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

Why this programme

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

Programme structure

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

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

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

Career prospects

This programme is for students wishing to pursue a career in investment fund management such as asset management companies, hedge funds, wealth management banks, regulators and central banks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course detail

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Assessment

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

International Opportunities

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

International elective modules may also be available in term three.

Career opportunities

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

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

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

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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Learn the theory behind investment management and apply this knowledge in practice by managing a live portfolio of assets. About the course. Read more
Learn the theory behind investment management and apply this knowledge in practice by managing a live portfolio of assets.

About the course:
-Study for one of the most recognised master’s courses within the asset management sector and one of the few in the UK accredited by 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 OVERVIEW

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 Program Partner; 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.

EMPLOYABILITY

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.

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The Masters in Financial Management has recently been recognised by the CFA Institute in their University Recognition Program. Read more
The Masters in Financial Management has recently been recognised by the CFA Institute in their University Recognition Program.

This means that our graduates can be confident that they have gained a quality assured, industry standard qualification which is well recognised and respected in today’s financial management sector. New modules include: Alternative Investments and Portfolio Investment & Wealth Management.

The course will develop your analytical skills and teach you to evaluate theory and implement procedures within the corporate sector and financial institutions. It prepares you for roles in financial institutions, stock broking, investment and portfolio management, and in the business sector within the treasury and corporate finance departments of companies.

Visit the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate/financial-management

Course detail

You will learn to use various models and techniques for analysing the complex issues which arise during the business decision-making process. Communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and group interaction skills will also be enhanced.

Stage 1

•Financial Information and Decision Making
•Finance Theory
•Financial Institutions and Markets
•Quantitative Methods for Finance

Exit Award: PgCert Financial Management

Stage 2

•Alternative Investments
•Portfolio Investment and Wealth Management
•Corporate Financial Management
•Research Methods

Exit Award: PgDip Financial Management

Stage 3

•Dissertation

Award: MSc Financial Management

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will attend on-campus and learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These provide a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team teams on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

Teaching and Expertise

Staff are drawn from a range of pure research and commercial business backgrounds. For example, several are members of UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in bodies such as the Expert Review Group of CIMA. Research plays a vital role in underpinning all levels of teaching and the curriculum. Our students are made aware of the research being undertaken through access to published output and invitation to research seminars. Students have the opportunity to have their dissertation supervised by an active researcher.

The Aberdeen Business School has excellent industry links e.g. with Exxon Mobil and Aberdeen Asset Management. External specialist presenters in areas such Fund Management, Investment Banking and Treasury are regularly invited to speak to our students.

Placements and accreditations

The Masters in Financial Management has recently been recognised by the CFA Institute in their University Recognition Program.

Careers

A degree from Robert Gordon University is confirmation to a future employer that a graduate will possess the blend of learning, skills and experience that they require from their employees.

The practical and financial management focus of the course will benefit management executives seeking career enhancement through a change of discipline or specialism in particular areas of finance. It is suitable for qualified accountants or brokers seeking a career change or those in the financial sector who require new expertise in certain areas of finance. Recent graduates seeking fast entry into the field of treasury, corporate and international finance and fund management would also find this course beneficial.

Benefits to you

On completion of this course you will be able to apply for exemption from the professional examinations of the Association of Corporate Treasurers; the Institutes of Bankers; the Securities and Investment Institute; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In addition to specific subject knowledge, you will acquire additional skills allowing you to integrate fully in to a commercial work environment. These will include abilities in written and verbal communication, time management, team working and critical analysis.

Opportunities

For practising accountants, this course will allow you to specialise within the industry, opening up a wide variety of career development opportunities within a number of different contexts, for example, accounting, finance, accounting, audit or economics. For those who are new to financial management, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into, and develop your career within, the profession. Employment opportunities exist within commercial companies, wholesale and retail domestic and international banks, accountancy and consultancy firms and fund managers and investment institutions as brokers, dealers, analysts and compliance staff.

