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One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the . Read more

One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

The financial system has undergone major restructuring in preparation for the new regulatory frameworks, affecting existing roles and creating different skillset requirements within risk management divisions of financial institutions. 

This programme is tailored to the needs of the rapidly changing financial markets, providing graduates with an insight into the new innovations in the area of risk management. Through its long-term academic partnerships and accreditations by leading professional bodies, the MSc Financial Risk Management offers a cutting edge learning experience, aligning research excellence and current market intelligence.

The graduates benefit from exemptions to certain professional certifications from leading professional bodies worldwide. Click the ‘Careers & professional accreditation’ tab on the right for more information.                                                                                       

The MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). The degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Highlights

  • Enhance your career prospects in one of the most sought after areas of finance
  • Study one of the most recognised risk management master’s courses in the UK
  • Develop your professional skills by studying for GARP FRM Part I as part of the course and benefit from the programme’s accreditation by GARP
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as market risk, financial instruments and credit risk
  • Benefit from additional professional exam exemptions from PRMIA

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

After completion of this programme, students are well-prepared to follow a career in the challenging fields of risk management, or risk analysis with banks, regulators, portfolio managers, corporate treasuries, risk management software houses, specialist financial boutiques and hedge funds. Regulators, governments, advisors and commentators are unanimously endorsing the call for more and better qualified risk managers and analysts to join the financial industry.

Professional accreditation

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by GARP and the degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Professional Risk Managers’ Association (PRMIA)

ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management students are eligible for exemption from Exams I and II of PRM Certification. In addition MSc FRM students are provided with assistance to take PRM Exams III and IV.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).



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- professionals with a strong interest and need in gaining a thorough academic foundation in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of global economic governance. Read more

Who is this programme for?:

- professionals with a strong interest and need in gaining a thorough academic foundation in, and understanding of, current developments in the area of global economic governance.

- graduate students from other disciplinary backgrounds wishing to further their understanding of global economic policy issues and debates through systematic academic study.

- economics graduate students wishing to specialize in global economic policy and governance.

Prior knowledge of economics is not a requirement.

The MSc Global Economic Governance and Policy is the most recent addition to the Department of Economics’ portfolio of masters programme. The programme builds on the department’s unique combination of expertise – in policy analysis, regional economics and critical theoretical perspectives – to provide students with an in-depth understanding of core policy debates in the area of global economic governance. Specifically, the programme focuses on:

- global economic governance: It offers in-depth specialisation in this area of wider global governance.

- economic policy: It provides high-level training in the understanding and critical evaluation of economic policy issues, design and solutions, their foundation in the evolution of economic theory and methods, as well as critical discussion of the application of policy design to real-world problems, such as issues of implementation and monitoring.

- regional specificities within the global economy: It provides a differentiated analysis of problems of global economic governance from a range of regional perspectives, in advanced as well as developing country regions.

The programme is taught through two dedicated core courses (Global Economic Governance I: Global Economic Policy Debates and Analysis and Global Economic Governance II: Institutional and Governance Debates on Economic Development and Growth). In addition, students can choose from a wide range of optional courses and will write a 10.000 word dissertation.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/programmes/msc-global-economic-governance-and-policy/

Structure

The MSc in Global Economic Governance and Policy is a new masters programme designed for professionals and postgraduate students, with or without a prior background in economics, who wish to gain a focused and in-depth understanding of contemporary economic governance and policy debates.

The MSc is taught through two dedicated core courses. The first, Global Economic Governance 1 deals with issues of Global Economic Policy. This covers international trade and investment relationships between countries, trade and industrial policies, global capital markets, the international monetary and financial system, multinationals, global production networks and labour in the global economy. The second core paper, Global Economic Governance 2 deals with issues of institutions and governance. This includes issues of governance reforms for developing countries, the theory of institutional economics informing these debates, the policy and theoretical debates around property rights reforms, anti-corruption, industrial policy, rents and rent seeking, democratization and related governance issues. In addition, students will choose one, two or three optional courses, depending on the weight of the courses (see the list below), from across a range of SOAS departments plus a 10,000 word dissertation.

