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This innovative Banking and Finance MSc programme with professional placement provides you with postgraduate training and experience designed to develop your career in the banking and financial services sector. Read more

About the course

This innovative Banking and Finance MSc programme with professional placement provides you with postgraduate training and experience designed to develop your career in the banking and financial services sector. You will gain a thorough understanding of this field through practical and theoretical application, addressing financial economics, the economics of banking, international financial markets, quantitative methods as well as financial regulation both nationally and internationally.

Graduates of the Banking and Finance Masters at Brunel will be able to pursue a wide range of careers in financial institutions, banking regulatory organisations and investment banks. Internationally, graduates of this Banking and Finance course are attractive candidates for their domestic regulators, central banks and private sector banks. In addition, many graduates will follow other career paths in the financial services sector and could undertake doctoral research.

Aims

You will be provided with a good balance between the four pillars of the programme:

Theories and debates about banking and financial regulation.
Broader financial theories and related issues.
Quantitative methodologies which are critical for economic and financial analysis.
Successful completion of a dissertation in this field.

On completion of this Banking and Finance postgraduate degree course:

You will be able to effectively manage a range of issues within banking and finance, such as recent banking regulations and successfully deal with matters arising in private banking.

You will develop the art of thinking through economic problems within structured frameworks and the course will encourage you to critically evaluate and deliver strategic solutions.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Full-Time

Compulsory

Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
International Finance
Global Financial Markets
Banking
Bank Regulation and Macro-Prudential Policy
Banking and Finance Workshops
Dissertation

Optional

Foundations of Finance
Security Analysis and Funds Management
Financial Analysis
Business Finance

Part-time

Level 1

Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
Banking
Quantitative Methods for Finance and Economics
Bank Regulation and Macro-Prudential Policy
Global Financial Markets

Level 2

International Finance
Banking and Finance Workshops
Dissertation

Students must choose two optional modules from the following:

Foundations of Finance
Security Analysis and Funds Management
Financial Analysis
Business Finance

The dissertation must be submitted in the spring term of the third year.

Special Features

The course is one of four specialist master's programmes developed by leading experts in the Economics and Finance Department at Brunel. As a postgraduate student here you will be part of a long standing and thriving environment for research and study with many advantages and benefits such as:

Outstanding academic expertise and research-led teaching
95% of our academics are nationally and internationally recognised for their work in economics and econometrics in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008).
As a result, you will benefit from up-to-the-minute research-led teaching by academic staff who regularly publish in international peer-reviewed journals, have an impact on international regulatory design and obtain significant research grants.

Professional training facilities
As a Banking and Finance Master's student, you will have access to a variety of professional databases used in business and the finance industry which include Datastream, Bloomberg, Bank Scope, Osiris, Reuters 3000 Xtra and Thomson One Banker.
We hold regular training sessions and external visits with Bloomberg, which will enhance your research and expose you to real-world factors that will be important in future banking related employment.

Postgraduate scholarships
Brunel offers a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students.

Excellent links with leading organisations
We have excellent links with business and the finance industry, which will help you to network with organisations and get ahead in your career.

Industry talks, guest lectures and research seminars
A number of industry talks with professionals from the private sector will be invited to teach part of the Banking and Finance programme and will provide you with further practical experience.
There is a wide range of events on offer, such as guest lectures and research seminars to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments and help you build your contacts.

Teaching

The modules on the Banking and Finance postgraduate programme incorporate a diverse range of teaching methods which reflect the module learning outcomes and the demands of the subject material.

Effective learning is achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, directed independent study, workshops, oral presentations, and varied assessment patterns.

Use of appropriate IT resources is expected (e.g. electronic resources to access data, and relevant software programmes used in research methods).

Dissertation research will give you the opportunity to integrate your knowledge of important themes, frameworks and research findings in banking and finance obtained via lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Students who successfully complete a professional placement will be invited to attend a tutorial day to give a presentation about their experience. An optional reflective journal during the placement may assist in preparation for the presentation and dissertation.

Assessment

All modules of this master's degree course are assessed by a combination of coursework and final examinations. Students who successfully complete the taught part of the course can proceed to the dissertation stage. MSc students who do not complete a placement are expected to work on their dissertation in the summer and to submit the final draft in mid-September.