Benefits to organisations

By completing this course you will have developed knowledge and skills that would make an immediate, valuable and effective contribution within your organisation. You will bring a wide range of technical knowledge and expertise plus analytical, presentation and resource management skills to an employer. The sophisticated analytical, financial and quantitative skills which you will gain are relevant to a diverse range of employment scenarios.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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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. Read more

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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Financial markets are becoming ever more innovative, dynamic and global. The Investment Management MSc is designed as a specialist programme aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in the expanding financial services sector. Read more
Financial markets are becoming ever more innovative, dynamic and global. The Investment Management MSc is designed as a specialist programme aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in the expanding financial services sector.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course has a strong focus on your future international business career; by choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:
-A programme of study that is designed to be more practical with less emphasis on the use of mathematical methods. For example, teaching makes use of the industry-standard Thomson-Reuters Eikon financial database
-A course that focuses on providing the types of skills and tools used by financial service professionals in the City of London and other leading financial centres
-A course that leads to exemptions from Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment professional qualifications (their Introduction to Securities and Investment module and their Fund Management module)
-A course that gives you the opportunity to gain Thomson-Reuters Eikon certification
-A course that provides opportunities to enrol on the internship programme to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation
-A course that enables you to achieve professional financial services skills vital for personal financial planning and associated investment management

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Semester 1
-Investment analysis using Reuters
-Institutional investments
-Bond markets and fixed income securities
-Quantitative methods for finance

Semester 2
-Portfolio management
-Financial risk management
-Behavioural finance
-International financial markets

Semester 3
-Research methods
-Dissertation or company internship and report

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Some of our graduates find jobs in the City of London whilst others find jobs in the financial services sectors of their home countries.

Career opportunities include:
-Investment management for pension funds, institutional investors and private clients;
-Securities trading in equities, bonds and derivatives
-Private client investment advice
-Stock broking with its associated investment advice and management
-Investment banking, including the analysis of new share issues

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the Investment Management MSc students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme.

This module normally lasts between 8–12 weeks and provides students with an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation. Coventry University Business School works closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships.

Students must successfully meet the following assessment criteria:
-Academic: successful completion of all semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt
-CV short-listing: submit a CV, which will be used for competitive short-listing by the internship panel
-Presentation: prepare and successfully deliver a formal presentation
-Interview: interview with the university internship panel

After completing the Internship, you are required to write an extensive report based on the managerial and educational experience derived from the internship itself and present your findings to both the employers and academic staff.

Read more information on the internship programme offered by Coventry University Business School.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is a very challenging programme that offers students the opportunity to study for the level I and level II CFA® exams at the same time as the M.Sc. Read more
The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is a very challenging programme that offers students the opportunity to study for the level I and level II CFA® exams at the same time as the M.Sc. Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is one of a limited number of programmes globally which has been awarded ‘Programme Partner’ Status by the CFA® institute, this means that the programme covers at least 70 per cent of the CFA® level I and II syllabus.

Run by the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment, it is a twelve month full-time programme, and is designed for those wishing to learn fundamental and advanced theory in investment analysis.

Students on this programme will have access to a dedicated Thomson Reuters lab and in addition to Datastream and other financial databases and software systems.

All of the following are included in the fees for this programme;
- MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme;
- The three-week induction and foundation programme;
- A coach trip to London to attend the CFA® Universities Open Day;
- Four weekend CFA® dedicated training sessions;
- The cost of enrolment and registration for two CFA® exams;
- The CFA® level I and II text books;
- A CFA® approved calculator;

CFA® Track

The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management with CFA® Track enables you to take Levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) qualification – while also continuing to study Financial Analysis and Fund Management. We provide top level support in helping you to pass the CFA® level I and II professional examinations in December and June.

MSc Only Track

With the MSc Only Track, you are not required to register for the CFA® exams, or attend the workshops organised for those on the CFA® Track.

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

This programme is a 12 month full-time programme, studied over three terms. It is based at the Exeter campus of the University throughout this time.

Modules

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that modules are subject to change. To ensure a high level of coverage of the CFA® syllabus all of the modules on this programme are compulsory.

Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School website at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/

Recent examples of the modules are as follows; Financial Modelling; Investment Instruments Bonds Equities Derivatives and Alternative Instruments; Financial Statement Analysis; Topics in Financial Economics; Investment Research Methods; Credit Instruments and Derivatives; Equity Valuation Models and Issues; Investment Research Methods; Portfolio Management and Asset Allocation and Dissertation.

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This programme aims to. -Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics
-Provide students with a programme of study which develops the academic skills and theoretical and empirical underpinnings appropriate to the study of finance, economics and investment management at Masters level
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify suitable tools for the investigation of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund/asset management, economics analysis and financial reporting
-Provide students with the necessary IT analytical skills which reinforce the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the programme. The students will learn quantitative methodology, to carry out quantitative analyses of relevant financial and economic problems

Why choose this course?