Students can, but do not have to, choose a course structure that, in addition to the programme’s focus on policy analysis and training, provides research method training.

- Optional Courses

MSc GEGP students can choose either one (1 unit) course or two (0.5 unit) courses or three (0.33 unit courses) to make up a total of 1 unit from the following list of courses by department. The availability of open option courses in other FL&SS departments from the below list is conditional on the approval of individual course convenors as well as the usual restrictions with regard to pre-requisites, timetable compatibilities and availability of individual courses in any one academic year. Students should note that some courses are capped in terms of student numbers, and that students from home departments will be given priority in case the relevant caps are reached. All law courses are open only for students with an LLB or who take the Law pre-sessional course offered by the School of Law at SOAS.

- Economics Department

MSc GEGP students will be eligible to take any of the post-graduate courses offered in the Economics Department, pending permission by the course convenors on the basis of the students’ prior academic qualifications in economics. Economics options with CATS 22.5 (0.5 unit) modules will be made available subject to approval.

Programme Specification

MSc Global Economic Governance and Policy programme specification (pdf; 392kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/programmes/msc-global-economic-governance-and-policy/file97019.pdf

Materials

- SOAS Library
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Access to other London Universities will be provided, where relevant to specific courses.

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught in lectures and tutorial groups. Degrees are awarded on the basis of assessed coursework, examinations and the dissertation. Courses are generally assessed on the basis of a final examination (70%) and an essay or project-based coursework (30%). MSc degrees are taught over a period of twelve months of full-time study within a structured programme. In the case of part-time study, the degrees will be taught over two or three years.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

- Students will learn about core policy debates on global economic governance.
- Students will study the current institutional and organisational architecture of global economic policy-making and governance.
- Students will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of differing economic theories and methods, and of how these relate to economic policy debates and designs in the area of global economic governance.
- Students will study regionally specific economic policy challenges in the context of the evolution of the global economy, and will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of different regional perspectives on global economic governance.
- Students will be trained in the understanding and use of economic policy tools and design, as well as issues of policy implementation and monitoring.
- Students taking the research pathway of the MSc GEGP will acquire sound knowledge of statistical research techniques and economic research methods.

Intellectual (thinking) skills:

- Students will learn to develop intellectual initiative and to analyse, evaluate and reflect critically on current research in the area of global economic governance.
- Students will acquire the ability to discriminate between competing economic theories and methods underlying the design of global economic policies, and to critically appraise the policy implications of these differing approaches.
- Students will learn to apply theoretical, empirical and technical knowledge about core features of current global economic governance to practical policy analysis through coursework and the dissertation.
- Students will have an opportunity to translate a complex understanding of issues in global economic governance into reform proposals, and to learn how to present these in an articulate, informed and coherent manner.

Subject-based practical skills:

- Students will learn how to gather, organise and employ data, information and evidence for economic policy analysis and design in the area of global economic governance.
- Students will gain the ability to critically assess economic policy tools and to design economic policy proposals in a case study context.
- Students will learn how to identify core problems in economic policy design, implementation and monitoring
- Students will acquire the ability to marshal arguments lucidly, coherently and concisely to present core analyses and policy messages or suggestions in clear language (written and verbal).
- Students taking the research pathway of the MSc GEGP will learn how to apply one or more research methods systematically to a chosen topic or project.

Transferable skills:

- Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and reflect critically on information received.
- Students will learn how to present ideas coherently and concisely, in writing and orally, extracting key elements from complex information.
- Students will be given the opportunity to engage with independent research on well defined tasks or topics.
- Students will learn how to identify policy problems and design solutions, selecting and applying competing theories and methods appropriately.
- Students will gain an understanding of how to gather, organise and deploy data and evidence to form a balanced judgement and to develop and support critical argument and policy recommendations. S
- Students will have an opportunity to present written and oral materials clearly and effectively and to engage constructively with feedback.

Employment

The MSc Global Economic Governance and Policy is a new programme, starting in 2016/17.