Students who do complete a placement will work on their dissertation from September and submit in January.

Work Placements

All students who enrol on the full-time Banking and Finance MSc will have the opportunity to complete a placement. A placement can significantly improve your employability and expose you to real-world situations in the Banking and Finance industry, and importantly, allow you to network with industry professionals.

Students completing the work placement option will have a competitive edge in pursuing careers as high-level analysts, economists and managers in financial institutions, governments, financial regulators, business companies and central banks, as well as international organisations.

The placement option is available to full-time applicants and will last for 12-15 weeks during the summer of your course.

For students who complete the placement, their dissertation will be completed after the placement has finished. Students who do not find a placement will do their dissertation throughout the summer and submit in September.

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The LLM in Banking and Finance Law provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of international finance and financial services law, covering local and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives. Read more
The LLM in Banking and Finance Law provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of international finance and financial services law, covering local and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives. A wide range of regulatory and transactional areas are covered including, monetary law, banking law, financial regulation, central banking, securities law, secured transactions, corporate finance and M&As, insolvency cross-border insolvency, electronic banking, financing of developing economies, EU financial law and business ethics. You can choose from a wide selection of modules to design a programme of study that best facilitates your interests.

Our academics are engaged in current banking and finance policy making and legal regulatory reforms. In light of the recent economic global crisis and the ensuing new regulations, modules have been developed to reflect these changes, for example ‘Islamic Finance and Commercial Law’ and ‘Ethics in Business and in Finance’. This has led to the creation of a seminar series, featuring prominent figures from both industry and academia.

Professional Module Exemptions

The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) has recognised masters programmes offered by the School of Economics and Finance for advanced standing for the Chartered Banker Diploma. Graduates can proceed directly to the Chartered Banker Diploma with no requirement for prior underpinning study, recognising the high level of commonality of elements within LLM Law and Economics programme content against the CBI’s Diploma modules.

Networking opportunities

On many of our modules, you will have the opportunity to hear from and discuss with prominent figures from leading institutions, including the Bank of England, the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, as well as partners in law firms from across the world.

Taught modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the same field of law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated below.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
QLLM007 Banking Law


◦ QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits)
◦ QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
◦ QLLM084 Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM122 European Union Tax Law (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
◦ QLLM156 Introduction to Insurance Regulation (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM195 Transfer Pricing (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM310 Compliance in Global Contexts (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM354 Information Security and the Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM357 Chinese Banking and Finance Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM360 Banking Law: International (sem 1)
◦ QLLM361 Banking Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM362 International Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM363 International Finance Law Applied (sem 2)
◦ QLLM364 Law and Finance in Emerging Economies (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM365 Legal Aspects of Financing Development (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM367 International Financial Regulation (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM368 Corporate Rescue and Cross-border Insolvency (sem 1)
◦ QLLM369 Financial Distress and Debt Restructuring (sem 2)
◦ QLLM372 Corporate Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM373 Mergers and Acquisitions (M and As) (sem 2)
◦ QLLM374 Law and Ethics in Finance (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM375 Corporate Governance and Responsibility in Finance (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM378 Securities Regulation (sem 2)
◦ x CCLE019 Accounting for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE021 International Macroeconomics for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE026 Financial Models and Derivatives in a Legal Context (45 credits)
◦ x CCLE027 Financial Models and Application to Corporate Finance (45 credits)

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Who is it for?. You are ambitious to succeed in global banking and finance. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in banks and banking markets. Read more

Who is it for?

You are ambitious to succeed in global banking and finance. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the deeper levels of strategy and operations in banks and banking markets. Your interest in banking is matched by your desire to establish yourself in this highly competitive marketplace where pressure and risk management accompany job satisfaction and financial rewards.

The course will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global banking landscape.

Objectives

Take a step closer to your successful career in global banking and finance with this highly practical MSc. This course is tailormade to develop professional standards and competence for those wishing to pursue careers in the banking industry. Cass offers an innovative blend of theoretical and vocational learning equipping you with the outlook, the skills and the temperament to make things happen.

You’ll be based within a stone’s throw of the City of London, giving your studies a uniquely practical orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals.

What will you learn

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the banking sector
  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance, including institutions and instruments
  • Understand and critically evaluate current issues in international banking and finance, from regulatory changes, to technology and financial innovation, to stock markets
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of financial issues across all industry sectors.
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global finance.

