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This is for you if. you want to know more about the use of cutting edge techniques in quantitative financial and economic analysis.. Read more

This is for you if... you want to know more about the use of cutting edge techniques in quantitative financial and economic analysis.

This course is for students who want to know more about the use of cutting edge techniques in quantitative financial and economic analysis. This course is aimed at students wanting to pursue employment in forecasting, finance, economic analysis and other related fields. You will develop a high level of data and analytical skills.

This programme will provide you with a unique skill set in data analytics and economic analysis, making you particularly suited to employers who require a high level of numeracy and analytical skills.

Semester 1

Core modules:

  • Mathematical preparation
  • Forecasting 1
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Econometric theory

Option modules:

Choose one option module from:

  • Theory of Finance 
  • Development Economics 
  • Managerial Economics

Semester 2

Core modules:

  • Research Method 
  • Forecasting 2
  • Applied Macro-econometrics 

Option modules:

Choose two option modules from:

  • International Money and Finance 
  • Macroeconomic Theory 2
  • Applied Micro-econometrics
  • Financial Risk Management

Semester 3

Core module:

  • Research Methods

Plus your dissertation 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

  • The Leicester MSc provides rigorous training, recognised as an international standard.
  • You can customise your degree with a focus is macro-economics, quantitative methods or finance.
  • You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills through a summer dissertation.
  • You will learn from top academics in the field of forecasting and quantitative research.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars and computer labs. Research methods will be taught through a series of lectures and one-to-one supervision with your dissertation supervisor. Core modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and traditional exams.

You will take modules between September and the end of December, and between January and May.

Between April and August you will focus on your dissertation. You dissertation allows us to assess your skills in research and application of taught methods, as well as skills in academic writing and communication.

Careers and employability

This programme will provide you with a unique skill set in data analytics and economic analysis, making you particularly suited to employers who require a high level of numeracy and analytical skills. Graduates of this course may find employment in areas such as consulting companies, government, NGOs and in large corporations.  

In addition, you will develop skills that have a broad employment focus, including problem solving, presentations, and analytical writing. You will be positioned to pursue employment across a wide range of sectors in management and analytics.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.



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This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools. Read more
This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools.

Why this programme

◾You will develop the skills required to manage portfolios to optimise clients' objectives, exploit available information to forecast future behaviour of stocks, interest and exchange rates, and provide analysis of financial investment.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley.
◾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.

Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾Behavioural economics: theory and applications
◾C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Hedge fund risk management
◾International finance and money
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Mathematical finance.

Career prospects

Career paths will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, asset management firms, governmental bodies and banks. Recent graduates have gone on to work in organisations such as Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and various investment firms and banks.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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Developed to meet the demand for data science professionals, our postgraduate Data Analytics course enables you to effectively structure, analyse and gain insight from a wide range of complex data across different industries. Read more

Developed to meet the demand for data science professionals, our postgraduate Data Analytics course enables you to effectively structure, analyse and gain insight from a wide range of complex data across different industries.

Designed in close consultation with industry partners including the NHS Business Services Authority, Teradata, BT, SAS, the Pensions Regulator and local Brighton companies, your learning is informed by current business developments through case studies looking at real-world data sets, research questions and scenarios. You have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with our industry partners, and can also use your own data, project ideas and industry links.

Guest lecturers will share their knowledge and expertise with you, such as Tom Khabaza who is a founding chairman of the Society of Data Miners, author of 9 Laws of Data Mining and was involved in designing the course.

You will develop a skill set in specialist data analytics and associated software, quantitative methods and techniques, and business intelligence. Our staff are experts in their field and you have the chance to develop your knowledge in specialist areas where we have ongoing research and expertise, such as sequential forecasting, natural language processing and image processing.

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional wanting to gain data analysis skills, this course is available on a full or part-time basis to help you manage your studies around other commitments. 

Course structure

The course covers three main areas:

  • data management – structuring and manipulating data for analysis purposes
  • data interpretation – statistical analysis using advanced features of industry-standard software such as SAS, SPSS and R
  • project management – the business-specific and strategic aspects of analytics.

You will learn how to assess project viability, propose sound business cases and strategies for analysis, perform and oversee analysis and manage large data projects successfully as well as developing your critical appraisal and presenting techniques. 

Based at our Moulsecoomb campus, you will have access to computer and research labs equipped with specialist, sophisticated software including SAS, SPSS Statistics and SPSS Modeller. Affordable student licences for home use are also available. 

