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Understanding modern financial economics, which includes asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations for pursuing careers at, for example, banks, capital funds and finance ministries. Read more
Understanding modern financial economics, which includes asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations for pursuing careers at, for example, banks, capital funds and finance ministries.
The spectacular growth of international capital markets is creating great opportunities. But, as the latest financial crisis has shown, this also entails major challenges for financial decision-makers and regulators of financial markets. The academic Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics is ideal for students who want to understand the workings of global financial markets, from asset pricing and risk management to monetary policy and financial regulation. It provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills set for careers in not just banks, investment funds, and financial exchanges, but also finance ministries or other governmental or non-governmental bodies of financial market oversight.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/fe

Why study Financial Economics at Radboud University?

- You will be part of a new generation of finance professionals, who not only understand traditional approaches in financial economics but who can also integrate modern behavioural and institutional aspects. This gives you a good understanding of the highly volatile behaviour of financial markets, including bubbles, crashes and crises.

- Besides offering a sound theoretical foundation, there is also plenty of attention for applying these concepts to real-world situations.

- You will be trained to think independently and critically about the way in which financial economics can be applied in your professional field and you will develop skills that will make a difference in the highly competitive global labour market.

- The specialisation pays special attention to global aspects of corporate finance, preparing students for an international career.

- Our lecturers are active in academic and applied research which allows them to incorporate the latest academic developments and applied issues. This will also enable you to actively participate in academic research in your Master’s programme.

- Professors and students interact in small groups, thus strengthening the academic atmosphere.

- Radboud University offers ‘Economics Plus’. Traditional economic models and business approaches are expanded with relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as psychology, teaching more in-depth knowledge that can be applied in today’s globalised world.

Ground breaking ideas

One of the most important aspects of this specialisation is to fully understand how financial markets work and what the possible implications are of measures taken to regulate them. How are asset prices of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial assets determined? How do markets deal with financial risk and how can we manage it? You are challenged to go further than simply understanding the concepts and to think creatively about ground breaking ideas of how to regulate constantly developing financial markets and new financial instruments. It’s about trying to get financial markets to work more efficiently, without exuberant bubbles and catastrophic crashes, and in support of a prospering world economy.

Career prospects

Employers are increasingly looking for a new generation of financial professionals, who understand more than the traditional concepts in financial economics and who can integrate this knowledge with institutional and behavioural insights to tackle a wide variety of problems. This Master’s specialisation will provide you with in-depth knowledge in asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations as well as behavioural finance. With this specialisation you will get the best possible understanding of how financial markets work and how to use your analytical skills to deal with today’s problems in financial markets.

Job positions

Our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to work for commercial banks, investment banks, and various types of stand-alone investment funds, as well as financial exchanges. Furthermore, careers in finance ministries or other governmental or non-governmental bodies of financial market oversight, such as central banks, the IMF and the World Bank, are also well within your reach. Due to our international approach, and by choosing the relevant electives, this Master’s can also prepare you for financial careers in multinational enterprises or large national companies.

Our approach to this field

The Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics primarily looks at financial markets, their behaviour, their regulation, and monetary policies. In this specialization we take a bird’s eye view and investigate global financial markets as a whole, for example, stock markets, commodity markets or derivative markets. But we also analyse the different classes of market participants, for example, banks, insurances, pension funds, activist investors and hedge funds. There are many topics that will be studied including bubbles and crashes in financial markets, exchange rate policies between countries and how they affect economic growth. But also measures that a government can take to minimise the risks that banks take, or financial innovations and how they can help to improve economic growth.

- Much more than traditional financial economics
We want to educate a new generation of finance professionals; ones who not only understand traditional financial economics, but can also work with modern institutional and behavioural insights. Financial markets are internationally integrated and often truly global. That is why at Radboud University, we also teach students how to be aware of the different institutional, cultural and psychological aspects in various financial markets. At Radboud University, we also know that psychological biases and emotions play a role in financial decisions. Therefore, a good understanding of financial economics includes knowledge about behavioural finance. Behavioural finance is a modern field in finance that uses psychology-based theories to explain financial decisions of individuals and how these can influence financial markets and create anomalies.