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 (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits).

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Banking & International 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 Banking and International Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:

  • An introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
  • A refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

This master's degree is designed to help launch a career in the banking industry, but also as central bankers, supervisors and regulators. It offers the foundation for a varied range of careers.

The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Bankers Institute (CBI), which ensures its content is kept up to date and relevant to the industry.

Graduates from the MSc Banking and International Finance move into a variety of careers, from investment banking (Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs) to commercial banking (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, BNP Paribas); to rating agencies (Fitch, S&P) to securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy



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This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector. Read more

Why take this course?

This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector.

It combines theoretical and applied aspects of economics, finance and banking alongside an understanding of business decisions and strategy. You’ll interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy arguments as well as develop your financial forecasting techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade. On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

The government sector
Commercial banks
Insurance companies
Regulatory bodies

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Contracts, Markets and Regulation:

You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy.

Financial Econometrics:

You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS.

Finance and Financial Markets:

In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets’ perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps.

International Banking:

In this unit you will study commercial and investment banking at national, international and global levels. Topics covered include money and the banking system, banking structures and regulations, risk management in banking, scale and scope economies and the measurement of competition in banking, determinants of bank crashes and failures, global banking and regulation, global financial markets and instruments and derivatives-related financial crises.

Research Methods and Dissertation:

You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and banking sectors. Opportunities include business professionals and commercial, industrial and public sector managers, as well as many other positions with responsibility for decision making. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Account manager
Trader in financial assets
Purchasing and acquisitions officer
Econometrician

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The 100% online MSc, PG Dip & PG Cert in Global Finance & Banking from King’s Business School allows you to explore advanced financial and banking principles, such as investment analysis, analysis of financial statements, models of asset returns, optimal investment & risk and portfolio management. Read more

The 100% online MSc, PG Dip & PG Cert in Global Finance & Banking from King’s Business School allows you to explore advanced financial and banking principles, such as investment analysis, analysis of financial statements, models of asset returns, optimal investment & risk and portfolio management.

King’s Business School is the new hub in London for engaging with business, finance and government; where game-changing research informs a contemporary approach to business education, creating socially responsible leaders of the future. Learn from leading academics and active senior finance professionals who will give you the right knowledge and tools to effectively tackle business challenges and support your career aspirations. 

There will be a strong focus on practical skills, giving you the right knowledge and tools to effectively tackle challenges in the global finance and banking sectors, and support your career aspirations. 

Fit your studies around your work and life commitments without taking a career break, and start to grow the essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills that you will need to succeed in your future finance career.

Why study with King’s Business School?

  • King’s College London has been ranked in the top 10 for business & management studies three years running (The Complete University Guide 2016-18).
  • The course aims to develop practical skills and maximise employability. Course modules are led by industry leaders to ensure that there are real world applications for all of your learning.
  • King’s Business School provides a highly stimulating intellectual environment, where students access unparalleled academic excellence and study alongside international peers from over 50 countries.
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in as little as 8 months, a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months and an MSc in just 2 years.
  • Become part of a large and active community of alumni worldwide.

Benefits of online learning:

  • Access world-class teaching and excellent student support, from anywhere in the world, without leaving home. King’s online courses offer the same rigour as on-campus courses.
  • Six intakes per year for maximum flexibility.
  • Small class sizes allow close instructor interaction and collaboration with other professionals from across the globe.

Description

The MSc in Global Finance & Banking offers specialised, practical and theoretical education in an environment of academic excellence. It is designed for students who aim to pursue or progress their careers in banking and finance, including roles in financial regulation, finance and risk management and actuarial science.

Studying the MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert 100% flexible distance learning Global Finance and Banking course at King’s Business School is suitable for:-

  • Finance and Banking sector professionals looking for career progression
  • Professionals looking to specialise in global finance and banking sectors
  • Professionals looking to change career
  • Finance and banking professionals wanting to work in academia
  • Graduates seeking further education

Teaching

This course has been designed specifically for a 100% online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning, including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures, videos and online tutorials.