Students enrolling in this programme will return to or pursue careers in a wide range of positions in public, private and non-governmental project management and policy advice, for which a thorough understanding of on-going issues in global economic governance is essential.

This includes, for example, government officials from developing and advanced countries whose remit requires a wider understanding of global economic governance issues; employees of international organisations whose remits are not primarily concerned with economic policy-making, but increasingly require a thorough understanding of global economic governance issue to co-ordinate their approaches with those of other national and international organizations; private sector managers and consultants requiring a systematic understanding of current economic crises and imbalances in the world economy as well as regulatory approaches to this; employees of NGOs working in areas affected by current global economic crises and imbalances and policy responses to these; graduate students wishing to build a career in any of the above, and economics graduates with a special interest in global economic policy debates and design.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website (http://www.soas.ac.uk/careers/graduate-destinations/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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This practitioner-oriented Master’s degree provides students with a practical and theoretical foundation for successful careers in risk management, compliance, regulation and allied work streams within the financial services industry. Read more

This practitioner-oriented Master’s degree provides students with a practical and theoretical foundation for successful careers in risk management, compliance, regulation and allied work streams within the financial services industry. Skills are developed through creating a broader understanding of financial firm risk-taking, accountability, governance.

The emphasis is on a deep analysis of mainstream and critical authorship. We will challenge current and past thinking on the role of financial institutions and markets. The programme particularly encourages students to examine regulatory structures and concepts in the context of recent and past financial crises.

Students will build the skills and knowledge needed to gain an understanding of financial reform processes and their consequences for markets around the world. Rigorous classroom teaching coupled with extensive reading provides students with a sound theoretical basis. An understanding of substantive legal issues is also developed.

Contributions by industry and regulatory experts introduces students to the nuances of real world application of theoretical constructs. Practical case studies, current legal positions and interactive student discussions or presentations are used in most lectures. In addition legal, academic, practitioner and regulatory input is gained through specialist guest lectures and visits as per the ability of the year-group.

Key topics

Some key topics taught within this degree include:

  • The causes and consequences of risk-taking – an in-depth understanding of the financial crisis
  • Solvency II, Basel, UCITS, company law and corporate governance requirements
  • The roles, structure and responsibilities of key regulatory and supervisory bodies including the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, IAIS, IOSCO, European Systemic Risk Board, SEC, FINRA, UK FSA and its successors, Bank of England and other central banks, EBA, ESMA, EIOPA, BaFin, global, regional and national regulators.
  • Risk appetite and the role of the Board of Directors, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Management
  • How to build a risk management framework and a compliance plan
  • Rationales for regulation and optimal regulatory structures
  • Prudential and conduct of business controls
  • Stakeholders and the consequences of regulatory and governance failures

Highlights

  • Gain European and international insights by learning from and sharing ideas with finance & regulatory practitioners and respected academics
  • Engage with a range of critical and mainstream views 
  • Stand out from the crowd when applying from jobs by develop your own unique and informed voice
  • Broaden your international exposure with practice-centred teaching attuned to the workplace through case-studies, simulations and interactive discussions
  • Benefit from specialist seminars and class interactions, giving you the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to work with diverse groups 

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should choose one from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

The financial services sector has an ever-expanding need for graduates trained in the fundamentals of compliance, governance and regulation. This increasing demand has been fuelled by implementation of a number and rules and laws, including the EU Market Abuse Directive, Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID), global standards such as Basel II, and the FSA and US regulators’ focus on principles-based regulation, all of which require significant in-house compliance resources.

With recent explosive growth in capital markets such as China,India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, combined with the increasing complexity of financial products and a growing sophistication on the part of investors and market participants, there are immense challenges facing institutions, compliance professionals within them and regulators.

Our graduates are in a very strong position to build successful careers in the compliance or legal divisions of investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds, retail banking institutions and other market participants.

Find out more about graduate destinations and career opportunities on our Henley Careers page

Professional accreditation

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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This advanced specialist degree provides a cutting-edge perspective of economic and financial dynamics, state strategies, and questions of global order and change. Read more
This advanced specialist degree provides a cutting-edge perspective of economic and financial dynamics, state strategies, and questions of global order and change.