- Other specialisations of Economics
This specialisation looks at Finance from a market perspective and how financial markets can be regulated takes a broad view on markets. If you are more interested in Finance from a firm’s perspective and at its positioning within financial markets, we suggest you take a look at our Master's in Corporate Finance and Control. And for those wanting to know more about the trade relations between countries should take a look at our specialisation in International Economics and Business.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/fe

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The Advanced Master in Financial Markets offers a complementary education in finance and financial markets to the curricula of classic graduate programmes in finance or economics. Read more

Programme overview

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets offers a complementary education in finance and financial markets to the curricula of classic graduate programmes in finance or economics. It focuses on creating bridges between theory and practice, as well as on the policy and strategic aspects of the current financial context.

Programme objectives

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets is designed to give students a much deeper understanding of financial markets than the one offered by graduate or classic post-graduate courses.
It examines the connections between the different aspects of finance and the financial markets, as well as the connections between theory and practice of markets and between theory and policy making.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

• Understand the financial markets in a way that few students or even young professionals are able to
• Make robust assessments of theoretical and policy-related issues, thanks to the sharing of experience of senior practitioners and top-level academics teaching the courses
• Be more effective and more creative in your professional environment and
• Be a more accomplished performer in the financial sector able to progress faster to senior levels

Job opportunities

Graduates of this master can look forward to job opportunities with a faster advancement potential in a broad range of companies, including:

• Banks
• Investment banks
• Asset managers & global custodians
• Hedge funds and private equity firms
• Consulting firms
• Audit firms
• Regulatory agencies
• Universities and research agencies

To successfully grow in your professional life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School’s career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team will assist participants to realise their full potential. Through a range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.

Interested? Visit http://am.solvay.edu/financial-markets/

Application Deadline

July 31st 2017
Non-EU citizens shall check visa procedure and length before applying.

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This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles. Read more

Introduction

This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles.
This course provides knowledge in key areas involving three subjects: Computing, Economics, and Finance. Together they offer a unique combination of expertise required for a successful career in the financial sector. This MSc offers a choice of computing modules so that the student can adapt the course to their previous computing experience.
The course has a distinct international dimension as financial markets today are international in scope: trading in equities, bonds, derivatives and other securities occurs across borders and on a global scale. It emphasises the key characteristics of today's globalised financial world.
Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks.
You will also get prepared to find and secure a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme called ‘Lift-Off’. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre startegies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Mario Kolberg

Course objectives

The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that do not have any previous training in computing, economics or finance. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education, training and experience. Appropriate module choices facilitate adjusting the course of study according to a student’s preferences and prior expertise.
The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. On completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to embark on an IT career in the financial sector. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Semester 1 concentrates on fundamental techniques. Semester 2 integrates, develops and applies these skills.
Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger Winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration.

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Computing for Financial Markets, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including banks, insurance business, IT software organisations, and service enterprises.
Previous postgraduate students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the computing field in a considerable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major organisations such as HBOS, Prudential and RBS, with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Computing for Financial Markets have continued their studies towards a PhD.
Common job profiles of our graduates are:
- As a Systems Analyst, you will work on solving computer problems. This might involve adapting existing systems or using new technologies designing a new software solution In doing so, you will design software, write code, and test and fix software applications. You might also be involved in providing documentation for users. Typically you would work as part of a larger team.

- IT Consultants closely work with clients (often at the clients premises) and advise them on how to use computer technology and applications to best meet their business needs. You will work with clients to improve their efficiency of using computer systems. This may involve the adaptation/customisation of software applications, or the development of custom applications for the specific needs of the customer. As well as technical duties, you may be involved in project management.

- Applications Developers translate software requirements into programming code, and will usually specialise in a specific area, such as computer games or web technology. Often developers work as part of a larger team. You may be in charge of developing a certain component or part of a larger application.

