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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. Read more

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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The Investment Management MSc will provide you with advanced knowledge of the various functional dimensions of the complex world of investment management. Read more

The Investment Management MSc will provide you with advanced knowledge of the various functional dimensions of the complex world of investment management. It is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of both investment and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations globally.

Who is it for?

  • Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in investment management before seeking their first professional role
  • Professionals with work experience in the investment industry who are seeking to take their career to the next level
  • Individuals who want to be taught by faculty who have experience of business and industry and can bring their knowledge to the programme

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our Investment Management MSc is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of investment management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting, economics, international financial markets, statistical analysis, financial modelling, investment and portfolio management and derivatives and financial risk management.

The programme of study is distinct and unique in the way that it provides a link between the School and the business community. You will be taught by faculty with experience of the real world of finance and business, together with practitioners from different areas of finance.

Modules focus on real-world challenges, and include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures and group projects. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and get ready to face the professional world through attendance at regular seminars and speeches.

Our classes are small and each academic tutor has no more than five students in any one cohort, ensuring close contact continuous interaction.

The course will prepare you for roles in the investment industry such as portfolio management, hedge-fund specialist, investment specialist, trader, fund management, risk management, security analyst, broker or corporate treasurer. High standard content and fruitful discussions about its application within different cultures and geographical areas prepares you for working in every part of our increasingly globalised world.

Informed by Industry

An external advisory panel, comprised of senior practitioners in investment management, informs the design and development of the course, reinforcing its relevance to the modern financial world. Our faculty are also supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom.

Accreditation

The course content covers much of the syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification, giving you the opportunity to work towards an additional professional qualification while you are studying with us through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. If you choose this option, you will receive revision support from our faculty ahead of sitting the first examination in term three of your course. You can then sit parts two and three of the qualification after completing your course. More information about the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program and associated CFA Program Awareness Scholarships can be found on the CFA website.

Course details

The course comprises 10 core modules and four elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. Throughout the course you will have access to a highly effective infrastructure including Bloomberg live financial news and data, DataStream, FAME and EBSCO, and use real-world, international case studies to support your learning. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis.

Individual project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way, and may involve undertaking a research project for one of our industrial partners on a real-world challenge.

Assessment

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Our graduates are highly valued in the job market and aim for careers in investment banking, financial services or the financial function of a diverse range of global corporations. Last year's Investment Management MSc graduates secured jobs with a diverse range of organisations including JP Morgan, Standard Chartered, CommerzBank, Henderson and Gimv.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Investment Management at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Investment Management at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Key Features of MSc in Investment Management

- An enhanced specialist programme that may be completed in a single year

- Increased teaching time in the first two semesters and a reduced final project allows students to complete the programme in July (two months earlier than at other institutions)

- All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

The MSc in Investment Management is our flagship finance programme focused on finance and investment management.

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Investment Management may include:

Corporate Finance

Financial Econometrics

International Financial Markets and Institutions

Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis

Derivatives and Risk Management

Equities & Fixed Income Securities

Asset Management

Market Micro-structures

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Empirical Finance

International Financial Crises and Bank Regulation

Risk Management in Banking

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Advanced Corporate Finance

Financial Market Efficiency & Behavioural Finance

Development Finance

Economics of Banking

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Finance programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the MSc in Investment Management programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

School of Management

The School of Management at Swansea University is building on long-established foundations as one of the UK's top providers of Management, Accounting & Finance and Economic education.

The School of Management's vision is to make a difference to society and the economy locally and globally through excellence in research-led teaching that has resulted in the School being ranked 17th in the UK for research impact* and 26th in the UK for research excellence, all working towards continuing our trend of becoming one of the top business schools in Wales and the UK.

Environment:

The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.

School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.

Ambition:

Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.

Opportunity:

School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.

*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject



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Who is it for?. You are an ambitious recent graduate looking to develop a full range of skills to help launch your career in finance or accounting. Read more

Who is it for?

You are an ambitious recent graduate looking to develop a full range of skills to help launch your career in finance or accounting. This is a highly practical course so you’ll need to possess a high level of quantitative skills. Your coursework will involve you in examining accounting and finance from the perspective of those who use financial reports to evaluate company and managerial performance.

Objectives

This one-year, full-time, expertly structured programme will provide you with the real world accounting and finance expertise that leads to a wide range of rewarding international roles.

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.

What will you learn?

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of investment and risk management
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of investment and risk management issues across all industry sectors
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles inglobal investment and risk management.

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

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

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits).

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.

Induction week

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.

Career pathways

Graduates are prepared for pursuing careers in asset management, wealth management, investment and private equity. Our dedicated Careers Team will help you identify your ideal career path and work with you to maximise the potential of accomplishing your professional goals.

