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Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our MSc in Finance will prepare you for a great number of career options. Read more

Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our MSc in Finance will prepare you for a great number of career options. This new masters programme has been devised for 2017 by combining key elements from our current Finance programmes, including our Finance & Investment masters that was ranked 38th by the Financial Times in 2016, in order to give you the opportunity to tailor your learnings to your career aspirations. The second Semester of our masters programme is flexible allowing you to select courses which either combine different areas of finance or which allow you to specialise in one of the three following areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Energy Finance and Markets
  • Finance & Investment

This MSc will be the one that is put forward for the FT MSc in Finance rankings in the future.

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers including a range of analysts from the key financial institutions and fund management houses. Students are able to interact with leading figures from many major companies; this is particularly evident in the dissertation, which offers an invaluable opportunity to collaborate on a topic that has real, of-the-minute industry relevance.

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective that will be gained through classroom learning and discussions, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions with companies like the Big 4, with investment and commercial banks; market and consumer research centres; fund management firms; energy utilities and consultancies, as well as with public sector departments responsible for the finance sector, energy and climate-change policy. Potential roles are varied and include for example: equity analyst, portfolio manager, financial statement analyst, product manager, commodity/specialist fund manager, business analyst, strategy consultant.

The School is a recognised partner institution by the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute. Equally the School is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of postgraduate education in finance and investment by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Programme structure

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

Learning outcomes

  • Apply and critically evaluate finance and investment theory with particular reference to the operation of global financial markets.
  • Apply and critically evaluate corporate finance techniques.
  • Apply and critically evaluate theories of financial statements and related analysis.
  • Identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create process to solve them.
  • Exercise critical judgement in creating new understanding.
  • Demonstrate advanced numeracy and quantitative skills.
  • Identify and evaluate social, cultural, global, ethical and environmental responsibilities and issues.
  • Engage and work effectively within diverse groups. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

Our expert staff

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

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

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

Specialist facilities

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

Your future

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

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

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

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

Example structure

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

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

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Course structure. This Master's will help you enhance your skills and knowledge, and advance your career. Read more

Course structure

This Master's will help you enhance your skills and knowledge, and advance your career. You will gain a competitive edge by acquiring an advanced and critical understanding of theoretical frameworks and applied aspects of banking, financial regulation, financial markets, bank management and corporate financial management.

Our courses focus on providing you with practical application of banking and finance knowledge and techniques. This will allow you to develop the ability to research issues, analyse and solve problems and operate effectively in the context of modern banking and finance environments.

Industry ready

Recognising that the banking industry and financial markets are highly globalised and dynamic, this Master's has been developed so that it incorporates a study of different banking systems, international financial markets and emerging global trends and developments in banking in its core content. 

Our innovative courses offer you a chance to explore in depth cutting edge developments in areas such as risk measurement and modelling, business and corporate banking and Islamic banking.

Dissertation

The dissertation element will give you an unique chance to develop your research abilities and deepen your expertise in an area of banking and finance in which you have developed a specific interest. 

Rankings

Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked:

  • Third in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Third in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Provide you with the key theoretical underpinnings and applied elements of banking, financial markets and financial institutions and offer opportunities to engage with related areas of specialism
  • Develop your understanding and appreciation of contemporary and defining issues faced by bankers and finance professionals through reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teaching which is enhanced by research and professional practice
  • Enable you to become a competent practitioner in the field of banking and finance by equipping you with a blend of knowledge, technical skills, creativity and ethical values required to perform effectively in key management and strategic roles.

What you'll study

Full-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Part-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 75 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation.

Careers

Graduates have management opportunities in the banking and finance areas. In recent years employers of our students and graduates include:

  • Barclays Financial Services
  • HSBC
  • Interamerican Bank
  • Merit Broker House
  • AXA
  • National Bank of Greece
  • Reserve Bank of Malawi
  • Vietcombank
  • Bank of Africa Group.

Helping graduates into careers is a very important part of our mission as a university. Job prospects for Greenwich graduates have been improving rapidly, with 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016 (according to latest national figures).

