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The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is a very challenging programme that offers students the opportunity to study for the level I and level II CFA® exams at the same time as the M.Sc. Read more
The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is a very challenging programme that offers students the opportunity to study for the level I and level II CFA® exams at the same time as the M.Sc. Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is one of a limited number of programmes globally which has been awarded ‘Programme Partner’ Status by the CFA® institute, this means that the programme covers at least 70 per cent of the CFA® level I and II syllabus.

Run by the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment, it is a twelve month full-time programme, and is designed for those wishing to learn fundamental and advanced theory in investment analysis.

Students on this programme will have access to a dedicated Thomson Reuters lab and in addition to Datastream and other financial databases and software systems.

All of the following are included in the fees for this programme;
- MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme;
- The three-week induction and foundation programme;
- A coach trip to London to attend the CFA® Universities Open Day;
- Four weekend CFA® dedicated training sessions;
- The cost of enrolment and registration for two CFA® exams;
- The CFA® level I and II text books;
- A CFA® approved calculator;

CFA® Track

The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management with CFA® Track enables you to take Levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) qualification – while also continuing to study Financial Analysis and Fund Management. We provide top level support in helping you to pass the CFA® level I and II professional examinations in December and June.

MSc Only Track

With the MSc Only Track, you are not required to register for the CFA® exams, or attend the workshops organised for those on the CFA® Track.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

This programme is a 12 month full-time programme, studied over three terms. It is based at the Exeter campus of the University throughout this time.

Modules

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that modules are subject to change. To ensure a high level of coverage of the CFA® syllabus all of the modules on this programme are compulsory.

Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School website at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/

Recent examples of the modules are as follows; Financial Modelling; Investment Instruments Bonds Equities Derivatives and Alternative Instruments; Financial Statement Analysis; Topics in Financial Economics; Investment Research Methods; Credit Instruments and Derivatives; Equity Valuation Models and Issues; Investment Research Methods; Portfolio Management and Asset Allocation and Dissertation.

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This programme is designed to assist students to obtain a professional financial qualification and equip graduates with knowledge essential for a successful career in financial analysis, investment management and allied financial services. Read more
This programme is designed to assist students to obtain a professional financial qualification and equip graduates with knowledge essential for a successful career in financial analysis, investment management and allied financial services.

Why this programme

-The programme covers parts of the CFA Level 1 syllabus and more: it offers an excellent grounding in topics that will be of importance to students who want to become financial analysts, fund managers and investment bankers.
-You will benefit from expert teaching, using the latest materials across a carefully chosen range of courses, informed by cutting-edge research in the area of international financial analysis.
-Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession.
-Many of our graduates have attained various very positions in the financial sector, in industry and commerce, and in the public sector., with, for example, staff serving on the Accounting Standards Board, as Advisor to the House of Lords, as well as on various committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Our staff also act as advisors to the Economic & Social Sciences Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Programme structure

On this programme students will take five core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, which offers you the flexibility to pursue studies in your chosen area of interest.

Core courses
-International capital markets
-International corporate finance
-Statistics for business research
-Financial analysis and equity valuation
-Financial reporting and interpretation

Optional courses
-International financial management
-Financial management in banking
-Financial risk management
-Risk management and derivative securities

Career prospects

This programme provides a good starting point for aspiring finance professionals who intend to pursue their career in providing financial services to a wide range of corporate and non-corporate clients. It is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a professional career in areas including equity research, sell-side analysis and fund management.

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Our International Financial Analysis MSc develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment. Read more

Course Overview

Our International Financial Analysis MSc develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.

The global economic crisis, high-profile banking failures and increased regulatory supervision have highlighted the importance of sound financial management and robust reporting. This course has been developed specifically to meet this need.

It provides you with quantitative and qualitative skills of analysis. You will also understand how accounting and finance expertise may be successfully combined to assess corporate performance and valuation.

The course is aimed at management, business or economics graduates, who would like to gain a more specialist knowledge of issues related to financial analysis. It is also suitable for non-business graduates with good numeracy levels who wish to develop financial skills and understanding.

The course also covers many relevant topics for those intending to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

What you'll learn:
You will analyse individual companies from an external perspective with substantial emphasis placed on:
•corporate strategy
•accounting
•valuation.

You will undertake practical studies of real world data via DataStream and other industry sources, in order to develop skills in the manipulation of financial and statistical software.