Enhance your career prospects with this unique Master's which will develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment management.

The programme provides a coherent and intellectual learning experience, and supports the development of your critical understanding of the subject, allowing you to employ the tools of analysis used within that subject area.

Future career paths could include financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager. Alternatively, this programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of accounting, finance and economics.

Additionally the programme echoes the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA®) examinations, level one and level two, providing students with the opportunity to sit that body’s examinations on completion.

Careers

The programme will not only appeal to those who wish to pursue a professional qualification relevant to corporate analysis and financial intermediation, but also those wishing to enter the field of accounting, banking, economics and finance and corporate regulation.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include those of financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager.

It also facilitates the transition to a doctoral degree.

Structure

Core Modules
-Asset Valuation
-Dissertation: MSc Finance and Investment Management
-Financial Data Analysis
-Financial Economics 1
-Financial Economics 2
-Financial Markets (FIM)
-Financial Statement Analysis 1
-Financial Statement Analysis 2
-Quantitative Analysis
-Research Methods: MSc Finance and Investment Management

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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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Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business, management or a related discipline. Provides a comprehensive approach to the management of an organisation’s most valuable and valued assets – the people working there who individually and collectively contribute to the achievement of its objectives. Read more

Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM) (MLitt)

• Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business, management or a related discipline.
• Provides a comprehensive approach to the management of an organisation’s most valuable and valued assets – the people working there who individually and collectively contribute to the achievement of its objectives.
• Improves your understanding of the principles and practices of managing a workforce within the context of the overall strategic management of organisations.

Features

* We have approximately 40 staff involved in teaching in the School, with additional visiting lecturers and guest speakers.
* Four teaching staff were shortlisted and two won University of St Andrews teaching awards.

Postgraduate community

The School of Management has a truly international feel with staff and students from over 40 countries, representing a wide diversity of cultures and interests. This international aspect of your postgraduate studies will allow you to become familiar with cross-cultural issues and to develop personal business contacts across Europe, India, North America and the Far East. Our programmes are student-centred and our staff at the School of Management are here to ensure that your arrival and integration into your chosen programme of study are smooth and enjoyable. In addition, our students have a Management Society which organises a broad range of activities, both subject related and social. The University also has a number of other student societies relating to the management discipline.

As part of a leading research-intensive university, the School of Management comprises a community of scholars that research and contribute to the guiding principle of responsible enterprise. We are concerned with formal and informal ways of organising a wide variety of ‘enterprises’: private, public and social. We explore issues of accountability and ethics as we study these enterprises, by pursuing a number of intellectual themes that guide our research and teaching. These include the ethics of corporate governance, the impacts of investment, organising for creative outcomes, the internal management of organisations and the interactions between organisations and society.

Our research guides and informs our teaching in the School where we encourage our students to engage critically with this subject matter and develop their skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application.

Location

The School of Management is located in the Gateway Building on the North Haugh which is set in an open green space close to the beach, halls of residence, sports facilities and the town centre. The Gateway has state-of-the-art lecture and seminar facilities as well as an extensive private study area for students. In addition, there is a public café on the ground floor of the building with views of the famous Old Course golf course and the North Sea.

Teaching methods

The taught elements of the programmes are delivered through a mixture of core and option modules, with each of the first two semesters having approximately 12 hours per week of staff / student contact. We use a range of delivery methods, including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. Our average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases there will be seminars of 15-18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials. There is also a weekly series of lectures and workshops for all students focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare for the dissertation. In addition to scheduled classes, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Masters Extra (MX)
Programme, which includes guest lectures from academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance your career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.

Careers

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in a wide range of organisational contexts such as management consultancy, investment banking, fast moving consumer goods, nongovernmental organisations, business development agencies, tourism, advertising and public relations, the Civil Service, government agencies and the education sector.

Alumni from the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of general management, marketing and brand management, accountancy, investment analysis, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry. Graduates have taken up these roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including: Bain and Company, HSBC, Nomura Bank, Blackrock Global Investment Management, Accenture, Credit Suisse Group, Deloitte, Standard Life, BP Amoco, Barclays, Halifax Bank of Scotland, KPMG, IBM, Ernst and Young, AXA Insurance, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, EasyJet, Danone and Greenpeace.

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Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business, management or a related discipline including a mathematical element. Read more

Masters in Finance and Management (MSc)

• Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business, management or a related discipline including a mathematical element.
• Provides a strong foundation in the principles and practice of finance within organisations.
• Explores the complexities of international corporations, financial markets and investment management.