Who is it for?

The MA in Global Political Economy caters specifically to students who wish to broaden their understanding of the complex contemporary global economic system and the socio-political relationships contained therein. Often students begin this course with no formal economics education and from a wide range of subject fields, including politics, law, business studies, media studies and the humanities, among others.

Objectives

The MA in Global Political Economy (GPE) at City, University of London enables students to critically evaluate complex relationships between markets, governments, transnational actors and networks in the context of a globalising world economy. The course is tailored to students who wish to acquire a range of analytical skills and specialist knowledge of the global economic system in the 21st century.

This advanced specialist MA gives you the tools to analyse the complex and changing roles of private markets, states, institutions and transnational forces and actors in the global capitalist system. It enables students to gain an advanced understanding of the means and processes through which actors, institutions and structures of the global political economy participate in economic and political life.

By the end of the course, you will have developed an in-depth understanding of the ways the global economy works and will have learned to address and analyse critical issues facing global business leaders as well as national and international policymakers.

Teaching and learning

The MA in Global Political Economy is taught by internationally renowned and world leading scholars in the field. This includes Ronan Palan, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Stefano Pagliari, Amin Samman, Sandy Brian Hager and Nick Srnicek amongst others.

Academic staff

The staff within our Department of International Politics are research active, enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Often this research and influence leads to policy change and many media appearances.

Student activities

In many modules students are encouraged to give presentations. We use group discussions, brain-storming, role-play and mini-roundtables on thematic issues in addition to conventional teaching techniques.

As MA student you are also invited to attend PhD workshops organised by doctoral students in the Department. The dissertation in MA in Global Political Economy is grounded in a specialised stream of the Research Design module (IPM111), where GPE students receive specialised training in research methodology tailored for their dissertation in the field of global political economy.

Assessment

All modules are assessed through a written essay of 4,500 words. In addition to coursework, you must complete a final MA dissertation of 15,000 words based on your independent research. The dissertation is worth one-third of the overall MA mark.

Modules

City's MA in Global Political Economy provides you with analytical skills and conceptual knowledge of key debates around the role of states and societies, companies and markets, global finance and international organisations in shaping globalisation in the 21st century.

The Global Political Economy Masters course focuses on contemporary issues and processes in global political economy in the context of the broader changes associated with 'globalisation,' change, crises and global governance. You will consider and become part of the conceptual and policy debates around issues such as:
-Economic growth and financial crises.
-International competition and economic diplomacy.
-Development, growth and inequality.
-States, international institutions and governance.
-The rise of new economic powers.
-Migration and cultural identity.

Core modules
-Global political economy: contemporary approaches (30 credits)
-Global capitalism: past, present, future (30 credits)
-GPE dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules - choose 60 credits
Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:
-Understanding Security in the Twenty-First Century (15 credits)
-Development and World Politics (15 credits)
-Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits)
-The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
-Global Governance (15 credits)
-International Politics and the Middle East (15 credits)
-Global Financial Governance (15 credits)
-Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-Making (30 credits)
-Economic Diplomacy (15 credits)
-Foreign Policy Analysis (15 credits)
-Religion in Global Politics (15 credits)

Typical modules offered by The City Law School:
-International Law and the Global Economy (30 credits)
-International Tax Law (30 credits)
-International Trade Law(30 credits)
-Money Laundering Law (30 credits)
-International Investment Law (30 credits)
-International Banking Law (30 credits)

In Term 3 you will complete your dissertation project.

Career prospects

This is a specialised degree enabling graduates who are often non-economists to engage competently and confidently with economic and financial developments and pursue professional careers in the public and the private sectors, including finance and banking, transnational corporations, civil service and international diplomacy, the media and development agencies.

In addition, graduates of this MA may continue their education into doctoral programmes.

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

Why take this course?

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

What will I experience?