Your dissertation consolidates this learning, as it takes the form of an analyst's report on a major corporation. You will prepare a report on a company of your choice, analysing financial and accounting data, strategy and corporate governance. You will conclude with a valuation of the company itself.

Your development:
On completion of this course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
•deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
•use this analysis to make sound judgements around investment management
•analyse quantitative data used for operational decision making
•critically engage with contemporary debates on financial theory
•apply, with originality and creativity, the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the course to complex issues within the finance sector.

Course accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA). It provides you with eight exemptions from the following professional examination papers:
•F1, F2, F3 and F9 from ACCA
•Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 11 from AIA

Read more about ACCA and AIA exemptions.

Career focus:
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:

•Financial Trader
•Auditor
•Risk Analyst
•Finance Officer
•Equity Analyst.

Delivery:
This course is modular, comprising 180 credits.

Accreditation:
This course is accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the course provides you with seven exemptions from the following professional examination papers:
•F1, F2, F3, F4 and F9 from ACCA
•Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 11 from AIA

Read more about ACCA and AIA exemptions.

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
•Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
•European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
•Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:
•a high quality teaching environment
•innovative programming
•active engagement with industry.

Facilities:
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:
•regional, national and international thought leaders
•alumni
•leading professions.

Our facilities provide:
•a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
•Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
•four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
•a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
•a contemporary café.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/international-financial-analysis-msc/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/international-financial-analysis-msc/#howtoapply

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This programme is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and skills that you will need for a career in investment management or financial analysis and to help you acquire the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II qualification. Read more
This programme is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and skills that you will need for a career in investment management or financial analysis and to help you acquire the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II qualification.

The programme consists of two core elements. The first comprises eight core taught modules, spread over the first and second terms. These modules are designed to cover the material you will need for the core CFA syllabus relating to investments and financial analysis. Additionally, you will take the module, Personal Development for Careers in Finance, which is designed to ensure that your financial expertise is complemented by the soft skills regarded as equally key by employers. The second element of the programme is a specialist CFA dissertation stream which includes intensive CFA training preparing you for the CFA Level II exam in June and a dissertation project focusing on investment management. If you are not CFA Level I qualified when you enter the programme, intensive training in the first term will prepare you for the CFA Level I exam in December. A number of programme activities take place in London.

Modules
• Advanced Financial Markets and Investment Management
• Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis
• Advanced Investment Risk Management
• Advanced Investment Research Methods
• Financial Modelling and Analysis
• Fund Management
• Programming and Databases for Financial Applications
• Regulation and Compliance

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The MSc in Economic and Financial Analysis aims to provide industry ready graduates equipped with the skills needed for success in a variety of banking, finance, analysis, local government, regional development and a wide array of further exciting careers. Read more

Course Overview

The MSc in Economic and Financial Analysis aims to provide industry ready graduates equipped with the skills needed for success in a variety of banking, finance, analysis, local government, regional development and a wide array of further exciting careers.

You will be taught critical knowledge for economic and financial analyst positions plus have extended opportunities to develop highly valued skills using standard industry software (Bloomberg and Stata) in your analysis of real data to answer your own Economic or Finance research questions. All this will be done in a challenging and thought provoking manner, which questions the traditional assumptions underlying many mainstream models of societies and economies to arrive at more useful perspectives.

You will study Behavioural Finance, a cutting-edge subject that is still not common on Master’s programmes and which is becoming a critical skill for market analysis and to ensure you meet regulators’ expectations. You will additionally explore banking systems and financial instruments (swaps, obligations, securities and so forth) in terms of pricing, strategies and economic contexts. Systems and instruments are explored for fundamental systemic and regulatory weaknesses. Following this course you would have the ability to assess a new financial product or innovation in terms of not only its likely success or failure, but its overall effects on the financial system.

Course in Depth

You will study the following units:
•Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making
•Financial Economics and The Banking Crisis
•Global Economic Analysis
•Investigating Business Practice
•Research Methods
•Dissertation

Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making

Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making is a cutting edge subject that is still rare on many UK business school Master’s programmes and which is becoming the key skill in regulatory positions.

Global Economic Analysis

There are two strands to this unit. You will examine key economic concepts and applied developments in areas such as employment, innovation, rationality, growth and the limits of markets. You will also learn key statistical techniques and how to implement them using the sophisticated STATA statistics programme. Mastery of this programme should significantly improve employment prospects given that same programme is used by analysis in Governments, financial and consultancy companies. The skills learnt will also be invaluable in supporting your research for your dissertation.

