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This programme aims to. -Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics
-Provide students with a programme of study which develops the academic skills and theoretical and empirical underpinnings appropriate to the study of finance, economics and investment management at Masters level
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify suitable tools for the investigation of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund/asset management, economics analysis and financial reporting
-Provide students with the necessary IT analytical skills which reinforce the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the programme. The students will learn quantitative methodology, to carry out quantitative analyses of relevant financial and economic problems

Why choose this course?

Enhance your career prospects with this unique Master's which will develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment management.

The programme provides a coherent and intellectual learning experience, and supports the development of your critical understanding of the subject, allowing you to employ the tools of analysis used within that subject area.

Future career paths could include financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager. Alternatively, this programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of accounting, finance and economics.

Additionally the programme echoes the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA®) examinations, level one and level two, providing students with the opportunity to sit that body’s examinations on completion.

Careers

The programme will not only appeal to those who wish to pursue a professional qualification relevant to corporate analysis and financial intermediation, but also those wishing to enter the field of accounting, banking, economics and finance and corporate regulation.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include those of financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager.

It also facilitates the transition to a doctoral degree.

Structure

Core Modules
-Asset Valuation
-Dissertation: MSc Finance and Investment Management
-Financial Data Analysis
-Financial Economics 1
-Financial Economics 2
-Financial Markets (FIM)
-Financial Statement Analysis 1
-Financial Statement Analysis 2
-Quantitative Analysis
-Research Methods: MSc Finance and Investment Management

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The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers. Read more
The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers.

You’ll benefit from a programme focussed on a systematic approach to the key decisions taken in investment management, equipping you with the skills needed to thrive in multinational corporations operating in an increasingly complex and fast changing global financial environment.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. 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.
-Fixed Income Investment
-Foundations of Finance
-Equity Investment Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Corporate Finance
-International Corporate Finance
-International Finance
-International Financial Reporting
-Risk Management
-Money and Banking
-MSc Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
-Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
-Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

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:

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills
-Able to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills
-Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded
-The role of asset allocation
-Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities
-Appropriate valuation methodology
-Economic drivers
-The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Understand the investment process
-Develop an investment process
-Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index
-Understand the role and use of derivative securities

Key/transferrable skills
-Transferable analytical and decision making skills
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task (MSc)
-Data processing skills
-How to form views on incomplete data

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Key / transferable skills
-Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task

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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Two complementary disciplines offering you RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) accreditation and the opportunity to take the leading professional finance qualification, CFA level 1, during the course. Read more
Two complementary disciplines offering you RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) accreditation and the opportunity to take the leading professional finance qualification, CFA level 1, during the course. If you do not wish to take the CFA exam there is an alternative research-based programme.

The university has market-leading financial databases (the Thomson-Reuters Eikon suite) to support both the teaching and the individual study of students.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE/AIMS
Designed to enable you to prosper in what is a complex and competitive and continually changing market place or to prepare for further study if that is your career aim. More information about the CFA Institute and the CFA program can be found at cfainstitute.org/programs/cfaprogram/Pages/index.aspx

Teaching includes traditional methods as well as computer lab based time, including our ThompsonReuters Eikon room with market leading financial database coverage and other up-to-date teaching and learning styles.

COURSES

Semester One

Quantitative Methods
Issues in Corporate Finance
Accountancy
Economic Analysis

Semester Two
Portfolio Analysis
Empirical Methods in Financial Research
Financial Analysis and Markets
Professional Finance (CFA study and exam)

Summer Term
Dissertation

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Based within minutes of London’s financial heartland, the University of Liverpool in London is perfectly situated for students considering its new MSc Finance and Investment programme. Read more
Based within minutes of London’s financial heartland, the University of Liverpool in London is perfectly situated for students considering its new MSc Finance and Investment programme. The MSc syllabus draws extensively from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme curriculum and you will be supported to sit the CFA Level I examination alongside your MSc programme studies. The CFA qualification is a globally recognised, postgraduate designation that provides a strong foundation of investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge required in the modern investment industry. Successful candidates will therefore graduate with an MSc from a Russell Group institution and have passed Level I of the CFA qualification. Our approach of embedding much of this globally recognised qualification into our MSc programme will strengthen your employability throughout the financial services sector.

