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This innovative programme builds on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. Read more
This innovative programme builds on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. The programme is taught by leading academics from the University of London and other European and North American universities.

This degree has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those who come from other disciplines such as business studies, international relations, finance and economics, and would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations particularly international financial markets and services and develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today's globalised financial markets. The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London - the world's leading international financial centre.

The programme offers courses that analyse corporate governance, financial regulation and international economics and financial law from a European and comparative perspective. Some of the main themes include the role of international economic organisations in globalised financial markets and the emerging legal and regulatory institutions that govern European financial markets. The United Kingdom's legal and regulatory regime is an important area of focus, including the various institutional models of regulation. Although the programme's core courses focus mainly on an academic analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory concepts and principles, there are optional courses offered by legal and regulatory practitioners that address the practical aspects of corporate governance and financial regulation.

Structure

Degree code: JTICG
Credit value: 180

Core modules:

International Corporate Governance and Transnational Corporations
International Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation
Bank Corporate Governance
Foreign Investment Law and Policy
The Law of International Trade and Finance
Money Laundering and Financial Regulation
Plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Students take six courses and the dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment of students is by coursework, namely by two written essays of 3,500 words each for each of the courses of the LLM. For the two modules students are assessed by one essay of 5,000 words. The pass mark for all examinations and the dissertation will be fifty per cent (50%), the Merit Award will be between 65 and 69% and the mark for Distinction will be seventy per cent (70%), as required by Regulation 10.25 of the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees.

Mode of study

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Part-time students take three modules (including one core module) in their first year and three modules and the dissertation in their second year.

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This course addresses the main international financial regulation and supervision issues, including the delimitation of competences between the EU and the member states. Read more
This course addresses the main international financial regulation and supervision issues, including the delimitation of competences between the EU and the member states.

This course covers substantial law issues: an overview of the regulatory framework applicable to all three sectors of finance with a specific emphasis on banking and securities and an overview of their contemplated changes as a result of the financial crisis. The overarching aim of the LLM in Financial Regulation is to provide a course which affords a conceptual framework for the study of financial law.

This LLM course is provided in conjunction with Henley Business School, providing a unique opportunity to acquire a combined perspective of financial and corporate law issues.

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Modules include:
-Legal Aspects of International Financial Regulation
-Financial Markets
-International Finance and Investment Law: Doing the Deals

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

EMPLOYABILITY

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our courses have gone on to work in various capacities, in major national and international law firms, as in-house lawyers, in international organizations in UK and abroad. While many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers.

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This LLM will enrich your understanding of the interaction between the process of globalisation and general principles of corporate governance and financial regulation. Read more
This LLM will enrich your understanding of the interaction between the process of globalisation and general principles of corporate governance and financial regulation. It gives in-depth coverage of key issues in this field, including compliance and practical skills on negotiating, drafting and structuring transactions.

You’ll explore issues of corporate regulation and compliance, ensuring that you understand the economic and social contexts in which they operate. The core module provides you with a theoretical framework to understand corporate governance concerns and strategies, as well as approaches to regulation. You’ll then choose five optional modules from an extensive selection of law modules and approved non-law modules.

Many of our students are sponsored by their employer or relevant ministries. Others move into corporate practice, making use of the specialist knowledge they have developed at Warwick.

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OverviewAims. Effective risk management is increasingly becoming recognised as a necessary condition for successful organisational performance. Read more
OverviewAims

Effective risk management is increasingly becoming recognised as a necessary condition for successful organisational performance. Consequently, the development of more systematic approaches to risk management is now a major concern across all financial institutions and financial markets. The purpose of the MSc Risk Management is to prepare students to function in a sophisticated financial trading environment and in particular to equip students with the skills required for effective asset and risk management. The programme ensures that students will graduate with the cutting-edge risk management tools and strategies utilised by leading financial firms.

Special Features

The course is aimed at those with highly numerate backgrounds. Modules will be taught and examined over two semesters from October to January and again from February to May.

Following successful completion of the taught elements of the programme, and in order to be eligible for the award of MSc Risk Management and Financial Valuation, students will be required to choose one of the following options:-

Submission of a dissertation, or
Completion of a four-month internship with submission of a work-based research project.
The aim of the dissertation is to provide students with the skills needed for the advanced analysis of relevant datasets, to allow them to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant literature and to derive and test hypotheses and to draw appropriate conclusions.

For students who have successfully completed all taught modules of the programme, normally with an average mark of 60% or more, the University will endeavour to provide an opportunity to undertake a salaried four-month internship in a risk management environment.

