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THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2007-2009 HAS RAISED NEW ISSUES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK AND HAS CREATED NEW CHALLENGES FOR ALL PLAYERS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR. Read more
THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2007-2009 HAS RAISED NEW ISSUES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK AND HAS CREATED NEW CHALLENGES FOR ALL PLAYERS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR. BANKS, INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND OTHER FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS NEED TO GAIN BETTER CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCIAL RISKS. MARKET PARTICIPANTS AND RESEARCHERS FROM ACADEMIA NEED TO APPLY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO FINANCE AND ECONOMICS. THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE MSC IS TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

THE MSC PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO MASTER THE FINANCIAL RISK TOOLS WHICH ARE VITAL FOR FINANCING AND INVESTMENT IN BANKS AND TO FACE THE MARKET’S NEEDS.

BACKGROUND

The MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management programme is designed for those interested in working inthe financial services sector and who have an academic background in Financial Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Engineering Sciences or Physics and have graduated with an International Bachelor’s degree in the fore-mentioned subjects or with a French Master’s degree (M1). The MSc programme will provide the skills needed to master advanced analytical tools needed in modern finance.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the programme will develop the expertise to analyse and control financial risks. It covers areas such as Mathematical Finance, Risk Management, Programming and Finance, Regulation and Future Governance. The course is tailored to prepare students for jobs such as: Risk Analyst, Quantitative analyst, Structured product specialist, Compliance Officer, Auditor

BLENDED LEARNING

The pedagogical approach blends theoretical teaching with the study of real-life cases. Students will have the opportunity to work on current business problems
with financial firms. As an integral part of the programme, students will complete a 4-6 month internship. After the internship, students will prepare a dissertation using the experience gained during their time in the company under the supervision of an Internship Tutor from the company and an ESILV professor specialised in the topic of the dissertation. The first semester of the the programme can be completed at ESILV (Paris) or at the University of Padova (Italy).

53K€ - THE MINIMUM INTERNATIONAL STARTING SALARY OF GRADUATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

10 - LECTURERS/RESEARCHERS IN THE FINANCE LAB, THE RESEARCH LABORATORY IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

12 - BLOOMBERG TERMINALS ON CAMPUS

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

FULL-TIME 18 MONTHS PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH

::SEMESTER 1::

Model identification, calibration and data analysis
- Linear and nonlinear computational algebra : an introduction
- Model identification and calibration

Stochastic methods for finance
- Fundamentals of Stochastic methods
- Advanced Stochastic methods for finance

Stochastic differential equations
- Stochastic processes
- Stochastic differential equations

Scientific computing and programming
- Programming : an introduction to VBA and Matlab
- Object oriented programming and data mining

::SEMESTER 2::

Statistics for Risk Management
- Econometrics
- Extreme Value Theory

Risk Management
- Credit Risk
- Operational Risk
- Liquidity Risk
- Market Risk

Quantitative Finance
- Derivative Product
- Asset Management
- Bloomberg and VBA for Finance

Accounting and Regulatory
- Asset Liability Management
- Basel 3

Beyond Basel III
- Interest Rate Risk Management
- Systemic Risk Modelisation

Bank of the future
- History of money and banking system
- International Finance andsystemic risk
- Bank and monetary policy

Language
- French as a Foreign Language

::SEMESTER 3::

Internship

Professional Dissertation

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

OUR COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA FOR THE MSC IN INVESTMENT BANKING AND RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME WILL GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT TO BOTH ESILV’S AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA’S EXTENSIVE NETWORK AND TO GAIN EXPERTISE FROM THE PROFESSORS FROM BOTH SCHOOLS

::IN PARIS::

We offer an excellent work environment with state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the largest financial district in Europe, La Défense – you will be where all the action is. ESILV is located in the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, which offers students a highly-secure study environment where you will find up-to-date technology and equipment necessary for your studies. The Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci has dedicated spaces for the comfort andwell-being of the students – including a choice of cafeterias, a sports center and lounge areas. From day one, when the international relations department meets you at the airport and helps you settle into Paris, you will get support from administrative and academic staff to make your learning experience in Paris a remarkable one.

