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From derivatives and investments to mergers and acquisitions and global markets, this course covers the essential information you need to pursue a range of exciting careers in finance at an international level, or an academic career via a PhD. Read more
From derivatives and investments to mergers and acquisitions and global markets, this course covers the essential information you need to pursue a range of exciting careers in finance at an international level, or an academic career via a PhD.

Investing in an MSc Finance adds up to a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers. A dissertation, focusing on empirical research, allows you to explore your chosen area of interest in detail, and you are supported throughout by our high-calibre staff.

Recent graduates have accepted positions in the City, with the `Big 4' global financial services firms, major world banks and financial institutions.

The MSc Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as postgraduate preparation for a PhD.

CFA training
We're pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams. Students attending our finance-related Masters - MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance - who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA, will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One. Kaplan is a global firm offering professional training and helping individuals and organisations obtain financial certifications and designations. They will support our students by giving them access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, as well as mock exam runs. They will also offer tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions. Students enrol in the CFA Program to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Preparing for the Level I exam is the first step toward earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week
Each year, Alliance MBS runs a five-day Trading BootCamp for all current students studying MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance. These trading simulations provide students with experience of real world trading and the opportunity to engage with contemporary financial markets, enabling them to apply their classroom theory in practice.
To deliver the Trading BootCamp, the School has teamed up with Amplify Trading to provide those looking to enter the financial industry with a crucial skill-set. Amplify Trading are a global financial trading and training firm, which offers training to some of the world's largest financial institutions, such as HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. They have developed specialist software that enables students to experience a live trading floor and two experienced traders will deliver the week-long training. Each day there will be four hours of classes in the morning followed by four hours of trading practice in the afternoon. Engaging in live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, students will be able to apply their understanding, technical expertise and risk management practises in trading different asset classes. This is a fantastic opportunity for accounting and finance students at Alliance MBS and is another way in which we prepare students for successful careers after graduation.

Finance Zone
The Finance Zone in Alliance Manchester Business School gives you access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world. These include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a combination of group assessment and presentations, course work, assignments and examinations. The dissertation normally ranges between 30 and 50 double spaced pages.

Career opportunities

The course provides training for a research degree and general training for those who wish to take up specialist positions in Finance (such as a Financial Analyst) or those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or an academic career via a PhD in Finance.

Accrediting organisations

The course conforms to the present ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for undertaking a PhD.

The course has partnership with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

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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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MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. Read more
MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project.

Subject guide and module

You will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.

In addition, you will be encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

Core Modules :
-Valuation of Investments (A)
-Valuation of Investments (B)
-Quantitative Methods for Finance
-Trading Techniques
-Security Analysis
-Investment Management
-Business Finance
-International Finance
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed predominantly through examinations complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the valuation project.

Career opportunities

This programme provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career in the financial, insurance and corporate sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Auditor – PricewaterhouseCoopers (Italy)
-Financial Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Investment Manager – Bank of China (China)
-Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst – Ernst&Young (Russia)
-Risk Capital Manager – Kazikorn Bank (Thailand)

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. On successful completion of the programme you are expected to:
-Demonstrate an understanding of valuation techniques used in financial markets
-Understand how to trade financial securities
-Understand strategic decision-making within a financial context
-Be able to employ risk management techniques
-Use financial statements to analyse financial performance
-Understand the international influences of finance

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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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Work towards a career in the finance and investment industry with our MSc Finance and Investment programme that is focused on the practical application of finance in the investment world. Read more
Work towards a career in the finance and investment industry with our MSc Finance and Investment programme that is focused on the practical application of finance in the investment world.

Designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute qualification, as well as a range of employability attributes, the course will encourage your development and commitment in becoming an investment professional. As you progress, you will become more effective and creative in problem solving, as well as being able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and abroad.

What's covered in the course?

The first semester of the course will provide a solid grounding in finance and supporting practices and its importance in business, ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as your study route in semester two and three.

During the second semester of the programme, there will be more flexible learning opportunities that will enable you to specialise in particular subject areas, as well as allowing you to tailor your programme to a specific career aim.

Based at the University’s new campus in the UK’s second city, you’ll live and study in a vibrant environment and engage with local, national and international businesses. You will be taught by highly-qualified academics with industrial and professional experience.

Why Choose Us?