With a flexible timetable to suit full-time or part-time students and commuters, and lecturers available to support you in your module choices, there are different study routes available to you.

Syllabus

You will study five core modules. One of these involves a major project, potentially in collaboration with industry. You will also choose option modules, subject to availability, allowing you to focus on particular areas of interest.

Core modules

  • Data Management – provides an understanding of contemporary database management systems. Explores a methodology for database design and development, and develops skills in searching, reporting and analysing the data. Topics covered include database implementation and administration, data modelling and business intelligence.
  • Programming for Analytics – provides competencies in computer programming and algorithm design with emphasis on statistical programming and data analysis. The module covers both general issues of algorithm design and data structures and implementation issues in R and SAS.
  • Data Visualisation and Analysis – covers principles of data visualisation and specialised tools for data visualisation and analysis such as SAS Visual Analytics and Qlikview. The module also explores the mathematical and statistical theory behind data analysis.
  • Business Analytics Strategy and Practice – develops analytics-specific project planning concepts within this context, enabling students to design and manage analytics projects and present the business case to senior management.
  • Industry project – substantial, independent project undertaken with the supervision of a member of the teaching team. Projects are normally industry-based using real data sets.

Option modules*

  • Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Modelling – design statistical experiments, analyse multivariate data and apply classical and modern statistical modelling techniques. Enhances skills in the use of specialist software such as R, SPSS or SAS.
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Data – find useful and relevant patterns, trends and anomalies in data sets, and summarise them in a form which may be used to support enterprise decisions – one of the great challenges of the information age. Emphasis is on the big, real-world picture rather than inside-the-box systems design engineering details. 
  • Stochastic Methods and Forecasting – an understanding of stochastic models and their applications in a business context. The module also covers forecasting methods with the emphasis on selecting the best forecasting method for a business problem and correct application of that method.
  • Risk Analysis and Retail Finance – introduction to the statistical methods used to estimate risk and reward in retail credit. The focus is on retail finance especially the provision of credit and lending services.
  • Medical Statistics – introduction to the methods originally designed for clinical trials and now being used in other contexts including sociology and marketing research. Topics include assessment of risk factors, comparing treatments and assessing survival data.

*Option modules are indicative and may change, depending on timetabling and staff availability.  

Employability

A wide variety of organisations draw upon data analytics specialists to help produce valuable information for decision-making, for example commodity price forecasting, customer intelligence, clinical trials, R&D and many other areas utilising large amounts of data.

Graduates are able to choose from a range of private, governmental and academic roles, depending on their personal interests. Some of our full-time students find a full-time job and switch to part-time study in the middle of the course.

Graduate destinations include:

  • government bodies such as the Pensions Regulator and local councils
  • transnational corporations such as Capgemini
  • local companies such as iCrossing.


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This programme offers training in the core areas of finance. It draws on recent developments in each of the subject areas with a quantitative approach to understanding the structure of financial markets and forecasting their expected movements. Read more
This programme offers training in the core areas of finance. It draws on recent developments in each of the subject areas with a quantitative approach to understanding the structure of financial markets and forecasting their expected movements.

Why this programme

-◾This programme will develop both your understanding of theory in lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs, allowing you to develop real-life skills, such as pricing financial derivatives and forecasting exchange rates.
◾The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10% worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
◾The 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
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial derivatives
◾Mathematical finance
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾C++ in finance
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite for Advanced portfolio analysis).

Career prospects

In addition to providing a strong foundation for PhD research, particularly for our PhD in Quantitative Finance, this programme will prepare you for a career in financial institutions, government organisations and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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The Postgraduate course in Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies is predominantly theoretical, analytical and research based, allowing individuals from related disciplines who do not necessarily have appropriate practical skills, to study at postgraduate level within the fashion environment. Read more
The Postgraduate course in Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies is predominantly theoretical, analytical and research based, allowing individuals from related disciplines who do not necessarily have appropriate practical skills, to study at postgraduate level within the fashion environment.

Individual projects will address a range of student led interests, supported by theoretical underpinning. Case Studies will inform the background issues emerging in the industry, whilst also exemplifying key directions for future markets. Trend forecasting and application, brand management, consumer demographics and industry analysis all underpin and facilitate the development of campaign planning and management.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and industry liaison, and assessment is continuous. Students are expected to contextualize their work within a current framework, and develop evaluative skills in order to articulate their point of view, discussing and debating them in a peer group, consequently preparing them for a wide range of careers, including brand management, trend forecasting and brand consultancy.