::IN PADOVA::

If you choose to do the first semester at the University of Padova, you will get the opportunity to study in an institution with an incredible history. Not only does the University have the oldest University Botanical Garden in the world, you can also discover the ancient Palazzos, Astrological Observatory and historical collections in the museums. With about 65 000 students, the University of Padova is ranked as the leading Italian University, as well as being in the top 300 worldwide in the Shanghai rankings.

::PARTNERSHIP::

The following companies have shown their interest in the MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management. As well as being members of the Scientific Comitee,
they will contribute to the taught-part of the programme and propose Internship offers in their companies: Société Générale (Risk and Capital Models Department), BRED (Department of Capital Markets), Blackridge Bank (President and CEO), Monte dei Paschi Siena (Head of Global Markets), DanskeBank (Head of Front Office Quantitative Applications), CONSOB (The Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa).

::BLOOMBERG TRADING ROOM::

The Pôle Léonard de Vinci has 12 Bloomberg terminals where you can simulate being a trader. The Bloomberg Trading room gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the markets and its financial products, with the aim of becoming almost fully operational for your future employer. You will create
a network of contacts with the help of the Bloomberg Chat tool, where you can contact professionals and send them your CV.

USEFUL INFORMATION

::DURATION::

12 months of classes
4-6 months Company Mission/ Internship (you can do this anywhere in the world)

Intake : February

Tuition fees : 15 000 €

::ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS::

To apply for the MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management the pre-requisites are as follows:

- A French Masters 1 Level Degree in Financial Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics or Engineering Sciences
- An international Bachelor’s degree in one of the above-mentioned subjects
- An international Bachelor’s degree in Physics

::HOUSING AND COST OF LIVING::

The cost of living will vary significantly dependent on your lifestyle. This is estimated to be between 1 000 and 1 500 € per month (housing, food, electricity…). The International Relations Department will provide you with housing options offered by our housing partners.

::FOR MORE INFORMATION::

Vaghé LUDINARD
International Programmes Manager
Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci
Tel : +33 (0)1 41 16 70 86


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Our MSc Finance degrees give you the theoretical background and practical skills for a career tackling contemporary issues in Finance. Read more

Course Description

Our MSc Finance degrees give you the theoretical background and practical skills for a career tackling contemporary issues in Finance. Each course has been created in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Finance (CFA), so your modules also contribute towards the institute's own qualification, which you can work to complete after graduation.

Your first semester develops a strong core knowledge of institutional, accounting and financial modelling frameworks. You will explore the operation of markets, their major participants and the regulatory environment, as well as building a firm understanding of corporate finance, basic accounting and financial analysis.

In your second Semester you can deepen your core knowledge of Finance, or specialise by taking an Investment Banking or Accounting route. Finally, your third semester sees you undertake a major project, applying your skills in a real-world setting, conducting independent research or gaining an international perspective by working overseas.

On our MSc Finance and Investment Banking route, you'll learn about analysing and valuing investment products, critical analysis of information in derivatives markets and portfolio and investment management. You'll work hands-on with financial tools and techniques, including using our Trading Room.

See the website https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pg/2017-18/finance-and-investment-banking

Work placement

You can choose to add a year's work placement, making your master's a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

We have extensive links with corporate partners who can offer placements, so we can help you find something perfect. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

Visit the MSc Finance and Investment Banking page on the Nottingham Trent University web site for more details! https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pg/2017-18/finance-and-investment-banking

Scholarships

Nottingham Business School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships for our full-time master's courses. To find out more visit the Nottingham Business School website. (http://www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html?utm_campaign=FAM-BLSS-Nov-15&utm_medium=Profile&utm_source=Findamasters&utm_term=BLSS )

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Through its unique design, this program takes your knowledge of capital markets to a higher level. Interactive lessons by academic and industry experts provide strong technical skills in capital markets instruments, financial data, and computer programming. Read more

Through its unique design, this program takes your knowledge of capital markets to a higher level. Interactive lessons by academic and industry experts provide strong technical skills in capital markets instruments, financial data, and computer programming.

In a fast-moving global financial environment, this program further explores the most recent developments in capital markets regulations and compliance. Our students graduate with a set of quantitative tools and with a solid knowledge of the regulations and ethics in banking and capital markets.

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is specifically targeted towards recent graduates in finance or business administration who want to continue the development of their technical skills and knowledge in finance.

