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The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide.

Accreditation

As a CFA® Institute Program Partner, at least 70% of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA® Programme are covered and so the course is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Kevin Campbell

Course objectives

The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession.
Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts. The Stirling MSc in Investment Analysis team has an unrivaled record in the UK CFA© Institute Research Challenge. Stirling has won the UK final of this competition and reached the final in seven out of eight years. As a Programme Partner we are also able to offer on a competitive basis CFA Scholarships for the CFA level 1 exam.

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 .

Delivery and assessment

Students experience lectures, small group seminars, problem-solving classes, drop-in sessions, computer labs and group working during their studies. Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to investment analysis and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
The top student on the course receives the Walter Scott Global Investment Management Prize.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.
MSc Investment Analysis graduates work around the world and the following are examples of the organisations they are employed by:
- Aegon Asset Management
- Alliance Trust
- Andersen
- Baillie Gifford
- Barclays Global Investors
- Citibank
- Ernst & Young
- Honeywell
- HSBC
- Investec Securities
- JP Morgan
- Russell Investments
- Silk Invest Ltd
- Standard Charted Bank

Graduates entering into employment in the recent years have secured positions such as:
- Financial Consultant, e-FSW (Greece)
- Relationship Adviser (Private Banking), Royal Bank of Scotland (UK)
- Quantitative Analyst, Silk Invest Ltd (UK)
- Investment Banking Analyst, Government Savings Bank (Thailand)

Alumni of Investment Analysis who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
- Partner, Corporate Services Bureau Limited (Zambia)
- Senior Broker (Retail Sales & Trading), National Securities (Greece)
- Portfolio Manager – High Yield, Fortis Investments (UK)
- Senior Analyst, Bank of Thailand Risk Analyst, RBS Insurance (UK)
- Investment Researcher, Jiajing Investment Company (China)

Our alumni are leading and shaping the strategy of global financial organisations:
- Managing Director, Citi – Global Banking (Hong Kong)
- Head of Asset Management, Allemby Hunt (UK)
- Fund Manager, MCB Investment Management (Mauritius)
- Chief Financial Officer, Nanyang Press Holding (Malaysia)
- Vice President, MCB Bank Ltd (Pakistan)
- Senior Equity Analyst, Atlantic Investment (USA)

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This unique and challenging course has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience. Read more
This unique and challenging course has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience.

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter a profession specialising either in risk or investment analysis, to pass the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Financial Risk Manager exams, or to pursue a qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Accreditation

This MSc is an academic partner of two leading financial organisations in risk and investment management:
-Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
-Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).

Our course covers most of the requirements for GARP’s professional FRM (Financial Risk Manager) certification. It also prepares you for essential components of CISI's Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification or its Diploma in Capital Markets.

You benefit from GARP scholarship opportunities and funded membership with CISI, giving you valuable access to careers events, employability training, on-campus presentations and exam booking (please note that you’ll be expected to pay for at least part of the exam sitting fees).

Our curriculum is also designed to cover 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 exam.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term you undertake work on your projects.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of mid-term tests, coursework, and a formal examination after teaching has finished. The two summer term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Increased employment in risk management is set to continue as recent regulation changes put increased focus on improving risk management standards.

There is a strong demand for investment analysis – not only from pension funds and large corporations – as private equity continues to grow in the current global economic environment.

On successful completion of this MSc you are qualified to apply for graduate training positions as:
-A quantitative risk analyst
-A quantitative investment analyst
-An asset manager in a bank, corporation, hedge fund or insurance company

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MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. Read more
MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project.

Subject guide and module

You will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.

In addition, you will be encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

Core Modules :
-Valuation of Investments (A)
-Valuation of Investments (B)
-Quantitative Methods for Finance
-Trading Techniques
-Security Analysis
-Investment Management
-Business Finance
-International Finance
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed predominantly through examinations complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the valuation project.