Students are expected to undertake approximately 22 hours of study per week. In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this programme, students will have access to King’s College London’s Library Services, electronic resources, supportive online tutors and student support services.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of written coursework and online examinations. The assessment methods may vary between modules but each module will include one or more of these methods.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the programme modules change.

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Who is it for?. The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law will appeal to a wide variety of students at all stages of their career who have an interest in financial services law. Read more

Who is it for?

The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law will appeal to a wide variety of students at all stages of their career who have an interest in financial services law. It will enable you to develop your career in private commercial practice or in-house at a financial institution. You will also be well-prepared to embark on policy-oriented careers in the vibrant financial services sector as well as in compliance and public service.

Objectives

The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law offers you the opportunity to study an important area of practice in the global financial centre, the City of London. The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law  will provide you with the knowledge, skills and insight into a highly complex and large area of law.

It will equip you with the fundamentals of international banking and financial law for which the City of London is so famous. The breadth and depth of the curriculum in this specialist degree are regarded highly by banking and finance professionals. You will be given the support to explore and study banking law, taxation, investments, money markets, and many more.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything CIty has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus -  with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • EU Banking Law
  • EU Tax Law
  • International Banking Law
  • International Corporate Finance Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Tax
  • Money Laundering
  • Project Finance.

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the financial services sector.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.



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Start of programme. November / January / March / May / July. Mode of Attendance. Distance Learning. Read more

Start of programme: November / January / March / May / July

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

The MSc Finance (Banking) is designed for postgraduates wanting to enter the banking sector and professionals already working in financial or neighbourhood sectors looking to gain competitive advantages deepening their knowledge in financial management, particularly in core banking activities (maturity/risk mismatch management), retirement and financial planning, commercial credit and factoring, and liquidity and risk management.

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software. 

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

Employment

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior positions in banking, asset management, pension funds, regulators and financial institutions.



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Why this course?. This MSc is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies across the broad range of subjects relevant to electronic and electrical engineering. Read more

Why this course?

This MSc is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies across the broad range of subjects relevant to electronic and electrical engineering.

You can select classes from the extensive range of postgraduate taught courses delivered by our Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. This unique flexible structure allows you to build a personalised MSc programme that meets your academic interests and career aspirations.

The course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities. Recent graduates have gained well paid positions in:

  • electrical supply industries
  • telecommunications and IT
  • consulting and design companies
  • healthcare and aerospace

You’ll study

There’s two semesters of compulsory and optional classes, followed by a three-month research project in your chosen area. There’s the opportunity to carry this out through the department's competitive MSc industrial internships.

The internships are offered in collaboration with selected department industry partners, including ScottishPower, Smarter Grid Solutions and SSE. You'll address engineering challenges facing the partner, with site visits, access and provision of relevant technical data and/or facilities provided, along with an industry mentor and academic supervisor.

Facilities

You'll have exclusive access to our extensive computing network and purpose-built teaching spaces, including our outdoor test facility for photovoltaics high voltage laboratory, equipped with the latest technologies including:

  • LDS 6-digital partial discharge test & measurement system
  • Marx impulse generators & GIS test rigs
  • £1M distribution network and protection laboratory comprising a 100kVA microgrid, induction machines and programme load banks

You'll have access to the UK’s only high-fidelity control room simulation suite and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC). This is Europe’s first centre dedicated to the development and demonstration of “smart-grid” technologies.

Accreditation

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) - this programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Learning & teaching

We use a blend of teaching and learning methods including interactive lectures, problem-solving tutorials and practical project-based laboratories. Our technical and experimental officers are available to support and guide you on individual subject material.

Each module comprises of approximately five hours of direct teaching per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further five to six hours of self-study, using our web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), research journals and library facilities.

The teaching and learning methods used ensure you'll develop not only technical engineering expertise but also communications, project management and leadership skills.

You'll undertake group projects. These will help to develop your interpersonal, communication and transferable skills essential to a career in industry.

Industry engagement

Interaction with industry is provided through our internships, teaching seminars and networking events. The department delivers monthly seminars to support students’ learning and career development. Siemens, Rolls-Royce, Xilinx, Selex ES and Mott MacDonald are just a few examples of the industry partners you can engage with during your course.

Assessment

A variety of assessment techniques are used throughout the course. You'll complete at least six modules. Each module has a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work and, where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.