Employability

You will have frequent networking opportunities: Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses.

As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from organisations including Northern Trust and Barclays are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

We have developed strong relations with companies in London's financial centres, including in the City, Canary Wharf and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities in a perfect location to develop your career.

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The BSEO team develops your employment skills through CV support, careers fairs, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. 

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Extracurricular activities

We encourage you to join societies such as the Trading and Investment Society and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.



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The MSc Islamic Finance programme provides you with an opportunity to study the success of Islamic finance, particularly in the current economic climate, to evaluate its principles and understand its unique approach to finance for today’s businesses and society. Read more
The MSc Islamic Finance programme provides you with an opportunity to study the success of Islamic finance, particularly in the current economic climate, to evaluate its principles and understand its unique approach to finance for today’s businesses and society.

Europe, USA and many other parts of the world have been in deep recession since 2008. This recession is mainly caused by the collapse of the conventional banking and finance model operated in most parts of the world.

The Islamic finance and banking industry has been growing at annual rates of 15-20% over the last decade and is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Islamic finance and banking has demonstrated itself to be a serious contender to replace much of the conventional banking and finance industry around the world. At the end of 2011 the global Islamic finance services industry was valued at USD 1.4 trillion. The supply of qualified professionals to take up careers in this industry falls way short of demand.

The success of the Islamic finance is mainly due to a sound theoretical foundation based on the following principles:
-Rigorous ethical principles
-Interest-free banking
-A system based on real asset and real business transactions NOT on high speculation and high risk activities

Course content

This programme provides you with a solid foundation in Islamic Finance and prepares you for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Diploma in Islamic Finance. The first part covers the core discipline of accounting and finance. The second part focuses on Islamic Finance.

-Compulsory Modules
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Management Control and Internal Audit
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Business Management Research
-Islamic Investment and Financing
-Islamic Commercial Law (Shari'ah)
-International Finance
-Investment Game
-Dissertation

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The MSc Economics and Finance programme combines expertise and practical know-how from both the School of Economics and Surrey Business School to help you apply advanced core-economic principles to the context of business and corporate finance, while mastering the complexities of the banking and financial systems. Read more

The MSc Economics and Finance programme combines expertise and practical know-how from both the School of Economics and Surrey Business School to help you apply advanced core-economic principles to the context of business and corporate finance, while mastering the complexities of the banking and financial systems.

The programme structure comprises four core modules and four elective modules, split between the School of Economics and Surrey Business School.

This combination provides you with knowledge of microeconomic theory, financial economics and financial econometrics, while also leaving enough room to tailor the programme according to your own particular interests and career aspirations.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The main rationale and aim for the introduction of this programme is combining the expertise and know-how from both the School of Economics and Surrey Business School to help students apply advanced core economic competencies to the context of business and corporate finance while mastering the complexities of the banking and financial systems.

We believe that, by combining the competencies of the School of Economics and the Business School, this programme will provide recent graduates and early stage professionals with rigorous training and a strong analytical background in economic theory, finance, financial economics and econometrics.

This Masters degree is ideal for those who aim to pursue careers as financial economists, quantitative analysts and financial econometricians in the private sector, in the government or in international financial institutions.

The recent financial crisis has highlighted the complexity of the financial phenomena and the need for a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the financial markets.

The shared programme of the School of Economics and the Business School will provide students with the broad set of economic and financial tools that the new context requires. The increased skill set will also increase the potential career opportunities of the programme’s graduates.