-You will gain a thorough understanding of finance and investment practices, equipping you for a career as a fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager.
-You will have the opportunity to work in the University’s ‘CITY Trading Room’ using the same investment analysis software as traders, financial analysts and decision makers in the investment industry.
-Real case studies will be used in your studies enabling you to apply the skills and knowledge you learn within the classroom to the real world, as well as aiding your employability.

Course Structure

All modules will mix face-to-face lectures with online activities. As a practice-based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts to real-world scenarios. Online delivery will also be provided via the University’s virtual learning environment, and modules will also require you to engage with online study to prepare for, participate in and further develop your skills.

Due to the professional alignment of the programme, examinations will be a common feature when it comes to assessments. However, a variety of methods will be used, and you’ll be required to deliver reports, presentations, essays and project plans, both individually and within a group.

You will regularly engage with tutors, working together to identify any gaps in your knowledge and finding appropriate learning activities to suit your individual needs. A variety of learning activities will be used, whether it be a short written piece or a reflective journal, and you’ll be given regular feedback by your personal tutor.

Trips and Visits

You will have the opportunity to go on relevant trips such as visiting the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange.

Employability

The finance specialism and professional alignment of the programme enables fast-track progression into a career as a fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager.

We boast partnerships with businesses across the globe, including AXA Insurance, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and PwC.

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Financial institutions have been forced, by the globalisation of trade and finance, to engage in the international financial market. Read more
Financial institutions have been forced, by the globalisation of trade and finance, to engage in the international financial market. This specialised Masters degree focuses on international banking and financial system development for enhancing economic performance. It is ideal if you want to pursue a successful career in investment banks, multinational banks and domestic banks of your country.

The programme will enable you to offer flexible solutions to complex problems such as the recent financial crisis. Without a knowledge and understanding of international banking theory, practice and procedure, policy makers and finance managers cannot take the strategic steps required to restructure financial systems, in order to operate effectively and efficiently in this new and evolving environment.

The MSc Management and Development of International Financial Systems will empower you to play a valuable role in this exciting field, by developing your skills in the areas of banking, finance and strategic management, with particular emphasis on the international dimension.
The course combines academic rigour with a policy orientation. The varied backgrounds of our teaching team and their range of research and consultancy activities, ensure an appropriate blend of academic and practical perspectives. The course also invites input from practitioners in national and international roles at major financial institutions.

The MSc Management and Development of International Financial Systems at the University of South Wales is a unique programme designed to address the shortage of skilled manpower at a strategic level in the Financial Sector of emerging and transitional economies.

This is a unique programme which combines management, development and finance simultaneously. The varied backgrounds of the teaching team and their range of research and consultancy activities ensure an appropriate blend of academic and practical perspectives. The programme also invites input from practitioners of major financial institutions with national and international roles.

The first international postgraduate course of its kind, MSc Management and Development of International Financial Systems has proved popular among policy makers, practitioner bankers, financial institutions and international organisations in a number of emerging countries.

You will study in Atlantic House which is part of our Cardiff campus and is situated at the heart of Cardiff’s Business Enterprise Zone.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/468-msc-management-and-development-of-international-financial-systems

What you will study

Throughout your studies you will develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks for designing and analysing financial systems in developing, transitional, merging and market economies. You will review the banking services and their relevance as a driver of economic development and poverty alleviation. You will also examine the challenges of delivering innovative services in view of the internal and external changing environment.

Modules include:
- Comparative Study of Financial Systems in Developing Countries
- Multinational Operations in Finance and Banking
- Accounting Research Management and Methods
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Finance
- Issues in International Management
- Business Venturing
- Dissertation

Modules are subject to change.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching methods range from lectures, group discussions, case study workshops, individual investigative projects, a variety of audio and visual methods and field trips.

Separate induction and dissertation preparation sessions will also be held.

Teaching is primarily research led, your interests will be aroused and expanded prior to the dissertation period.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course is designed to equip any student intending to work in the financial sector of developing and emerging countries with the concepts and tools to cope successfully in the rapidly changing world of financial instruments and markets.

From finance directors to investment bankers, our recent graduates have attained positions within a variety of local, national and international organisations.

Other possible career options include:
- Fund Manager
- Development banker
- Private client relationship manager
- Project finance analyst
- Risk Management in banking
- Regulatory bodies and consultancy.

Assessment methods

You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

Facilities

The MSc Management and Development of International Financial Systems offers outstanding facilities and a supportive environment in which Accounting and Finance students can flourish. From a fully equipped learning resource centre and a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software from Thomson Reuters to interactive teaching spaces.