The purpose of the internship is for the student to undertake a work-based research project on an aspect of risk management pertinent to the organisation in which the student is undertaking the internship. While undertaking this project, the student will be allocated a mentor from the company and a tutor from the university. The role of the mentor and tutor is to help with the identification of the risk management project, the overall approach adopted and the scope of the project. On completion, the project is submitted to the University as the final element in the MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation.

It is expected that both the dissertation and the work-based research project should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

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About the course. -Develop commercial law knowledge combined with expertise in issues related to banking law and financial markets regulation. Read more
About the course:
-Develop commercial law knowledge combined with expertise in issues related to banking law and financial markets regulation
-Gain advanced knowledge of the regulatory and legal framework governing financial markets and financial intermediaries
-Modules offered from the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) Centre
-Potential to move into specialised careers in the banking and financial sectors

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Advanced issues in international commercial law
-Legal aspects of financial regulation
-International banking and finance law
-Financial markets
-Risk management in financial services

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

EMPLOYABILITY

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs.

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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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This course is ideal if you are graduate wanting to develop a career in banking and insurance, financial consulting and regulation, and supervision and compliance. Read more
This course is ideal if you are graduate wanting to develop a career in banking and insurance, financial consulting and regulation, and supervision and compliance. It gives you a broad foundation for career advancement and prepares you for further study with key professional bodies. We aim this course at:
-Recent graduates in business, management, accounting law, economics, finance, and the natural sciences, wishing to differentiate themselves in the job market.
-Those already employed in the field who wish to strengthen their career prospects.
-Those who wish to follow a career in research and education.
-Those employed or seeking a career in financial regulation, supervision and compliance.
-Those employed or seeking a career in financial journalism.

The immediate value of this course to present or potential employers is its relevance in the job market. Designed with input from financial institutions, a distinctive feature of the course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in banking and financial markets. You study these developments alongside financial practice and theory based on current research.

This course is linked with the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). During the course you study the ACT International Treasury Management certificate as part of the international treasury management module. The Certificate in International Treasury Management (CertITM) provides a fundamental understanding of the core elements of treasury and financial risk management. It combines the technical and practical skills necessary for professionals working in international finance. If you successfully complete the CertITM and this course you are eligible for direct entry onto the MCT advanced diploma, subject to work experience.

You can find careers in retail or corporate banking, fund management, financial markets and financial regulation and compliance.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-banking-and-finance

Professional recognition

If you hold the Sheffield Hallam MSc in Banking and Finance, you are eligible for direct entry to the MCT programme with the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Course structure

Full time. September start – typically 12 months. January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months.

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Finance
-Methods of enquiry
-Banking and financial markets
-Financial risk management

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma
-International treasury management.
-Risk management in banking.
-Financial regulation and supervision

Options (one from)
-Corporate finance
-Islamic banking
-Fund management
-Consultancy project 1
-Global business strategy

Semester Three – MSc
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: coursework, examinations, dissertation.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English. If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees.

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The Global Banking and Finance MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems, the impact of global and domestic financial crises and covers issues of regulation and control by international monetary authorities. Read more
The Global Banking and Finance MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems, the impact of global and domestic financial crises and covers issues of regulation and control by international monetary authorities.

You will study corporate finance, legal and regulatory environments, national and international standards, financial theory and enhance your knowledge of alternative types of banking and contemporary issues in the field such as systemic failures and sector problems.

The course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in financial regulation, banking, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.

Most students will take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive In-Company Project module, although the option of a traditional dissertation is available.

There are also ways for you to tailor your university experience to your interests. You will have opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal experience and choose a language study option.

•Personal leadership mentoring from leading industry figures
•World-leading academics
•Unique learning environment headquartered in the Great Hall of Leicester Castle
•Regular delivery from leading business figures
•Networking and peer support as a result of being part of a small, exceptionally talented tutor group
•Portfolio developed in partnership with business
•Mentoring and one-to-one academic support from leading academics, at the forefront of their fields
•Excellent contact hours
•Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness, including optional language study

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and an examination when appropriate.
Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Course modules

• Research Methods
• International Financial Markets
• Corporate Finance
• Banking Theory and Practice
• Econometrics
• Finance Theory
• International Banking and Financial Regulation
• Financial Derivatives or Global Risk and Insurance Theory
• Dissertation or Executive In-Company Project

Graduate Careers

A degree in Global Banking and Finance will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.
You may choose to pursue a career in areas such as financial regulation, banking, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.
You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops and can advise you on your options.