Financial Economics and The Banking Crisis

This is a contemporary unit that will give you a complete understanding of the causes, effects, legacy and possible solutions to the 2007-09 global financial crisis. Specifically we will explain the macroeconomic consequences of the crisis but unlike most postgraduate units we will link this to the features of the derivatives that made much of this financial crisis possible. In so doing we will review complex derivatives, their structure, risks and how they are both valued and priced.

Investigating Business Practice

This unit requires students to apply the skills and knowledge developed for an external client. The brief is to identify and draw from best practice as described in policy and academic literature and then provide detailed, well designed proposals on how to improve upon the organisation's issue.

Research Methods

The overall aim of the Research Methods unit is to introduce you to methodologies and philosophical approaches to help develop your critical and reflective skills when researching (unfamiliar) topics in your future career. Firstly the unit should help you appreciate the key debates in the philosophy and epistemology of science. Secondly, you will be introduced to the use and presentation of qualitative and quantitative data and finally be able to justify the relationship between your philosophical approach and choices of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dissertation

Through the content and activities of the preceding units you should be well prepared for your Dissertation. This will normally take the form of an empirical piece of research conducted with academic guidance and supervision. The internationally recognised research expertise of the economics and finance department aids the student enormously in successful completion of a high standard research project. Many students directly tailor their dissertation into an area of desired employment allowing them to build a highly specialised knowledge base in a specific area or even on a specific firm or organisation.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).

Assessment

Many of the assignments for this course can be tailored to your chosen career path. You will be assessed through research orientated coursework rather than the traditional mix of exams and coursework which do not allow you to focus on your interests. Research and academic skills will be at the heart of the teaching to support the successful completion of your taught units and dissertation/research project.

Special Features

•You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
•As a student of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, you will have complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
•There are opportunities to focus your assignments on your employment goals.
•You will have extensive access to real world data and academic journals.
•Our academic team includes internationally renowned economists and finance specialists.
•Timetabled lectures and seminars are complemented by the guest lecture series run by the MMU Economics Society and company and industry visits.

Career Prospects

The demand for economics and finance graduates is consistently high and this MSc prepares you for a range of careers in a variety of banking, finance, analysis, local government, regional development and a wide array of further exciting and challenging careers.
Economics graduates from MMU have taken roles in the Government Economics Service, the Office of National Statistics, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Bank of England. This MSc is a new course but we anticipate that graduates will secure employment in:
•Central banks (such as the Bank of England)
•International finance
•Investment banks
•Fund management
•Corporate finance
•Pensions
•Insurance

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The Master of Science Program in Investment Management (MScIM) and the Master of Science Program in Financial Analysis program (MScFA) provide rigorous training for students pursuing professional careers in the finance industry. Read more
The Master of Science Program in Investment Management (MScIM) and the Master of Science Program in Financial Analysis program (MScFA) provide rigorous training for students pursuing professional careers in the finance industry.

Since their inception in 1996 and 2002, both programs have been widely recognized by finance professionals as premier academic programs. The curricula of both programs are constantly adapted to meet the growing and specialized demands of industry. Both programs offer solid foundations in accounting, economics, quantitative and computing skills, asset valuation and financial derivatives, which form the core subjects in the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) examination curriculum. The programs’ curricula and course scheduling are sequenced to support students who wish to take the CFA examinations.

Students then build on this broad knowledge base by selecting advanced courses and specialized electives that lead to the MScIM or MSc FA Program.

During the program, enrichment activities and luncheon talks are organized to provide students with platforms in networking with industry practitioners in Hong Kong. In addition, a study tour is arranged during the semester break. The study tour will help the students to understand the industry landscape, develop applied skills in industry and company analysis, and network with industry practitioners outside Hong Kong.

Cutting Edge Curriculum

We continually revise and adapt the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of industry and developments in the financial markets. We work closely with industry players and professional associations to ensure that our students develop into high-potential graduates proficient in all aspects of finance and ready for the greater responsibilities that await them as they progress in their careers.

About HKUST Business School

Established in 1991, the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) is young, dynamic, and highly regarded, both for the quality of its programs and the impact of its research.

The HKUST Business School is the first business school in Asia to be awarded accreditation by both the US based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The degrees offered by the HKUST Business School are recognized and respected worldwide.