Career opportunities

This programme provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career in the financial, insurance and corporate sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Auditor – PricewaterhouseCoopers (Italy)
-Financial Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Investment Manager – Bank of China (China)
-Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst – Ernst&Young (Russia)
-Risk Capital Manager – Kazikorn Bank (Thailand)

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. On successful completion of the programme you are expected to:
-Demonstrate an understanding of valuation techniques used in financial markets
-Understand how to trade financial securities
-Understand strategic decision-making within a financial context
-Be able to employ risk management techniques
-Use financial statements to analyse financial performance
-Understand the international influences of finance

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The MSc Finance and Management provides a good foundation in finance together with an overview of management functions within an organisation. Read more
The MSc Finance and Management provides a good foundation in finance together with an overview of management functions within an organisation. It is an ideal qualification for anyone wanting to start or progress their career in the finance function of an organisation and then move into general management later. It is relevant to working in small businesses where the ability to control finances is essential, within the finance function of large business organisations, and also in public sector organisations.
The programme offers a choice of the full range of options in both finance and management, so it is possible to tailor this programme to match your career goals.

You can study the programme in an intensive nine-month format, or over 12 months. With both formats you will gain a firm foundation in financial management, investment decisions and research skills in finance, as well as an introduction to the main ideas and functions of international business and marketing. If studying over nine months you will then study corporate finance, strategy, plus four additional options in the second term. You can select a short investment analysis project as one of the options. With the 12 month format you can will study the Investment Analysis Dissertation (45 credits) plus up to four optional modules.

In addition, intensive computing training covering Datastream, Thomson Reuters, and other financial databases and software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation in the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Advanced Corporate Finance; Financial Instruments; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Investment Analysis; Strategy; Managing Operations; Marketing Strategy and Principles of International Business

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development; International Financial Management; International Financial Management; Investment Analysis; International Human Resource Management; Strategic Innovation Management; Topics in Financial Economics; Financial Modelling; Corporate Finance and Governance; Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations and Alternative Investments.

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The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers. Read more
The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers.

You’ll benefit from a programme focussed on a systematic approach to the key decisions taken in investment management, equipping you with the skills needed to thrive in multinational corporations operating in an increasingly complex and fast changing global financial environment.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Fixed Income Investment
-Foundations of Finance
-Equity Investment Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Corporate Finance
-International Corporate Finance
-International Finance
-International Financial Reporting
-Risk Management
-Money and Banking
-MSc Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
-Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
-Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills
-Able to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills
-Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded
-The role of asset allocation
-Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities
-Appropriate valuation methodology
-Economic drivers
-The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Understand the investment process
-Develop an investment process
-Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index
-Understand the role and use of derivative securities

Key/transferrable skills
-Transferable analytical and decision making skills
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task (MSc)
-Data processing skills
-How to form views on incomplete data

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Key / transferable skills
-Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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The MSc Finance and Investment is designed for graduates interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. Read more
The MSc Finance and Investment is designed for graduates interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. Established in 1973, the MSc Finance and Investment was the very first Master’s degree in finance in the UK. Over the past 40 years, the programme has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training for graduates who are interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. The programme provides a broad knowledge in finance, combined with practical application, to help graduates develop the confidence and ability for a challenging career in finance.

The MSc Finance and Investment is one of the few finance postgraduate programs in UK that is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) as offering leadership in academic education in the area of financial markets. On successful completion of the MSc Finance and Investment, students are eligible to apply for the prestigious CISI Diploma, thus receiving a globally recognised professional qualification in addition to a Master’s degree.

You can study the MSc Finance and Investment programme over either nine months or 12 months.

The 9-month programme:

comprises 12 taught modules, five of which are compulsory modules that are taken in term one, and seven of which are selected from optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three.

The 12-month programme:

comprises nine taught modules, six of which are compulsory modules that are taken during terms one and two, and three of which are selected from 11 optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three. Students also undertake a dissertation in term three.