OPPORTUNITIES

Study trips are an essential part of research activity that brings design to life. Throughout the programme, students are introduced to contemporary influences with international city trips and study visits to exhibitions and museums - Manchester, London, Berlin and New York have been regular trips in recent years (students will be required to pay for overseas trips/visits and these are, therefore, optional).

The opportunity for a structured work experience will be provided for every student who requests it. This is a major commitment by the University to help our graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

A course module that will help you plan your career is available as a free choice module (called an elective), which you can study as part of your degree programme.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and industry liaison, and assessment is continuous. Students are expected to contextualize their work within a current framework, and develop evaluative skills in order to articulate their point of view, discussing and debating them in a peer group, consequently preparing them for a wide range of careers, including brand management, trend forecasting and brand consultancy.

The course aims to develop students’ intellectual and imaginative power through a programme of study that is formed from cohesion between theory and practice. It provides graduates with a stimulating environment in which ideas can be exchanged and supported through factual creative research, developed and contextualised. We challenge our students to take a critical position in relation to existing theories and encourage new connections within the field of fashion that challenge traditional design boundaries.

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This one-year interdisciplinary MSc programme delivered by the Management School and the Faculty of Science and Technology is designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the problems and issues in the financial sector, and enables you to develop advanced analytical, problem-solving and technical skills. Read more

This one-year interdisciplinary MSc programme delivered by the Management School and the Faculty of Science and Technology is designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the problems and issues in the financial sector, and enables you to develop advanced analytical, problem-solving and technical skills.

The programme gives you access to expertise and facilities in different but related areas, and offers a wide range of potential topics for your summer dissertation. Optional modules also allow you to develop particular specialisms.

You will acquire skills in data and financial analysis, forecasting, optimisation, and computer programming. You’ll also become proficient in various statistical and econometrics packages.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Learning Design

There is considerable variety in the teaching methods used on the MSc in Quantitative Finance. These include lectures and discussion sessions, groupwork, case studies, presentations and workshops on the use of statistical packages.

The style of teaching is often highly interactive, so you will be contributing actively to class discussions and engaging in groupwork with students from many different backgrounds. As some of the modules are shared with other faculties and Management School programmes such as Money, Banking and Finance, Management Science and Finance, you will also have an opportunity to work with Masters students from many different programmes.

Careers

The Careers Team at LUMS helps you shape your career plans and supports your job-hunting process in a variety of ways, including personalised one-to-one support and interactive workshops on areas such as career strategies, writing CVs and applications, interview skills, psychometric testing, what to expect at assessment centres, and online networking strategies.



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Your programme of study. A good MBA can really make you stand out for the top jobs in any type of business in fast paced major growth, transformation, innovation and operational change in any country and business discipline area. Read more

Your programme of study

A good MBA can really make you stand out for the top jobs in any type of business in fast paced major growth, transformation, innovation and operational change in any country and business discipline area. You develop insights across the top discipline functions such as finance, strategy, economics and project management, marketing, leading and managing people, supply chain and new business creation. These are all disciplines within themselves which you rapidly acquire skills and knowledge to manage successfully. These are essential disciplines to many known high street brands, service industries, online businesses and high growth start ups which ensure that if you start a business using existing skills or a new team that you are likely to provide a high growth enterprise very quickly. Alternatively you may have been employed within a sector undergoing a real transformation to prevent threat to business existence which involves you in making changes very quickly at operational level using the range of disciplines you learn.

In this situation you can overcome the threats quickly to ensure long term viability whilst managing short term risks to business and you can be a very sought after individual due to your ability to quickly assess what needs to be done with minimum impact to allow long term profitability. Many brands have recently been disrupted by mass communications and the rapid rise in online trading, some were able to quickly re-organise their business model to avoid going out of business, some were able to innovate and others relied on a wide variety of techniques to allow them to reinvent themselves. MBA positions are normally fast paced but very rewarding in terms of achievements and business satisfaction.

Aberdeen MBA - On Campus

The Aberdeen University MBA is a one year full-time management programme which covers all the main disciplines of business management. You take leading edge modules during our intensive summer school, which is run by visiting scholars, as well as our own expert staff at the University of Aberdeen Business School. In drawing upon the international expertise of research-active staff, the programme promotes the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge in preparing students for effective management careers in both the private and public sectors. You can take this programme over a year full time or two years part time with September or January start.