The HKUST Business School is recognized as “Asia’s youngest but most respected business school” (Financial Times). Our programs are known for their cutting edge design and delivery, and are consistently ranked among the very best in the world by international media.

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Based at our Greenwich Campus and situated within minutes of the financial centre of Canary Wharf, this programme provides rigorous coverage of finance and investment. Read more
Based at our Greenwich Campus and situated within minutes of the financial centre of Canary Wharf, this programme provides rigorous coverage of finance and investment.

We are proud to say that we ranked within the top 3 for course satisfaction in Accounting and Finance in London, according to the 2016 Guardian University League Tables.

You should consider this programme if you are either working in or targeting a career in the finance industry. The programme is particularly suitable if you wish to undertake both an academic and professional qualification and have a business, economics or numerate background.

The degree will help you to prepare for chartered financial analyst examinations. The prestigious CFA qualification is becoming increasingly popular in key financial centres such as London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

The syllabus covers all key theoretical areas of finance and investment analysis. It also focuses strongly on developing analytical skills needed by the finance industry. The dissertation, which focuses on data analysis of financial markets, provides a key practical underpinning for the large body of theory covered.

You will be taught by academic staff with recent practitioner experience as well as strong research interests in finance.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to become a competent and thoughtful practitioner in the field of finance and accounting

- To develop your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and judgement. You will be exposed to contemporary issues in the field through teaching that is strongly supported by research and professional practice

- To provide you with an intellectually demanding academic programme of study which will develop your ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in finance and investment. A subsidiary aim is to prepare you to sit Level 1 and 2 examinations of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/acc/finmaninv

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Investment Management (30 credits)
Financial Markets & Products (30 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets & Products (30 credits)

Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Research Methods (15 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)

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

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets & Products (30 credits)

Assessment

Students will be assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Career options

Graduates can pursue careers in investment and financial analysis such as investment management, corporate finance, financial management or consulting. The programme is also designed to help prepare students for the chartered financial analyst qualification, which is in great demand in many areas of the finance industry.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/645369/Finance-and-Investment-MSc-P12628.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The MSc Management programme will equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in management. Read more
The MSc Management programme will equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in management.

MSc Management has specialist pathways in Human Resources, International, International Entrepreneurship, Financial Analysis and Marketing. All students enrolled on the programme complete common core subjects in general management during Semester one, with modules in Semester two which allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway.

Experience or qualifications in management are neither expected nor required. If you have experience as a manager, you may wish to consider our MBA programme. If you are uncertain about the pathway on which to enrol, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to give you advice.

Course content

This programme is specifically designed to provide pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities to those from any disciplinary background at first degree level with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in their business or management careers.

The programme will build on your existing capabilities from your first discipline and develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding of business and management issues, problems and opportunities.

As well as developing your research and reflection skills at postgraduate level, you will be able to link theory and practice throughout each module which include a variety of study methods such as case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project related to real ‘live’ business issues and in some cases by means of a work based learning component.

MSc Management aims to increase your employability and give graduates a competitive advantage in the graduate management and trainee management jobs market.

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually 12 hours per week, we recommend students spend approximately 20 hours per week in self-directed study time.

Semester 1
All students will study the following general management Core Modules in Semester one;
-Organisational Behaviour
-Marketing: Principles and Management
-Managing Finance and Information
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Semester 2
MSc Management has five pathways: International Business, International Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Marketing and Financial Analysis. The modules you will study in Semester two vary according your chosen specialist pathway;
International Business
-Strategic Management
-Developing Cross Cultural Capability
-Managing Operations in the Supply Chain Context

International Entrepreneurship
-Entrepreneurship: Principals and Practices
-Global Innovation Management
-Corporate Entrepreneurship

Human Resources
-Strategic Management
-Human Resource Management in Context
-International HRM

Marketing
-Strategic Management
-International Marketing Strategy
-Cross-cultural Marketing

Financial Analysis
-Corporate Reporting
-Global Financial Strategy
-Investment Analysis

For further information on course content and modules please refer to the award map:

Schedule

12 months full time. Start dates September and February. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters (14 weeks each). Work on the dissertation normally commences in the second semester and is submitted at the 12 month point.

Assessments

The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, research papers, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, examinations and a final dissertation.