Programme learning outcomes

  • The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
  • To critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to economics and finance
  • To analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in economics, finance, banking, investment management
  • To evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to economics and finance
  • To demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundamental elements of economics and finance
  • To evaluate critically the complex interrelationships between economics and finance
  • To evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
  • To demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
  • To conduct research and produce a high quality report – this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
  • To identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches
  • To display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills
  • To handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Knowledge and understanding

  • An advanced understanding of the core principles and applications in microeconomics and econometrics
  • An advanced understanding of the theory of banking and finance and how this relates to the role of financial institutions in national and international economies
  • An understanding of the techniques which have been used in contemporary economic research
  • A comprehensive understanding of financial markets both in their theoretical and empirical aspects, and the most sophisticated financial products and their use

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • The ability to combine relevant theory and analytical techniques with insightful data analysis to produce convincing explanations of economic and finance phenomena
  • The skills necessary to comprehend published economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Professional practical skills

  • The ability to select appropriately between alternative analytical techniques and research methodologies which can be used in order to analyse all the different aspects of financial data
  • The ability to formulate a plan for specific individual research which would further existing knowledge
  • The ability to communicate the results of independent research in the form of a dissertation
  • The ability to comprehend published financial and economic research papers, and to integrate the implications of published research in their own studies

Key / transferable skills

  • General skills, such as literacy, numeracy, IT and computing
  • Interpersonal skills, such as communication
  • Many subject specific skills are highly transferrable, including abstraction, analysis, deduction, induction, quantification, design and framing (understanding parameters to a problem to help decision making) 

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our expert staff

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

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

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

Specialist facilities

Our zero carbon building reflects our ethical approach to business.

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

Your future

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

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

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

Example structure

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

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

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In a competitive international business environment, real estate professionals need a sophisticated understanding of finance, economics and law to succeed. Read more
In a competitive international business environment, real estate professionals need a sophisticated understanding of finance, economics and law to succeed. The MPhil in Real Estate Finance has been designed to provide rigorous training in the latest concepts from these three key areas as applied to international real estate markets.

The course is aimed at those who may already have some experience or interest in real estate markets, banking or investment and wish to upgrade their skills or for those who are looking to commence a career in this area. The programme offers an opportunity to study theoretical and practical finance, investment and law applied to global commercial real estate markets, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of Cambridge. The course takes students from a wide variety of backgrounds: finance, geography, economics, law, biology, international business, mathematics. These students have in common a strong desire to work in property and investments coupled with strong academic skills.

Tuition in the programme is based around classroom lectures, case studies and field trips to ensure students can apply the theoretical concepts taught. The programme can also serve as an entry point into PhD training for those interested in pursuing research in real estate finance in greater depth.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/lelempref

Course detail

MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy share common aims. These are:

i) to enable students of a high calibre to pursue their education at an advanced applied level drawing on the primary disciplines of economics, planning and environmental policy, with additional specialisms in finance and law;

ii) to provide students with opportunities both to build on and develop material which they may have studied at undergraduate level as well as to broaden their knowledge base;

iii) to equip students with the necessary skills to pursue careers at a high level in a range of areas, including business and finance, civil service, public service, property professions, environmental agencies and organisations, national/international agencies and further study;

iv) to provide opportunities for education in a multidisciplinary environment so as to advance the understanding of cognate disciplines and their applications;

v) to provide opportunities for learning with colleagues from different social, economic and legal systems;

vi) to provide students with appropriate skills and experience to enable them to use information and resources critically and to equip them with the means to undertake their own research;

vii) to provide an educational environment with a strong research ethos that brings together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and fosters an international approach to common problems.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will have acquired the following skills:
i) Knowledge and understanding of the subject matter of the various components of their course.

ii) Intellectual skills: the ability to study steadily, assimilate issues and large amounts of literature swiftly, evaluate countervailing positions and to produce succinct arguments to tight deadlines and to engage with those with whom they disagree. Particular methodologies used include: data evaluation, case evaluation, legal analysis, textual analysis, the convergence o theory and empirical data and advanced critical evaluation.

iii) Practical skills: identification and use of bibliographic materials, via libraries and electronically; taking notes effectively, thorough IT skills.

iv) Transferable skills: the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to work to deadlines and under pressure; to manage time; to set priorities; to formulate an argument; to work independently and with initiative; basic IT skills (email, data analysis and internet use); critical analysis; to present material in a seminar context; skills of analysis and interpretation; self-discipline, self-direction; and respect for other views. The ability to develop and present a major piece of written work.