With a rigorous focus on both theory and application, you will benefit from leading edge insight and global perspective from City practitioners, building on firm foundations in quantitative skills, corporate finance, financial analysis, portfolio management, financial instruments and other critical areas.

The programme aims to provide you with a solid understanding of the interaction of finance, financial markets and securities and investment analysis. On graduation you will have a good understanding of contemporary financial principles and know how these apply to financial intermediation, savings and investment. You will also be trained in financial market applications of these theories and concepts in addition to learning how to use state-of-the-art industry analytics in your studies.

The programme is designed to provide both academic knowledge and practical skills, allowing successful candidates to find employment in the financial services industry or a regulatory body related to financial markets.


Programme Structure

Semester 1

Corporate Finance (20 credits)
Financial Reporting and Analysis (20 credits)
Quantitative Methods and Economics (20 credits)

Semester 2

Derivatives and Alternative Investments (20 credits)
Equity and Fixed Income Markets (20 credits)
Portfolio Management and Ethics (20 credits)

Semester 3

Research Project (Dissertation) (60 credits)

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Operations and Supply Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Operations and Supply Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

We offer a Master's in Management (Operations and Supply Management) for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

The MSc Management (Operations and Supply Management) is for students with a clear interest in understanding how things (be it products or services) are made and in improving this transformation process. The pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on modules relating to operations management, supply chain management and project management.

Key Features

All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
Access to our new enterprise suite to help students start their own business
High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
Scholarships available for outstanding students
Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international ranked research outputs (REF 2014)

Modules on the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme typically include:

International Marketing Management
Operations Management
Managing Financial Resources
Strategy
Human Resource Management
Global Supply Chain Management
Professional Skills Development
Project Management

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Business Analyst, Bloomberg
Commercial Graduate, Tata
Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
Management Consultant, Accenture
Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
Management Trainee, Shell UK
Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
Share Dealer, OSTC
Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Student Profile

Name: Andreas Urbye

Course: MSc Management (International Management)

From: Norway

Job: Market Research Consultant, The Nielsen Company

“I would not have got the job I have today without my postgraduate degree from Swansea.

Staff from the Business School gave me great support during my studies, and the skills I gained were a key factor in getting a graduate job.

After graduating I accepted a job as a market research consultant at The Nielsen Company - one of the world's leading market research companies.

Every day I get the opportunity to work with many of the world’s biggest brands which makes my job exciting and interesting.”

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (International Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (International Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

We offer a Master's in Management for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The Management (International Management) programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This programme covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the Management (International Management) programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

The MSc Management (International Management) is designed for students who wish to focus specifically on the opportunities and challenges of business in an interconnected global marketplace. Students will undertake modules in global business and international management before undertaking a specialist management consulting style project on international business.

Key Features

All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)
93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
Access to our new enterprise suite to help students start their own business
High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
Scholarships available for outstanding students
Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

Modules on the Master's in Management (International Management) typically include:

Marketing Management
Operations Management
Managing Financial Resources
Strategy
Human Resource Management
Global Business Environment
Professional Skills Development
International Management

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Business Analyst, Bloomberg
Commercial Graduate, Tata
Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
Management Consultant, Accenture
Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
Management Trainee, Shell UK
Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
Share Dealer, OSTC
Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Student Profile

Name: Andreas Urbye

Course: MSc Management (International Management)

From: Norway

Job: Market Research Consultant, The Nielsen Company

“I would not have got the job I have today without my postgraduate degree from Swansea.

Staff from the Business School gave me great support during my studies, and the skills I gained were a key factor in getting a graduate job.

After graduating I accepted a job as a market research consultant at The Nielsen Company - one of the world's leading market research companies.