The opportunity to tailor-make your master degree to your career aspirations is facilitated through a wide range of electives, and the possibility to undertake faculty-supervised applied research projects that blend the latest academic developments and current market practice.

Our Graduate Destination Survey of the MSc in Investment Management class of 2014 shows that 70.7% of graduates are now either in work (64%) or not job seeking as they are in further study, military service etc. (6.7%)

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


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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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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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Our MSc Investment Management programme aims to provide key investment knowledge with an industry focus. Read more
Our MSc Investment Management programme aims to provide key investment knowledge with an industry focus.

The programme includes a specialised course that sees senior investment practitioners come in each week to give guest lectures which not only provide insight into the investment industry, but allow you gain real world understanding of the knowledge and theories you are studying.

If you are looking to for a career in investment management, or to work at management level with an investment focus, then our Investment Management programme can offer you the knowledge and skills you need to get ahead.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT

Semester 1

Capital Markets
Portfolio Management

plus one from:
• Corporate Finance
• Corporate Governance

and one from:
• Financial Analysis
• International Accounting Standards

Semester 2

Current Topics in Investment Management
Research Methods

and two from:
• Comparative Financial Reporting
• Derivatives
• Emerging Financial Markets
• Modern Portfolio Theory
• Research in Finance

Successful completion of the two taught semesters will allow you to progress to the MSc dissertation which is started in May and is submitted by the end of August.

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Your programme of study. Finance and investment management is a major growth area with careers and business often attracting very high salaries and bonuses. Read more

Your programme of study

Finance and investment management is a major growth area with careers and business often attracting very high salaries and bonuses. Aberdeen is well known for its expertise in these two areas and it offers two complementary disciplines offering you the opportunity to take the leading professional finance qualification, CFA level 1, during the course. If you do not wish to take the CFA exam there is an alternative research-based programme.

This programme allows you to convert to Finance and Investment Management from any undergraduate degree discipline in just one year. The university offers you market-leading financial databases (the Thomson-Reuters Eikon suite) to support both the teaching and the individual study.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE/AIMS

Designed to enable you to prosper in what is a complex and competitive and continually changing market place or to prepare for further study if that is your career aim. More information about the CFA Institute and the CFA program can be found at cfainstitute.org/programs/cfaprogram/Pages/index.aspx

Courses listed for the programme

Semester One

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Issues in Corporate Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Economic Analysis

Semester Two

  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Empirical Methods in Financial Research
  • Financial Analysis and Markets
  • Professional Finance (CFA study and exam)

Summer Term

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Finance and Investment Management (without CFA 1)

Finance and Investment Management (with CFA 1)

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • A full conversion programme which you can complete in one year
  • You do not need Accountancy, Finance or other quantitative subject to study it
  • You use the latest tools and techniques to simulate real trading platforms
  • You have access to top global recruiters at Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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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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The course offers students a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques, and prepares them for entry into the fast-growing investment management industry. Read more

The course offers students a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques, and prepares them for entry into the fast-growing investment management industry. The programme aims to cover the traditional syllabus of a Masters degree in finance whilst providing students with advanced level management and business training in specialised areas of investment, such as the management of equity and bond portfolios; trading techniques; risk management; management of foreign exchange and derivative securities and emerging markets investment. Students will benefit from a unique opportunity to use various online databases available in Bangor Business School, such as Bloomberg, DataStream and SNL.

Students will acquire advanced, specialised knowledge and skills across a range of investment applications at strategic and operational levels. They will develop intellectual skills and research expertise in the area of investment analysis and portfolio management; technical skills relevant to financial markets’ operation and management; critical skills in examining advanced level theories and empirical evidence; computational skills in financial service activity; and analytic skills in exploring the efficient markets hypothesis.

Course Structure

The course is a full-time programme lasting 12 months. It consists of two parts:

Part 1:

Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.

Part 2:

This consists of either a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words, or a structured Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study that is specific to your chosen degree. Part 2 is completed during the summer months, from late-May to September. If you undertake a supervised Dissertation, you are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree. The assessments for the Advanced Taught Programme of Summer Study are also completed during September in the calendar year following your initial registration.

Compulsory modules:

Current Issues in International Finance

International Financial Markets

Research Methods

Financial Modelling

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management

Financial Analysis

Optional modules (choose 2):

International Financial Management

Financial Econometrics

Financial Engineering

Behavioural Finance

Financial Stability

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Investment Management are expected to obtain employment in a variety of careers in investment institutions, and will be ideally positioned to become investment specialists or managers and consultants in other corporate bodies. Some students would progress into further postgraduate research study.



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Provides a solid foundation in the essentials of investment management. Great preparation for the CFA Level III exam. To obtain the Certificate in Investment Management, students complete the following five courses from the MS in Financial Analysis program. Read more
Provides a solid foundation in the essentials of investment management. Great preparation for the CFA Level III exam.