v) Research skills: the ability to locate, utilise and organise a wide range of materials independently, on paper and electronically. The ability to assess and evaluate such material, to develop and pursue a critique of existing material. The ability to develop, structure and sustain a line of argument. The establishment of relationships with researchers in related areas. The ethical use of research material.

vi) Communication skills: the ability to marshal arguments and present them succinctly and lucidly. The ability to effectively criticise the views of others powerfully but fairly. The presentation of written material in a persuasive and coherent manner.

vii) Interpersonal skills: the ability to work with others in seminars and smaller groups towards common goals. The ability to share research data ethically. The ability to respect the views of others and to acknowledge deficiencies in one's own argument.

Format

Candidates study a total of eight modules, some of which are compulsory, and submit a 12,000 word dissertation.

The modules offered for this course are confirmed on an annual basis but may include:
- Quantitative research methods I
- Introduction to real estate finance
- Real estate securities, securitisation and investment
- Private real estate investment
- Real estate development
- Legal issues in land use and finance
- The macroeconomy and housing
- Real estate project modelling and decision methods
- Urban and environmental planning
- Spatial economics

Plus optional modules from other taught MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy.

Continuing

Continuation to the PhD degree - Approval of an application to continue to the PhD degree will depend on three criteria:

1. Availability of a supervisor
2. The approval by the Degree Committee of a research proposal
3. The achievement of a minimum overall mark and minimum dissertation mark in the MPhil Examination as prescribed by the Degree Committee in any offer of admission

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad. Read more

Course outline

Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad.

The programme offers rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of finance and investment, based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. We also place emphasis on our students’ roles in and duties towards the financial community to prepare them for life after they graduate.

Our MSc Finance and Investment offers a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies that are utilised today for valuation using financial tools from both the investor’s and institutional perspective. It also examines the complexities behind the decision making processes required at all levels.

Who is this programme suitable for?

The programme is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial sector who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, investment and banking related fields. It is for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within an array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

Assessment

Students will be required to successfully complete 6 core modules and complete a written dissertation.

Our MSc has a unique feature – it provides the opportunity for students to attempt the CFA Level 1 examination (optional) while completing the MSc qualification and support will be provided.

This Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) qualification, adds the professional context to the postgraduate degree and develop skills and capabilities required by investment analysts, finance managers, finance directors and chief financial officers.

Modules available on the programme are:

• Financial Analysis & Portfolio Modelling (30 units)
• Financial Reporting & Analysis (30 units)
• Derivatives and Financial Risk Management (15 units)
• Economic Analysis (15 units)
• Ethical & Professional Standards (15 units)
• Empirical Techniques in Finance 1 & 2 (30 units)
• Dissertation (45 units)

Facilities

Buckingham Business School offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:

• Real Time Data Software: Thomson Reuters EIKON.
• Time Series Database: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream.
• Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata and Matlab.

Assistance towards registration will be provided to students who wish to attempt the CFA while studying for their MSc in Finance & Investment degree.

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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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This programme will develop individuals as potential managers and leaders with a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a role in any organisation. Read more
This programme will develop individuals as potential managers and leaders with a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a role in any organisation. It aims to reflect the aspirations in the development of responsible and ethical managers, supporting development in the skills of leadership in order to operate effectively and competently in an international context.

Key benefits

A distinctive element of the MBA: Finance programme and its suite is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award. The CMI accreditation may be subject to an additional fee to the awarding body, CMI.

Course detail

If you have aspirations of a career in business management, this programme will give you the opportunity to gain a practitioner-focused MBA that lays the foundations for a critically aware and holistic understanding and experience of business management whilst undertaking two finance specific modules.

The programme provides all the benefits associated with an MBA award whilst allowing you to study a programme that exposes you to the more detailed financial aspects associated with a career in management and executive development.

While studying here you will be exposed to contemporary thinking in business management and business research. This will be through a series of experiences supported by academic staff who are research active in the field of business management, complemented by a guest speaker programme of business experts and researchers. You will have the opportunity to engage in a live business project.