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This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre. Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Read more
This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre.

Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Changes in customer requirements, technology, competitive conditions and regulation create the need for managers, traders and analysts to make rapid and often far-reaching decisions about their short term operations and long term strategies. The MSc and MA in Banking and Finance degree courses at Bangor offer you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to financial services, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in this vitally important and dynamic sector of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MA/MSc Banking and Finance degree programme include:

Why are the banking systems in different countries (such as the UK, Germany, Japan and the US) so diverse?
What determines the structure, performance and efficiency of banking and financial markets?
Why do banks and financial intermediaries exist?
What are the main theories of the banking firm?
How relevant are financial intermediaries in a world of increasing securitization and with the evolution of virtual banking?
How do banks optimally allocate capital?
Does bank regulation increase or decrease risks?
How do we measure the risks undertaken by banks?
Can regulators reduce the likelihood of systemic (system-wide) risk?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?
Can market risk be priced accurately? Can credit risk be priced accurately?
How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?
How can we assess the investment performance of pension funds, insurance companies and unit trusts?
How do banks use futures, options, derivatives and swaps to manage their balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
How do banks manage their business so as to maintain customer relationships, improve operational efficiency and add shareholder value?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Banking and Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to banking, finance and capital markets. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of financial techniques in a real-world setting.

The availability of parallel MSc and MA degrees in Banking and Finance allows you to choose between registering for a more technical MSc degree (including a compulsory element in Financial Econometrics), and a less technical MA degree (for which Financial Econometrics is optional). The MSc degree may be more suitable for applicants with some previous background in mathematics, statistics or econometrics, while the MA degree is more suitable for applicants who prefer to adopt a predominantly non-quantitative approach to their studies. However, both degrees include a compulsory module in Research Methods, which includes coverage of both quantitative and non-quantitative research techniques.

ESRC Recognition

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

Course Structure

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

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

Compulsory modules

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

Bank Financial Management: This module provides a grounding in the nature, strategic context and managerial functions of financial management in banks, and other financial services firms.

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

International Banking: This module examines the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

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

Optional modules

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

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

Islamic Banking: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business.

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The ever-changing nature of financial markets, financial institutions and business firms, has made it increasingly important for finance experts including… Read more
The ever-changing nature of financial markets, financial institutions and business firms, has made it increasingly important for finance experts including financial managers in multinational companies, investment analysts in securities firms, lending officers in banks and other financial institutions and traders in capital markets and dealing rooms - to have a clear understanding of the theory and practice relating to financial market operations and corporate financial strategy. Familiarity with the most recent developments in risk appraisal, portfolio analysis, the engineering of synthetic products, modelling techniques, financial analysis and valuation are essential requirements for all those involved directly in financial activities or who wish to gain a deeper understanding of this important area of business management.

The MSc and MA Finance programmes at Bangor offer you a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to financial markets and the financial management of business firms.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MSc or MA Finance degree programme include:

What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?
Can market risk be priced accurately?
Can credit risk be priced accurately?
Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of international investment projects?
How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?
How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?
How can we assess the investment performance of pension funds, insurance companies and unit trusts?
How are futures, options, derivatives and swaps used to manage balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
How can spreadsheets be used to develop financial models, and what techniques are required to obtain computational solutions to finance problems?
What are the main features of financial engineering, and how can one asset be transformed into another?
What are the design features of synthetic assets, and how do they help us to develop strategies for hedging risks?
How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to corporate finance and the capital markets. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of financial techniques in a real-world setting.

The availability of parallel MSc and MA degrees in Finance allows you to choose between registering for a more technical MSc degree (including a compulsory element in Financial Econometrics), and a less technical MA degree (for which Financial Econometrics is optional). The MSc degree may be more suitable for applicants with some previous background in mathematics, statistics or econometrics, while the MA degree is more suitable for applicants who prefer to adopt a predominantly non-quantitative approach to their studies. However, both degrees include a compulsory module in Research Methods, which includes coverage of both quantitative and non-quantitative research techniques. Provided you are registered for the correct modules for your chosen degree, it is normally possible to transfer between the MSc and MA degrees during the first few weeks following your initial registration.
ESRC Recognition

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

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

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

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods

International Financial Markets

Corporate Risk Management

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management

International Financial Management

Optional modules (choose 2):

Financial Modelling

Islamic Finance

Accounting Theory

Advanced Financial Reporting and Regulation

Financial Institutions Strategic Management

Financial Analysis

Islamic Banking

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This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre.