Every day I get the opportunity to work with many of the world’s biggest brands which makes my job exciting and interesting.”

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Human Resource Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Human Resource Management) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

We offer a Master's in Management (Human Resource Management) for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The programme in Management (Human Resource Management) has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This programme covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the Management (Human Resource Management) programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

The MSc Management (Human Resource Management) is designed for students who are interested in the human element of business management - from classical human resource management to areas such as leadership and managing human elements of business in a dynamic global context.

Key Features

All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
Access to our new enterprise suite to help students start their own business
High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
Scholarships available for outstanding students
Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international ranked research outputs (REF 2014)

Modules on the Master's in Management (Human Resource Management) typically include:

Independent Consultancy Project
Operations Management
Managing Financial Resources
Strategy
Human Resource Management
International Human Resource Management
Professional Skills Development
Leadership

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Business Analyst, Bloomberg
Commercial Graduate, Tata
Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
Management Consultant, Accenture
Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
Management Trainee, Shell UK
Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
Share Dealer, OSTC
Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Student Profile

Name: Andreas Urbye

Course: MSc Management (International Management)

From: Norway

Job: Market Research Consultant, The Nielsen Company

“I would not have got the job I have today without my postgraduate degree from Swansea.

Staff from the Business School gave me great support during my studies, and the skills I gained were a key factor in getting a graduate job.

After graduating I accepted a job as a market research consultant at The Nielsen Company - one of the world's leading market research companies.

Every day I get the opportunity to work with many of the world’s biggest brands which makes my job exciting and interesting.”

Read less
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Finance) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Management (Finance) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

We offer an MSc Management (Finance) for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This programme in Management (Finance) covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the Management (Finance) programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

The MSc Management (Finance) is designed for students who are interested in finance or a finance career but who do not want to take a full Accounting & Finance degree scheme. Students pursue modules on advanced finance topics such as corporate finance, financial innovation and risk management, financial services and international financial management.

Key Features

An enhanced specialist programme that may be completed in a single year
All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career depending on the optional modules you take
93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international-ranked research outputs (REF 2014)

Modules on the Master's in Management (Finance) typically include:

Independent Consultancy Project
Operations Management
Managing Financial Resources
Strategy
Human Resource Management
Principles of Corporate Finance
Research Methods

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Business Analyst, Bloomberg
Commercial Graduate, Tata
Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
Management Consultant, Accenture
Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
Management Trainee, Shell UK
Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
Share Dealer, OSTC
Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Student Profile

Name: Andreas Urbye

Course: MSc Management (International Management)

From: Norway

Job: Market Research Consultant, The Nielsen Company

“I would not have got the job I have today without my postgraduate degree from Swansea.

Staff from the Business School gave me great support during my studies, and the skills I gained were a key factor in getting a graduate job.

After graduating I accepted a job as a market research consultant at The Nielsen Company - one of the world's leading market research companies.

Every day I get the opportunity to work with many of the world’s biggest brands which makes my job exciting and interesting.”

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Learn how to identify, interpret, organise and manipulate knowledge on finance and management relevant to the sustainable development and management of global organisations. Read more
Learn how to identify, interpret, organise and manipulate knowledge on finance and management relevant to the sustainable development and management of global organisations.

The MSc in Finance and Management integrates academic rigour and practical application. Industry practitioners contribute significantly to the development, delivery and curriculum. It is aimed at students pursuing a career in business, banking, financial institutions, regulatory bodies or government institutions. In particular, it provides an understanding of international finance within a management context, in theory and in practice.

The programme will provide you with a combination of the latest knowledge in corporate finance, financial markets, risk management and global business management as well as equip you with practical skills required in the job market to produce relevant financial analysis of corporate companies, financial institutions or other bodies where finance is an important activity both in the public and private sectors. You will acquire an appropriate range of management decision making tools, research skills, report writing, oral presentation as well as relevant personal and interpersonal skills to enable you to interact in the real world of finance and management.