You will follow discipline specific modules ensuring that you cover subjects in the required depth with sustained investigation. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary business issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development, through engagement with live business project work.

Format

The overall aim of the programme is to develop individuals as potential managers and leaders with a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a role in any organisation. The programme aims to reflect the aspirations in the development of responsible and ethical managers, supporting development in the skills of leadership in order to operate effectively and competently in an international context.

The specialist element of the programme aims to support you in exploring the strategic aspects in relation to finance in order to prepare you for a career that equips you to consider the business issues for managers and leaders working in the field of business finance.

If you wish to study the MBA: Finance part-time there is the opportunity to do this. The part-time route is suitable if you wish to study the MBA programme alongside your work commitments. This route can be completed over two years.

You will be invited to attend a university induction programme and a Masters level programme specific induction.

Modules

• Research in Contemporary Business Issues
• Business & Sustainability
• Managing Business Finance
• People Management
• Planning & Organising the Business Project
• Advanced Accounting Techniques
• Financial Control in Diverse Organisations
• Leading & Managing the Business Project
• Research Investigation

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/

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This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Read more
This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Build your language skills with dedicated modules in English for the purposes of study in the fields of business and finance and develop a broad set of academic skills to prepare you for a Master's degree in business, management or finance.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

Kent Business School (KBS) has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at KBS gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course detail

On this programme you learn about:

the effects of the external environment, including economic, environmental, cultural and ethical, at local, national and global levels upon the behaviour, management, and sustainability of organisations
the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations including the management of people and corporate social responsibility
the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment, especially in relation to: marketing; finance; cross-cultural issues; diversity and values; operations management; communications; strategy; innovation, and social responsibility.

Purpose

You develop critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as effective problem-solving and decision-making. You also learn to apply ideas to various situations via effective oral and written communication, including the preparation and presentation of business reports and an aptitude to conduct research into business and management issues.

You can develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of subject modules within KBS. You also have the opportunity to improve your English language competence through dedicated modules offered by Kent International Pathways at the Centre for English and World Languages.

Format and assessment

On successful completion of the Pre- Master's (and through meeting the University’s rules of progression and English language requirements), you can choose from a number of postgraduate degree programmes offered within Kent Business School including:


Business Analytics MSc
Finance and Management MSc
Human Resource Management MSc
International Accounting and Finance MSc
International Banking and Finance MSc
International Business and Economic Development MSc
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
Management (International Business) MSc
Management Science 
Marketing MSc


How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1699/business-management-and-finance-pre-masters

Why study at The University of Kent?

- We are a top 25 university, offering inspirational teaching alongside first-class library and IT facilities
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research intensity, confirming us as one of the UK's most prestigious research universities and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality

*of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We offer one £4,000 tuition fee scholarship for our Pre-Master’s programme:
Find out more:https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/premasters-gdips/fees-and-schol.html

The University of Kent has a range of scholarship funds to support postgraduates. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/pre-sessional/

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This is a joint programme between Management and Economics and provides participants with a variety of skills and in-depth knowledge associated with financial management and international business. Read more
This is a joint programme between Management and Economics and provides participants with a variety of skills and in-depth knowledge associated with financial management and international business.

Why this programme

◾This programme provides you with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in financial management and international business and will be a solid foundation to those aiming to pursue a career in financial management, or to establish their own international ventures.
◾You will develop specialist expertise in international business, including strategic management, entrepreneurship & innovation and financial management, as well as important contemporary topics such as intellectual property protection, ethical governance and corporate social responsibility.
◾You will be equipped with key skills in finance and management as well as a range of cognitive, communication, numeracy and information technology skills, specifically focused upon international environments and organisations.
◾The programme provides you with a basic foundation in econometrics and the knowledge and understanding relating to regression analysis and financial and investment decision making.
◾You will have the opportunity to work alongside like-minded and driven peers who have similar career ambitions and complementary interests. Academic staff in the fields of finance and management aim to deliver a unique learning experience based on world-class research and research-led teaching with a real focus on personal and career development.
◾Extra-curricular activities include regular workshops, trips, social events and lectures by business leaders.