Changes in the business environment create the need for individuals wishing to pursue a senior management role to be aware of contemporary accounting and finance developments.

Understanding these theoretical and practical issues is critical for managers who often have to make rapid and far-reaching decisions about the short term financial operations and long term strategies of firms.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance offers you a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to accounting and finance.

The aim of the programme is to provide graduates and other individuals that have practical accounting and financial training with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a senior level professional career in accounting, financial services or related sectors of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MSc Accounting and Finance degree programme include:

How are the financial accounts of companies formulated, and how do they differ across jurisdictions?
What agency issues are important in the creation of company accounts?
How does accounting theory inform financial and management accounting practice?
How does regulation impact on the performance of firms, and how do accounting practices highlight profit and/or loss realisation?
What empirical techniques can be used to evaluate company performance?
In what ways have financial accounting requirements and auditing been influenced by recent company failures?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?
Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of international investment projects?
How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?
How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?
How are futures, options, derivatives and swaps used to manage balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc Accounting and Finance programme at Bangor is designed to develop participants’ existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to accounting and finance. The programme provides a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of accounting and financial techniques in a real-world setting.
Course Structure

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

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

Compulsory modules:

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

Accounting Theory: This module critically evaluates a widespread and widely based set of theories that underpin any explanation of accounting behaviour and accounting regulatory output.

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

Advanced Financial Reporting and Regulation: This module provides an advanced treatment of the main theoretical principles underlying financial reporting, and the practical implications of alternative regulatory regimes.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

Management Accounting: This module provides an understanding of the uses of financial data in measuring and evaluating business performance, and in setting the strategic aims of the organisation.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Islamic Accounting and Financial Reporting: This module develops a critical awareness of theoretical and practical approaches to Islamic accounting and financial reporting. Islamic accounting standards are compared with IFRS, and the content and impact of academic research in this area is examined.

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Financial Econometrics: This module provides advanced coverage of econometric methods and practices that are used to model financial and business data. You will develop the independent capability to design, estimate and evaluate appropriate econometric models using econometric software.

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

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

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The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. Read more
The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

The course will be of particular interest to:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

Course Structure

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

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

Compulsory modules:

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

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

Global Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial markets and instruments in a global context, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds and equities, which are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes. The module builds on the foundations provided in ‘Global Financial Markets’. Emphasis is placed on strategic and tactical asset allocation, and on the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

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

Optional modules (choose 3):

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

Marketing Financial Services+ : This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

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

Financial Modelling: This module develops a combined theoretical and practical approach to mathematical modelling for specialists in finance. The module emphasises numerical methods and other analytic approaches to financial modelling.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

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

Islamic Banking*: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business. The first part of the course outlines the theoretical foundations and development of Islamic banking practices. In particular, the main characteristics of various types of Islamic banking products are discussed. The second part of the course examines the operational features of Islamic banks, focusing on their performance and how they compete with conventional interest-based banks. The final part of the course outlines contemporary challenges to Islamic banking business.

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A stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who work in financial services law, regulation and compliance, or who wish to embark on a career in that industry. Read more
A stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who work in financial services law, regulation and compliance, or who wish to embark on a career in that industry. Modules are written by expert staff with extensive experience, often obtained in professional practice. Teaching on this distance learning course is delivered by Informa through a combination of bespoke module handbooks and the integrated use of interactive and communicative media and information technology.

More about this course

Following the banking crisis there has been increased need for those involved in the financial services sector to study and understand the regulation of financial services. This course is specifically designed to provide a focussed, practical and industry led response to that need. The modules have been designed to be totally relevant to professionals who work in, or wish to embark on, careers within the financial services Industry. The distance learning nature of the course means that it can be accessed conveniently by busy professionals, providing full support to enable you to pursue the course to completion.

The course is a taught by self-study of a comprehensive bespoke module manual and you are encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. In addition each module has an initial lecture podcast with further podcasts and some interactive classes where you are given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving. You're supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases as well as the virtual learning environment containing handbooks, lecture notes, weblinks, discussion groups, study skills materials and assessment criteria. You have regular access to module tutors by email to support your studies.

The development of skills for the workplace is also integral to the course. Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to encourage you to develop and reflect upon key workplace skills, to prepare you for a professional career.

This course is delivered by London Metropolitan University in partnership with Informa UK.

The range of assessment methods to be employed on this course reflects the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They include essays and problem question coursework and multiple-choice tests.