In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to attend non-assessed intensive training courses covering financial databases such as Bloomberg, ThomsonOne, FAME, EIKON, Datastream, etc.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation in the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Financial Instruments; Financial Modelling; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Investment Analysis and Investment Research Methods

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Advanced Corporate Finance; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; International Financial Management; Topics in Financial Economics ; Corporate Finance and Governance; Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations and Alternative Investments

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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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This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including Portfolio Management, Financial Trading and Global Investment Analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Financial Reporting and Company Performance
- Methods for Financial Data Analysis
- Principles of Finance
- Financial Markets and Institutions

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Communication for Finance
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Financial Statements and Business Valuation
- Portfolio Management

Optional Modules:
- Business Economics
- Corporate Finance
- Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
- International Financial Management

Summer:
Compulsory Modules
- Corporate Governance and Responsibility
- Financial Trading
- Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

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About the Course

In the fast-changing field of finance, the understanding of investment theories and portfolio performance appraisal are critically important. This MSc Finance and Investment course is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the understanding of financial theory, investment techniques and the financial regulatory environment.

The course has been designed to provide you with an in-depth grounding in key areas such as corporate finance, investment and portfolio analysis, financial services regulation and compliance. You will study with a stimulating and intellectually-challenging learning experience, through academic reading and the use of simulation software and powerful financial databases, such as TraderEx and Thomson Reuters Eikon.

You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module in a specialist area, such as corporate financial reporting, quantitative methods for financial markets, and multinational operations in finance and banking (the offer of optional modules are subject to timetabling and availability).

The course is delivered in Atlantic House, Cardiff – a fully-equipped learning resource centre, offering a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software and interactive teaching spaces. Located in the heart of Cardiff’s Business Enterprise Zone, it provides accounting and finance students with the facilities and supportive environment to flourish.

The MSc Finance and Investment aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed for an understanding of the theories, techniques and regulatory environment of financial market investment.

You will study a range of finance and investment modules from both a theoretical and practical point of view, through academic reading and use of simulation software and powerful financial databases. A study of research methods in a finance and investment context will prepare you to undertake your own chosen research project in an area of finance and investment with supervision from expert academic staff. You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module in an area of specialism such as Multinational operations in finance and banking or Quantitative methods for financial markets.

Wales accounts for 49,000 employees in the financial and professional services sector, and is predicted to see further growth in the next 10 years, as the sector grows, there will be an increase in demand for a skilled workforce.

You could be part of this workforce, you will be studying in Atlantic House, which is right in the heart of Cardiff’s Business Enterprise Zone and is very close to the University’s Cardiff Campus.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1019-msc-finance-and-investment

What you will study

The MSc Finance and Investment establishes a firm foundation in the theory and practice of financial decision making. You will gain the management and analytical skills needed to take you to the forefront of the financial world.

Students will take the following modules:
- Investment and portfolio analysis
- Financial services regulation, law and compliance
- Corporate finance
- Corporate governance
- Research methods
- Dissertation

Option from:
- Multinational operations in finance and banking
- Quantitative methods for financial markets
- Corporate financial reporting

Learning and teaching methods

The MSc Finance and Investment is delivered full time or part-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case-study analysis and discussion groups. A hands-on, student led approach is employed; whereby students are exposed to real-world situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This MSc Finance and Investment will enhance your critical, analytical and appraisal skills when handling business data from a financial and investment perspective. These skills, coupled with your previous qualifications in business studies, accounting or audit, will make you a highly desirable candidate.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a range of methods, predominantly coursework based assignments.

Facilities

This course is delivered in Atlantic House, Cardiff and offers facilities and a supportive environment in which Accounting and Finance students can flourish. From a fully equipped learning resource centre and a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software from Thomson Reuters to interactive teaching spaces.

The Accounting and Finance Clinic will also soon be based in Atlantic House, utilising specialist expertise within the University to provide free financial advice to the public and small businesses. The Clinic provides opportunities for Accounting and Finance students to gain experience in an applied setting, enabling them to gain and enhance the transferable skills they’ll need when entering the workforce.

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Overview

Global employers highly value advanced analytical skills in finance and economics. Our challenging MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment will provide you the skills you need to pursue a successful career with a financial institution, consultancy firm, government department or international agency.