Assessment of the summer research project/internship consists of four elements, with individual criteria: 

  1. Interim report (10%, 1500 – 3000 words) – The purpose of this report is to provide a mechanism for supervisors to provide valuable feedback on the project’s objectives and direction.
  2. Poster Presentation (15%) – A vital skill of an engineer is the ability to describe their work to others and respond to requests for information. The poster presentation is designed to give you an opportunity to practise that.
  3. Final report (55%) – This assesses the communication of project objectives and context, accuracy and relevant of background material, description of practical work and results, depth and soundness of discussion and conclusions, level of engineering achievement and the quality of the report’s presentation.
  4. Conduct (20%) - Independent study, project and time management are key features of university learning. The level of your initiative & independent thinking and technical understanding are assessed through project meetings with your supervisor and your written logbooks.

Careers

The flexible structure of the course means graduates are able to design their own personalised programme to suit individual interests. Career opportunities are vast and include the electrical supply industries, oil and gas sector, telecommunications, IT, banking and finance, consulting and design companies, healthcare and aerospace.

Recent graduates have secured technical positions such as control engineers, design engineers and electronics engineers with organisations including GE, Jaguar LandRover and BP. They've also taken up managerial roles such as technology analysts, project managers and risk assessors with Morgan Stanley, Mott MacDonald and Atkins Global.

The MSc is also a great starting point for research within the department.



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This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency. Read more

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency.

Overview

This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a position of responsibility in an international bank, financial institution, central bank or government agency.

The course offers those with a substantial economic or finance background the opportunity to specialise in more depth in the areas of Money, Banking, Finance and Trade. It contains challenging theoretical and applied elements which will equip you for responsible posts in the financial and commercial world.

The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of students from both developed and developing countries with career aspirations in a wide variety of banking and financial contexts.

It provides excellent preliminary training for those who wish to pursue further research with a view to a career in a research institution or central bank. It will also be of interest to those who are currently working in a financial institution or other private or public sector body, such as a central bank or national treasury.

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
  • You may also enrol for a module on electronic trading using our Trading Room facility.

Learning and assessment

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving students access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.

Career prospects

Graduates have a good employment rate with alumni working in the European Commission, Eurobank, Bank of England and Chinese financial institutions amongst many others.



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Course outline. The underlying philosophy of the. LLM. is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. Read more

Course outline

The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. It stresses the importance of interaction between staff and student, as well as between student and student. We believe this is an essential element in the development of effective lawyers in this area.

Following successful completion of the LLM in International and Commercial Law, you should have developed a range of skills, which include:

  • A sound understanding of each of the chosen areas of the law
  • Confidence in the analysis of complex case-law
  • The ability to make your argument convincingly, orally and in writing
  • The ability to take a co-operative approach to problem solving

Start dates

Students may take the LLM over

  • 12 months starting in September; or
  • 9 months starting in January.

Teaching methods

Seminars are the primary teaching method for this course. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers. Whether you enter the legal profession or business world you will find it is essential to have developed persuasive abilities. LLM options are taught in the form of three hours of seminars spread over each of the teaching weeks of the course. LLM seminars for subjects which are also taught at LLB level take place in two hour blocks every fortnight.

You are expected to read the cases and other materials relevant to the particular seminar in advance. At the seminar you will be asked to support your opinions and discuss your analysis of the area with your fellow students. In some modules you may be expected to make a presentation on a topic given to you by your tutor. Whilst these tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, you will rapidly gain confidence as your debating skills develop.

Where seminars are on a fortnightly basis, the course will be supported by three hours of lectures per week during the lecturing period. Seminars will complement the lecture series.

Course material is available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Specialist designations

Students can select specific modules to have their LLM designated as specialising in:

  • International Trade and Maritime Law;
  • International Oil and Gas Law; or
  • Financial Services Law

Each designation requires the following to be taken:

  • 20 unit Advanced Legal Research module;
  • 40 unit Core module; and
  • 120 units of Options.