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This innovative new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme, offered in conjunction with OSTC (On Screen Trading Connections), a leading global trading company that specialises in exchange traded products, will prepare you for a career in financial trading and is open to undergraduates of all disciplines. Read more
This innovative new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme, offered in conjunction with OSTC (On Screen Trading Connections), a leading global trading company that specialises in exchange traded products, will prepare you for a career in financial trading and is open to undergraduates of all disciplines.

The course combines a thorough grounding in business and finance theory with practical, real-world training and experience provided by OSTC.

OCTC has changed the traditional concept of locating proprietary traders in London and Chicago. OSTC delivers a professional environment for talented traders, providing an opportunity to actively participate in global financial markets. They currently have 16 offices in some of the world’s key cities and opened OSTC Wales in 2009.

Course Overview

The first phase of study is the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), which is campus-based and will prepare you for work in trading and financial markets. It is designed to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the sector in preparation for work experience. Upon successful completion of the PG Cert, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to apply to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip).

The PGDip primarily consists of a work placement with OSTC. Applicants will be required to undertake an interview with representatives of the university and OSTC. If successful, you will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth training on industryspecific simulators which will prepare you for work as a financial derivatives trader. Throughout this phase you will be required to keep a learning log of your training activities and to submit a written assignment reflecting on your practice at the end of the placement. You will also undertake in-house assessments, managed by OSTC and UWTSD.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you may have the opportunity to go directly into employment as a trader with OSTC, subject to their selection procedures. You will also have the opportunity to continue your study to Master’s Level by completing a 60-credit dissertation.

Modules

PG Cert:
-Global Financial Markets
-Financial Derivatives
-Behavioural Finance

PG Dip:
In-house training provided by OSTC using the latest state-of-the-art onscreen trading simulators.

Students that choose to progress to the MSc stage will be required to complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Key Features

This is a unique course which offers graduates of all disciplines the opportunity to gain a Master's qualification alongside practical, industry-focused experience. Whether you've previously studied geography or computer game design, maths or visual communication, if you are ambitious, hard-working and anayltical then you may have what it takes to succeed in the financial trading sector.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you may have the opportunity to go straight into employment with OSTC, allowing you to start work as a trader without having to re-locate to London.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme can expect to go into trading roles within the financial derivatives sector. Alternatively, the knowledge gained through the industry-specific trading would also enable graduates to work in other roles such as project management or administration, within the financial trading industry.

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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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Program description. Policymakers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty that have a direct impact on a country’s overall performance. Read more
Program description

Policymakers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty that have a direct impact on a country’s overall performance. A thorough understanding of the dynamics of the aggregate economy is necessary, but not entirely sufficient, for success. Private firms must also be knowledgeable of the many sources of aggregate risk and uncertainty, and the analytical tools available to study the aggregate economy can be of much help.

Students in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program will obtain relevant knowledge about the central issues in macroeconomic and financial economics analysis, as well as the key tools, data and models.

Many government institutions now use models and techniques developed recently and not yet taught in most undergraduate courses. Its use has also spread to the private sector, where investment banks and consulting firms increasingly utilize them. Some examples are DSGE models, VAR’s, and ARCH. Students will learn not only how to use these modeling and statistical techniques but also how they are actually applied by government agencies and private financial firms.

Most central banks and many other government agencies throughout the world are establishing groups that build their forecasts by means of these techniques. More generally, investment banks and consulting firms are interested in professionals who have gained a good understanding of the functioning of the aggregate economy and of financial markets, who have been well trained and who can competently conduct empirical work. International finance and development agencies such as the IMF, WB, BERD, BIS, etc. often look for profiles of this type.

A limited number of places will be available to practitioners who would like to enroll in specific courses.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Structure

The master program is a full-time nine-month program structured in three terms: Fall term (from September to December), Winter term (from January to March) and Spring term (from April to June). For more information, please download the academic calendar.

Students will be required to do an applied project during the second and third terms.

Students in this master are required to take the Math and Statistics Review course and the Computer Tools course offered in September. All students are required to pass the exams for these two courses. More information is available on the MPFM courses page.

Credits

The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by their Master Director.