You may be able to continue working whilst you study, but there is also an online option which may help you manage your time much better whilst studying (below)

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Accounting & Finance For Managers

Provides an understanding of accounting information and financial reporting and introduces key aspects of financial analysis to undertake accounting; ratio analysis, user-group specific tools, e.g. Z scores and credit ratings; accounting information, the stock market; forecasting and valuation.

  • Operations Management

You look at the management of capacity and inventory, production planning and control, project management and the management and improvement of quality.

  • Business Economics

You examine the ways in which economic theory may be applied to solve real business problems, focussing on aspects of economics vital to a student of business, to be comfortable with the tools of economic analysis as applied to the international, economic and business environments in which modern day businesses and policy makers have to operate.

  • Business Strategy & Organisation

Drawing mainly on microeconomics theories and applications in order to introduce students to many typical business situations.

Semester 2

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing management and strategic planning across product and all communications areas of business
  • Managing People At Work
  • Management of people as a key element for organisational success
  • Managing Change and Innovation

You look at the context of innovation and change examining new product development (goods and services), innovation and change.

  • The Leadership Challenge

Investigates how each of us behave in a leadership role to develop your behaviour and your method of leadership.

Semester 3

  • Strategic Financial Analysis
  • Key concepts of financial forecasting and analysis
  • Talking to Teams
  • Investigates how teams are shaped in terms of performance by their managers communication methods
  • People, Creativity and Change

The course helps you to understand the relationship between creativity and change within an organisation.

  • Supply Chain Management

You will gain a strong understanding of the supply chain.

  • Internationalisation

You will look at how globalisation affects the contemporary small business, trade and social capital.

  • Essential Human Resource Practise

The course helps you appreciate the links between HR procedures and organisational outcomes with practical issues faced by employees.

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 3 University for world leading research impact in Business and Management (REF 2014)
  • Teaching is informed by close links with industry and delivered by industry professionals in some cases
  • You gain top level operational management across special core functions required to drive business growth

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen for the MBA (Aberdeen)
  • Online for the MBA (Global)
  • Full time and part time options available plus September, January available for the MBA (Aberdeen) and other options available for the Online MBA

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

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Weather and climate are integral parts of the Earth system. The monitoring of meteorological variables, together with the knowledge and modelling of underlying processes, are key to understanding our interaction with the natural environment. Read more

Weather and climate are integral parts of the Earth system. The monitoring of meteorological variables, together with the knowledge and modelling of underlying processes, are key to understanding our interaction with the natural environment.

This programme provides comprehensive training in understanding, modelling and prediction of atmospheric processes; as well as the collection, management, supply and application of atmospheric data for the needs of a variety of public and private sectors. The course also demonstrates how these create opportunities or pose problems for the successful operation of natural and human systems. Our aim is that upon graduation you will be able to compete for careers in Meteorology and Climatology.

Course details

This well-established programme was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand continues, partially due to the growing attention of the society to climate change, its mitigation and adaptation to it.

Skills gained

The programme aims to:

  • Provide training in theoretical and applied aspects of atmospheric physics and dynamics, quantitative modelling techniques, weather forecasting, climate prediction and observation of atmospheric processes
  • Equip you with the skills of quantitative and statistical analysis with regards to atmospheric data processing and management
  • Enable you to apply theoretical concepts and analytical techniques to the resolution of environmental and socio-economic problems that have an atmospheric origin
  • Develop your independent research ability
  • Convert participants with non-environmental backgrounds to applied meteorologists and climatologists
  • Develop your communication skills using traditional and IT-based media

Learning and teaching

Taught modules involve lectures, practical classes and supporting tutorials. Modules are provided by staff, supported by seminars from invited experts. Vocational awareness is developed through a 'work experience' week in which course participants gain hands-on experience for instance in a commercial weather forecasting environment.

The programme has been accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society to provide training for Chartered Meteorologists (CMet). The RMS 'Chartered Meteorologist' accreditation scheme provides the highest level of professional qualification in meteorology and will satisfy clients and employers that individuals have reached a specified level of knowledge and experience in the subject equivalent to that of Chartered status in any other profession.

Employability

The MSc course in Applied Meteorology and Climatology was initiated in 1963/64. It was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand still continues. For example, over the period of the last decade, about 45 percent of graduates from the course have entered employment directly related to applied meteorology and climatology, while 37 percent have taken up research posts in this area.



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Overview. The MSc Statistics offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics which will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject and its applications. Read more

Overview

The MSc Statistics offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics which will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject and its applications.

The programme will provide you with specific techniques and skills suitable for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for research in the area.