The modules currently offered for the designations are as follows:

International Trade and Maritime Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • International Intellectual Property (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

International Oil & Gas Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Law and Policy (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Financial Services Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • Banking Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Securities Regulation (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Non-designated LLM

Students who wish to have an LLM in International and Commercial Law without a designation must take

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)

160 units of Options from

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • Intellectual Property Law (40)
  • International Human Rights (20)
  • International Medical Law & Ethics (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40 units)
  • Law of War (20)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Public International Law (40)
  • Dissertation (40)

September start

The September start allows students to take more time to adjust to postgraduate studies. In the first term students must take the Advanced Legal Research module and choose Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery, Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights, or EU Competition Law. All the modules are then available from January onwards, subject always to there being sufficient students opting for them



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Who is it for?. This degree is designed for ambitious students with interest in the area of corporate finance and strong quantitative background. Read more

Who is it for?

This degree is designed for ambitious students with interest in the area of corporate finance and strong quantitative background. You aim to work for a top international or a global firm as a finance executive. You are interested in questions such as: How do managers choose which new projects to launch and which to abandon? Do mergers and acquisitions increase or destroy firm value? How do you spot good investment opportunities in the stock market? What do hedge funds and investment banks do?

The degree will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global landscape of corporate finance.

Objectives

This MSc degree is designed to satisfy your drive to understand how companies manage their investment and financing decisions. In your studies, you will examine questions such as: how financial markets work and how companies access them to finance their operations, what IPOs and mergers and acquisitions are and how they help increase firm value, how to value financial products, such as stocks and derivatives.

Your studies will encompass practical and up-to-date teaching on how the modern corporate finance world works from top academics and practitioners from the City of London. You will graduate fully equipped for a successful career within corporate finance departments of leading global and international corporations, top investment and commercial banks, and family firms.

Unique features of this course are:

  • The course offers core modules on Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity and Risk Management
  • Tuition from 'practitioner' professors who discuss how theory works in the real world
  • A choice from over 15 finance related electives including international electives in New York, Madrid  and Dubai
  • All teaching done at Cass Business School's location in the heart of London's financial district
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with top finance and business leaders during guest lectures and seminars organised at Cass Business School
  • Support from one of London’s best Careers’ Office to find your dream job
  • Students on the MSc in Corporate Finance are able to apply for an additional year's study at LUISS or Bocconi business schools in Italy.

What will you learn

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments
  • Understand and critically evaluate current issues in corporate finance from IPOs to debt markets
  • Formulate corporate finance decisions aimed at delivering returns to shareholders and delivering superior ROI
  • Analyse factors affecting the global flows of corporate finance
  • Learn how to network with peers and senior finance professionals in the City of London.

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:

  • nine core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

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

Induction Weeks

The MSc in Corporate Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

  • 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 MSc in Corporate Finance move into a diverse range of financial careers including:

  • Corporate finance departments at global, international and family firms (e.g. Coca Cola, Unilever, Sinopec, Tata Motors, China Mobile, Ford, SAIC Motor, Marks and Spencer, BP)
  • Investment banking and commercial banking (e.g. JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, RBS, China Construction Bank, China Development Bank)
  • Management consultancy (e.g. Accenture, IBM, McKinsey)
  • Securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy.

Typical jobs for our graduates include; Finance Executive, Analyst, Banking Associate, Consultant, Corporate Banking Analyst, Fund manager, Fund Accountant, Investment Banking Analyst, Investment Manager, M&A Associate, Management Consultant, Operations Specialist, Project Assistant, Project Coordinator, Project Manager.

They have worked in locations from Baku to Bangkok, Beijing, Milan, Nairobi, New Delhi, and Stockholm.



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The LLM Law and Economics is a joint programme offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London. Read more

Overview

The LLM Law and Economics is a joint programme offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London. It is a specialist programme which aims to provide rigorous training in theoretical and applied economic analysis as a means of analysing law and the legal framework. It is designed for students with an academic background in Law or Economics.

This Masters in Law course will enable lawyers to master a new discipline and to consider financial and economic dilemmas, and allow economists to comprehend the rationale for regulation and how to think like a lawyer.

This course is ideal for you if you are already in, or plan a career in, law or economics in academia, the public sector, international institutions, the financial or legal industry or consulting.

This programme will:

* Enhance your career options by allowing you to specialise in the highly sought after interdisciplinary areas of law, economics and finance.
* Provide you with the theory, knowledge, practical skills and latest developments required to work in both emerging and established economies in legal, banking, financial, governmental or research institutions.
* Give you the chance to meet leading practitioners in banking, finance and law.