A highlight of the programme is the participation of industry professionals. Guest lectures are delivered by experts from the City of London and senior-level decision makers from industry. Professor Moorad Choudry, convenor of the Bank Asset Liability module in 2016, and also Chief Executive of Habib Bank AG Zurich in the UK says, "It is exciting to see a Master's programme that has involved practitioner input as an important part of the early development stage. Having worked with Finance colleagues at KBS to create some core material, I am now looking forward to meeting the students and being part of the delivery team.”

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/742/finance-and-management

Modules

The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

CB8021 - Foundations of Finance (15 credits)
CB900 - Corporate Responsibility and Globalisation (15 credits)
CB9073 - Bank Asset-Liability Risk Management (15 credits)
CB9075 - International Financial Markets and Instruments (15 credits)
CB9078 - Research Methods and Skills (Finance) (15 credits)
CB935 - Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (15 credits)
CB936 - Business in an International Perspective (15 credits)
CB934 - Strategy (15 credits)
CB9074 - Credit Risk (15 credits)
CB8030 - Investments and Portfolio Management (15 credits)
CB859 - Managing the Multinational Enterprise (15 credits)
CB8015 - Financial Regulation and Financial Crises (15 credits)
CB8020 - Corporate Finance (15 credits)
CB9079 - Business Report in Finance (45 credits)

Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, you work full time on the Business Report in Finance.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

- provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance and Management within both national and international contexts.

- provide awareness of up-to-date practices in key areas of both Finance and Management.

- provide knowledge, as well as to facilitate understanding, of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and responsible management.

- provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research and the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theories.

- provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models.

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in Finance/Financial Management/ International Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area.

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.

- foster the enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society generally.

- develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research.

- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the financial management of global organisations.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career in business, banking, financial institutions, regulatory bodies or government bodies. You can also enter other industries with an invaluable blend of finance and management skills.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

KBS is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including Portfolio Management, Financial Trading and Global Investment Analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Financial Reporting and Company Performance
- Methods for Financial Data Analysis
- Principles of Finance
- Financial Markets and Institutions

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Communication for Finance
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Financial Statements and Business Valuation
- Portfolio Management

Optional Modules:
- Business Economics
- Corporate Finance
- Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
- International Financial Management

Summer:
Compulsory Modules
- Corporate Governance and Responsibility
- Financial Trading
- Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

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Our MSc is recognised as one of the leading postgraduate qualifications for a successful career in the financial, banking and insurance sectors. This full-time programme provides rigorous training in finance and investment to develop a mix of applied skills essential for a wide range of roles in both financial and non-financial organisations.

We aim to produce responsible specialists who have a strong financial and investment perspective in areas such as corporate finance, asset pricing, portfolio management, financial derivatives analysis, macroeconomic policy and international financial markets.

Our academic excellence in this field ensures high quality teaching, which is supported by internationally recognised research delivered by our dedicated research centre, the Bradford Centre for International Business and Finance (BCIBF). We successfully balance financial theory and thought leadership with practical application to produce financial experts who can make a difference in the real world of business, finance and investment.

The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide. Bloomberg enables students to gain exposure to 'real life' financial data and get a feel for the context within which 'real' investment decisions are made in industry.

We regularly invite external experts from academia and industry as speakers in order to further enhance the relevance of classroom discussion and study, and provide a meaningful context to ongoing topical events of interest.

Professional Accreditation

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools In Britain and home to over 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.

At our Bradford campus and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.

Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master's qualification from a leading UK university.

Rankings

University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016.

Modules

Compulsory modules
-Business Economics
-Foundations of Finance
-Asset Pricing
-Financial Markets and Institutions
-Portfolio Management
-Quantitative Methods in Finance
-Fixed Income Securities and Credit Risk
-Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management
-International Finance
-Corporate Financial Management
-Dissertation

Option modules - choose two from the following options:
-Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
-Financial Risk Management in European Banking*
-Strategic Accounting
-Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

*As part of the School's exchange agreement with the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Toulouse, students are offered the opportunity to study this module in Toulouse each year.