Course Content

Our Project Analysis, Finance and Investment masters degree will provide you with a thorough training in areas including finance and investment, corporate finance and econometrics. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 70 of your 100 required credits:
-Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
-Corporate Finance (10 credits)
-Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconomics 1 and Applied Microeconomics 2 (20 credits)
-Econometrics 1 ​and ​Econometrics 2 (20 credits) or
-Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits) or
-Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits) or
-Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)

In addition, you can choose 30 credits of optional units from the following, with at least 20 credits from Group A:
Group A
-Development and Finance (10 credits)
-Financial Markets (10 credits)
-Financial Risk Management (10 credits)
-Management Decision Analysis (10 credits)
-Project Appraisal (10 credits)
-Theory of Finance (20 credits)
-Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

Group B
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
-Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
-Experimental Economics (10 credits)
-Industrial Economics (10 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Labour Economics (10 credits)
-Project (10 credits)
-Public Finance (10 credits)
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The Department of Economics and Related Studies was ranked eighth in the UK for the impact of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in econometrics, as well as in public economics, health economics, macroeconomics and finance, experimental economics, economic theory, and economic history. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Careers

This course will help you acquire or develop the analytical skills in economics and finance you need for a successful career as an investment analyst, financial adviser, project manager or consultant. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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This programme is not currently accepting applications.

Programme description

Most business schools offer an MSc in Finance. Few offer an MSc with such a strong investment component. A powerful blend of academic rigour and vocational insight, the MSc in Finance and Investment will add considerably to the knowledge of those looking to further their career in this vital sector.

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers from the key financial institutions, fund management houses and a range of analysts. Students are able to interact with leading figures from many major companies; this is particularly evident in the dissertation, which offers an invaluable opportunity to collaborate on a topic that has real, of-the-minute industry relevance.

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective of investment markets and asset classes, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions in investment analysis, portfolio management, financial statement analysis and evaluation, corporate finance, product development, client servicing and risk management.

The School is recognised a partner institution by the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute. Equally the School is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of postgraduate education in finance and investment by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about corporate finance, global financial markets, financial accounting statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis and investment mathematics. They will also learn about the use of software and sources of information in investment and risk management.

How to estimate the fair value for an investment, to test assumptions and sensitivities and to compare different investments are explored in depth. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of different asset classes, their behaviour in isolation and in relation to other asset classes, and an understanding of how portfolios of investments can be constructed and analysed.

Intellectual skills

Students will develop:

critical analysis – an ability to assimilate new knowledge in the field of finance and investment (and to analyse the information gained) and the operations and methods used in the financial sector
research skills – an ability to identify and define pertinent research questions, to review the relevant literature, to define a proper methodology and to conduct research in the context of data analysis or other suitable methods
discipline – a major difficulty in investment is removing emotion from the decision-making process; research in behavioural finance shows that the desire of investors to follow consensus, and the ease with which they can misinterpret data, are obstacles to sound decision making - the programme will seek to imbue students with the discipline required to make good investment decisions
analytical and numerical skills – an ability to analyse and solve investment problems, to handle large volumes of numerical data, to extract and manipulate relevant data in a meaningful manner, and to analyse accounting information

Subject-specific knowledge

Students will develop:

an understanding of investment and risk-management tools and databases such as Datastream, Osiris, WRDS and ThomsonOne Banker, through use of such products and demonstrations of their output and capabilities
an understanding of industry practice in risk management and general techniques such as value-at-risk and optimisation
an ability to understand, speak and write the language of finance and investment. An ability to analyse financial statements of companies, to evaluate earnings quality and firm performance
an understanding of analytical and problem-solving methods through the use of techniques such as discounted cash flow analysis, quadratic programming, sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation
an understanding of risk and its applicability beyond investment
a knowledge of the nature and findings of academic enquiry in the areas of finance and investment

Transferable skills

Students will develop an:

ability to understand, assess and present complex lines of argument
ability to work individually and with others in teams, often under time pressure
ability to communicate clearly on paper and in presentations
enhanced numerical skills and fluency in spreadsheet use, developed through problem solving in quantitative courses within the programme