Careers

MSc Management aims to develop the managers of the future by providing a level of education to those seeking a generalist, broadly based management qualification. This programme is particularly relevant to those without a business background (either academic or employment) who have not previously committed to a specific/specialist career path. The specialist pathways are designed to provide more focussed routes for those who have more clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business and management disciplines.

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This programme is designed for students wanting to extend their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance. The programme involves an intensive study of the core disciplines of this area. Read more
This programme is designed for students wanting to extend their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance. The programme involves an intensive study of the core disciplines of this area. There are many different career opportunities for accounting and finance specialists.

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice, off-site visits, and curriculum input. Practitioners are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing guest lecture series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays have presented to a broad audience of undergraduate, postgraduate and research students as well as academics.

The MSc Finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 100 students. It is common to find a minimum of 30 nationalities represented.

We are proud to say that we ranked within the top 3 for course satisfaction in Accounting and Finance in London, according to the 2016 Guardian University League Tables.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to become competent and thoughtful practitioners, in this case, in the wider field of finance and accounting

- To develop your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and judgement and to expose you to contemporary issues in the field, through teaching which is strongly supported by research and professional practice

- To provide a flexible programme which delivers a strong theoretical underpinning in accounting and finance through compulsory courses and which enables you to pursue coherently related areas of specialism through chosen areas of academic study, option choices and a dissertation title.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/acc/accfin

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

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

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)

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

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Accounting for Performance and Control (30 credits)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (30 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)

Assessment

Students will be assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

The Department has applied to ACCA for professional accreditation of this programme.

Career options

The degree provides a good stepping stone to a career in accountancy, especially as accountants in commerce and industry, and also provides students who are seeking positions in the finance industry with both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting. In recent years, employers of our graduates have included First City Merchant Bank and JP Morgan.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/643995/Prog-Specs-MSc-Finance-Suite.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Explore the exciting world of venture capital, private equity, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions with hands-on sessions and extensive case-studies. Read more
Explore the exciting world of venture capital, private equity, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions with hands-on sessions and extensive case-studies.

About the course:
-Study one of the most reputable Masters within the investment banking community
-Focus on highly specialised topics such as private equity, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
-Experience a practice-centred delivery approach including hands-on sessions, case studies, financial analysis simulations and programming sessions.
-Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the CFC qualification.
-Choose from over 15 elective modules to gain specialisation in a wide array of finance topics

COURSE OVERVIEW

This highly specialised degree is designed to provide a practical understanding of a wide range of corporate finance services and corporate transactions. Both, corporate financial management and investment banking is at the core of the programme which is highly regarded in the City of London.

Through hands-on sessions and extensive use of case-studies and financial analysis simulations, participants will be fascinated by the exciting world of venture capital, private equity, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. You will specialise in corporate investment and capital budgeting decisions, IPOs, payout policy, capital structure, enterprise valuation, financial analysis and risk management. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of financial markets, securities trading and quantitative techniques, and be able to further specialise on a wide range of additional elective topics.

MSc Corporate Finance graduates have the advantage of exemption from the Corporate Investment exam of its CFC qualification.

EMPLOYABILITY

There is a demand for professionals who combine an understanding of the financial markets with knowledge of the financial decisions facing companies in their day-to-day operations. Such professionals also need a clear insight into related fields including accounting, risk management, capital budgeting, debt and equity finance, financial planning, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.

As a MSc Corporate Finance graduate, you will be well equipped to join careers in investment banks in the City of London and other international financial centres, professional services firms, including management consultancies and accountancy practices, and small, entrepreneurial ventures where an in-depth knowledge of finance will be of direct benefit to the owner/managers seeking to build their business.

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This programme is ideal for those seeking a management career in the finance area. It is ideally suited to students with a business, economics or numerate background. Read more
This programme is ideal for those seeking a management career in the finance area. It is ideally suited to students with a business, economics or numerate background. The programme focuses heavily on core areas of finance; it also provides an intensive course in accounting for those students who do not have an accounting background.

This programme will equip you with a strong foundation in finance theory, and provide the experience and skills that employers demand. There are countless career opportunities in finance for flexible, high-calibre students with good numerical skills.

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice, off-site visits, and curriculum input. Practitioners are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses including Project Finance, Topics in Risk Management and Financial Trading Techniques. As part of our continuing guest lecture series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays have presented to a broad audience of academics, and undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

The MSc Finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 100 students. It is common to find over 30 nationalities represented.