The Accounting and Finance Advice Clinic is also based in Atlantic House, utilising specialist expertise within the University to provide free financial advice to the public and small businesses. The Clinic provides opportunities for Accounting and Finance students to gain experience in an applied setting, enabling them to gain and enhance the transferable skills they’ll need when entering the workforce.

Career Potential

This course is designed to equip anyone intending to work in the financial sector of developing and emerging countries, with the concepts and tools to cope successfully in the rapidly changing world of financial instruments and markets. From finance directors to investment bankers, our recent graduates have attained positions within a variety of local, national and international organisations.

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Focusing on international finance, this course has particular emphasis on multinational corporate finance and international banking. Read more

Why take this course?

Focusing on international finance, this course has particular emphasis on multinational corporate finance and international banking. It is particularly suited to graduates looking to pursue careers in corporate finance in large financial and non-financial companies, corporate financial services in banking and investment banking, and central banking. On this course you will gain in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, financial investments, and international banking.

What will I experience?

You will be taught by academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links to industry.

Access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope is available along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates in finance and financial economics have gained employment in a wide range of roles and industrial sectors, including investment analysis, securities trading, banking and investment banking, accountancy and financial management.

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be eligible for student membership and this provides access to a range of networking and career opportunities. During the programme you will be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations. Successfully completing these examinations allows you to achieve an industry-recognised professional qualification alongside your degree.

Module Details

You will study the following four units and complete your studies with a dissertation:

Financial Econometrics:

Econometrics is a core tool used in the study of finance. This unit gives you a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy of this unit is to take an applied approach, to provide you with a strong intuitive understanding of a range of econometric techniques and their applications to a wide variety of problem-solving situations in finance. You will gain extensive experience with econometric and statistical packages such as Eviews and SPSS. Your work in this unit is supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. Many of the econometric techniques covered in this unit are used and applied in other units in the course, to help you gain a good understanding of how to apply them successfully to the theory and practice of financial management.

Multinational Corporate Financial Management:

In this unit you will study international finance from the corporate perspective. The first half of the unit focuses on the primary financial decisions of the firm, working capital management, advanced capital budgeting techniques, the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories, and the financing and dividend decisions. Corporate financial management in a multinational context introduces many new problems, challenges and opportunities. In the second half of the unit the focus will be on corporate financial management from the global and international perspective. Topics you will study include the measurement and management of currency and interest rate risks, taxation, regulatory and political risks, mergers and acquisitions, and the international capital investment, financing and dividend decisions.

International Money and Capital Markets:

This unit covers international finance from the securities and markets perspective, and complements the unit on Multinational Corporate Financial Management. You will study the currency and Eurocurrency markets, the international equity, fixed income and derivatives markets, financial institutions, financial regulation, and the models used to price the financial securities trading in these markets. The topics in the International Money and Capital Markets unit are developed with a strong emphasis on their applications to multinational corporate financial management.

International Banking:

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

Research Methods and Dissertation:

This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. You will be assigned a Dissertation supervisor who will provide feedback, guidance and support on an individual basis.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, computer-based workshops, invited speakers and live case studies. Student participation is encouraged and classes are challenging but informal and friendly, which promotes discussion and debate. The course tutors are available to support your studies and you will also have a personal tutor to provide help and guidance.

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

Student Destinations

This course will provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial Finance Analyst
Bid Pricing Executive
Finance Internship
Graduate Econometrician
Hedge Fund Manager

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If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations. Read more

Why take this course?

If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations.

It is a practically orientated course based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis. You’ll apply your improved decision-making ability in a range of areas including investment, risk management, budgeting, planning and forecasting.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemption for their five Certificate level papers on successful completion of this course.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F3.

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

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Commercial banking
Corporate finance
Financial planning
Insurance
Investment banking
Money management
Real estate

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering decision and risk analysis, strategic management accounting, investment strategies and business valuation. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: This will enable you to gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Strategic Business Planning and Control: You will start on this unit by considering the internal perspectives of the firm in areas such as business planning and control including issues such as budgeting, the design of management control systems and the development of spreadsheet-based decision support systems. You will then build on this foundation by developing a more strategic corporate perspective. You will explore the relationships between strategy, strategic management and strategic management accounting and set the latter in the context of the historical development of management accounting in general.