Grades

The academic performance of each student is reviewed regularly. Attention is given to the maintenance of normal academic progress, through a combination of formal written examinations and coursework. Core courses will award grades. Some optional courses may be evaluated on a pass/fail or pass with honors/pass/fail basis.

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The programme is one year full-time or two years part-time. Two modules are taught in each of two semesters for full-time students and one module in each of four semesters for part-time students. Read more
The programme is one year full-time or two years part-time. Two modules are taught in each of two semesters for full-time students and one module in each of four semesters for part-time students. The dissertation will be researched and written during the summer period between semesters (June-September). The programme will consist of four taught modules and a dissertation. Two of the taught modules will be core and required: Current Issues and Research in International Law and the Regulation of Financial Markets. The other two modules will be options. One module will be chosen from a list of international law modules and another from a list of financial and economic law modules. Each module is rated at 30 credits. The dissertation is rated at 60 credits.

Career opportunities
Graduates with a specialisation in LLM International Law and Financial Markets will have a good background for work in the financial sector of the legal profession, in financial institutions, business, the public services and NGOs.

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'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name. International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Read more
'Money, Banking & Financial Markets' (former name: International Economics and Finance) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016.

About

The financial and international side of firm regulation and policy making:
This track will train you in two sub-disciplines: Finance as well as Economics. You will get the opportunity to combine practical financial management to economic analysis of the markets you invest in.

You will also learn:

•how international bodies function (e.g., the European Central Bank),
•why tax policies are designed the way they are,
•and what the consequences are for firms in Europe.

You will for example discuss problems in the Eurozone, International financial supervision, microfinance, bank-runs and systemic risk, and taxation of financial institutions.

The track is closely linked to the European Banking Center, a Tilburg based research network on banking and financial markets.

Career perspectives

This track is interesting for you if you aim for a career in banking (private but also central banks), in other private businesses that are regularly confronted with international policy making, or in (inter)national government.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:
•Finance Trainee at the ABN AMRO Bank
•Jr Investment Strategist at AEGON
•Trading Risk Analyst at ING Group
•Corporate Management Trainee at Rabobank Nederland
•Consultant at IBM
•Junior Business Analyst at Deloitte
•Research Analyst at PT Panca Global Securities, Tbk
•Corporate Transaction Support at the Bank of Ireland
•Trade Finance Officer at ICBC

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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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This course provides up-to-date coverage of the theory of financial markets and corporate finance, with a focus on practical application of knowledge. Read more

Summary

This course provides up-to-date coverage of the theory of financial markets and corporate finance, with a focus on practical application of knowledge. This MSc will develop your existing skills through advanced study in the areas of international finance markets and portfolio management with an emphasis on equity, bonds, derivatives markets, and how these markets may be applied to manage a portfolio of financial assets.

Modules

Corporate Finance 1 and 2; Financial Risk Management; Fixed Income Securities Analysis; Stock Market Analysis; Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange-traded Derivatives; Derivative Security Analysis; International Financial Policy; Quantitative Research in Finance.

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This programme of study is designed specifically for students wishing to embark on a career in the global world of banking and financial services. Read more
This programme of study is designed specifically for students wishing to embark on a career in the global world of banking and financial services. It is also ideal for bankers who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge and advance their careers. You will gain a competitive edge by acquiring an advanced and critical understanding of theoretical frameworks and applied aspects of banking, financial regulation, financial markets, bank management and corporate financial management.

Within this programme, continued emphasis is given to practical application of banking and finance knowledge and techniques. This will allow you to develop the ability to research issues, analyse and solve problems and operate effectively in the context of modern banking and finance environments.

Recognising that the banking industry and financial markets are highly globalised and dynamic, the programme has been developed so that it incorporates a study of different banking systems, international financial markets and emerging global trends and developments in banking in its core content. Our innovative option courses offer you a chance to explore, in-depth, cutting edge developments in areas such as risk management, financial trading techniques, portfolio management and project finance

The dissertation element will give you a unique chance to develop your research abilities and deepen your expertise in an area of banking and finance in which they have developed a specific interest during the course. Guest lectures are delivered by leading academics and senior executives from banks and other financial institutions to keep students attuned with the latest developments in this dynamic sector.