We are proud to say that we ranked within the top 3 for course satisfaction in Accounting and Finance in London, according to the 2016 Guardian University League Tables.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to become competent and thoughtful practitioners in the wider field of finance

- To develop your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and judgement and to expose you to the contemporary issues in the field through teaching that is strongly supported by research and professional practice

- To provide an intellectually demanding academic programme of study which emphasises your ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in the accounting and finance subject area.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/acc/finman

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Principles of Accounting (15 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets and Risk (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 2 courses from this list of options.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Portfolio Management (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Financial Trading Techniques (15 credits)
Topics in Risk Management (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

- Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4

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

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Principles of Accounting (15 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Portfolio Management (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Financial Trading Techniques (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets and Risk (30 credits)
Topics in Risk Management (15 credits)

Year 2
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

- Dissertation (Postgraduate Accounting and Finance Suite) (45 credits)

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

Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
Principles of Accounting (15 credits)
Corporate Governance, Assurance and Audit (15 credits)
Portfolio Management (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Project Finance (15 credits)
Financial Trading Techniques (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets and Risk (30 credits)
Topics in Risk Management (15 credits)

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Career options

Our students have opportunities in the administrative and management areas of the finance industry and also in financial services. Employers of our graduates include the AES Corporation, Ahorro Corporation, European Dynamics, Headstrong, Piraeus Bank and Polish Telecom.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/645372/Financial-Management-MSc-PGDip-P10423.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Our Banking and Finance MSc provides you with the skills and expertise to pursue a career in the banking and financial market industries. Read more

Course overview

Our Banking and Finance MSc provides you with the skills and expertise to pursue a career in the banking and financial market industries.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has increased the demand for professionals with specialist skills and competencies in banking and finance. This course is responsive to trends and issues in global financial services industries.

It features topics including:
•retail banking
•investment banking
•investment management
•central banking.

What you'll learn:
We will teach you how retail and investment banks function within financial markets. You'll also understand the role of other financial intermediaries.

You will study and apply theoretical frameworks in economics and finance. The course will also encourage you to engage with contemporary debates on issues related to financial markets and institutions.

We will provide you with the opportunity to understand and critically analyse:
•the role of commercial and investment banks within international financial markets
•the functioning of financial markets
•a wide range of investment management topics.

Advanced software:
Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
•Eviews
•SPSS
•Stata
•Gauss
•MATLAB
•SAS
•Maple
•Minitab.

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
•Bloomberg
•Thompson Financial's DataStream
•Fame
•Amadeus
•WRDS
•Compustat
•CRSP
•Oriana.

You will use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.

Your development:
On completion of this course, you will develop relevant skills and a practical understanding of:
•the role of retail and investment banks in modern economies
•the operational behaviour of banks, financial markets and investors
•contemporary debates in international financial markets
•empirical modelling techniques in the areas of economics and finance
•how to synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations

Course recognition by professional bodies:

CFA Institute's University Recognition Program

This course is part of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. This means that our course(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). We provide a solid grounding in the CBOK which will position you well to sit the CFA exams.

As a student on this course, you might be eligible for a CFA scholarship. This would entitle you to reduced CFA exam fees, including accompanying relevant materials.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Students who pass the exam in our module NBS8340: Introduction to Financial Reporting will be exempted from the CIMA examination in BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (part of CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting).

Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI)

You will also benefit from our status as a Chartered CISI Partner University. The CISI is a leading international professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning. You will have an opportunity to become a CISI member free of charge. Our partner status make sure you will be well prepared to sit the CISI Level 6 Financial Markets exam, as well as for your future career in investment and wealth management.

Career focus:
This course will suit you if you are motivated to pursue any of the following careers:
•banker in retail and investment banks
•financial trader, financial analyst or risk manager in financial institutions
•economist in private and government organisations

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
•Financial Analyst
•Financial Trader
•Fund Manager
•Financial Economist
•Chief Financial Officer
•Auditor
•Risk Analyst.

Some graduates have gone on to do research in this area. At Newcastle, we offer PhD programmes in:
•Economics
•Finance and Accounting.

Throughout your time here you will have one-to-one support from our award-winning Careers Service. They will help you to make the most of your skills and to find the best opportunities.

Delivery:
This course offers a wide selection of modules spanning from banking to portfolio management.

