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The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management. Read more
The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management.

The MSc in Quantitative Finance will equip you with a rigorous understanding of the theory behind asset pricing, fixed income securities and risk management, supported by solid knowledge of numerical analysis and programming languages; special emphasis is on econometric techniques as forecasting and market microstructure analysis.

Typical career paths of graduates from our MSc in Quantitative Finance include research positions (in both financial and academic institutions), or roles involving the assessment of market microstructure across a number of exchanges, stress testing/scenario analysis, development and improvements of asset allocation models and analysis of potential investment vehicles across different asset classes, such as Hedge Funds Risk Analyst, Financial Analyst and Asset Allocation Analyst.

The demand for recruits with strong quantitative skills has spread beyond the pure derivatives area, and graduates from the course move into a range of careers in the financial sector. Cass's proximity to the City of London helps graduates to access outstanding career opportunities, especially as Cass has close links with many City institutions.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/quantitative-finance

Course detail

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Assessment

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

Career opportunities

Although investment and hedge funds remain the biggest users and innovators in quantitative finance, other financial sectors such as commercial banking, insurance and fund management are now keenly interested. Fund managers and hedge funds, for example, make extensive use of quantitative techniques to develop trading strategies, optimise portfolios and assess risk.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Quantitative Finance class of 2014 are working are:

• Capita Asset Services - Analyst
• RBS - Graduate Risk Analyst
• Dong MeKong Construction Manufacture and Trading - Project Assistant
• nPOWER - Quant Risk Analyst

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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This programme offers training in the key areas of investment fund management with particular emphasis on hedge fund management and applications of financial engineering. Read more
This programme offers training in the key areas of investment fund management with particular emphasis on hedge fund management and applications of financial engineering.

Why this programme

◾On this programme you will acquire a sound understanding of how an investment fund works, legal aspects of the assets under management and the risk related to different asset classes.
◾You will acquire employability skills by practising real case studies using the Adam Smith Business School's dedicated Bloomberg trading room.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation. Students will be welcome to attend Economics research seminars taking place in the Adam Smith Business School as well as practitioners’ talks.

Core Courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Hedge fund risk management
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional Courses
◾Applied computational finance
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Mathematical finance
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Career prospects

This programme is for students wishing to pursue a career in investment fund management such as asset management companies, hedge funds, wealth management banks, regulators and central banks. Companies which have employed graduates include Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, and United Bank of Switzerland.

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

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The School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester have combined their academic strength and practical expertise to deliver the MSc in Mathematical Finance (UK 1 year), ensuring that students can experience both the mathematical and economic perspective of the subject. Read more
The School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester have combined their academic strength and practical expertise to deliver the MSc in Mathematical Finance (UK 1 year), ensuring that students can experience both the mathematical and economic perspective of the subject.

This is also supported by invited lectures from senior staff members of leading financial institutions and outstanding mathematicians who are internationally recognised for contributions to Mathematical Finance. Past lectures include:
-Professor M. Schweizer (ETH Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute) An overview of quadratic hedging and related topics
-Professor H. Follmer (Humboldt University of Berlin) Monetary valuation of cash flows under Knightian uncertainty
-Professor M. H. A. Davis (Imperial College London) Contagion models in credit risk

The course provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in Mathematical Finance delivered from a genuinely international and multi-cultural perspective with a current issues approach to teaching. The focus is on mathematical theory and modelling, drawing from the disciplines of probability theory, scientific computing and partial differential equations to derive relations between asset prices and interest rates, and to develop models for pricing, risk management and financial product development.

The finance industry demands recruits with strong quantitative skills and the course is intended to prepare students for careers in this area. The course provides training for those who seek a career in the finance industry specialising in derivative securities, investment, risk management and hedge funds. It also provides research skills for those who subsequently wish to pursue research and/or an academic career (e.g. university lecturer) or continue the study at doctoral level, particularly those wishing to pursue further/advanced studies in Mathematical Finance.

Coursework and assessment

Teaching is shared by the School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School, and delivered through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work.

Career opportunities

The finance industry demands recruits with strong quantitative skills and the course is intended to prepare students for careers in this area. The course provides training for those who seek a career in the finance industry specialising in derivative securities, investment, risk management and hedge funds. It also provides research skills for those who subsequently wish to pursue research and/or an academic career (e.g. university lecturer) or continue the study at doctoral level, particularly those wishing to pursue further/advanced studies in Mathematical Finance.

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Globally, financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. There's a demand for market-aware graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models used in these products. Read more

Why this course?