Programme structure

You will take both core and optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a topical business, finance or management related issue.

The programme is complemented by non-assessed, compulsory personal and career development workshops, with an emphasis on reflective learning, active participation, evaluation and problem-solving abilities, which will provide benefits for employers while enhancing your career prospects. You will benefit from active learning in real life case studies and scenario investigations, career development sessions involving essay and exam answering workshops, CV writing sessions and interview simulations.

Core Courses
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Financial services
◾Global business environment
◾International strategic management
◾Managing across cultures and comparative management
◾Management issues and controversies.

Optional Courses

EITHER 2 Economics courses from
◾International finance and money
◾Modern theory of banking and finance.

OR 1 Economics and 2 Management courses from
◾American business and management in an international context
◾The internationalisation of SMEs
◾The business environment in china
◾The European business environment.

Career prospects

MSc programmes emphasise reflective learning, active participation, and the development of interpretive, evaluative and problem-solving abilities which provide benefits for employers and enhance the career prospects of our graduates. You will attend workshops in the Adam Smith Business School involving essay and exam answering sessions, CV writing sessions, interview simulations, careers advice workshops and job market analysis meetings. This programme will equip graduates for careers in financial services/management or assist in evaluating and launching international ventures. Companies which have employed graduates include Scottish Enterprise, British Consulate, Siemens, and Proctor and Gamble.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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The Master of Science in Finance is designed for students who want to enhance their understanding of financial analysis in a very practical environment. Read more
The Master of Science in Finance is designed for students who want to enhance their understanding of financial analysis in a very practical environment.

The program is fully taught in English, making of its international perspective one of its major strengths. Through the observation of professional practices, students are given a unique opportunity to learn the ethical norms of the profession.

Theory is put into practice in the financial markets lab, where students may also earn professional certifications.

Accredited with the French National Association of Grandes Ecoles (La Conférence des Grandes Ecoles).

Program Advantages:
- Privileged use of the financial markets lab, where students get full access to the Bloomberg Professional services
- Professional seminars bridging the gap between theory and market practices
- Extensive integration of real-life examples in a blended-learning approach

Career Opportunities:
- The program prepares students for jobs in the financial analysis and investment management industries.

Program

The Master of Science in Finance is offered on a full-time basis and the curriculum is developed around core courses, including Bloomberg certifications, as well as electives courses and French or other foreign language courses.

Curriculum -

Core and elective courses are spread over two terms of courses. Students gain experience and put theory to practice through an internship or a consulting project in the final term.

Admission & fees

The choice to study abroad is not only an academic decision, but also a financial one. Students need to be aware of the various cost involved in pursuing a master’s at IÉSEG.

Application process -

Admission is based on students’ online application available at https://application.ieseg.fr/ and the examination of the required documents. Admission is offered on an ongoing basis to qualified students. Decision release date: from Mid-October 2015.

Application deadlines:
May 26th 2017

Tuition 2017-2018:
€ 16,000 for domestic and international students.
International merit-based scholarships are available.

Funding and Scholarships -

IÉSEG has a merit-based International Scholarship Program with a tuition waiver of 15 to 50% per year. Selection is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance and overall application portfolio.

The scholarship application is automatic; students do not need to apply separately.

All international students are encouraged to check with Campus France and their own government to see if there are any scholarships available. For American students please check with Sallie Mae for private loan options.

Testimonials

"This will be the first time I am studying abroad and IÉSEG was the best choice for me to expand my knowledge in finance both for the location of the campus and from the point of view of my career. It offers me the chance to attend classes that have real practical value because of the access to the Bloomberg financial markets lab. It will also help me prepare for professional certifications, which are my next steps in my career. Apart from that, at IÉSEG I am confident I will have a multi-cultural experience because we will be a mixed group from all the continents of the globe."

