the last 3 core courses and write an academic dissertation. If you want, you can also carry out an internship.

Academic dissertation or internship

The aim of the Academic dissertation is to produce an individual research on a cutting-edge topic related to Finance. It provides students with their first original research experience.

Examples of academic dissertations include:

  • Financing SMEs: private equity as an alternative to bank lending. 
  • Private equity’s public non-LBO investments: overview and assessment of value creation. 
  • European lightly regulated IPO market - Alternext.

To get more examples of Academic dissertations please download the brochure

The internship is an alternative option.

The Faculty

The three assets that best characterize ESSEC Business School’s faculty are academic excellence, a global frame of mind and original and outstanding teaching.

The Finance Department’s research covers a broad spectrum of key areas in finance: Financial Derivatives, Risk Management, Commodities, Portfolio and Wealth Management, Macro-Finance, Market Microstructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Real Estate and Corporate Bankruptcy.

Researchers have published their work in some of the world’s most prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Finance and Finance. In addition to the faculty, the program also relies on lecturers and practitioners who are experts in their field.

To see the complete list of professors, lecturers and practitioners, please download the brochure.

Your professional career starts now

The Internship

The optional internship which can be from 4 to 6 months is designed to let students integrate into the professional world. They acquire hands-on experience as interns in an organization enabling them to put into practical use the knowledge and skills attained in the program.

The study trip

Master in Finance offers a unique opportunity for students to travel to one of the major financial hubs (London, Hong Kong or New York). The one-week study trip allows privileged access to the most prestigious investment banks and consulting firms such as: Barclay’s Capital, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, BNP-Paribas, Crédit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, etc. Students not only meet and exchange views with professionals but also get to interact with ESSEC alumni.

Professional Events

You will have the chance to attend finance specific recruitment fairs, for example:

  • International Finance Forum on the ESSEC Cergy campus in mid-October where you will be able to brush shoulders with major banks and financial institutions from across the world and meet their recruiters who are looking to hire for their summer internship programs and graduate schemes and for various other job positions.

For more information, visit the Careers section.

ESSEC Business School’s Finance Department regularly holds research seminars where students can meet researchers and professionals. These seminars provide an opportunity to students to meet and discuss with professionals and practitioners from major financial sectors. The lectures, current events, and case studies allow a better understanding of the latest changes and developments in the financial sectors.

Graduate careers

Graduates of the Master in Finance program are successful in pursuing a full-filling career in all areas of finance.

  • 67% of students find a job before graduation
  • 90% within three months of graduation
  • 100% within six months of graduation

The graduates mainly work in the following industries:

  • Banking
  • Brokerage/Trading
  • Consulting
  • Investment/Hedge funds
  • Asset Management

The roles of our Alumni include:

  • Trading/Sales/Structuring
  • Financial Analysis/Firm Valuation/Transaction Services
  • Project/Structured Financing
  • Risk Management/Control
  • Equity/Debt Capital Market
  • Private Equity
  • Project Management
  • M&A Consulting
  • Portfolio/Asset Management

 



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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 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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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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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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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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How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?. Read more
How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?

Alongside banks, a growing number of both financial firms (e.g. hedge funds) and non-financial firms (e.g. utilities) have trading arms which execute orders in the markets and deal on behalf of either the firm or outside clients. Therefore, knowledge of trading global markets is a prerequisite for your career in trading, risk management or compliance.

On this course, we prepare you for a successful career in finance and financial services by covering in-depth finance, statistical modelling and trading skills. Taught by industry experts, we offer a mix of classroom-based instruction, case study and practical trading exercise where you trade on real-time simulated global markets through the use of industry-strength proprietary trading software in our specialist trading lab.

You master areas including:
-Trading strategies
-Risk and money management
-Trader analytics
-Portfolio management and empirical methods in finance

You are given exposure to practical trading in a wide range of markets, including equities, FX, commodities and bonds.

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 employs staff from across the globe.

We’re renowned for our social science led research and are ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). As one of the largest finance groups in the country, our work has been called upon by the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, so you study at a school that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.

Our expert staff explore issues including: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

Specialist facilities

Based at our Colchester Campus, the Essex Business School building provides superb facilities for staff and students.