Globally, financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. There's a demand for market-aware graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models used in these products.

The MSc in Quantitative Finance – an innovative cross-faculty alliance between the Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Science – has been developed to address this need. The course has been designed so that students who have a strong aptitude for mathematics, statistics and computing but who have not studied these topics in detail in their first degree can learn the necessary skills to move into the financial industry.

This course will prepare you for a career in financial engineering and risk management. Careers include roles as a hedge fund manager or financial analyst.

You’ll gain:
- a good understanding of financial theory and analysis
- an appreciation of financial markets
- a practical understanding of numerical methods in finance
- an introduction to programming for financial applications
- an understanding of the role of computers in business processes

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/quantitativefinance/

What you’ll study

The curriculum provides a balance between finance and mathematical theory, computer implementations of this theory, and practical skills and knowledge.

Core classes are undertaken in the first semester, and address themes such as principles of finance and quantitative methods for finance, as well as foundation classes in mathematics, statistics and computing science.

Work placement

You may be able to undertake an industrial based MSc project. This takes place in the third semester of the course between June and September. The placement can be based in the UK or in another country and are typically paid internships. In 2014 we had students placed in banks in France and Malta.

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has teaching rooms which provide you with access to modern teaching equipment and access to University computing laboratories with all necessary software available.

You'll also have access to a common room facility which gives you a modern and flexible area which can be used for individual and group study work and is also a relaxing social space.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Classes are delivered by a number of teaching methods:
- lectures (using a variety of media including electronic presentations and computer demonstrations)
- tutorials
- computer laboratories
- coursework
- projects.

Teaching is student-focused, with students encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Classes are supported by web-based materials.

Assessment

The form of assessment varies from class to class. For most classes the assessment involves both coursework and examinations.

Careers

Financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated and there's a need for the finance industry to self-regulate as it witnesses unprecedented growth. Market-aware finance graduates, who understand the mathematical models used to develop these products and their computer implementations will be much in demand by international organisations.

Drawing on expert academic input from three departments – Accounting & Finance, Mathematics & Statistics, and Computer & Information Sciences – this one-year programme has been developed to prepare participants for careers within areas such as financial engineering and risk management, and for highly quantitative roles, such as hedge fund managers and financial analysts.

We also work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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The MSc in Banking and International Finance is designed to equip you for a very wide range of careers in banks, investment banks, securities firms, portfolio managers, finance departments of industrial and service companies, consultants, central banks, auditors, multinational financial organisations, etc. Read more
The MSc in Banking and International Finance is designed to equip you for a very wide range of careers in banks, investment banks, securities firms, portfolio managers, finance departments of industrial and service companies, consultants, central banks, auditors, multinational financial organisations, etc.

Such organisations have a continuous demand for postgraduate-level executives. Consequently, this MSc is popular with high-calibre individuals driven by a desire to work in activities such as: traditional lending, securitisation, credit derivatives, bridge financing, asset management, trading foreign exchange and securities, derivatives and structured products, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, securities custody, retail services, etc.

The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) Partner Programme. Please see the Accreditations tab for more information on how you can benefit from this partnership.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/banking-and-international-finance

Course detail

The Banking and International Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:

• An introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
• A refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
• eight core courses (15 credits each)
and
• five electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

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

Career opportunities

There is a continuous demand for capable postgraduate level executives in the world of finance.

Graduates from the MSc in Banking & International Finance move into a diverse range of careers in the financial sector: investment banking, securities sales and trading, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private banking, credit products, financial and credit risk management and consultancy.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Banking & International Finance class of 2014 are working are:

• EY - Consultant
• Morgan Stanley - Credit Risk Analyst
• FitchRatings - Associate Analyst
• Barclays - Trading Assistant

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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A Masters in Finance from Cass has the potential to open up global career opportunities for flexible high-calibre students. That's because Cass is among the world's most respected business schools, meeting the needs of employers with a unique blend of theory and practice. Read more
A Masters in Finance from Cass has the potential to open up global career opportunities for flexible high-calibre students. That's because Cass is among the world's most respected business schools, meeting the needs of employers with a unique blend of theory and practice.

Our proximity to the London's financial district, enhances the practical, real world nature of the educational experience at Cass. Indeed, you will often be exposed to regular instruction and advice from City of London professionals.

This gives you:

• A comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance
• Technical and conceptual skills
• Broad experience of quantitative techniques
• A focus on financial issues in all industry sectors
• City of London contacts
• An international, multicultural perspective
• A flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles.