Program Advantages:

- Development of key technical skills in quantitative methods and computer programming

- Understand how banking and capital markets regulations affect financial practices while developing professional ethics

- Learn how, and from where, to source accurate and consistent data; navigate across financial products; and acquire hands-on experience in the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

Career Opportunities:

- Quantitative Analyst

- Risk Manager

- Compliance Officer

This program is under the process of being accredited with the Université Catholique de Lille as diplôme universitaire and with the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

Program

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is offered on a full time basis. The curriculum is developed around core courses and feature a series of electives within the field of banking and capital markets. It also includes French or other foreign language courses and a professional experience

The program is made up of two semesters studying subjects such as quantitative methods, banking, ethics and regulations, capital markets, and computer programming.

An internship rounds out the program where students can apply their knowledge in professional environments.

Internship -

Students acquire real-life experience through a 4 – 6 month internship in France, or anywhere in the world.

The objective is to provide an opportunity where students learn how to approach assignments and working relationships in a professional environment. They can apply their new found knowledge in real world situations while receiving guidance and feedback from managers and colleagues. New contacts made during their internships help create their professional networks.

French language classes -

French language lessons are mandatory for non-Francophone international students. Francophone students may choose German, Italian, Chinese, or Spanish.

Admission & Fees

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is for those who want to develop a deep understanding of capital markets instruments, functioning, and regulation.

Admission requirements -

The program is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration or Economics from a recognized university with good academic performance and a good command of English.

Native English speakers or students who have had two years of courses taught in English are exempt. A GMAT score is optional, not mandatory.

Application Process -

The application process is based on students’ online application available at https://application.ieseg.fr/ and review of the required documents.

Rolling admission is offered from October 2017

Checklist requirements:

- Online application form

- Transcripts and diploma translated into English or French if necessary

- English proficiency test (IELTS 6.5 TOEFL IBT 85, TOEIC 800) if required

- CV / Resume

- Copy of passport

- 80€ application fee

Application deadlines:

May 30th 2018

Tuition 2018-2019

€ 15,000 for domestic and international students.

International merit-based scholarships are available.

Funding and scholarship -

IÉSEG has a merit-based International Scholarship Program with a tuition waiver of 15 to 50% per year. Selection is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance and overall application portfolio.

The scholarship application is automatic; students do not need to apply separately.

All international students are encouraged to check with Campus France and their own government to see if there are any scholarships available. For American students please check with Sallie Mae for private loan options.



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The MSc International Banking and Investment at Lincoln is designed for those who wish to follow a career in the investment banking sector. Read more
The MSc International Banking and Investment at Lincoln is designed for those who wish to follow a career in the investment banking sector. The demand for those with applicable knowledge of corporate finance, investment, commercial and investment banking is high in the UK, Europe, and the emerging market economies in Asia.

MSc International Investment Banking is designed to shed light on how the economy works, how decisions are made, and how financial systems and capital markets operate.

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Course description. Our MSc Economics degrees build on your undergraduate knowledge, providing you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills to progress your career in a challenging and rewarding role. Read more

Course description

Our MSc Economics degrees build on your undergraduate knowledge, providing you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills to progress your career in a challenging and rewarding role. Throughout, you will learn from a wide range of business, management and social perspectives.

In your first semester you will work with the latest economic theories and the methods of analysis based on them, including the use of quantitative data. You will use these methods to contribute to resolving challenging issues in today's global business and management environment.

In your second semester, we will give you the opportunity to deepen this core knowledge of Economics or take specialist modules in Investment Banking.

Finally, in your third semester, you will choose one of our major experience projects, applying your skills in a real-world setting, conducting a piece of independent research or gaining an international perspective by working overseas.

See the website https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pg/2017-18/economics-and-investment-banking

Work placement

You can choose to add a year's work placement, making your master's a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

We have extensive links with corporate partners who can offer placements, so we can help you find something perfect. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research-based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

Visit the MSc Economics and Investment Banking page on the Nottingham Trent University web site for more details!

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pg/2017-18/economics-and-investment-banking

Scholarships

Nottingham Business School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships for our full-time master's courses. To find out more visit the Nottingham Business School website. (http://www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html?utm_campaign=FAM-BLSS-Nov-15&utm_medium=Profile&utm_source=Findamasters&utm_term=BLSS )



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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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World-ranked. for Masters in Finance by the Financial Times, this degree is widely regarded as one of the leading applied finance programmes in Europe. Read more

World-ranked for Masters in Finance by the Financial Times, this degree is widely regarded as one of the leading applied finance programmes in Europe. It has been specially designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the challenging field of international securities and investment banking. It enables our graduates to acquire the practical skills and knowledge sought by employers in the sector through a unique combination of interactive, technically advanced teaching and hands-on training.