Managerial Finance and Financial Markets: You will be introduced to key theoretical issues relating to financial markets and institutions, investments and corporate financial management and their practical applications and limitations. The areas covered will encompass shareholder value and the goals of the firm and the process of shareholder value creation, project evaluation and the discounted cash flow model, capital market theories including the efficient markets hypotheses and the ideas of modern portfolio theory. From this core understanding you will move on to look at the psychological, institutional and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. You will consider key empirical research on the explanatory and predictive power of models in the context of implementing investment strategies. This will be assisted by guided critical analysis of research and analysis of live data.

Corporate Finance and Valuation: This unit will give you the opportunity to consider the primary financial decisions of the firm focussing on advanced capital budgeting techniques and the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories and financing policy, and dividend policy. You will appraise theories in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. Advanced study in business valuation will give you a practical understanding and further enable you to apply key professional techniques, which is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Research Methods and Dissertation: This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. On completing this programme you will be ideally placed to develop your own research projects and work within professional research teams.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, case studies and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly, yet challenging class environment.

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

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, financial consultancy and project management in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in non-financial companies or consultancy firms, government departments and international agencies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial finance analyst
Bid pricing executive
Finance internship
Graduate econometrician
Hedge fund manager

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This programme provides you with the opportunity to study for two Master's awards within one year and gives you the experience of undertaking a work placement. Read more
This programme provides you with the opportunity to study for two Master's awards within one year and gives you the experience of undertaking a work placement. Managing finance successfully in the dynamic and cross-cultural environments that modern organisations face, requires finance professionals to possess a strong grounding in finance theory and practice, well-developed analytical and critical thinking abilities and an international perspective on financial operations. This programme is ideal for those who wish to develop these skills and pursue careers in the global world of finance. Students will be taught to make competent financing, investment and risk management decisions, to suit an organisation’s objectives and circumstances.

Students on this programme have a unique opportunity to gain a MSc in Financial Management from the University of Greenwich and a MSc in Global Financial Management from ESCEM School of Business and Management while based for at least a term in Poitiers, France. They will also enhance their employability by undertaking a work placement. On completion of the requirements of both institutions, students will be awarded two degrees. The entire programme is delivered in English and no knowledge of French is required.

Erasmus grant funding is available for scholarship schemes on this programmes, for a limited number of students. (Further details will be provided upon successful receipt of unconditional/or conditional offer on the programme).

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 students to become competent and thoughtful practitioners in financial management and the wider field of finance in a European and international context by studying in UK and France.

- To provide an intellectually demanding academic programme of study, which emphasises the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in financial management.

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

What you'll study

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

Accounting, Analysis and Control (ESCEM) (10 credits)
Placement (EU) (30 credits)
Dissertation/Research Project (EU) (30 credits)
Mergers and Acquisitions (ESCEM) (10 credits)
International Corporate Strategy, Sustainable Development and CSR (ESCEM) (10 credits)
Financial Management (Dual Award) (15 credits)
Financial Markets (Dual Award) (15 credits)
Corporate Finance and Risk Management (ESCEM) (10 credits)
Economy and Risk Management (ESCEM) (10 credits)
Banking Systems and Ethics (ESCEM) (10 credits)
International Financial Management (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (EU)
Research Methods (EU) (15 credits)

Assessment

Each of the courses is assessed through a wide range of methods and procedures, namely individual and group presentations, tests, reports, essays, article reviews, examinations, reflections and a project.

Career options

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a position of financial controller, investment adviser, portfolio analyst, equity research associate, investment analyst, finance officer, derivatives trader, financial adviser, business analyst and more in a wide range of multinational companies, financial institutions, accounting firms and public sector organisations as well as consultancies.

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

About the Department of Accounting & Finance

We are one of the largest accounting and finance departments in the UK with over 30 academic members of staff and a large number of visiting academics.

Programmes:
The department offers a wide range of programmes and courses in accounting, audit, tax, accounting information systems, accounting applications, quantitative methods and analysis, financial management, risk management, financial services, banking, financial markets and institutions, and financial modelling. We are proud of our accounting and finance subjects which are ranked within top five in London for course satisfaction and teaching, by Guardian University League 2016.