The first four core modules will be assessed together. The content of the remaining four core modules will similarly be assessed together. Each of the option modules will be assessed individually.

For more information on the PGDip portion of this course, view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/financial-services-law-regulation-and-compliance---pg-dip/

Modular structure

Students who have passed the postgraduate diploma are entitled to enrol for a top-up LLM. This involves writing a research proposal (formative only); and writing a dissertation (maximum 15,000 words) on a relevant topic of their own choice.

After the course

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the financial services Industry. It would also assist anyone working in such professions as politics, government, business, work with the law commission, insurance, banking, civil service, local authorities, journalism and media.

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The course is designed to give you a thorough background in the latest advances in theoretical and mathematical financial economics. Read more
The course is designed to give you a thorough background in the latest advances in theoretical and mathematical financial economics.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to undertake rigorous training in financial economics and mathematics, either immediately after completion of an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional.

You have the option of studying full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of two.

Objectives

The aim of this course is to develop your critical and analytical abilities in mathematics and economics and to prepare you academically for a career as a financial economist or quantitative analyst.

The dissertation track also serves as a stepping stone to an Economics or Finance PhD.

Teaching and learning

The Financial Economics MSc course is delivered through a flexible combination of lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions. Lectures introduce you to the key theories, concepts and economic models. In seminars you have the opportunity to solve applied problems, analyse case studies and make presentations of research published in leading academic journals.

The computer labs provide you with practical experience of using computer software to perform calculations and conduct realistic simulations. In addition, econometric methods are taught in lab sessions, so you have the opportunity to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.

When appropriate, "practitioner slots" - such as research seminars conducted by external financial experts, presentations by invited academics etc. - will be incorporated into module delivery.

We also offer pre-sessional induction courses on economic analysis for students who need to build up their background in the fundamental aspects of financial economics.

Teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review. Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

Part-time students complete there modules over the course of four terms from September to June before undertaking their dissertation or literature review.

Assessment

Assessments are a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module).

Modules

You will take two 30 credit taught modules, four 15 credit taught modules and will accrue 60 extra credits through one of the following routes:
-Literature survey: two extra elective taught modules of 15 credits each and a literature survey (Economics Literature Survey) worth 30 credits
-Dissertation: a 60 credit dissertation (Economics Research Project).

Note: It is not possible to give exact hours per week because these can vary from one term to the other depending on which electives the students choose.

Dissertation route modules
Core modules:
-Financial Markets (30 credits)
-Econometrics (30 credits)
-Economics Research project (60 credits)

Literature survey route modules
Core modules:
-Financial Markets (30 credits)
-Quantitative Methods (30 credits)
-Economics Literature Survey (30 credits)

Elective modules:
-Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits)
-The Economics of Micro-Finance (15 credits)
-Economics and Business Strategy (15 credits)

Electives
On the dissertation route you will choose two modules from group one and one module from group two. On the literature survey route you will choose two modules from group one, two modules from group two and two further electives from either group or from the route specific electives.
Group one
-Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
-Asset Pricing (15 credits)
-Corporate Finance (15 credits)

Group two
-Quantitative Finance with Matlab (15 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
-Corporate |nvestment under Uncertainty (15 credits)

Career prospects

On completing the Masters in Financial Economics course you will have a range of employment possibilities, to some extent determined by the electives you choose.

For example, you may work in the financial industry as a consultant, banker, quantitative analyst, or in the health industry as a financial analyst, or in any industry that requires a financial or industry analyst.

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This programme will provide you with an understanding of management and regulation of financial markets, various models of pricing financial assets such as stocks, bonds and elective contracts and the underlying assumptions of such models. Read more
This programme will provide you with an understanding of management and regulation of financial markets, various models of pricing financial assets such as stocks, bonds and elective contracts and the underlying assumptions of such models.

Why this programme

-The programme will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the economic, financial and legal environment in which providers of financial services operate.
-You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley and the former Management Editor of the Economist.
-The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
-Corporate finance and investment
-Financial services
-International finance and money
-Modern theory of banking and finance

Sample optional courses
-Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
-Basic econometrics
-Financial analysis and equity valuation
-Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
-International banking and financial markets
-International capital markets
-International financial management
-International trade
-Monetary policy and the role of central banks
-Portfolio analysis and investment
-The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation

Career prospects

You should find employment with financial institutions including banks, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, government bodies involved in financial-decision making as well as firms involved with financial transactions and provision. Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations like Bloomberg, central and private banks, and consulting firms. This programme offers a strong foundation to continue to PhD research.

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