It is our longest established programme with over 2,000 alumni around the world. It is also the most flexible finance programme with a choice of over 20 elective modules, providing a broad expertise to equip those who have yet to settle on a specialism, and who look to a wider choice of potential career paths. You will benefit from exposure to advanced analysis tools and resources valued by the financial markets that aim to enhance your practical skills and market awareness. As part of the programme, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the operations of financial markets, securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Highlights

  • Ranked in the No. 7 in the UK and No.33 in the world for Masters in Finance
  • 90% of students are employed within 3 months of graduation
  • Experience world-class student facilities and a practice-centred delivery approach
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Work Placement & Project module available for students studying the 12-month course

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

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

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

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 100 (80) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

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

Learning options

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

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

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

Careers

Those who graduate in ISIB will leave us well equipped to pursue a wide range of careers in financial services. Many join investment banks to train as financial markets professionals in trading, sales and research, whilst others specialise in complex derivative products and others join brokers and commodity bankers. In addition, many graduates follow other career paths including consultancy, accountancy, operations, IT, and higher education and doctoral research.

Professional Accreditation

CISI Diploma

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

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

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

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



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Focusing on international finance, this course has particular emphasis on multinational corporate finance and international banking. Read more

Why take this course?

Focusing on international finance, this course has particular emphasis on multinational corporate finance and international banking. It is particularly suited to graduates looking to pursue careers in corporate finance in large financial and non-financial companies, corporate financial services in banking and investment banking, and central banking. On this course you will gain in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, financial investments, and international banking.

What will I experience?

You will be 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 in finance and financial economics have gained employment in a wide range of roles and industrial sectors, including investment analysis, securities trading, banking and investment banking, accountancy and financial 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

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

Financial Econometrics:

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

Multinational Corporate Financial Management:

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

International Money and Capital Markets:

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

International Banking:

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

Research Methods and Dissertation:

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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This unique. Finance MSc. online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. Read more

This unique Finance MSc online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. This online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas like, Investment Banking, International Finance and Islamic Banking and Finance.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals within the finance sector, this unique MSc Finance online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas such as Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance or Investment Banking.

Career Information

Improve your career prospects by acquiring the financial theory and practical skills required to work within emerging finance sectors. This course is ideally suited to financial roles in areas such as corporate finance, investment banking, commodities trading or Islamic banking. By acquiring this postgraduate qualification you'll be in a stronger position when applying for senior roles as a banker, finance analyst, commodity trader or financial advisor within the corporate sector and specialised financial institutions.

What does this course cover?

You can tailor this course to your personal and professional interests. You'll study core subject areas of Corporate Finance, Ethics and Corporate Governance with a choice of five optional modules in Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance, Investment Banking, Fixed Income Security and Commodities Trading. Finally you'll complete an Independent Scholarship Project to achieve your Masters degree.

Specialist awards that compliment your career

When you tailor this course to your personal and professional interests you can also achieve a named award at the Masters stage within 3 years:

  • MSc Finance 
  • MSc Finance (International Finance)
  • MSc Finance (Investment Banking)
  • MSc Finance (Commodity Trading)

You can start this course in September, January or May.



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Its curriculum is designed in order to provide an optimal balance between theory and its practical application in the industry. Read more

Program Structure

Its curriculum is designed in order to provide an optimal balance between theory and its practical application in the industry. In the first year, the Master of Science in Finance offers key skills in all the major areas of finance, from accounting, corporate finance and investment banking to investments, quantitative finance, risk management and derivatives.
This exposure to all key areas of finance, rather than just a subset of them, is crucial to enable students to become competent and flexible professionals, able to interact with colleagues from different divisions and backgrounds in their future careers.