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

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

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

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

Module Details

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

Financial Econometrics

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

Multinational Corporate Financial Management

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

International Money and Capital Markets

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

Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets

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

Research Methods and Dissertation

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance, and the financial function of organisations and operations. Read more
Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance, and the financial function of organisations and operations. The MSc in Finance (Financial Markets) pathway develops your cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and organisations.
In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.

The Financial Markets pathway gives you the benefit of studying quantitative and non-quantitative modules that are relevant to core areas of industry including Investments, Risk Management, Derivatives and Hedge-Funds. You will be introduced to the latest academic techniques that can identify profitable opportunities in competitive financial markets.

In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study support for full details.

Course structure

Elements of practical work will be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programmes also provide you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- develop your existing skills and knowledge and to provide you with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in finance

- provide you with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically

- provide you with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance

- provide you with a knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research

- provide you with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of finance by developing your skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by developing your integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

Therefore, this programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK and globally (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in Finance programme (formerly known as MSc Financial Markets) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. The MSc Financial Markets had already obtained GARP and PRMIA recognition.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The Liverpool Business School provides professionals with the space and academic expertise required for dedicated and specialised development. Read more
The Liverpool Business School provides professionals with the space and academic expertise required for dedicated and specialised development. We provide close links to professional bodies and you will learn how to strategically apply fiscal decisions that create the best commercial outcomes.

•Masters degree available to study full time (one year) and part time (two years)
•This degree is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
•Tutors have expertise in a variety of financial management disciplines
•Ideal preparation for a range of careers within the finance profession
•Suitable for graduates who have no knowledge of finance but want to develop a career in the sector
•Learn to think strategically about finance with an emphasis on research and critical analysis

The MSc Financial Management has been designed for those wishing to pursue a career in diverse financial or accounting sectors. In every arena, the effective financial management of funds enables businesses to operate successfully, achieve and supersede their set goals.

The overall aim of the MSc Financial Management programme is to produce postgraduates who are able to make a valid and meaningful contribution within the field of finance. This will be achieved by exposing you to the current theories, concepts and developments within this discipline and by doing so, you will become competent and thoughtful practitioners.

This intellectually challenging programme of study will focus on current issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and financial management, and your analytical, critical and problem solving skills will be extended through the academic evaluation of literature and current financial practices.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills through case studies and worldwide events, by applying financial and management knowledge to improve organisational effectiveness and efficiency. You will cover topics including quantitative methods for finance, financial markets and institutions, strategic management, corporate finance and the globalisation of finance to name but a few.

Furthermore, you will undertake in-depth research in various industries, through completion of a range of assessments and a dissertation. This real-world focus will provide immediate value to your present and future employers.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Quantitive Methods for Finance

Equips you with the necessary foundations in mathematics and statistics to enable the successful study of subsequent modules. You will be provided with mathematical and statistical underpinning for the study of Financial Management, the use of Excel for mathematics of Financial Management and both SPSS and Excel for statistical analysis necessary for research and research analysis

Strategic Management

Introduces you to the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts enabling you to acquire practical experience in dealing with strategic management issues

Financial Markets and Institutions

Enables you to examine and understand why financial markets and institutions exist, and what services those institutions and markets offer. Through the critical analysis and evaluation of both institutions and markets you will be expected to provide suitable decisions and recommendations to limit failures within the industry

Corporate Finance

Provides you with an in-depth analysis of corporate financing, liquidity management, owner return, control and risk management decisions within a real world context

Globalisation of Finance

Provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the global financial system and the causes of global financial instability. The module will use the global political economy perspective as an appropriate framework for understanding the complexities of global finance

Portfolio Management

Develops your understanding of the theory, practice and empirical research in portfolio management and asset allocation at an advanced level

Dissertation

You will undertake an independent financial management dissertation relevant to your field of practice or area of professional interest

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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

Programme overview

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

Programme objectives

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

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

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

Job opportunities

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline

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

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Financial Management at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Financial Management at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Master's (MSc) in Financial Management is designed for students from any background who are interested in moving into a career in finance. Modules on the Financial Management programme include: corporate finance, financial modelling, international financial markets, quantitative methodologies, and corporate governance and ethics. Financial Management graduates will also develop a sound understanding of the role and importance of accounting information in the financial management of complex organisations.