To obtain the Certificate in Investment Management, students complete the following five courses from the MS in Financial Analysis program:

- Fixed Income II or Derivatives II
- Alternative Investments
- Portfolio Management
- Capital Market Theory
- Ethics for Finance I

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This is a challenging and demanding programme that covers up-to-date topics in empirical finance. If you are interested in a career in investment, in financial institutions, or any other financial management-related jobs, then this degree will equip you with the required knowledge and skills. Read more
This is a challenging and demanding programme that covers up-to-date topics in empirical finance. If you are interested in a career in investment, in financial institutions, or any other financial management-related jobs, then this degree will equip you with the required knowledge and skills. The syllabus is designed to develop your quantitative analysis skills, enabling you to critically analyse financial investment proposals and empirical applications of corporate finance.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

This programme is part of the CFA university recognition programme and has a limited number of CFA scholarships available.

For more details please contact the director of this programme, Dr Basil Al-Najjar.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Provides a thorough understanding and applications of the key areas of investment and finance.
On completion, you will be able to understand, apply and critically assess a wide range of investment techniques as well as financial management theories.
You will learn and apply the relevant techniques in each subject area.
You will apply advanced econometric techniques to finance and investment-related topics.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Based within minutes of London’s financial heartland, the University of Liverpool in London is perfectly situated for students considering its new MSc Finance and Investment programme. Read more
Based within minutes of London’s financial heartland, the University of Liverpool in London is perfectly situated for students considering its new MSc Finance and Investment programme. The MSc syllabus draws extensively from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme curriculum and you will be supported to sit the CFA Level I examination alongside your MSc programme studies. The CFA qualification is a globally recognised, postgraduate designation that provides a strong foundation of investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge required in the modern investment industry. Successful candidates will therefore graduate with an MSc from a Russell Group institution and have passed Level I of the CFA qualification. Our approach of embedding much of this globally recognised qualification into our MSc programme will strengthen your employability throughout the financial services sector.

With a rigorous focus on both theory and application, you will benefit from leading edge insight and global perspective from City practitioners, building on firm foundations in quantitative skills, corporate finance, financial analysis, portfolio management, financial instruments and other critical areas.

The programme aims to provide you with a solid understanding of the interaction of finance, financial markets and securities and investment analysis. On graduation you will have a good understanding of contemporary financial principles and know how these apply to financial intermediation, savings and investment. You will also be trained in financial market applications of these theories and concepts in addition to learning how to use state-of-the-art industry analytics in your studies.

The programme is designed to provide both academic knowledge and practical skills, allowing successful candidates to find employment in the financial services industry or a regulatory body related to financial markets.


Programme Structure

Semester 1

Corporate Finance (20 credits)
Financial Reporting and Analysis (20 credits)
Quantitative Methods and Economics (20 credits)

Semester 2

Derivatives and Alternative Investments (20 credits)
Equity and Fixed Income Markets (20 credits)
Portfolio Management and Ethics (20 credits)

Semester 3

Research Project (Dissertation) (60 credits)

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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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Our Master's will set your career path by helping you prepare for professional qualifications within the investment sector. Read more

Our Master's will set your career path by helping you prepare for professional qualifications within the investment sector. It also covers the key theoretical areas of finance and investment analysis.

This degree has a strong focus on developing the analytical skills needed in the finance industry. You will be taught by academics who have recent experience as practitioners in the field as well as relevant research expertise.

You will study financial markets and products, investment management, financial analysis and valuation, and financial econometrics. You will also carry out a research project focusing on data analysis of financial markets.

International student cohort

Our Master's finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 80 students with over 30 nationalities. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to exchange viewpoints on global financial impacts with peers from around the world.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Accreditation

Our degree will enhance your employability skills through its professional recognition: the MSc Finance and Investment has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program. The CFA Institute exams are considered the gold standard for measuring competency and integrity in investment professionals.

Rankings

Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked:

  • Top 3 in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Top 3 in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016. 

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your understanding and knowledge of financial theory and portfolio management, along with practical knowledge of the investment industry
  • Improve your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and judgement. You will be exposed to contemporary issues in the field through teaching that is strongly supported by research and professional practice
  • Develop your ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in finance and investment.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Assignments and
  • A research project.

Professional recognition

MSc Finance and Investment has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Careers

Graduates can pursue careers in investment and financial analysis such as investment management, corporate finance, financial management or consulting. Graduates who go on to gain the CFA Institute's Chartered Financial Analyst status will be in great demand in many areas of business and finance.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Extracurricular activities

We encourage you to join societies such as the Trading and Investment Society and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.



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