Accreditation and professional bodies:
Our undergraduate programmes have received the maximum levels of accreditation from the major professional bodies:

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
The Association of International Accountants
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

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

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With a strong practical focus, access to the industry-standard Bloomberg Professional system, and ACCA and CIMA exemptions, our MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will act as a springboard into a wide range of finance and accounting-related careers. Read more
With a strong practical focus, access to the industry-standard Bloomberg Professional system, and ACCA and CIMA exemptions, our MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will act as a springboard into a wide range of finance and accounting-related careers.

Key benefits

The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). By completing the MSc, you will gain exemptions from several of their professional examinations, giving you a useful head start in your professional studies.

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will get to hear from inspiring speakers from the business world. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art trading room, built around the Bloomberg Professional system, the main financial platform used by the large investment banks.

Course detail

Today's business managers need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information and use this to inform business strategy. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will help you develop this expertise, as well as giving you an in-depth understanding of the contemporary issues encountered by financial managers.

The underlying practical focus ensures that the skills and knowledge you gain are highly relevant to the workplace whichever area of accounting or financial management you are seeking to engage in.

Modules

Core:
• Fundamentals of Financial Management
• Financial Context and Contemporary Issues
• Corporate Strategy
• Corporate Financial Strategy
• Performance Measurement and Management
• Corporate Financial Reporting
• Research Methods

Optional:
• Corporate Risk Management and Control
• Financial Investments in Practice
• Financial Statement Analysis

Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of five of the seven core modules.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the remaining compulsory modules and one additional optional module, allowing you to specialise in an area relevant to your career plans.

To achieve a Masters, you must complete a dissertation which gives you the chance to research an area of accounting or financial management that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career plans.

Format

You will learn through formal classes and seminar sessions, as well as group work and independent study. The course will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your analytical and problem solving skills.

Assessment

Assessments will be a mix of written assignments, supervised mini-projects, role playing, presentations and examinations.

Careers / Further study

Many of our graduates choose to specialise further by going on to study for the CIMA or ACCA qualifications and becoming chartered accountants.

A proficiency in accounting and financial management, as well as an appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by financial managers, can enable you to progress to senior positions, such as business analyst, finance director, investment analyst, financial reporting manager, chief accountant and head of risk management.

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

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

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The focus of this course is corporate financial management, with particular emphasis on the international and global perspective. Read more

Why take this course?

The focus of this course is corporate financial management, with particular emphasis on the international and global perspective. It is particularly suited to graduates looking to pursue careers in corporate finance in large financial and non-financial companies, or corporate financial services in banking and investment banking. The course covers the three key areas of finance: corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investments, with the main focus being on corporate finance.

What will I experience?

On this course you will be taught by enthusiastic staff who not only are academically qualified, but also have research and consultancy experience, as well as links to industry.

You will also have access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be eligible for student membership and this provides access to a range of networking and career opportunities. During the programme you will be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations. Successfully completing these examinations allows you to achieve an industry-recognised professional qualification alongside your degree.

Module Details

You will study the following four units and complete your studies with a dissertation:

Financial Econometrics

Econometrics is a core tool used in the study of finance. This unit will give you a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. We take an applied approach to provide you with an intuitive understanding of a range of econometric techniques and their applications to a wide variety of problem-solving situations in finance. You will gain extensive experience with econometric and statistical packages such as Eviews and SPSS. Your work in this unit is supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. Many of the econometric techniques covered in this unit are used and applied in other units in the course, to help you gain a good understanding of how to apply them successfully to the theory and practice of financial management.

Multinational Corporate Financial Management

In this unit you will study international finance from the corporate perspective. The first half of the unit focuses on the primary financial decisions of the firm, working capital management, advanced capital budgeting techniques, the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories, and the financing and dividend decisions. Corporate financial management in a multinational context introduces many new problems, challenges and opportunities. The second half of the unit the focuses on corporate financial management from the global and international perspective. Topics you will study include the measurement and management of currency and interest rate risks, taxation, regulatory and political risks, mergers and acquisitions, and the international capital investment, financing and dividend decisions.

International Money and Capital Markets

This unit covers international finance from the securities and markets perspective, and complements the unit on Multinational Corporate Financial Management. You will study the currency and Eurocurrency markets, the international equity, fixed income and derivatives markets, financial institutions, financial regulation, and the models used to price the financial securities trading in these markets. The topics in the International Money and Capital Markets unit are developed with a strong emphasis on their applications to multinational corporate financial management.

Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets

In this unit you will study the main derivatives securities and markets, options, forwards, futures and swaps. The emphasis is on the study of derivatives pricing models and how these are applied in speculation, hedging, arbitrage and price discovery in financial investments as well as in the measurement and management of financial risks. In finance some models work better than others. The pricing models and techniques developed in derivatives work so well that all professionals working in derivatives markets use these models and techniques all the time, every day. In this unit you will acquire a high degree of theoretical understanding and practical competence in using and applying these techniques.

Research Methods and Dissertation

This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. You will be assigned a Dissertation supervisor who will provide feedback, guidance and support on an individual basis.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, computer-based workshops, invited speakers and live case studies. Student participation is encouraged and classes are challenging but informal and friendly, which promotes discussion and debate. The course tutors are available to support your studies and you will also have a personal tutor to provide help and guidance for any problems that you might have.

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

Student Destinations

This course will provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial Finance Analyst
Bid Pricing Executive
Finance Internship
Graduate Econometrician
Hedge Fund Manager

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The MSc Financial Mathematics draws on tools from applied mathematics, computer science, statistics and economic theory to prepare you for roles in which you will combine in-depth knowledge of financial products and risk with sophisticated technical and programming skills. Read more
The MSc Financial Mathematics draws on tools from applied mathematics, computer science, statistics and economic theory to prepare you for roles in which you will combine in-depth knowledge of financial products and risk with sophisticated technical and programming skills.

You will acquire solid knowledge of probability theory and stochastic processes, numerical analysis and programming languages, asset pricing theory and risk analysis, with special emphasis on valuation and risk management.

Typical career paths of graduates from our MSc Financial Mathematics include research positions (in both financial and academic institutions), or roles involving the development, management and improvement of derivatives models using advanced programming languages, and model validation such as Equity/Equity Derivatives Quant, Quantitative Financial Engineer, or Quantitative Risk Analyst.

This programme is rigorous with respect to the mathematics but also places great emphasis on linking theory with real world developments. You will often be exposed to the teaching of real world practitioners from the City of London.

Cass's proximity to the City of London, and our close links to many of its institutions, will help you to access outstanding networking and career opportunities.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/financial-mathematics

Course detail

There are two Induction Weeks The Financial Mathematics course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

• an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.

• a reminder course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics and basic computing which forms a prerequisite of the core modules in term 1.

Attendance is mandatory.

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

• eight core courses (15 credits each)
and
• two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

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

Career opportunities

Many graduates from the MSc in Financial Mathematics progress to one of two fields:

• derivatives valuation and portfolio management within investment houses
• research departments within banks and consultancy firms

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Financial Mathematics class of 2014 are working are:

• Bank of China - Management Trainee
• Santander - Credit Fraud Analyst
• Renaissance Re - Analyst
• Deutsche Bank - Bookrunner

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city

Funding

For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

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This course is aimed at students with a strong interest in financial trading in integrated financial markets. It addresses the needs of students who are looking to pursue a career in global financial trading and related fields, such as financial analysis. Read more

OVERVIEW

This course is aimed at students with a strong interest in financial trading in integrated financial markets. It addresses the needs of students who are looking to pursue a career in global financial trading and related fields, such as financial analysis.

You will focus on trading and the behaviour of global financial markets through the use of an on-campus simulated Trading Floor, which provides practical exposure and hands-on experience in the art of trading. This course explores the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading and financial derivatives. In addition, you will gain career-ready business skills sought after by employers, including teamwork, communication, presentation and leadership skills.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

By successfully completing this course you will not only gain a master's qualification, but also be prepared for the Financial Information Associate Certificate, which is recognised by the world’s leading financial information companies. You will be taught by industry-trained academics and practitioners, including some who are chartered accountants, chartered financial analysts and financial risk managers. In addition, you will also have an opportunity to gain industry experience through field trips. Previous trips have included visits to New York, the Bank of England and London Stock Exchange.

MODULES

• Ethics and Quantitative Methods
• Understanding Financial Reporting and Analysis
• Trading Economics
• Global Financial Markets
• Valuation of Equity and Fixed Income
• Stochastic Finance
• Computational and Algorithmic Trading
• Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods
• Financial Derivatives Trading

Project options
• Internship
• Consulting Project
• Entrepreneurship Project
• Simulation
• Dissertation

START DATES

MSc Global Financial Trading has start dates in October 2017.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Coventry University London is delighted to have recently launched a number of scholarships to UK and International students. You can find out more about our Scholarships by viewing our website.

FUTURE PROSPECTS?