Key Features of MSc in Financial Management

- A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year

- Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level

- All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

- A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career depending on the optional modules you take

- Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international ranked research outputs (REF 2014)

The Financial Management programme combines the academic theory of finance with a strong practical perspective closely related to the world of finance, facilitating a sound understanding of finance and associated areas.

Modules

Modules on the Financial Management programme may include:

Principles of Finance

International Financial Markets

Financial Statement Analysis

Quantitative Financial Analysis

Principles of Law for Accounting and Finance

Financial Modelling

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Project Management

Principles of Corporate Finance

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Advanced Corporate Finance

Financial Market Efficiency & Behavioural Finance

Development Finance

Business Planning and Theory of Entrepreneurship

International Management

Business Analytics

Data Mining

Accreditation

The MSc Financial Management has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

This means that graduates of our MSc Financial Management will be exempt from three out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. Financial Management students graduating from this programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining eleven.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Financial Management programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Financial Management programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

School of Management

The School of Management at Swansea University is building on long-established foundations as one of the UK's top providers of Management, Accounting & Finance and Economic education.

The School of Management's vision is to make a difference to society and the economy locally and globally through excellence in research-led teaching that has resulted in the School being ranked 17th in the UK for research impact* and 26th in the UK for research excellence, all working towards continuing our trend of becoming one of the top business schools in Wales and the UK.

Environment:

The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.

School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.

Ambition:

Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.

Opportunity:

School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.

*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject



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Course structure. This Master's is suitable if you aim to build your financial skills set so that you are able to take up key roles in corporate finance or risk management within different sectors. . Read more

Course structure

This Master's is suitable if you aim to build your financial skills set so that you are able to take up key roles in corporate finance or risk management within different sectors. 

You will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the varied financial management and treasury needs of organisations in both domestic and international financial activities.

The design of this degree takes into account the need for businesses to address the consequences of globalisation and global operations on financial management with emphasis being placed on risk assessment and management. You will also undertake a dissertation enabling you to demonstrate your deeper understanding in a subject of your choice.

Student diversity

The Master's finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 80 students with over 30 nationalities. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to exchange viewpoints on global financial impacts with peers from around the world.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Industry experts

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

Rankings

Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked:

  • Third in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Third in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Outcomes

The degree aims to:

  • Develop your financial knowledge in the context of the global economy
  • Provide an intellectually demanding academic programme of study which develops your knowledge and critical understanding of the varied financial management and treasury needs of organisations.

What you'll study

Full-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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

Part-time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • A dissertation.

Careers

Graduates from this programme may find employment in industry as financial managers, corporate treasurers or risk analysts.

Employers of our graduates include AES Corporation, Ahorro Corporation, European Dynamics, Headstrong, Piraeus Bank and Polish Telecom.

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career.

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Extra-curricular activities

We encourage you to join societies such as the Trading and Investment Society and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.



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

Introduction

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

Key information

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

Course objectives

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

English language requirements

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

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

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

Structure and content

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

Why Stirling?

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

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Description. Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. Read more
Description

Study for an MBA Banking and Finance Master's Degree at one of Europe's foremost Banking and Finance Schools. At Bangor, we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of banking and finance. The MBA Banking and Finance is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. The MBA programme provides a more practical postgraduate course to complement our long established MA course in Banking and Finance and our distance-learning MBA with Manchester Business School.

A primary objective of the MBA Banking and Finance is to develop knowledgeable and capable executives to move quickly to key positions in the financial services sector. The programme will provide executive training at an advanced level covering the latest developments in the management of banks and financial services firms.

We have long held a strong international reputation in the study of banking and finance. Our long established and highly successful MA programme has run since 1973 and over this period we have also had a strong PhD programme where research typically focuses on banking and financial sector issues. Postgraduates have enjoyed a mix of both theoretical and practical elements covering contemporary developments in the banking and financial field. The MBA aims to extend and develop advanced training relating to the practical managerial issues faced by modern financial service firms.