Not only can you practice trading stocks and securities in our virtual trading lab, our study pods and Bonds café provide ample space for group-working and preparing for lectures, our sun terrace and winter garden provide the building with a unique micro-climate, reflecting our commitment to ethical and sustainable business.

Your future

A Masters degree from Essex Business School is an investment in your future career; in 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Not only will we support you to reach your full academic potential, our Student Services Team works in partnership with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Our students progress to work in a range of careers, from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy. We’re also proud of our many graduate entrepreneurs.

Example structure

-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Trading Global Financial Markets
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Asset Pricing (optional)
-Fixed Income Securities (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

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Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms and government. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. Read more
Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms and government. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace. The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.

The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck is built around our long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching.

If you have any prior knowledge in finance, economics or a related field then this programme is also available with advanced pathways in accounting, banking and commodities.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

This programme combines a high level of academic rigour with a solid grounding in practical problem-solving skills.
Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience.
Our teaching is informed by the latest research and by the needs of employers, so you'll be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance.
Our teaching is renowned for its high quality and we provide in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.

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Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms, government and academia. Read more
Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms, government and academia. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace. The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.

This programme lets you select a pathway in accounting, banking or commodities, which ensures that, when you graduate, you will be well-suited to work in specialised fields of quantitative finance in financial institutions, banks and insurance companies, or to undertake academic research leading to a PhD.

The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck is built around our long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching.

We also offer an MSc Finance, which is ideal if you don't have any prior knowledge of economics, finance or related fields.

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While practically orientated, this postgraduate degree in applied statistics and financial modelling proceeds from a strong theoretical background so as to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems with confidence. Read more
While practically orientated, this postgraduate degree in applied statistics and financial modelling proceeds from a strong theoretical background so as to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems with confidence. The mutual dependence of practice and theory is emphasised wherever possible.

The programme is ideal if you are considering a career move into statistics, or if your work already involves aspects of data collection and exploration, the interpretation of statistics, or the use of advanced stochastic modelling techniques in the area of quantitative finance.

The programme has been specially designed to meet the personal and career development needs of people who want to continue working while also studying in the evening. Many of our students, as part of their everyday work, are involved in data analysis, the interpretation of statistics, the optimal design and control of systems, and the modelling and prediction of time-dependent phenomena. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Covers both theory and application of stochastic and statistical modelling techniques required to solve applied problems in industry, the public services, scientific research and commerce.
Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society - graduates are normally granted Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status.
Birkbeck brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.
Our teaching is informed by the needs of employers and you will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance. They provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments, City firms and banks.
Our Department houses 5 research groups, in Applied Mathematics and Finance, Econometrics and Statistical Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Pure Mathematics, which host visiting speakers and organise seminars. The Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and the Commodities Finance Centre are our 2 research centres, which disseminate research, host events and house visiting academics.
You will have access to a wide range of study resources, including University of London seminar programmes in probability and statistics, and excellent library facilities close by in Bloomsbury. Extensive computing facilities include PCs and UNIX platforms.

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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and Finance course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager in the finance sector. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and Finance course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager in the finance sector. You’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, developing core skills in managerial finance and managing and motivating staff in businesses on an international scale.

What's covered in the course?

Initially in the first stage, you will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly diverse cultural context.

During the second stage of your course, you will explore international financial management, including international investment strategies, Capital Asset Pricing and the financial aspects of national and international merger and acquisitions. You’ll learn how to navigate the risks of foreign exchange rates and the intricacies of dividend policy theory and practice for international firms.

You’ll be taught international business strategy while also developing your research skills in preparation for your major project. In addition to the Major project, you will also study both personal and institutional portfolio management, covering key areas such as shares, bonds, property chattels and commodities, and fund management principles and issues.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options:
-A work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer;
-A consultancy project option, where you find a client who has an international business problem that you feel you can solve;
-A traditional dissertation involving an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international business using primary research.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of finance, tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination.

You will work in internationally diverse student teams, collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports, reflecting the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential, and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

Why Choose Us?