“I had a fantastic experience at Coventry University London, studying with passionate and dedicated teachers, and an employability team always available to offer advice and support to help secure jobs and internships.” - Agathe Silvagni, France, Data Analyst at Bloomberg

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Developed in response to market demand, this course examines complex financial issues from the point of view of the investor and the organisation. Read more
Developed in response to market demand, this course examines complex financial issues from the point of view of the investor and the organisation. It provides you with the essential skills to function as an effective manager, both within the financial sector and across a range of multinational organisations.

The course focuses on sector relevance, leadership and self-development. It is regularly refreshed to keep pace with advances in the financial management sector and it is benchmarked against syllabuses of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). Current study themes include investment and risk management, sustainable strategic decision making, corporate financial management and international financial markets, supported by a number of professional development modules to give you a competitive advantage.

Facilities include Newcastle Business School’s trading room which features Bloomberg Terminals that are used by top traders throughout the world providing you with access to the latest data, information and analytics to support your studies.

Learn From The Best

The academic team have extensive experience in both research and industry, with specialisms including investment, risk and derivatives, professional banking, credit analyst and consortium finance. We incorporate our finding into the syllabus to ensure you are up to date with current developments in a fast changing subject field.

When you join Newcastle Business School you will become part of a business school with a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management courses in the UK. We recently joined the top 1% of business schools worldwide by gaining double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – an international hallmark of excellence.

Teaching And Assessment

This flexible MSc takes an applied approach to learning. In addition to the six taught modules in investment, banking and finance, you will choose between a dissertation and a Masters’ Consultancy Project working on a business problem faced by a real organisation.

The course is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions. From the outset you will apply academic knowledge to real life business issues via tutorial-based activities, case discussion and group-work sessions. We also hold a number of guest lectures where you have the opportunity to engage with industry.

To complement the formal modules we focus on developing your key capability skills. This includes a residential weekend aimed at strengthening skills in self-reflection, independent learning and critical thinking.

You will be assessed through a combination of personal development planning, group and peer assessments, portfolios and reflective reports as well as traditional exams and essays.

Module Overview
MN0490 - Sustainable Strategic Decisions (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0491 - Corporate Financial Management (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0492 - International Financial Markets and Institutions (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0493 - Investments and Risk Management (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0477 - NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

From the postgraduate suite to seminar rooms, lecture theatres to social spaces, Newcastle Business School offers a fantastic learning environment.

As a finance student you will also have access to the cutting-edge trading room which features the Bloomberg Terminals that are used by top traders throughout the world. This hands-on experience gives you access to real-time data as well as historical financial news and information. We are one of only a handful of universities with this facility.

Technology is woven into the course via statistical software such as Excel, Bloomberg, E-views, SPSS, Matlab and Stata to increase your skill set and enhance the experiential learning elements of the course.

Research-Rich Learning

Newcastle Business School is a vibrant and research-rich school with research expertise in the areas of financial reporting, auditing and taxation, risk management, corporate governance, performance measurement and money laundering. The course draws heavily on the high-impact research of staff and modules are informed by their own findings as well as from the wider field of research.

Our strong history of applied research is closely linked to local industry as well as the public and voluntary sectors. This business relevant approach to teaching and learning has been developed to maximise your leadership, management and employability potential.

Give Your Career An Edge

To succeed in a global market requires more than academic knowledge and understanding. The personal development skills acquired in modules such as Developing Global Management Competencies will help you to stand out. This module includes a residential weekend to build your understanding of individual and group behaviour.

To further improve your practical skills you have opportunity to undertake a project in place of the dissertation. This involves working on behalf of an external organisation that is looking for answers to a current business problem or question. You will work in a small group participating in group and individual activities to identify solutions.

Your Future

As an increasing number of businesses look to a global marketplace, there is a growing need for financial experts with practical, legal and cultural understanding of international finance. Our graduates have moved into a range of careers in the financial sector and beyond, including:
-Analyst at a stock broker
-Investment and security departments of large commercial and investment banks
-Trainee manager within the treasury of an international company
-Recruitment consultant specialising in finance personnel
-University lecturer studying for a PhD

To complement your subject specific knowledge the course also enhances the employability and personal development skills that are valued a wide range of working environments:
-Team working
-Written and verbal communication
-Cultural and ethical awareness
-Well-developed leadership and management capability
-Research skills
-Critical analysis skills

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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
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

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

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