The main aim of our full-time MBA is to introduce a much stronger practical emphasis focussing on the strategies and financial management of financial firms. Your MBA will give you practical insight and skills in a range of strategic and management areas in financial services. We invite practitioners to share their views and experiences. Case studies and contemporary issues figure highly in the programme.

The School has a lively group of staff, who are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Your teaching staff at Bangor are active researchers, combining high levels of expertise with a desire to extend their subject area, and, most importantly from a postgraduate viewpoint, an enthusiasm to encourage others to develop their academic, financial and business skills.

We are pleased that you are considering joining the MBA Banking and Finance programme. If you decide to do so, we are confident that we can offer you the guidance, stimulation and support that will make the next year a happy and productive time for you. I wish you every success in your MBA career.

Professor Philip Molyneux
Postgraduate Director

Why study the MBA Banking and Finance?

Financial systems and financial services firms' strategies are now involved in a fundamental, far reaching process of realignment and change. The strategic priority of banks and other financial institutions has shifted away from growth and size alone towards a greater emphasis on profitability, performance and shareholder value creation. The growing economic importance of financial sectors has also re-emphasised that bankers, fund managers, multinational companies, securities firms, regulators and financial advisers must have a clear understanding of the theory and practice relating to banking and finance.

Aims of the course

The Bangor Business School aims to build on our long-established expertise in the area of postgraduate training in banking and finance by offering a one-year modular MBA Banking and Finance, which aims to develop participants' academic and managerial skills in these areas. An important objective is to provide relevant analytical training to familiarise participants with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in the financial services industry.

The MBA Banking and Finance course provides a coherent analytical framework for the study of banking and financial developments from a management perspective. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the application of contemporary, financial, managerial and strategic developments that affect real-world decision-making in the global financial industry.

We recognise that a thorough understanding of recent developments in banking and financial firm strategies, financial management, risk management, international financial markets, marketing strategies and performance evaluation are essential requirements for all those involved in financial sector activities (or those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of these important business and managerial areas).

Who should consider studying the MBA Banking and Finance?

The course will be of interest to the following people:

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.

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Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Read more

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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Kent Business School’s specialist Master’s programmes in Finance are specially designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the finance and financial services sector, cultivating practical financial skills and developing real-world business knowledge. Read more
Kent Business School’s specialist Master’s programmes in Finance are specially designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the finance and financial services sector, cultivating practical financial skills and developing real-world business knowledge.

The MSc International Banking and Finance programme enables you to gain employability skills that are necessary for working in top tier global financial institutions, international organisations, central banks, financial regulatory agencies and in similar highly specialised institutions.

This programme provides a solid background in the principles and practices of financial institutions, markets and systems. You develop your knowledge, understanding and insight into how financial institutions and markets function in the economy and global financial system. You also develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and finance.

The programme will be of particular interest to those wishing to build careers within banks, building societies, specialised financial institutions and fund management, securities dealing firms, multinational companies, or to occupy roles in corporate financial management and independent financial advice.

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. PRMIA recognition has already been obtained for the MSc Financial Services in Banking programme, which is the predecessor of the MSc in International Banking and Finance.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/23/international-banking-and-finance

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme.

Kent Business School (KBS)

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course structure

Elements of practical work will be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programmes also provide you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide knowledge and understanding of the financial systems and institutions that exist in Western economies and emerging markets

- provide you with the knowledge to be able to evaluate the relevant literature critically

- provide you with the knowledge to enable the application of appropriate risk management techniques

- enable you to interpret and evaluate banking and financial theory critically

- develop your ability to apply quantitative techniques to finance and banking practice

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide you with the knowledge of the financial regulations that exist within the financial world

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in financial services/banking by developing your skills at a professional or
equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by developing your integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in International Banking and Finance programme from the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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

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

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

Learn From The Best

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

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

Teaching And Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Environment

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

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

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

Research-Rich Learning

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

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

Give Your Career An Edge

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

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

Your Future

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

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

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