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 provide an intellectually demanding and flexible programme that examines the key theoretical underpinnings and applied elements of banking, financial markets and financial institutions and offer opportunities to engage with related areas of specialism

- To develop your understanding and appreciation of contemporary and defining issues faced by bankers and finance professionals through reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teaching which is enhanced by research and professional practice

- To enable you to become a competent practitioner in the field of banking and finance by equipping you with a blend of knowledge, technical skills, creativity and ethical values required to perform effectively in key management and strategic roles.

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

What you'll study

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

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)
Global Banking and Financial Regulation (30 credits)

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

Business and Corporate Banking (15 credits)
Islamic Banking and Finance (15 credits)
Risk Measurement and Modelling (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.

Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets and Risk (30 credits)
Global Banking and Financial Regulation (30 credits)
Business and Corporate Banking (15 credits)
Islamic Banking and Finance (15 credits)
Risk Measurement and Modelling (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.

Research Methods (15 credits)
Foundations of Scholarship (Dept ACC) (15 credits)
Principles of Finance (30 credits)
Financial Markets and Risk (30 credits)
Global Banking and Financial Regulation (30 credits)
Business and Corporate Banking (15 credits)
Islamic Banking and Finance (15 credits)
Risk Measurement and Modelling (15 credits)

Assessment

Students are assessed via examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Career options

Graduates have management opportunities in the banking and finance areas. In recent years employers of our students and graduates have included Barclays Financial Services, HSBC, Interamerican Bank, Merit Broker House, AXA, the National Bank of Greece, the Reserve Bank of Malawi, Vietcombank and the Bank of Africa Group.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/645375/International-Banking-and-Finance-MSc-PGDip-P10424.pdf

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

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The financial crisis and global recession have triggered a search for new perspectives in economics training that can deal with the challenges posed by highly interconnected and globalised financial and industrial organisations. Read more
The financial crisis and global recession have triggered a search for new perspectives in economics training that can deal with the challenges posed by highly interconnected and globalised financial and industrial organisations. Our course provides a revolutionary way to address the many issues raised in macroeconomics and financial regulation.

By using a multi-agent computational and simulation modelling approach to complement your work in statistics and econometrics, you investigate a wide array of economic phenomena that can also aid in policy design. You will be given laboratory based instruction to build a range of agent based models that include systemic risk analysis with financial networks and market micro-structure of stock markets.

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Labour economics

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

Our course has a strong policy orientation and operational content. It will appeal to those aiming to pursue careers in regulatory institutions, financial modelling, the civil service and real-world problem solving, or would also be an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to progress into further research.

Our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

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

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Designed to meet the high demand for qualified economists in the financial sector, our Economics and Finance MSc develops a solid foundation in economic and financial theory, and goes on to equip you with the analytical capabilities necessary to deal with complex problems. Read more

Course overview:

Designed to meet the high demand for qualified economists in the financial sector, our Economics and Finance MSc develops a solid foundation in economic and financial theory, and goes on to equip you with the analytical capabilities necessary to deal with complex problems.

You will develop a thorough grounding in quantitative methods and financial markets analysis. By the end of the course, you will be able to use advanced tools to analyse and appraise financial opportunities.

You will be taught by experienced professionals who combine industry know-how with academic rigour. Our members of staff are active in consultancy and maintain excellent professional contacts. This ensures that the course is continually updated to meet the changing nature of the financial markets.

Students learn a range of transferable skills, such as research skills, presentation skills, working in groups and dealing with conflict. These skills are much sought after in today's highly competitive job market.

Specialist options and a dissertation provide opportunities to tailor your studies to your individual interests and your chosen career path.