Features

* We have approximately 40 staff involved in teaching in the School, with additional visiting lecturers and guest speakers.
* Four teaching staff were shortlisted and two won University of St Andrews teaching awards.

Postgraduate community

The School of Management has a truly international feel with staff and students from over 40 countries, representing a wide diversity of cultures and interests. This international aspect of your postgraduate studies will allow you to become familiar with cross-cultural issues and to develop personal business contacts across Europe, India, North America and the Far East. Our programmes are student-centred and our staff at the School of Management are here to ensure that your arrival and integration into your chosen programme of study are smooth and enjoyable. In addition, our students have a Management Society which organises a broad range of activities, both subject related and social. The University also has a number of other student societies relating to the management discipline.

As part of a leading research-intensive university, the School of Management comprises a community of scholars that research and contribute to the guiding principle of responsible enterprise. We are concerned with formal and informal ways of organising a wide variety of ‘enterprises’: private, public and social. We explore issues of accountability and ethics as we study these enterprises, by pursuing a number of intellectual themes that guide our research and teaching. These include the ethics of corporate governance, the impacts of investment, organising for creative outcomes, the internal management of organisations and the interactions between organisations and society.

Our research guides and informs our teaching in the School where we encourage our students to engage critically with this subject matter and develop their skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application.

Location

The School of Management is located in the Gateway Building on the North Haugh which is set in an open green space close to the beach, halls of residence, sports facilities and the town centre. The Gateway has state-of-the-art lecture and seminar facilities as well as an extensive private study area for students. In addition, there is a public café on the ground floor of the building with views of the famous Old Course golf course and the North Sea.

Teaching methods

The taught elements of the programmes are delivered through a mixture of core and option modules, with each of the first two semesters having approximately 12 hours per week of staff / student contact. We use a range of delivery methods, including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. Our average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases there will be seminars of 15-18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials. There is also a weekly series of lectures and workshops for all students focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare for the dissertation. In addition to scheduled classes, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Masters Extra (MX)
Programme, which includes guest lectures from academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance your career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.

Careers

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in a wide range of organisational contexts such as management consultancy, investment banking, fast moving consumer goods, nongovernmental organisations, business development agencies, tourism, advertising and public relations, the Civil Service, government agencies and the education sector.

Alumni from the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of general management, marketing and brand management, accountancy, investment analysis, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry. Graduates have taken up these roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including: Bain and Company, HSBC, Nomura Bank, Blackrock Global Investment Management, Accenture, Credit Suisse Group, Deloitte, Standard Life, BP Amoco, Barclays, Halifax Bank of Scotland, KPMG, IBM, Ernst and Young, AXA Insurance, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, EasyJet, Danone and Greenpeace.

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Designed for students with undergraduate qualifications in a subject other than business or management. Provides an integrative understanding and a flexible approach to problem solving within organisations. Read more

Masters in Management (MLitt)

• Designed for students with undergraduate qualifications in a subject other than business or management.
• Provides an integrative understanding and a flexible approach to problem solving within organisations.
• Develop a solid foundation in contemporary management methods and core business principals.
• Gain important analytical and management skills required to obtain a professional position with managerial responsibilities or a leadership role within an organisation

Features

* We have approximately 40 staff involved in teaching in the School, with additional visiting lecturers and guest speakers.
* Four teaching staff were shortlisted and two won University of St Andrews teaching awards.

Postgraduate community

The School of Management has a truly international feel with staff and students from over 40 countries, representing a wide diversity of cultures and interests. This international aspect of your postgraduate studies will allow you to become familiar with cross-cultural issues and to develop personal business contacts across Europe, India, North America and the Far East. Our programmes are student-centred and our staff at the School of Management are here to ensure that your arrival and integration into your chosen programme of study are smooth and enjoyable. In addition, our students have a Management Society which organises a broad range of activities, both subject related and social. The University also has a number of other student societies relating to the management discipline.

As part of a leading research-intensive university, the School of Management comprises a community of scholars that research and contribute to the guiding principle of responsible enterprise. We are concerned with formal and informal ways of organising a wide variety of ‘enterprises’: private, public and social. We explore issues of accountability and ethics as we study these enterprises, by pursuing a number of intellectual themes that guide our research and teaching. These include the ethics of corporate governance, the impacts of investment, organising for creative outcomes, the internal management of organisations and the interactions between organisations and society.

