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.
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
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:
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.
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.
CFA Level 1
Studied alongside the degree.
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.
The course aims to develop your analytical skills and knowledge of the key products, investment strategies and risks present in financial markets. It is ideal for individuals wishing to work in financial markets and investment and wanting to progress their career rapidly.
We have consulted industry practitioners and professional bodies to ensure that it prepares you for a career in financial services. The financial services industry is a fast paced and dynamic area to work in with a strong and identifiable career path.
The dissertation allows you to focus upon a subject that interests you, contributing to career development.
Sheffield Business School has a diverse mix of cultures with students from the UK, Asia, India, Pakistan, Africa, the EU and North and Central America. This multicultural environment provides a great opportunity for developing mutual activities and improving cross-cultural understanding among students.
This course is linked with various professional bodies including the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
You can take professional exams whilst you are in the UK. However costs vary and fees would be on top of your normal course fees.
Successfully completing the international treasury management module gives you an additional professional qualification awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).
September start – typically 12 months
January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months
Typical modules include:
Assessment methods include phase tests, individual assignments and group work tasks.
Possible progression or career routes include • wide range of opportunities globally within the finance, investment, investment banking and retail financial sectors as well as within government and regulatory organisations • a career in Fund Management, Stockbroking, Wealth Management or Investment Banking • opportunities in financial analysis and management consultancy • further study opportunities through the Chartered Insurance Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment or the Society of Chartered Financial Analysts
Previous graduates are working for companies such as • Deloitte • J P Morgan • HSBC • Investec • Aviva • Fidelity • Grant Thornton • Barclays • Scottish Widows • plus other banks, national and smaller IFA firms, whilst others have chosen to start their own businesses.