Learning activities and assessment

This full-time 12 month programme will help you to develop technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that will be highly relevant to your career in finance, banking or investment & asset management.

You'll study 10 compulsory modules to provide a firm foundation of core skills; in finance, accounting & investment management. You have the opportunity to select two elective modules of your choice to help you specialise in an area of personal interest.

We place particular emphasis on computer-based methods of learning finance. As a Master's in Finance student at Bradford, you learn to apply to real market data the financial-software packages used most widely in practice.

You will also have the opportunity to use interactive trading simulated software packages (i.e. Market-Class simulator package) to enhance your understanding of investment analysis and portfolio management.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:
-One-to-one support
-Careers workshops
-Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
-Online resources
-Job opportunities
-Career prospects

Our Master's in Finance graduates are in an excellent position to compete for jobs across a wide range of financial disciplines, including corporate finance, investment banking, portfolio management, financial consultancy, fixed income and derivatives trading, risk management and financial research.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Facilities

The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide.

The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment. Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.

Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

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Our MSc in Finance and Management is an intensive postgraduate course which aims to fuse knowledge and empirical skills from the complementary areas of finance and management. Read more
Our MSc in Finance and Management is an intensive postgraduate course which aims to fuse knowledge and empirical skills from the complementary areas of finance and management.

Studying postgraduate Finance and Management you will develop an in-depth understanding of finance and investment, coupled with management theory and practice strategic management and the business environment. Much of our teaching has significant relevance to the broader business industry.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

During two semesters you will gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of finance and management. In summary, you will learn about:
-Strategic Financial Management
-International Financial Risk and Control
-Financial Investment Analysis
-Accounting with SAP R/3
-Management Theory and Practice
-Strategic Management
-Business Environment
-Research Methods

Finally, during semesters two and three, you have the opportunity to complete a Masters dissertation which will involve you in planning and implementing a research study on an approved topic within the area of finance and management. This provides an ideal opportunity to personalise your study programme reflecting your own interests and career aspirations.

There is an alternative MSc programme in the finance area with a different specialisation MSc Finance and Investment. This programme provides a common core of underlying financial knowledge and skills but also elements that are subject-specific according to the programme. Alternatively for those interested in management, there are a range of postgraduate programmes in this area offered by Lancashire Business School.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

Lancashire Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Information Service (LIS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LIS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development, giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will allow you to apply latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses and to develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues. Employability is central to the delivery of the MSc in Finance and Management and you will gain an understanding of the skills required to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects.

The course is delivered by the Division of Accounting and Finance at the School of Business and students will benefit from wide range of facilities aiding their learning and training including our dedicated SAP accounting computer lab and state of the art specialised trading information system terminal.

The MSc Finance and Management programme aims to provide you with a rigorous and challenging postgraduate education experience leading to the award of a Masters degree.

This intensive 12-month programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in finance and management context.
-Apply the latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses
-Possess a thorough understanding of finance and investment coupled with management theory and practice, strategic management and the business environment
-Achieve the understanding and skills necessary to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects
-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues and the study skills required to successfully engage in postgraduate study.
-Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of finance and management that has interest and relevance to your future career.

The programme reflects the University's commitment to active education and involves you in a challenging and participative range of learning processes from day one. With a busy induction involving you in meeting with the staff team and your fellow students, exploring the learning resources available to you in the University and engaging in social activities, the programme expects you to discuss and debate the key issues, both in the subject itself and in the world of business itself. There will be many opportunities to examine what is actually happening in the business world around you as you progress through the programme.