The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) Partner Programme and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities &\; Investment (CISI) There are also exemptions from some exams of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ( CIMA ) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Please see the Accreditations tab for more information on how you can benefit from these partnerships.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/finance

Course detail

Induction Weeks - the MSc in Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

• An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
• a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
• eight core courses (15 credits each)
and
• two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

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

Career opportunities

Graduates from the MSc in Finance move into a diverse range of financial sector careers: investment banking, securities sales and trading, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private banking, credit products, financial and credit risk management and consultancy.

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

• DNB Bank ASA - Corporate Trainee
• PwC - Auditor
• KPMG - Graduate TraineeNomura - Fixed Income Division, Structured sales Analyst - UK
• JP Morgan - Analyst

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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The MSc in Investment Management is founded on three principles. academic rigor, relevant knowledge and an international orientation. Read more
The MSc in Investment Management is founded on three principles: academic rigor, relevant knowledge and an international orientation.

You will acquire a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques. These principles are applied in practice via case studies and the use of online databases such as Bloomberg and simulators. The practical aspect is delivered with extensive input from City of London institutions. Many leading practitioners teach on the course, providing a vital link between theory and practice.

The MSc in Investment Management is a demanding course. During the course you will cover the traditional syllabus of a general Masters degree in finance and develop extensive expertise in a range of specialised areas such as the management of equity and bond portfolios; trading techniques; asset-liability management; risk management; alternative investments; venture capital and management of foreign exchange.

An advisory panel of senior practitioners ensures that the course remains at the forefront of developments within financial markets and reflects topical and technical developments in the marketplace.

The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) Programme Partner and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI) and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts Association (CAIA). Please see the Accreditations tab for more information on how you can benefit from these partnerships.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/investment-management

Course detail

Induction Weeks The MSc in Investment Management course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

- An introduction to Cass Careers with a focus on the key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.

- Database inductions, and introductions to the course, studying at Cass and financial services

Format

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

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

Assessment

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

International Opportunities

Students on the MSc in Investment Management and the MSc in Corporate Finance are able to apply for an additional year's study at LUISS or Bocconi University in Italy. Two places are available at each school every year. Students are selected on the basis of their term one results at Cass and a short essay.

International elective modules may also be available in term three.

Career opportunities

The MSc Investment Management has graduates working as portfolio managers, hedge-fund specialists, traders, risk managers, security analysts, brokers and corporate treasurers. The wide variety of functions that our graduates are able to perform reflects the breadth of the course and the flexibility of the qualification.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Investment Management class of 2014 are working are:

• HSBC - Analyst
• Moody's Investors Service - Graduate Analyst
• Lloyds Banking Group - Credit Risk Analyst

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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An innovative multidisciplinary and combined curriculum in the exciting and rapidly growing field of Competition and Regulation, offered jointly by two of Utrecht University's most prolific schools. Read more

An innovative and combined curriculum

An innovative multidisciplinary and combined curriculum in the exciting and rapidly growing field of Competition and Regulation, offered jointly by two of Utrecht University's most prolific schools.

The programme focuses on both public and private issues of the regulation of markets (banking, energy, telecom, transport, and other regulated sectors) private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and regulatory policy and effective enforcement . At all times it is the interplay between the economic and the legal that is the prime focus of the programme. Graduates will be able to bridge the often existing gap between these disciplines and be able to communicate effectively.

The programme has been set up in response to growing demands of the international economy for multidisciplinary experts in competition and regulatory issues. It addresses real managerial and legal issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:

*The European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel.
*UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition.
*The European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global.
*The adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things.

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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.

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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 MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees. Predominantly aimed at pre-experience students, the programme has been designed to meet the needs of high-level graduates from fields not specifically related to finance, whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector. The programme benefits from teaching by the Department’s leading faculty in a range of innovative and cutting edge courses.

You will gain an in-depth grounding with core courses in corporate finance and financial markets, before tailoring the degree to your goals with a range of elective courses, including a number of specifically designed applied courses. You will have the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City, and will benefit from close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group, which attracts leading international finance researchers to present at its many academic research seminars and practitioner conferences.