Optional topics typically include generalised linear models, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, the bootstrap, multivariate analysis, spatial statistics, time series and forecasting, multilevel models, stochastic finance, and shape and image analysis.

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Key facts:

- This course is informed by the work being carried out in the Statistics and Probability research group.

- The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest and strongest mathematics departments in the UK, with over 60 full-time academic staff.

- In the latest independent Research Assessment Exercise, the School ranked 8th in the UK in "research power" across the three subject areas within the School of Mathematical Sciences (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research).

Modules

Advanced Stochastic Processes

Applications of Statistics

Computational Statistics

Fundamentals of Statistics

Medical Statistics

Statistics Dissertation

Time Series and Forecasting

Topics in Biomedical Statistics

English language requirements for international students

IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

Further information



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This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector. Read more

Why take this course?

This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector.

It combines theoretical and applied aspects of economics, finance and banking alongside an understanding of business decisions and strategy. You’ll interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy arguments as well as develop your financial forecasting techniques.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade. On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

The government sector
Commercial banks
Insurance companies
Regulatory bodies

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Contracts, Markets and Regulation:

You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy.

Financial Econometrics:

You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS.

Finance and Financial Markets:

In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets’ perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps.

International Banking:

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

Research Methods and Dissertation:

You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.

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

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and banking sectors. Opportunities include business professionals and commercial, industrial and public sector managers, as well as many other positions with responsibility for decision making. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Account manager
Trader in financial assets
Purchasing and acquisitions officer
Econometrician

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This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. Read more
This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. You will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent to financial risk.

Why this programme

◾You will learn about the determination of interest rates in bind markets, about risk management, bank regulation and the preventive role of financial regulation.
◾You will learn from internationally published academics in financial economics, many of whom have worked as research collaborators or consultants with the IMF, World Bank, numerous central banks and HM Treasury.
◾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.

Teaching is based on lectures which also allow opportunities for class discussion. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly small tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with some issues or questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
-Basic econometrics
-Economic fundamentals and financial markets
-Financial markets, securities and derivatives
-Financial risk analysis.

Students can drop Basic Econometrics and take Modelling and Forecasting Financial Markets as a core subject if they have a strong background in Econometrics.

Sample optional courses
-Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
-Applied computational finance
-C++ in Finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Corporate finance and investment
-Corporate finance theory
-Empirical asset pricing
-Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Financial market micro structure
-Financial services
-Game theory with applications in economics and finance
-Hedge fund risk management
-International finance and money
-Mathematical finance
-Modelling and forecasting financial markets
-Portfolio analysis and investment

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be qualified to work in organisations such as central banks, investment banks, the IMF and the World Bank, asset management firms and governments bodies. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Deloitte, Development Bank of China, and different banks around the world.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field. Read more
This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, management and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, management or financial data and relating the results to theory.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Management
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - You will choose one option from each of the key subject areas of economics, finance and management and a fourth option from the entire range on offer. Optional units can vary from time to time but may include:

Economics options:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Introduction to Development Economics
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Finance and accounting options:
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting

Management options:
-Electronic Commerce
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

Some past students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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This fashion business course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. Read more

This fashion business course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. You will learn through projects which are based on case study scenarios, simulate real-life practice, and incorporate group interaction, ensuring you are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills for a rewarding head office career.

A key feature of the course is digital literacy, including strategic digital communications and analytics. You will also develop an understanding of fashion brand management, including luxury branding, and will explore the ways in which consumers respond to fashion and how their needs are anticipated, identified and satisfied.

Specific fashion strategies relating to trend forecasting, positioning and pricing, supply chain, marketing, retailing, internationalisation and ethical issues will also be taught.

What you will study

STAGES 1 & 2

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key areas of fashion management including fashion branding, the fashion business environment, fashion forecasting, buying and merchandising and global fashion strategy. You will also gain communication, management and digital strategy skills. A four week period of professional industry experience is undertaken at the end of the taught modules for September starts, or between stage 1 and 2 for January starts.

STAGE 3

You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake research and prepare a 15,000 word dissertation on a fashion related topic within a relevant field. This provides you with the opportunity to integrate and synthesise your knowledge and understanding of fashion management. A practical project or professional consultancy option is available as an alternative to the traditional written dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by groups and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, projects, study trips, presentations and discussions. 