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Issues you will study as part of your MSc or MA Management and Finance degree programme include. How can organisations ensure their own survival in a rapidly changing competitive environment?. Read more
Issues you will study as part of your MSc or MA Management and Finance degree programme include:

How can organisations ensure their own survival in a rapidly changing competitive environment?
What are the key strategic management problems facing organisations?
Are organisations as complex as they seem?
How can you analyse the strategy process, evaluate the strategic choices that may be made and place a value on the strategic options that are available?
How would you recognise effective approaches to HRM?
What are the costs and benefits of the alternatives?
Do contemporary employment practices lessen conflicts and tensions in the employment relationship?
Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of investment projects?
How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment? Can market risk be priced accurately?
Can credit risk be priced accurately?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
Can futures, options, derivatives and swaps be used to manage the risks involved?
How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Management and Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants not only with an insight into organisational behaviour and strategic choices in HRM and marketing, but also with an understanding of theoretical developments relating to corporate finance and the capital markets, and competence in the techniques required to assess the consequences for business management. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of business management and financial techniques in a real-world setting.

ESRC Recognition

The MA Business and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first year of a 1+3 PhD training programme.
Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods:This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

New Venture Creation: This module examines the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes to business start-up, including new venture creation, or establishing a business based on your own expertise, experience and ideas; buying an established business; purchasing a franchise; and succession through a family firm, an increasingly common way of becoming involved in entrepreneurial activity.

Optional module (choose 2):

Islamic Finance: This module provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the module examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing, and highlights financial engineering and risk management features of this type of business.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance. You will examine the principles underlying inter-firm comparison (comparing the performance of one firm with another) and trend analysis (comparing the performance of the same firm over different periods).

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Behavioural Finance: This module provides in-depth coverage of behavioural finance, which replaces the "rationality" assumption with behavioural biases that have been documented by psychologists.

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Most business schools offer an MSc in Finance. Few offer an MSc with such a strong investment component. A powerful blend of academic rigour and vocational insight, the MSc in Finance and Investment will add considerably to the knowledge of those looking to further their career in this vital sector. Read more

This programme is not currently accepting applications.

Programme description

Most business schools offer an MSc in Finance. Few offer an MSc with such a strong investment component. A powerful blend of academic rigour and vocational insight, the MSc in Finance and Investment will add considerably to the knowledge of those looking to further their career in this vital sector.

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers from the key financial institutions, fund management houses and a range of analysts. 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 of investment markets and asset classes, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions in investment analysis, portfolio management, financial statement analysis and evaluation, corporate finance, product development, client servicing and risk management.

The School is recognised a 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

Students will learn about corporate finance, global financial markets, financial accounting statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis and investment mathematics. They will also learn about the use of software and sources of information in investment and risk management.

How to estimate the fair value for an investment, to test assumptions and sensitivities and to compare different investments are explored in depth. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of different asset classes, their behaviour in isolation and in relation to other asset classes, and an understanding of how portfolios of investments can be constructed and analysed.

Intellectual skills

Students will develop:

critical analysis – an ability to assimilate new knowledge in the field of finance and investment (and to analyse the information gained) and the operations and methods used in the financial sector
research skills – an ability to identify and define pertinent research questions, to review the relevant literature, to define a proper methodology and to conduct research in the context of data analysis or other suitable methods
discipline – a major difficulty in investment is removing emotion from the decision-making process; research in behavioural finance shows that the desire of investors to follow consensus, and the ease with which they can misinterpret data, are obstacles to sound decision making - the programme will seek to imbue students with the discipline required to make good investment decisions
analytical and numerical skills – an ability to analyse and solve investment problems, to handle large volumes of numerical data, to extract and manipulate relevant data in a meaningful manner, and to analyse accounting information

Subject-specific knowledge

Students will develop:

an understanding of investment and risk-management tools and databases such as Datastream, Osiris, WRDS and ThomsonOne Banker, through use of such products and demonstrations of their output and capabilities
an understanding of industry practice in risk management and general techniques such as value-at-risk and optimisation
an ability to understand, speak and write the language of finance and investment. An ability to analyse financial statements of companies, to evaluate earnings quality and firm performance
an understanding of analytical and problem-solving methods through the use of techniques such as discounted cash flow analysis, quadratic programming, sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation
an understanding of risk and its applicability beyond investment
a knowledge of the nature and findings of academic enquiry in the areas of finance and investment