Institute of Global Law, Economics and Finance

The Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance (IGLEF) at Queen Mary is a forum for stimulating and conducting interdisciplinary research and disseminating knowledge on the areas of law, economics and finance.

Why study LLM in Law and Economics at Queen Mary?

The School of Law is firmly established as a centre of national and international excellence in legal studies and research, with leading academics in the field of banking, finance, regulation, insolvency, international commercial law and insurance law, including Professors Rosa Lastra, Philip Rawlings, George Walker, Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal and Dr Leon Vinokur.

High profile guest lecturers teaching on the courses have included Sean Hagan, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Graham Nicholson, Chief Legal Advisor, Bank of England, Mr Lee Buchheit, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, USA.

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the top economics schools in the country, with particular expertise in economic theory, econometrics and finance, and applied economics including Professors Francis Breedon, Emmanuel Guerre, Marco Manacorda, Xavier Mateos-Planas, Dr Leone Leonida and Dr Ioannis Kokkoris.

You will have invaluable contributions from respected City practitioners and industry experts including banks, fund management businesses, who also teach students, bringing practical insights in to the classroom by applying the theory to real world scenarios.

You will have access to an unparalleled set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills that are highly valued in the Financial Sector.

State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor, which provides exclusive access to the latest technology and financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government for data analysis and simulation.

Hui Zheng, Allen & Overy, gave a guest lecture on this programme. He said:

“Mastering the complexities of economics and finance is essential for anyone intending to become an effective international corporate or banking lawyer”

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at both Schools, including the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, based in the legal district of London, which comprises of workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including: Lexis, Nexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and United Nations Treaty Collection.

You will be able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

The School of Economics and Finance is able to offer excellent facilities and resources to its students.

IT Software

Real Time Data/Trading Software: Queen Mary is one of the few UK universities offering training and access to both Reuters and Bloomberg trading terminals (in our designated trading room) as well as Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation (TWS) and FXCM FX Trading Station.
Time Series Data Software: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream, Macrobond and the WRDS platform (including Bankscope and CRSP).
Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including Eviews, Stata, Matlab, Gauss etc.
Computers rooms

2 computers labs with 70 PC s and designated printers.
Trading Room

Designated Trading Room offering training and access to Reuters, Bloomberg, Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation (TWS) and FXCM FX Trading Station.

Find out more about the course structure: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121407.html

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If you are planning to specialise in the financial sector, the LLM International Financial Law is the perfect course for you! Combining two compulsory modules and two optional modules, the course offers everything you need for a solid foundation on which to build your career. Read more

If you are planning to specialise in the financial sector, the LLM International Financial Law is the perfect course for you! Combining two compulsory modules and two optional modules, the course offers everything you need for a solid foundation on which to build your career.

The Banking Law module will give you an understanding of the role of banks in our economy, and the relevant regulatory schemes. You will also study the banker–customer relationship, the impact of new electronic payment systems, developments within money laundering regulations and the issue of bank resolution in the light of the global financial crisis.

In the International Financial Law module you will examine financial law and approaches to key aspects of it, the regulation and supervision of financial institutions, international financial architecture, the role of credit rating agencies, and the nature of key debt and financial instruments, including International Bonds and Syndicated Loan Agreements.

These two compulsory modules are assessed via written coursework, and a practical assessment – a group presentation – also forms part of the International Financial Law module. You will supplement these modules with two optional modules from the wide range that the course has to offer.

Why choose this course?

The global financial crisis launched domestic and international finance to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. This course offers a critical analysis of the events, and examines the response of the world’s financial markets, as well as giving you the wider skills and knowledge you will need for a specialist career in the financial and banking sector.

As you would expect from the Hertfordshire Law School, the teaching is delivered by specialists in their field, and is underpinned by cutting-edge research and regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant and on topic. Our innovative teaching methods are specifically designed to maximise your intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills.