Guest lectures:
Guest lectures on the course complement the study of theoretical frameworks. These lectures analyse the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries. They also provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector.

You can view the profiles of some of our previous guest lecturers to get an idea of what we offer.

Events and networking opportunities:
We offer a wide range of extra activities to help develop your skills and expand your knowledge of financial matters. They will also give you insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability. This includes training on financial trading delivered with Amplify Trading, as well as the CFA annual global investment challenge.

Throughout the academic year we also hold many events on campus that you are welcome to join. They are topical and provide great opportunities for you to network with:
•national and multinational organisations
•alumni
•peers.

Research led teaching:
This course is delivered by a mix of highly experienced and prominent academics.

The course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics:
•Applied Econometrics
•Behavioural Research in Finance
•Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/banking-finance-msc/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/banking-finance-msc/#howtoapply

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Our Finance MSc teaches you advanced knowledge and skills in financial markets and institutions. You'll learn how they function and interact with the real economy. Read more

Course Overview

Our Finance MSc teaches you advanced knowledge and skills in financial markets and institutions. You'll learn how they function and interact with the real economy.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has furthered the demand for students with specialist skills and competencies in finance.

Our course is responsive to trends and issues in global financial markets and services. It features compulsory modules in financial theory and corporate policy. It also includes optional modules on financial markets, financial institutions and applied empirical methods in finance. It is closely related to our Banking and Finance MSc.

This course will suit you if you are motivated to pursue a career in:
•investment banking
•financial research
•financial trading.

What you'll learn:
Your studies will include financial markets and institutions and the management of asset-specific, company and country risk. We'll teach you how to analyse their roles within the international financial system.

The course will develop your understanding of the key financial principles and theories. You'll also improve your existing IT and research skills, which employers value in this competitive sector.

You'll understand and analyse international financial markets, institutions and the strategies of investors. We'll encourage you to engage with contemporary debates on important issues related to the operation of financial markets and institutions. You will learn about the types and function of financial markets such as stock, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets.

Advanced software:
Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
•Eviews
•SPSS
•Stata
•Gauss
•MATLAB
•SAS
•Maple
•Minitab.

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
•Bloomberg
•Thompson Financial's DataStream
•Fame
•Amadeus
•WRDS
•Compustat
•CRSP
•Oriana.

You'll use these for your empirical projects in applied econometrics as well as your final dissertation.

Your development:
On completion of the course you will be able to:
•apply appropriate econometric and computational techniques in the area of finance
•show advanced capability with some econometric and computational techniques
•critically analyse the results generated by these techniques
•synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
•apply knowledge, skills and understanding to complex issues within the finance and related industries.

Course recognition by professional bodies:

CFA Institute's University Recognition Program

This course is part of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. This means that our degree course(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). We provide a solid grounding in the CBOK which will position you well to sit the CFA exams.

As a student on this course, you might be eligible for a CFA scholarship. This would entitle you to reduced CFA exam fees, including accompanying relevant materials.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Students who pass the exam in our module NBS8340: Introduction to Financial Reporting will be exempted from the CIMA examination in BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (part of CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting).

Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI)

You will also benefit from our status as a Chartered CISI Partner University. The CISI is a leading international professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning. You will have an opportunity to become a CISI member free of charge. Our partner status make sure you will be well prepared to sit the CISI Level 6 Financial Markets exam, as well as for your future career in investment and wealth management.

Career focus:
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
•Chartered Financial Analyst
•Financial Trader
•Risk Analyst
•Chief Financial Officer
•Accountant
•Auditor.

Throughout your time here, you will have one-to-one support from our award-winning Careers Service. They can help you make the most of your skills and to find the best opportunities.

Delivery:
The course is modular, with taught modules from October to May and a final dissertation project from June to September.

Guest lectures:
Guest lectures by practitioners and policy makers on this course complement the study of theoretical frameworks. These lectures analyse the most recent trends in financial markets and banking industries. They also provide an overview of the available opportunities within the financial sector.

Events networking opportunities:
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities to develop your skills and knowledge on financial matters. We also help you gain insights into different roles in the financial industry and boost your employability. This includes training on financial trading delivered with Amplify Trading, as well as the CFA annual global investment challenge.

Throughout the academic year we hold many events on campus that you are welcome to join. Events are topical and provide great opportunities for you to network with:
•national and multinational organisations
•alumni
•peers.