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About the MSc programme

This master’s integrates current academic economic and financial analysis and research with an applied study of real estate markets and finance. The programme has an international focus that is transferable across countries and institutional settings. You will acquire significant theoretical and technical knowledge to equip you to understand urban economic processes, price determination in land and real property markets, and their interrelation with investment markets, investment analysis and portfolio choice as well as the impact of regulations, transport, public policy and socio-economic change. This programme will appeal if you wish to work, or are already working, in a specialised area relating to property and urban analysis, real estate finance or investment analysis.

The programme benefits from a partnership with the Investment Property Forum (IPF), which has included the programme on their selected list of graduate courses it judges provide the relevant skills necessary for those operating in the property investment market. This recognition comes with a number of benefits for our master's graduates, including fast-track membership to the forum. In addition, the programme has an agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), thus conferring professional recognition.

Graduate destinations

Our MSc graduates enter a wide variety of employment including professional firms, finance, real estate research, consultancy, the public sector and education.

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To understand, apply and develop these sophisticated methods requires a good understanding of both advanced mathematics and advanced financial theory. By combining the financial expertise in the University of Exeter Business School with expertise in the Mathematical Research Institute of the Mathematics Department at the University, this intensive MSc programme, available over 9 or 12 months, will prepare you for careers in areas such as international banking or international business. For those with a strong mathematical background, and a wish to pursue a finance career, this programme is the ideal introduction to this exciting field.

Programme structure

The taught element of the programme takes place between October and May and is arranged into two 12-week teaching semesters.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Methods for Stochastics and Finance; Analysis and Computation for Finance; Mathematical Theory of Option Pricing; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Research Methodology and Advanced Mathematics Project;

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows; Topics in Financial Economics; Investment Analysis; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; Investment Analysis; Financial Modelling; Advanced Corporate Finance; Alternative Investments; Quantitative and Research Techniques; Advanced Econometrics; Dynamical Systems and Chaos; Pattern Recognition; Introduction to C++ and Level 3 Mathematics Modules.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is by lectures, example classes, computer classes, tutorials, set work, project work, reading and self-study. The exact form and number of the lectures and tutorials varies from module to module and is chosen according to the material to be covered.
You will use the computer programming language Matlab and online financial databases such as Bloomberg and Datastream.

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Course content

The course is designed to complement the range of knowledge and skills that participants will have acquired in the course of earlier studies and their work experience. It will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks as well as analytical techniques and key transferable skills. In addition it will develop the ability to apply relevant knowledge and skills and to exercise professional judgement for those seeking a role in international financial regulation; banking, insurance, strategic decision making, corporate governance, and the management of risk within an organisation.

The course covers international banking, finance and risk management via a mixture of relevant modules. Students are required to study six modules and a dissertation.

Course modules (16/17)

-Accounting and Finance for Business
-Operational Risk Management
-Global Financial Strategy
-International Banking and Financial Markets
-Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
-Investment Analysis
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Islamic Banking and Finance

Assessments

A variety of assessment methods are used including reports, essays, presentations, student led seminars, workshops, ‘e’ based assessments and examinations.

Careers

The MSc in International Banking and Finance is designed to prepare students for a career in international banking and the global financial services industry.

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The programme brings together expertise from Mathematics and the Business School to ensure a balanced approach to many of the complex problems in modern quantitative finance.

On completion of the programme you will be able to review and implement complex financial models in a number of programming languages including C++, MATLAB and R.

Programme structure

Core modules

The compulsory modules can include; Methods for Stochastics and Finance; Analysis and Computation for Finance; Mathematical Theory of Optional Pricing; Introduction to C++; Computational Finance with C++; Numerical Finance; Research Methodology; Advanced Mathematics Project; Investment Analysis I; Investment Analysis II; Financial Modeling

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows; Topics in Financial Economics; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; Advanced Corporate Finance; Alternative Investments; Quantitative Research Techniques; Advanced Econometrics;

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