You will gain experience using industry specific software including Lectra’s Kaledo fashion software, Adobe Photoshop, the Retailer Business Simulation package and WGSN, the leading online trend-analysis and research service.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 10-20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 10-20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 10-20 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 30 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - Individual, 100 (minimum) hours per year

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 30 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course assessments.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All the MSc Fashion Management teaching staff have worked in a variety of roles in industry such as fashion design and garment development, visual merchandising, fabric design, marketing and events management. 

All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship or senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

Other staff members include fashion industry experts, media technicians and subject experts in supporting disciplines of Communication, Media, Marketing and Management.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 6 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 portfolios
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessments

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Placements

You will undertake a 4 week (generally unpaid) professional placement or consultancy project in a fashion-related company, which will enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course. For September starts, this placement opportunity takes place at the end of Semester 2. For January starts, the placement takes place between Semesters 1 and 2.

You will have access to our Employment and Professional Enrichment Hub, who will support you in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.

Previous placements include Zara, Hugo Boss, John Lewis, Ferregamo, Johnston’s of Elgin and Debenhams.

Job prospects 

Fashion is a multi-disciplinary business activity and the fashion industry recognises a need for those with both management and digital skills.

On completion of this course, you will be ready to make a valuable contribution within the regional, national and global fashion business sector and its wider community.

Opportunities exist in head office roles, often located in fashion capitals such as London, in fashion buying, financial merchandising and allocation, brand management, marketing and digital content creation.

Roles held by our graduates include Content Manager for Amazon in London, PR and Events Assistant for Michael Kors in Italy, Merchandiser for Gucci Group in Hong Kong, Merchandiser at ASOS in London, Buyer at Lifestyle Sports in Ireland.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data’ is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way. Read more

Businesses are increasingly collecting large amounts of information about their customers and activities. This ‘big data’ is big news with the media, businesses and government as they consider how to use this mass of information in a meaningful way.

Analysts use their expertise to make sense of this information and interpret it, enabling evidence-based business decisions. As a result, they’re in high demand with employers in every sector.

This programme gives you an insight into business analytics and explores how organisations can exploit the big data revolution. You’ll develop decision-oriented, quantitative analytical skills in a management context, and learn to sift intelligence from the growing volume and variety of data collected on many aspects of life.

Combining theoretical concepts with practical application, you’ll develop a unique mix of quantitative and behavioural skills relevant to data analyses, effective decision-making and management.

Academic excellence

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners from our Centre for Decision Research, who are actively engaged in the latest research, advising businesses, governments and international bodies. They share this expertise and knowledge with you in the classroom.

With the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics on campus, the University of Leeds has a growing wealth of expertise and resources in data sciences.

Course content

This programme will build your knowledge and understanding of how business analytics can provide evidence to support management decision-making. You’ll learn how to use different evidence-based approaches to make effective decisions, developing your skills in quantitative analysis.

You’ll consider advanced techniques such as forecasting and have the opportunity to apply your decision-making skills to real-life business and management scenarios. With the support of leading researchers in this constantly shifting landscape, you’ll also gain an understanding of research methods.

A range of optional modules allows you to gain specialist knowledge that suits your interests or career plans.

The course culminates in a 12,000 word dissertation or project, enabling you to apply your learning to a topic of your choice. This is an opportunity to explore the very latest insights with the support of an academic who shares your passion and interest.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Dissertation 45 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Forecasting and Advanced Business Analytics 15 credits
  • Evidence Based Consultancy 15 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits
  • Quantitative Analysis 15 credits

Optional modules

You'll also choose another three optional modules.

  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
  • Designing Information Systems 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning, computer classes and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences can expect to have the quantitative skills to analyse complex business information, and use the resulting intelligence to inform business decisions.

You will be ideally placed to pursue a career in analytics and decision making, general and specialist management roles in a range of industries, or as business or market analysts.

Employers in both private and public sectors are actively seeking graduates with these skills, and trends show that the career opportunities are fast increasing. The role of the data scientist was described as the 'Sexiest Job of the 21st Century' by the Harvard Business Review.

Demand for experts in business analytics is growing rapidly and the University of Leeds is at the forefront of developments in this area.

Read more about Business Analytics at Leeds.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research. Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership. Read more
  • Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research
  • Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Work on a research project with one of over 30 industrial partners
  • Gain hands-on experience through our field course, atmospheric observatory and professional forecaster training delivered by the Met Office

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Operational forecasting systems and applications
  • Hazardous weather
  • Measurements and instrumentation
  • Experiencing the weather field course

For an idea of what topics you may be able to study, view our 2017/18 modules list (2018/19 modules may differ).

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.

In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.



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