If you wish, you can combine a similar pathway, and graduate with a named joint pathway. In addition, you may wish to complement your degree with our co-curricular programme, which will further enhance your skills.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Dissertation - 60 Credits
  • Research Methods and Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - 30 Credits
  • Banking Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Public International Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Intellectual Property 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Commercial Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance - 30 Credits
  • Company Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Environmental Law - 30 Credits
  • International Energy Law - 30 Credits
  • Medical Law and Ethics - 30 Credits
  • International Human Rights Law - 30 Credits
  • Islamic Finance Law - 30 Credits
  • International Development Law - 30 Credits
  • Private International Law - 30 Credits
  • Emerging technologies and law - 30 Credits
  • Data Protection Law - 30 Credits
  • International Electronic Communications Law - 30 Credits
  • Corporate Governance - 30 Credits
  • Employment law - 30 Credits
  • International Financial Law 2 - 30 Credits

Teaching methods

Flexible and innovative teaching methods and focus on current global financial issues and challenges make this a very exciting degree. Teaching is delivered via class seminars and supported by a wide variety of practical work, including group discussions, small-group collaborations, role plays and debates, offering you a range of practice and experience to develop your skills of negotiation, persuasion, debating, presentation, teamwork and leadership.

Written assignments require deeper independent study, to consolidate class learning and to enable you to develop the appropriate skills to formulate arguments and seek solutions to contemporary global financial issues. Group oral presentations help you develop and demonstrate teamwork, leadership, public speaking and time management skills, all necessary for any career.

Further opportunities to develop your mentoring, teamwork and leadership skills are available through our peer support and mentoring scheme.

Careers

The LLM Inernational Financial Law is the degree for you if you are planning a career in the banking and financial sector. On successful completion of your studies you will be ideally suited for work as an in-house lawyer or in consultancy, in an international organisation of any size and in any sector of industry, or for an academic or research career.



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The rigorous training on our MSc Financial Computing focuses on software engineering for large, dynamic and automated financial systems and finance models. Read more
The rigorous training on our MSc Financial Computing focuses on software engineering for large, dynamic and automated financial systems and finance models. This, alongside work on software design in a number of real-world financial systems, will enable you to become a leader in this field.

This course should interest you if you have a good first degree in computer science or engineering, or a BSc degree that provided a high level of programming expertise such as C++ and/or .NET. You receive training on the structure, instruments and institutional aspects of financial markets, banking, payment and settlement systems.

You will attain a high level of competence in software development, in the area of financial computing, for implementation in an electronic market environment, as we introduce you to information and communication technology and automation that underpins financial systems, including:
-Design issues relating to parallel and distributed networks
-Encryption, security and real-time constraints
-Straight Through Processing (STP)
-Quantitative finance
-Financial software architecture

Our Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents is an innovative and laboratory-based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work combining economic and financial modelling with computational implementation.

Our research is geared towards real-world, practical applications, and many of our academic staff have experience of applying their findings in industry and in advising the UK government.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).This accreditation is increasingly sought by employers, and provides the first stage towards eventual professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our expert staff

This course is taught by experts with both academic and industrial expertise in the financial and IT sectors. We bring together leading academics in the field from our Department of Economics, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Essex Business School.

Our staff are currently researching the development of real-time trading platforms, new financial econometric models for real-time data, the use of artificially intelligent agents in the study of risk and market-based institutions, operational aspects of financial markets, financial engineering, portfolio and risk management.

Specialist facilities

We are one of the largest and best resourced computer science and electronic engineering schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7, and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors

Your future

We have an extensive network of industrial contacts through our City Associates Board and our alumni, while our expert seminar series gives you the opportunity to work with leading figures from industry.

Our recent graduates have gone on to become quantitative analysts, portfolio managers and software engineers at various institutions, including:
-HSBC
-Mitsubishi UFJ Securities
-Old Mutual
-Bank of England

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

Example structure

-CCFEA MSc Dissertation
-Big-Data for Computational Finance
-Cloud Technologies and Systems
-High Performance Computing
-Introduction to Financial Market Analysis
-Professional Practice and Research Methodology
-Quantitative Methods in Finance and Trading
-Computer Security (optional)
-Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Making (optional)
-Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
-Digital Signal Processing (optional)
-E-Commerce Programming (optional)
-Financial Engineering and Risk Management (optional)
-High Frequency Finance and Empirical Market Microstructure (optional)
-IP Networking and Applications (optional)
-Learning and Computational Intelligence in Economics and Finance (optional)
-Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab (optional)
-Mobile & Social Application Programming (optional)
-Programming in Python (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

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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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