Our research guides and informs our teaching in the School where we encourage our students to engage critically with this subject matter and develop their skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application.

Location

The School of Management is located in the Gateway Building on the North Haugh which is set in an open green space close to the beach, halls of residence, sports facilities and the town centre. The Gateway has state-of-the-art lecture and seminar facilities as well as an extensive private study area for students. In addition, there is a public café on the ground floor of the building with views of the famous Old Course golf course and the North Sea.

Teaching methods

The taught elements of the programmes are delivered through a mixture of core and option modules, with each of the first two semesters having approximately 12 hours per week of staff / student contact. We use a range of delivery methods, including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. Our average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases there will be seminars of 15-18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials. There is also a weekly series of lectures and workshops for all students focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare for the dissertation. In addition to scheduled classes, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Masters Extra (MX)
Programme, which includes guest lectures from academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance your career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.

Careers

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in a wide range of organisational contexts such as management consultancy, investment banking, fast moving consumer goods, nongovernmental organisations, business development agencies, tourism, advertising and public relations, the Civil Service, government agencies and the education sector.

Alumni from the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of general management, marketing and brand management, accountancy, investment analysis, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry. Graduates have taken up these roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including: Bain and Company, HSBC, Nomura Bank, Blackrock Global Investment Management, Accenture, Credit Suisse Group, Deloitte, Standard Life, BP Amoco, Barclays, Halifax Bank of Scotland, KPMG, IBM, Ernst and Young, AXA Insurance, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, EasyJet, Danone and Greenpeace.

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This programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. Read more
This programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. You will also grasp the complexities of contemporary economics and financial principals and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. The programme is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia more broadly for graduates who have a specialist knowledge and understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a practiced-based degree with the objective of preparing you for employment in the financial markets after graduation, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. IBSS has partnered with Thomson Reuters to offer students on this programme privileged access to the on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor and a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.

Distinctive features of the programme are:
Recognition by the CFA Institute
• Incorporates over 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)
• Accepted by the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme
• Provides solid grounding in the CBOK and knowledge for CFA exams

IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor
• Contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system
• Access to a world of data for study and research
• Includes data feeds from Datastream and Thomson 1
• Training by Thomson Reuter staff on the EIKON system
• Thomson Reuters EIKON training certificate

Modules

• Financial Analysis
• Quantitative Methods for Finance
• Financial Markets
• Introduction to Money and Banking
• Securities Operations Management
• Ethical and Professional Standards
• Advanced Corporate Finance
• Alternative Investment and Strategies
• Fixed Income and Derivative Instruments
• Portfolio Management
• Industry Research Project

What are my career prospects?

Investment is a critical part of the financial industry. As a result, graduates of this specialised area of study are in demand by banks, fund managers, regulators and many other participants in the financial markets. In Asia, investment management is still in the early industry stage of high growth and the demand in China and Asia in general for graduates from this programme is growing quickly.

Recognition by the CFA Institute

This programme has been designed to map to the CFA Program Candidate Body of KnowledgeTM (CBOK) and has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. In enrolling for this programme, you will be enrolled in CFA Level I exam for the following June and receive the CFA Institute Investment Series, published by Wiley.

Thomson Reuters Financial Lab

IBSS is unique in China with the IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, with 25 positions, contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. With this sophisticated terminal also comes the data feeds from both Datastream and Thomson 1, giving you access to a world of data for study and research purposes. On arrival, you will be trained to use EIKON by Thomson Reuters staff and those who successfully pass the exam at the end will get the Thomson Reuters EIKON certificate, a valuable addition to the CV of anyone that wants to enter into the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

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There is no direct application to this programme. The School will recommend enrolment to doctoral candidates on an individual basis. Read more

Management Studies (MRes)

• There is no direct application to this programme. The School will recommend enrolment to doctoral candidates on an individual basis.
• Equips you with core research skills and with a wide knowledge of contemporary management thought.
• Designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral study and in particular those with a research interest aligned to the Schools’ research themes.

Features

* We have approximately 40 staff involved in teaching in the School, with additional visiting lecturers and guest speakers.
* Four teaching staff were shortlisted and two won University of St Andrews teaching awards.