The second year offers the choice of a wide number of specialized elective courses that can be chosen in accordance with desired career paths and personal interests, going further in depth in fields such as investment banking, quantitative finance, asset management and insurance, management and consulting for financial institutions.
The majors offered in the Master of Science in Finance are:
- Financial Institution Management;
- Investment banking;
- Quantitative finance;
- Insurance.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science in Finance has the following educational objectives:

- provide advanced preparation in the main business areas: corporate finance, quantitative finance, management of financial institutions and investment banking necessary to work in the international context of corporate finance and financial markets and institutions;
- develop the skills to combine company assessment and fundamental analysis with quantitative competences, and to operate both as an expert, as well as in the areas of investment banking and capital markets of the major financial intermediaries;
- complete the business studies providing competences in economics and law, so as to develop problem analysis skills in interdisciplinary areas;
- develop competences via educational activities inside and outside the classroom which promote student-teacher interaction and interaction between the students themselves as well as complex problem analysis, problem solving skills, ability to present and discuss the results of one’s work;
- promote competence (in the business area) in the use of English and of a second EU language to work effectively and efficiently in one’s profession.

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This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a practical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends. Students benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the heart of the global investment industry in the City of London, only a short distance away.

During the course you will develop expertise in a range of specialised areas such as trading strategies, portfolio and fund management, alternative and responsible investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice through the use of simulations, case studies and take part in the portfolio management challenge designed for MSc Investment Management students. 

Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA® ) programme, level 1. The two programmes support and reinforce the other, ensuring that graduates acquire both the academic and professional knowledge and qualifications required to succeed in the investment management industry. 

The tuition for this programme includes the candidate’s registration in the June CFA Level I exam that is written just after the end of the academic year. The tuition also includes substantial CFA teaching outside of the academic teaching.

The ICMA Centre is a CFA University Affiliate; this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.

Highlights

  • Study for one of the most recognised master’s courses within the asset management sector and one of the few in the UK affiliated with the CFA Institute
  • Enhance your career prospects by studying CFA level 1 as part of the programme
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as portfolio management, advanced financial analysis and other investment management related modules
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes distinguished guest speakers and bespoke simulations

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

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

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

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 50 (30) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

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

Learning options

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

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

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

Careers

After completion, our graduates are qualified to work in a variety of investment functions, including as portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and traders, within a diverse range of organisations such as investment banks, regulators, fund management firms and consultants.

The wide recognition of the programme contributes to the majority of our graduates securing employment offers within 6 months of graduation. 

Professional accreditation

CFA Level 1

Studied alongside the degree.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) 

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

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

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

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



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Since the global economic crash of 2008, the world of finance and investment has evolved considerably. This course is suited to those wishing to pursue a career in the finance world, working in areas such as investment banking, private equity or corporate financial management and will provide a solid framework of the crucial issues surrounding the sector as its core learning mode.


Why study MSc/PG Cert/PG Dip Investment and Finance at Middlesex University?

This contemporary and challenging course provides an up-to-date evaluation of financial institutions from both a modern theory and practical point of view. You will become competent at applying quantitative skills to the practice of financial investment and analysis where you will learn how to analyse the causes and consequences of financial and banking crises in mature economies and emerging markets. Furthermore, you will discover how the operation of global capital markets and risk management techniques function and understand investment performance and analyse financial data.

Through debate, you will be encouraged to challenge assumptions at all times, work through a series of real life problems and expand your analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to think logically and quantitatively. This course will continue to enhance your career potential and professional development, helping you pursue a career in investment banking, private equity and corporate financial management, stock-broking, investment analyst or treasure management.

Course highlights:

- Graduate with a basis for professional exams such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
- Our part-time, full-time or the distance learning option offers flexibility to those with family commitments.
- Enrol in a specialist session with the Employability Centre for more specific advice.
- Graduate from a highly respected Business School in London with a qualification highly sought after in the finance sectors. Past students have gained internships or been recruited by major financial bodies namely Abbey, HSBC and the Bank of America.
- Our course provides you with the chance to enter a number of finance sectors including investment banking, private equity, corporate financial management, stock-broking, investment analyst, corporate finance or treasure management.

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Integrated financial markets and global businesses contribute significantly to modern banking, which is inseparable from international finance.

This course gives you a comprehensive overview of central issues in banking and international finance, with an understanding of the forces that sway financial markets as well as the theories underlying commercial and international banking. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that can be practically applied, and put them to the test in real-life scenarios through practical exercises.