Gabriela TEISU, Romania, MFIN 2015

"I chose IÉSEG for many reasons. I know that IÉSEG provides an excellent education for its students, as evidenced by its EQUIS and AACSB accreditations. I was also confident in the quality of education at IÉSEG, as it is a partner school of the Ateneo de Manila University, my alma mater in the Philippines. Moreover, I was very much attracted to IÉSEG’s MSc in Finance course, which includes Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters training — these modules, along with the other MSc in Finance classes, are perfect for the kind of career I am interested in pursuing (research or portfolio management). What’s more, the IÉSEG community is full of international students and faculty, and for me, studying in an international setting is key to being a world-class individual. Finally, what makes IÉSEG the perfect choice is that it has a campus right in Paris, so studying here means that you will live at the heart of one of the most beautiful cities — and countries! — in the world."

Marguerite Amanda TY, Philippines, MFIN 2015

"The reason why I choose the MSc in Finance at IESEG School of Management is because I wanted a school that would give me significant exposure to the international business. With the opening of its Paris campus in La Defense IÉSEG is directly connected with the world’s leading enterprises. Success in a global economic environment requires the combination of academic competence and an active professional network; by studying in an international business hub we will have the invaluable opportunity to make those professional connections on a daily basis. I am excited to join IÉSEG and look forward to benefiting from its future growth while also giving back in whatever possible way I can."

Ricardo Chavez, El Salvador, MFIN 2015

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MTSU’s new Master of Science in Finance program is designed to provide a graduate-level knowledge base and expertise to those who work in the growing field of finance, assisting individuals, companies, and governments, among others, in navigating the increasingly complex and essential world of financial analysis. Read more
MTSU’s new Master of Science in Finance program is designed to provide a graduate-level knowledge base and expertise to those who work in the growing field of finance, assisting individuals, companies, and governments, among others, in navigating the increasingly complex and essential world of financial analysis. The program is ideal for a prospective student with a business/quantitative background (e.g. finance, economics, accounting, mathematics, or engineering undergraduate degree) who is seeking to advance his/her career in the rewarding world of finance. The 12-month, 33-credit hour program will offer a class schedule to accommodate professionals in the work world as well as full-time students. The program aims to impart quantitative, practical knowledge in various areas within the field of finance; deliver hands-on experience applying various financial modeling and valuation concepts, tools, and techniques; and develop communication, critical thinking, analytical ethical decision making, and discipline-specific skills.

The Finance master’s degree aims to prepare students for careers as financial analysts, consultants, managers, and planners by promoting certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFS), Certified in Financial Management (CFM), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and/or Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

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Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Banking and Finance Law offers you a pathway to specialise in law relating to the global finance and banking sectors. Read more
Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Banking and Finance Law offers you a pathway to specialise in law relating to the global finance and banking sectors.

Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.

Course detail

You will study integral parts of the international banking and financial system, and be encouraged to think critically about fundamental issues, such as the importance of effective financial regulation, the impact of the credit crunch, the necessity for corporate social responsibility and the increasing significance of ethical banking. The in-depth nature of the course will prepare you well for working in either legal practice or commercial organisations.

Structure

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study two compulsory modules (Research Methods and Banking and Finance Law) and two optional modules.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above), one further compulsory module (International Financial Crime) and another three optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.

Modules

Core modules:
• Research Methods - We will develop your approach to legal research by introducing you to key skills and concepts.
• International Banking and Finance Law

Option modules:
You will choose two modules from following options:*
• International Contracts
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Competition Law and Policy

If you are continuing onto the Diploma or LLM, you will then take the following compulsory module:
• International Financial Crime

You will then choose three option modules from the list below:*
• Shipping Law
• Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
• International Employment Law
• International Commercial Disputes
• Information Technology Law
• International Intellectual Property Law
• World Trade Organisation Law

Or one option*, not listed above, offered on any of the other LLM courses.

Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM, you will need to write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Format

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM International Banking and Finance Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of international banking and finance law.

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

Recent graduates from Bristol Law School have gained positions in local government, solicitors firms, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Direct Line and Lloyds TSB.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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