Postgraduate community

The School of Management has a truly international feel with staff and students from over 40 countries, representing a wide diversity of cultures and interests. This international aspect of your postgraduate studies will allow you to become familiar with cross-cultural issues and to develop personal business contacts across Europe, India, North America and the Far East. Our programmes are student-centred and our staff at the School of Management are here to ensure that your arrival and integration into your chosen programme of study are smooth and enjoyable. In addition, our students have a Management Society which organises a broad range of activities, both subject related and social. The University also has a number of other student societies relating to the management discipline.

As part of a leading research-intensive university, the School of Management comprises a community of scholars that research and contribute to the guiding principle of responsible enterprise. We are concerned with formal and informal ways of organising a wide variety of ‘enterprises’: private, public and social. We explore issues of accountability and ethics as we study these enterprises, by pursuing a number of intellectual themes that guide our research and teaching. These include the ethics of corporate governance, the impacts of investment, organising for creative outcomes, the internal management of organisations and the interactions between organisations and society.

Our research guides and informs our teaching in the School where we encourage our students to engage critically with this subject matter and develop their skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application.

Location

The School of Management is located in the Gateway Building on the North Haugh which is set in an open green space close to the beach, halls of residence, sports facilities and the town centre. The Gateway has state-of-the-art lecture and seminar facilities as well as an extensive private study area for students. In addition, there is a public café on the ground floor of the building with views of the famous Old Course golf course and the North Sea.

Teaching methods

The taught elements of the programmes are delivered through a mixture of core and option modules, with each of the first two semesters having approximately 12 hours per week of staff / student contact. We use a range of delivery methods, including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. Our average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases there will be seminars of 15-18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials. There is also a weekly series of lectures and workshops for all students focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare for the dissertation. In addition to scheduled classes, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Masters Extra (MX)
Programme, which includes guest lectures from academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance your career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.

Careers

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in a wide range of organisational contexts such as management consultancy, investment banking, fast moving consumer goods, nongovernmental organisations, business development agencies, tourism, advertising and public relations, the Civil Service, government agencies and the education sector.

Alumni from the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of general management, marketing and brand management, accountancy, investment analysis, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry. Graduates have taken up these roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including: Bain and Company, HSBC, Nomura Bank, Blackrock Global Investment Management, Accenture, Credit Suisse Group, Deloitte, Standard Life, BP Amoco, Barclays, Halifax Bank of Scotland, KPMG, IBM, Ernst and Young, AXA Insurance, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, EasyJet, Danone and Greenpeace.

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Prepare for an exciting career in the growing area of wealth management on a course designed with professionals working in this area. Read more
Prepare for an exciting career in the growing area of wealth management on a course designed with professionals working in this area. High wealth individuals are looking for quality advice and support from individuals qualified in the area of wealth management.

The course is suitable for individuals who want to begin work or rapidly progress their career in financial markets, investment banking, fund management or wealth management.

It develops your knowledge of appropriate investment strategies and financial products, together with your understanding of the risks associated with these products and financial markets. You address issues of risk management, regulation, wealth management and fund management, focussing on both individuals and organisations.

We have consulted both industry practitioners and professional bodies to ensure the course prepares you for a career in a variety of roles within the financial services industry. You are taught by University staff with extensive work experience in the banking and finance industry, who regularly complete consultancy work with banks and banking organisations. The financial services industry is a fast paced and dynamic area to work in, with a strong and identifiable career path.

This course is linked with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and during the course you benefit from student membership. The CII works with regulators, educational and trade bodies together with major corporate organisations across the globe to help raise professional standards. You are encouraged to take professional exams during your time on the course in order to maximise your potential for progression within your chosen career path. The cost of sitting professional exams is in addition to your normal course fees.

Sheffield Business School has a diverse mix of cultures which includes students from the UK, Asia, India, Pakistan, Africa, the EU and North and Central America. This multicultural environment provides the opportunity for networking and developing a group of future international business contacts. A major element of the course is the dissertation. This allows you to focus on a subject that interests you, which is valuable in contributing to career development and helping you build a strong CV to impress potential employers.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-wealth-management

Course structure

Full time – typically 12 months, typically 15 months for January starts, but can be completed in 12.
Starts September and January

Semester One
-Methods of enquiry
-Finance
-Banking and financial markets
-Financial risk management

Semester Two
-Wealth management and investing
-Financial regulation and supervision
-Advanced portfolio management
-Option modules (one from a selection: corporate governance & ethics, financial analysis, fund management, consultancy project 1)

Semester Three
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: examinations, phase tests, individual assignments, group tasks.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English, such as an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English standard. If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees.

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