Research led teaching:
This course builds on our established research strengths in finance and economics:
•Applied Econometrics
•Behavioural Research in Finance
•Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications.

Accreditation:
Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:
•Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
•European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
•Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:
•a high quality teaching environment
•innovative programming
•active engagement with industry

Facilities:
Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:
•regional, national and international thought leaders
•alumni
•leading professions

Our facilities provide:
•a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
•Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
•four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
•a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
•a contemporary café.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-msc/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/finance-msc/#howtoapply

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Managers in international companies require an understanding of accounting and financial management. Read more
Managers in international companies require an understanding of accounting and financial management. With our programme you will gain an appreciation of economic, technical and institutional foundations of accounting and financial management and the importance of accountability and information, corporate governance, and ethics in global financial markets. After completing a series of core courses you can pursue electives in a range of management areas.

Key benefits

- You are taught in an internationally renowned department with impressive institutional and organisational links.

- You will study in the heart of London, the perfect location for building a career.

- Close links and regular speakers from outside organisations give you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

Visit the website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/accounting-accountability-and-financial-management-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description

Our programme provides a stimulating learning environment using various techniques to link theoretical knowledge to good business practice. You will have the chance to pursue your own interests through a selection of modules and dissertation topics. Our objective is to develop your accounting and financial management skills and provide you with the global capabilities required for business success.

After completing a series of core courses you may pursue electives in a range of management areas.

- Course purpose

Our MSc will enhance your knowledge of: theoretical foundations of accounting, accountability and financial management; application of technical accounting and financial management techniques to a variety of scenarios; internal workings of financial institutions and accounting firms and their inter-relationships; importance of accounting and financial management for businesses and financial institutions; need for accounting, accountability and financial management to incorporate corporate governance, social responsibility, the needs of a broad group of stakeholders and ethical considerations. Our MSc is international in its outlook.

Structure

Required Modules:
Dissertation - An original piece of research on an aspect of accounting and/or financial management undertaken by you under the supervision of a staff member.

- Corporate Governance & Accountability
- Financial Management
- Financial Reporting & Analysis
- Management Accounting & Control
- Research Methods

Optional Modules:
We review the modules offered on a regular basis in order to continue to offer innovative, exciting and relevant programmes, this list is therefore subject to change

- Accounting Organisations & Society
- Advanced Financial Management
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- Financial Statement Analysis

Course format and assessment

Term one: compulsory modules covering

- Financial management
- Reporting and analysis
- Management accounting
- Research methods

Term two:

- Compulsory module covering corporate governance and accountability
- Options covering advanced finance and other areas of management.

Term three:
- Individual research project.

Throughout the course you are assessed by a variety of methods, eg written examinations, coursework, individual or group projects, presentations, case studies, multiple-choice tests etc. More information on module-specific assessment can be found in module outlines. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme will enter multinationals as well as smaller firms, across the business spectrum: financial institutions, management consulting, industry, or government bodies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

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The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the necessary tools required by the financial sector. Read more

Overview

The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the necessary tools required by the financial sector. Focusing on Financial Risk Analysis, Derivatives, Investments and Econometrics, this programme provides students with the quantitative skills needed by employers and thus opens up a diverse set of career opportunities both within and outside the financial sector. The emphasis is on ‘education’ with graduates encouraged to think for themselves and become proficient in problem solving.

Course Structure

The course is structured to be stimulating and challenging. It is designed to give graduates the necessary economic and quantitative skills that employers seek today. In the first semester, students take modules in the core areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics and also a module in Research Methods. All modules are a mixture of theory and practical application. In the second semester, students specialise in finance and must take modules in Financial Economics, Financial Risk Analysis and Empirical Finance, as well as one field course. Field courses offered in any year may include International Finance, Market Microstructure, Advanced Derivatives and Corporate Finance. During the summer, students are required to undertake a three-month Work Placement, subject to availability. If students cannot secure a Work Placement then it will be replaced by a Research Thesis.

Career Options

The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis at NUIM could be the most important investment in your career. This degree has the potential to open up career opportunities across the globe. As financial markets become more integrated, the career prospects of our graduates have become greatly enhanced. Recent graduates are currently enjoying successful careers in Credit risk management, insurance, hedge fund management, and investment and retail banking in the private sector. The diverse careers of our graduates reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.

Check out testimonials from graduates at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-graduates

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting/our-courses/msc-economic-financial-risk-analysis#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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