You’ll learn from highly qualified tutors with research and consultancy expertise in credit, banking and finance. A strong research culture and excellent links with industry, commerce and professional bodies will give you the rare opportunity to gain a real understanding of the current challenges and issues facing the world’s international financial institutions.

Academic excellence

As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Banking and International Finance; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

Course content

This course develops your knowledge of international finance and business to an advanced level.

You’ll develop your existing skills in quantitative data analysis, applying financial methods and theories to solve complex business problems. You’ll examine the global financial sector as you study corporate finance, international business finance and commercial banking.

You’ll be able to gain specialist knowledge with your choice of optional modules in a range of subject areas, including International Investment, Economics of Globalisation and Risk and Insurance.

To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you gain during the programme, you’ll design and carry out your own research dissertation in the final semester. This allows you to focus on a topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

Throughout the course we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Quantitative Methods 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Applied Finance 15 credits
  • Commercial Banking 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 60 credits
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

Optional modules

You'll also take two options, one of which must be either International Investment or Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy.

  • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
  • International Business Finance 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • International Investment 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance 15 credits
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Banking and International Finance MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

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

In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.

For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.

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

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Banking and International Finance can expect to have worldwide appeal to employers in finance, investment banking and financial services.

Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate finance and financial analysis. Alternatively, the course can provide an excellent grounding for a career in financial journalism.

This masters is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue a postgraduate research degree.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from the support of a Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

We’re committed to offering a wide range of development and training opportunities. Recent activities have included CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

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



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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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The banking and financial markets face many complex challenges. We’ll provide you with the expertise to understand and overcome them. By the end of your course, you’ll have all the skills you need for a huge range of careers across the sector.

Our expert researchers and practitioners will provide innovative theories on key issues in the industry. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put it into practice. Our industry-standard software and datasets, and our virtual trading floor give you the chance to test your skills – using the same tools as the professionals. 

Key benefits

  • You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of commercial and investment banking – as well as the changing structure of the international financial industry.
  • At our central London school, you’ll be taught by financial experts with a huge range of industry experience.
  • Our latest research informs your course. And we’ll help you turn theory into practice so you can use what you learn in the working world.
  • We have an extensive network of contacts from a wide variety of financial organisations. So you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from inspiring guest speakers, putting their insider knowledge into practice in real-world scenarios.

Description

The Banking and Finance MSc course is an innovative course designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the finance and banking industry. The programme will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Our programme focuses on such areas that have major practical and theoretical application as: investment analysis and management, portfolio creation and management, investment and commercial banking, asset and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financial derivatives, quantitative financial analysis, taxation and banking regulation.

The course is made up of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, and 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

You will study a range of required modules such as Quantitative Methods for Finance, Investments, Commercial and Investment Banking, Financial Derivatives and Statements. In addition to a compulsory 15,000-word dissertation, you will choose further related modules to support your study interests.

Course purpose

This course will provide the skills you need to work in a wide range of careers in finance or banking.

Whether you’re a student or a working professional, our aim is to maximise your employability. And we have a great track record, with a number of innovative postgraduate programmes and great graduate employment statistics.

We design the programme so you’ll be exempt from the exams normally needed for professional qualifications.

Our careers consultants and links with industry will give you a head start in the job market. Many students find internship placements and we offer optional short courses designed to equip you with even more practical skills for working life.

Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which could include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations. The dissertation will be assessed on one 15,000-word extended piece of writing. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

Extra information

Some unique features of our MSc Banking & Finance are:

  • Our programme is designed with a view to securing exemptions from exams run by professional bodies providing professional qualifications.
  • Extensive contributions from respected city professionals and industry experts who also teach you, bringing practical insights into the classroom by applying the theory to real-world scenarios.
  • A fully developed careers programme with careers consultants and extensive industry links that aim to maximise your employment prospects.
  • A set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills for the finance industry
  • State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government. These facilities are coupled with a range of courses that familiariseyou with such practical skills as trading and database use.

Career prospects

Graduates from programmes run previously by the programme directors are highly sought after by investment banks, corporate risk management units, insurance companies, fund management institutions, financial regulatory bodies, brokerage firms and trading companies. Recent employers of these graduates include Capital Investment, Credit Suisse, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, Fitch Ratings, HSBC and Morgan & Stanley. Some graduates have pursued research degrees in financial mathematics.



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