-You will develop fundamental skills in business management while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the complex and challenging field of finance.
-On graduating you will receive an industry-recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
-You will work alongside a diverse range of international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers from a range of diverse cultures from Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America.
-You will have the opportunity to visit a leading financial services organisation such as the London Stock Exchange to gain insight into the complexity of real world global financial operations.
-You will be supported with Business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.

Course Structure

The course runs for 12 months (full-time, September start) and is split into three stages, each lasting at least 10 weeks. Assessment is of a practical nature, including assignments, reports, presentations and examinations.

Each module consists a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, online interactive activities and assessments. Typically each module is taught on a weekly basis during term time, consisting of three hours per module per week split into one, two or three-hour sessions. A total of 9 contact hours per week is typical over a 10 week period for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 3 will consist of three hours of contact time per week, supplemented with project supervision meetings as and when required for the Major Project.

Each 20-credit module is designed to require 200 hours of study, of which 30 hours or more will be via direct contact with module tutors. The remaining time will consist of independent learning, which will be structured with guidance from the module tutor to incorporate activities such as online learning, reading and group or team based work.

Emphasis will be placed on the group as a resource for learning. There will be group discussion of practical management situations and problems, making use of case studies, problem situations and scenarios and, where relevant, the participants' own experiences.

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of your learning process, enhancing and demonstrating your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided to you through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessment, examinations and the dissertation or project. You may be required to defend the dissertation or project through a viva, drawing on the skills developed in the programme.

All of our Management pathways have professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as ensuring the courses are relevant and cutting edge, it means you will receive a CMI QCF Level 7 Certificate in addition to the Master’s degree upon graduating.

You will be provided with CMI membership for the duration of the course, benefitting from full access to Management Direct, CMI’s market-leading online support tool for managers and leaders. You’ll also be eligible for the CMI’s mentoring scheme and have the opportunity to attend events, helping you network and create industry links.

Employability

You’ll have the opportunity to:
-Take part in a funded company visit to a leading company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world.
-Choose to deliver a work-based study project or consultancy project in the final stage of the course using a current employer or a client you find yourself.
-Seek support and engage with events and activities provided by Birmingham City University’s careers service.
-Take part in Birmingham City University’s Graduate Plus scheme.
-Receive employment advice and support via your Personal Tutor.

Our graduates have obtained employment in management positions, or have set up their own successful businesses. Former students are employed in managerial positions across the globe, including land management (Kenya), manufacturing (China), HR (Germany), finance (Canada), insurance (France) and teaching (India, UK and Sri Lanka). You’ll learn new perspectives on a changing business world, enabling you to provide employers with relevant and cutting-edge information. The research skills you develop doing your Major Project will also look good on your CV.

A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

Other admission requirements

Entry to Stage Two
-A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship).
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.

Entry to Stage Three
-A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.
-Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits) and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.

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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 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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Are you looking to start a career in the financial sector? Paris School of Business School’s Msc in International Finance will provide you with necessary skills and know-how to achieve this goal. Read more
Are you looking to start a career in the financial sector? Paris School of Business School’s Msc in International Finance will provide you with necessary skills and know-how to achieve this goal.

Paris is a major international and dynamic financial center, home of many financial institutions or subsidiaries, so the the city of Paris provides a convenient environment to study an MSc in International Finance.

Paris School of Business is dedicated to teach its students concrete professional skills. This is why the Msc in International Finance includes trainings in financial software such as Excel, VBA and Bloomberg. Students are also trained for financial certification such as CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or PRM (Professional Risk Manager).

Business Core:
• Strategic Management
• International Business
• Financial Management
• Managerial Accounting
• International Business Environment
• Corporate Strategy
Leadership & Professional Skills Modules:
• Leadership & Management: Cours Florent Seminar
• Career Management
• Business Game
• Research Methodology
• Advanced Productivity Digital Tools
• Business Tours

Advanced Core Component:

• Project Management
• International Business Law
• Fixed Income Securities Management
• Professional Standards: Compliance and Control
• Banking & Financial Regulations
• Risk Management
• Derivative & Commodities
• Collective Funds Management
• Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Job opportunities

• Career in businesses related to the trading room (mainly in the front and middle offices)
• Credit Risk Analyst
• Financial Analyst
• Bank Risk Manager
• Originator of Securities
• Portfolio Manager
• Fund Manager

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