The programme enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employers, with alumni now working in a diversity of institutions including leading investment banks, financial institutions, consultancies and boutique firms.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates look to join Analyst programmes at major investment banks. Other students have joined consultancies, boutique firms, hedge funds, asset management firms, start-ups or have gone on to further study. This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

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Our Masters in Finance programs take a detailed and disciplined look at the tools, techniques, theoretical know-how, and practical focus that make it possible to put these functions into practice. Read more
Our Masters in Finance programs take a detailed and disciplined look at the tools, techniques, theoretical know-how, and practical focus that make it possible to put these functions into practice. The experience is enhanced by additional studies and tools that assist decision-making in areas directly or indirectly affected by the financial manager’s actions.

The Master in Finance at IE University is designed for students with a strong academic record and advanced quantitative skills who have recently completed their undergraduate studies, and young professionals with up to a maximum of 18-months full-time professional experience who wish to pursue careers as analysts in the finance and related industries; investment banks (corporate finance, equities, fixed income derivatives, etc.), financial boutiques, hedge funds, private equity, private banking, asset management, consulting, finance area of a corporation, as an entrepreneur with a financial angle. Above all, our students have a passion for the world of finance and a real desire to outperform in their professional career. The Master in Finance program equips participants with up-to-the-minute knowledge in key areas of finance such as leveraged buy-outs, credit derivatives, and mergers and acquisitions. The program plays a pivotal role in increasing candidate appeal in the recruitment processes for leading financial institutions. This program is 100% focused on finance in line with the demands of the financial recruiting market arena. In addition to finance courses we include workshops to develop soft skills such as presentation or negotiation skills, fundamental to have a successful career in finance. Students of the Master in Finance have an elective period, to specialize in the areas they later want to work in. Amongst the electives they can choose to prepare level I of the CFA charter, the most renowned qualification for finance professionals worldwide. IE is the first Spanish academic partner of both CFA Institute and CAIA Association, and our Master in Finance students can be eligible for scholarships to undertake those exams.

Quick Facts

Format: Full-time

Intake: Sep-Jul

Duration: 11 months

Language: English

Work Experience: 0-2 years

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

Why this programme

◾You will develop the skills required to manage portfolios to optimise clients' objectives, exploit available information to forecast future behaviour of stocks, interest and exchange rates, and provide analysis of financial investment.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley.
◾The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

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

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

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

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

Career prospects

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

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

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This programme offers training in the key areas of investment banking and financial investment. You will acquire an understanding of how financial markets operate, particularly in relation to the aims and operations of banking organisations and institutions. Read more
This programme offers training in the key areas of investment banking and financial investment. You will acquire an understanding of how financial markets operate, particularly in relation to the aims and operations of banking organisations and institutions.

Why this programme

◾This programme will develop both theory and lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs will allow you to develop real-life skills, such as managing a portfolio according to a customer's requirements.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President and the former Management Editor of the Economist.
◾The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

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

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Modern theory of banking and finance
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Sample optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾International finance and money
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Mathematical finance
◾Monetary policy and the role of central banks
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulations.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will have future career opportunities with various financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds, financial consultancies and asset management firms. The programme also provides a strong foundation for PhD research. Recent graduates of this programme work for organisations such as Zenith Bank, Tesco and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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

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This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. It is also suitable for those who are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies. The curriculum covers the three key areas of finance: investments, corporate finance, and financial markets and institutions, with a focus on financial investments.

What will I experience?

Students are taught by academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links to industry. Access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope is available along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

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

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates have gained employment in a wide range of roles and industrial sectors. These include investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions as well as in accountancy and general management.

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

Module Details

Financial Econometrics

Econometrics is a core tool used in the study of finance. The aim of this unit is to give you a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, to provide you with a strong intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques, and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance using the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS. Many of the econometric techniques covered are used and applied in other units in the course, to help you gain a good practical understanding of how to apply them in the practice of 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.

Corporate Finance and Business Valuation

In this unit you will study 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. Theories will be appraised in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. In the second half of this unit you will move on to the advanced study of business valuation. The main focus is on providing a strong practical understanding, and on the application of the key professional techniques used in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Portfolio Theory and Behavioural Finance

In the first half of this unit we look at stock markets and bond markets from the rational perspective. Here you will study the standard material of ‘modern portfolio theory’. In the second half of the unit we move on to behavioural finance, looking at the emotional, cognitive, institutional, and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. Topics include stock market booms and busts, financial crises, systematically irrational market behaviours, and the investment strategies that have been devised to exploit them. The unit has a strong practical philosophy. The theory, empirical research and analysis of real data that you will study are designed to help you to become a better investor.

Research Methods and Dissertation

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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

Why take this course?

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

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

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

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

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

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

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

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

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

Module Details

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

Here are the units you will study:

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

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

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

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

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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