Transferable skills

Students will develop an:

ability to understand, assess and present complex lines of argument
ability to work individually and with others in teams, often under time pressure
ability to communicate clearly on paper and in presentations
enhanced numerical skills and fluency in spreadsheet use, developed through problem solving in quantitative courses within the programme

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The Aberystwyth MSc Management and Finance will appeal to students who want to carry a sound grasp of Business Finance into a career in Management. In recent times, the terms on which Businesses can access credit and finance have become more stringent and more difficult to predict. It thus becomes increasingly important that Business Managers and entrepreneurs have a sound and sophisticated grasp of all aspects of Business Finance. On the other side of the fence, this Master’s in Management and Finance will also appeal to students planning a career in the Financial Sector, who want to take with them a good understanding of theory and good practice in the management of people and organisations.

This degree will suit you

Whatever was the discipline of your first degree
Whether you have recently graduated or are some way into your career
If you are committed to a career in the Financial Sector
If you intend to combine a general Management career with a sophisticated knowledge of Business Finance

Overview

The Master’s in Management and Finance is a taught, one-year, full-time programme. The course is divided into three 15 week semesters. In the first two semesters, contact time averages about 15 hours a week for the first ten to twelve weeks, leaving the last three to five weeks for examinations. The third semester is given over to the Managerial Reports Module, which involves 12 hours of workshops and then ongoing contact time with your tutor as you prepare a substantial piece of work (up to 14,000 words) on a real-world business and management topic.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Some of our Master’s students already have some business experience; some are coming straight from their first degree. Some are already committed to a career in Management and/or Finance; some are thinking of continuing to work in an academic context. Whatever your own previous experience or future aspiration, you will be given, in the first Semester, an all-round grounding in the essentials of Business and Management, based on the most up-to-date understanding of management theory and good practice.

The second Semester then focuses more directly on the specialist areas of Financial Markets and Investment and Corporate Financial Management. These are the white hot topics of the moment in the business world. Studying them will equip you for career opportunities either working directly in the Financial Sector or in business areas where a sophisticated understanding of the workings of finance is essential.

You will benefit from an outstanding variety of in-class and outside learning environments. In-class activities include lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and career development activities. Outside activities include managerial field trips, case study visits, managerial reporting and liaison with professionals in business and industry.

We offer small class sizes and a friendly environment to encourage communication and the sharing of experiences, opinions and observations among you and your colleagues. Alongside new knowledge and skills, as a graduate of the Aberystwyth Master’s in Management and Finance, you will emerge with broadened horizons and a network of new friends and contacts in the Business world, locally, nationally and internationally.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combines teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Financial Analysis and Decision Making
Marketing and Strategy For Managers
People and Organisations
Business Economics
Implementation Delivery and Development
Investments, Corporate Finance and Financial Markets
Application and Integration (management And Finance)

Employability

Every aspect of the Aberystwyth Master’s programme is designed to enhance your employability: indeed, successful completion of the Master’s in Management and Finance is in itself certain to do so; but we set more store by the hugely enhanced knowledge, abilities and skills with which you will graduate. We believe that prospective employers take a similar view. We offer a career-development programme for professional managers, aimed at widening your knowledge, skills, experience and understanding of management and business practices. Our aspiration is to make you a better leader, a better manager and a better communicator.

In addition to those who are recent graduates, many of our students have come to what they feel are significant turning points in their careers. By completing the Aberystwyth Master’s in Management and Finance, you will have broadened your horizons, gaining knowledge, skills and business contacts which will enable you to consider further career moves and new opportunities in the medium and longer term. It is quite possible that your career will take an unexpected, more fulfilling or more lucrative direction because of what you learn in Aberystwyth - not just about Management and Finance, but about yourself, your competencies and your confidence.

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