Course content:

Introductory modules:
- Economics and Business Finance in Context
- Corporate Finance
- Quantitative Techniques and Applications

Compulsory modules:
- Economics of Financial Markets
- Financial Market Practice
- Quantitative Techniques and Applications

Optional modules (choose two)
- Financial Regulation: Eeonomic principles and institutional frameworks
- Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
- Emerging Financial Markets
- Explorations in Economic Thought

For the third option, your choice is extended to include:
- Advanced Corporate Analysis
- Portfolio Modelling and Dealing
- Financial Derivatives: mathematical applications
- Financial Engineering of Derivative Structured Products
- International Portfolio Management
- Interest Rate and Currency Risk Management

Dissertation
In the final phase of the course, students are required to complete a dissertation relating to financial economics.The dissertation will be between 10,000 and 15,000 words long. It will address a financial markets problem which will require you to undertake research leading to implementable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgment. Alternatively, you may wish to carry out a more scholarly dissertation relating to a financial markets topic of personal interest. You will receive help from your appointed dissertation supervisor who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

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This programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. Read more
This programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. You will also grasp the complexities of contemporary economics and financial principals and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. The programme is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia more broadly for graduates who have a specialist knowledge and understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a practiced-based degree with the objective of preparing you for employment in the financial markets after graduation, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. IBSS has partnered with Thomson Reuters to offer students on this programme privileged access to the on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor and a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.

Distinctive features of the programme are:
Recognition by the CFA Institute
• Incorporates over 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)
• Accepted by the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme
• Provides solid grounding in the CBOK and knowledge for CFA exams

IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor
• Contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system
• Access to a world of data for study and research
• Includes data feeds from Datastream and Thomson 1
• Training by Thomson Reuter staff on the EIKON system
• Thomson Reuters EIKON training certificate

Modules

• Financial Analysis
• Quantitative Methods for Finance
• Financial Markets
• Introduction to Money and Banking
• Securities Operations Management
• Ethical and Professional Standards
• Advanced Corporate Finance
• Alternative Investment and Strategies
• Fixed Income and Derivative Instruments
• Portfolio Management
• Industry Research Project

What are my career prospects?

Investment is a critical part of the financial industry. As a result, graduates of this specialised area of study are in demand by banks, fund managers, regulators and many other participants in the financial markets. In Asia, investment management is still in the early industry stage of high growth and the demand in China and Asia in general for graduates from this programme is growing quickly.

Recognition by the CFA Institute

This programme has been designed to map to the CFA Program Candidate Body of KnowledgeTM (CBOK) and has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. In enrolling for this programme, you will be enrolled in CFA Level I exam for the following June and receive the CFA Institute Investment Series, published by Wiley.

Thomson Reuters Financial Lab

IBSS is unique in China with the IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, with 25 positions, contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. With this sophisticated terminal also comes the data feeds from both Datastream and Thomson 1, giving you access to a world of data for study and research purposes. On arrival, you will be trained to use EIKON by Thomson Reuters staff and those who successfully pass the exam at the end will get the Thomson Reuters EIKON certificate, a valuable addition to the CV of anyone that wants to enter into the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

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Our specialised MSc Financial Economics and Econometrics includes in-depth theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance. Read more
Our specialised MSc Financial Economics and Econometrics includes in-depth theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance.

Our course equips you with the right combination of skills for rigorous analysis to underpin high-level policy advice or decision making in the fast moving financial sector. You master mathematical techniques and statistical analysis, and acquire a deep knowledge of how financial markets work and how to analyse them.

You investigate topics including:
-The theoretical foundations of econometrics
-The analysis of financial market data
-The economics of financial markets

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
-Game theory and strategic interactions
-Theoretical and applied econometrics
-Labour economics

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575.

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us.

Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies:
-Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university
-Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Economics, you will be in demand from a wide range of employers. We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, and strong ties with the business/consultancy world, especially in London and other major financial centres.

Our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations.

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

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Economics of Financial Markets
-Estimation and Inference in Econometrics
-Time Series Econometrics
-Topics in Financial Economics
-Economic Development Theory (optional)
-Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
-Game Theory and Applications (optional)
-International Finance (optional)
-International Trade (optional)
-Macroeconomics (optional)
-Mathematical Methods (optional)
-Microeconomics (optional)
-Microeconometrics (optional)
-Monetary Economics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Political Economy (optional)
-Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
-Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
-Banking (optional)
-Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
-Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
-Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)

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