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This demanding programme teaches theories and techniques of investments, as well as their real-life application. It is designed for graduates who want to develop a career in investment institutions, or who wish to become investments specialists or managers in other corporate bodies. Read more
This demanding programme teaches theories and techniques of investments, as well as their real-life application. It is designed for graduates who want to develop a career in investment institutions, or who wish to become investments specialists or managers in other corporate bodies.

Based mainly, but not exclusively, on practices in the UK, continental Europe, the USA and some emerging markets, this programme equips you with the skills and knowledge that you need to function as an investments specialist in domestic and international markets.

Internationally renowned academic staff teach theory and technique, whilst their application is taught by professional traders with years of experience in the industry and first-hand knowledge of current market regulations, trading techniques, customs and practices. You also have access to a simulated dealing room, where a range of trading techniques can be practised.

Programme content

This degree is intellectually demanding and requires considerable effort; it is structured to prepare you for the challenging working environment that you will encounter in the industry after graduation.

Typically, we expect that applicants will have a background in accounting, finance, economics, business administration, mathematics, statistics, science, or engineering. Evidence of mathematical skills, such as grade C in A level Mathematics or an equivalent grade obtained in an undergraduate mathematics module, is required for admission.

For those without a strong mathematics background but who have achieved a pass mark in a quantitative module or at GCE A-Level, please see our MSc Financial Management programme.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Double degree course with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA. The one-year double degree master program in Finance and Investments is offered by the International Business School Alliance (IBSA). Read more
Double degree course with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA

The one-year double degree master program in Finance and Investments is offered by the International Business School Alliance (IBSA). It enables students to study in two countries, receiving masters' degrees from two institutions. In the first term, you will study five core modules at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany. In the second term you will switch to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA to study the specialization International Finance & Investments and you will also complete your master thesis in the USA in the third term. After succesful completion you will receive two MBA degrees. One degree will be awarded by the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany and the second MBA degree will be awarded by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.

Key Facts

Program Duration: Two semesters plus master’s thesis
Structure: Full-time Program (Double Degree)
Start of the Program: 1. Part in October/ January (Germany), 2. Part in February/ September (USA)
Language of Instruction: English
Tuition Fees: 16,000€ (plus semester fee of 325€)
Size of the Classes: 25 Students maximum
Degree Title: MBA (Germany) / MBA (USA)
Application deadline: 30th June 2017
Accreditation: AACSB, ZEvA

IBSA Double Degree Program

IMBA - International Master of Business Administration - is a new form of international business education. We educate future managers to enter their job as well trained as possible.

IMBA is a one-year full-time fee-paying master program offered at the International Graduate Center of the Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

All lectures are offered in English and take place in multinational groups.

Target Group

The IMBA program recruits international innovative students worldwide from diverse cultural, geographical and professional backgrounds. It addresses graduates with an undergraduate degree relavant or cognate to business management or with proof of participation in business related subjects and at least one year of professional experience.

Studying in two different countries and thus encountering both cultures gives students an excellent chance to communicate and live in different environments successfully. IMBA provides a business insight with an international perspective and helps to understand the increasingly multinational business culture.

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Sharpen your analytical and critical reasoning skills, and hone your financial knowledge and technical proficiency with the MSc in Finance. Read more
Sharpen your analytical and critical reasoning skills, and hone your financial knowledge and technical proficiency with the MSc in Finance. This course will help to broaden your knowledge of financial strategies, econometrics, financial management and more, all with a global perspective of this complex industry. As a graduate, you’ll also be able to meet the needs of commerce and industry, having developed a critical appreciation of financial issues and their implications.

Key features

-Learn how to apply modern financial techniques and models to real-world problems in the context of both national and international environments
-Gain more control over your time with three flexible study options - study part time (choose 1 or 2 modules per term) or full time
-Enhance your career prospects and current vocational skills to a higher level
-Benefit from Plymouth Graduate School of Management’s social space that helps create a vibrant and inclusive postgraduate community.

Course details

Gain a thorough understanding of finance including investment, financing, capital investments, capital structure and market efficiency, risk management and mergers. Specialist study is made of investments, focusing on equity derivatives, shares and bonds and on portfolio analysis. Econometrics is taught alongside, introducing you to a range of statistical techniques and their applications in economic analysis. You’ll then study international issues, cross-border obstacles and trading blocs that can hinder global business transactions. You will also study exchange rate movements, inflation and how this affects interest rates, currency options, financial futures and swaps. In addition, you have a choice of further study options to enable you to widen your knowledge in particular areas of finance. You will need to write a final dissertation.

Core modules
-ACF701A Investments
-ACF702 Econometrics
-ACF703 International Finance
-ACF718 Corporate Finance
-ACF719 Financial Management
-ACF720 Dissertation in Finance

Optional modules
-ACF708 Real Estate and Alternative Investments
-ACF709 Corporate Risk Management
-ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis
-ACF707B Advanced Credit Management
-ACF710 Quantitative Finance and Methods

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. It is also suitable for those who are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies. The curriculum covers the three key areas of finance: investments, corporate finance, and financial markets and institutions, with a focus on financial investments.

What will I experience?

Students are taught by academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links to industry. Access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope is available along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates have gained employment in a wide range of roles and industrial sectors. These include investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions as well as in accountancy and general management.

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be eligible for student membership and this provides access to a range of networking and career opportunities. During the programme you will be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations. Successfully completing these examinations allows you to achieve an industry-recognised professional qualification alongside your degree.

Module Details

Financial Econometrics

Econometrics is a core tool used in the study of finance. The aim of this unit is to give you a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, to provide you with a strong intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques, and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance using the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS. Many of the econometric techniques covered are used and applied in other units in the course, to help you gain a good practical understanding of how to apply them in the practice of financial management.

Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets

In this unit you will study the main derivatives securities and markets, options, forwards, futures and swaps. The emphasis is on the study of derivatives pricing models and how these are applied in speculation, hedging, arbitrage and price discovery in financial investments as well as in the measurement and management of financial risks. In finance some models work better than others. The pricing models and techniques developed in derivatives work so well that all professionals working in derivatives markets use these models and techniques all the time, every day. In this unit you will acquire a high degree of theoretical understanding and practical competence in using and applying these techniques.

Corporate Finance and Business Valuation

In this unit you will study the primary financial decisions of the firm, working capital management, advanced capital budgeting techniques, the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories, and the financing and dividend decisions. Theories will be appraised in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. In the second half of this unit you will move on to the advanced study of business valuation. The main focus is on providing a strong practical understanding, and on the application of the key professional techniques used in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Portfolio Theory and Behavioural Finance

In the first half of this unit we look at stock markets and bond markets from the rational perspective. Here you will study the standard material of ‘modern portfolio theory’. In the second half of the unit we move on to behavioural finance, looking at the emotional, cognitive, institutional, and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. Topics include stock market booms and busts, financial crises, systematically irrational market behaviours, and the investment strategies that have been devised to exploit them. The unit has a strong practical philosophy. The theory, empirical research and analysis of real data that you will study are designed to help you to become a better investor.

Research Methods and Dissertation

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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Course Description and Learning Objectives. Read more

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Description and Learning Objectives:
The main purpose of this course is to understand concepts, principles, and tools for the analysis and valuation of derivative securities such as Forwards, Futures, Swaps, and Options, which are being applied in modern corporate finance, investments, and risk management for financial institutions and enterprises. Students also will learn the application of these derivatives for financial and enterprise risk management and decision making.
Career relevance:
The basic knowledge of derivatives is necessary to understand modern finance and modern corporate management in both financial and non-financial institutions. The knowledge would be useful for managers of financial product development, fund managers, and analysts in financial institutions. The knowledge would also be useful for financial officers and risk management officers in various enterprises. Application of derivatives such as real options is also useful for managers who are decision makers. You will find how the tools and concepts are useful more broadly in finance and corporate management.
Course Context or Rationalization:
Knowledge and skills related to derivative securities would allow you to pursue many goals, which cannot be achieved only through the study of traditional securities, in investments, risk management, and management of corporations. In other words, you will extend your
knowledge of corporate finance, investments, and portfolio management into the advanced stage. This course requires basic knowledge of traditional securities such as stocks and bonds, and corporate finance, although there is no specific prerequisite course. Additionally, the derivatives market aims to provide the basic knowledge and skill in order to understand Debt Security Market (FIN4300) and Risk Management (FIN4200). Securitization, which will be taught 2 in Debt Security Market, is a sophisticated type of derivatives. Also derivatives are widely used in order to achieve both financial and enterprise risk management. Understanding the pricing of derivatives also helps to understand the insurance pricing.
Delivery methods:
Course materials consist of cases, book chapters, and various articles, exercise problem sets and homework assignments, and a final examination at the end of the term. The final is a take-home examination. Most course work is quantitative. The level of students understanding will be checked by means of case analysis, assignments, and scheduled presentations throughout the term. Full preparation and attendance are both required for all of the scheduled sessions in this course. All students are expected to be actively involved in class discussion, especially, in case discussion.

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This specialisation provides a land and real estate development perspective on urban development. Cities face continuous processes of both expansion and transformation. Read more
This specialisation provides a land and real estate development perspective on urban development. Cities face continuous processes of both expansion and transformation. Population growth and economic growth lead to expansion, while processes of obsolescence and decline lead to a demand for urban transformation projects. These processes usually require investments in land and property (re)development, while planning interventions provide guidelines to investors, sometimes as opportunities, but also as barriers to what an investor might see as a profitable investment.

Policies for and investments in transit oriented development and low-carbon urban development are the result of this. This interaction between planning interventions on the one hand and land and real estate investments on the other hand is the central theme of this Master's specialisation. Starting from that interaction the Master's specialisation pays attention to different planning instruments and their impact on land and real estate markets, the dynamics of land and real estate markets, investment behaviour by private and public developers, public private partnerships, land management strategies and value capturing mechanisms and smart land and real estate investment strategies.

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The Corporate Finance Law LLM offers an enhanced qualification for professionals working, or planning to work, in a technically demanding and dynamic global industry. Read more
The Corporate Finance Law LLM offers an enhanced qualification for professionals working, or planning to work, in a technically demanding and dynamic global industry. Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. It will appeal to both recent graduates and practitioners considering various fields of work, including law, investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, securities, investments, financial regulation, government agencies and international financial authorities. You will focus on learning how the financial markets work, from the primary markets involving the issuance of equity, debt and derivatives, to the secondary markets involving trading and investments, as well as very large financial transactions in the international capital markets. Importantly, you will also learn how to take account of legal and regulatory risks facing financiers and bankers, structure financial instruments to suit commercial priorities and social welfare policies.

Course content

This course aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of the practical processes and innovative products of the international corporate finance market, including equity and debt capital, derivatives, structured finance, risk management and investment portfolio products. It also develops the soft skills you will need in this area of practice, including negotiations and network building, with meetings with senior lawyers and directors of major companies.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DISSERTATION OR PROJECT
-INVESTMENT BANKING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF CORPORATE FINANCE

Option modules - These modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the project you must choose five option modules.
-DERIVATIVES AND STRUCTURED FINANCE: LAW AND PRACTICE
-INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
-INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FINANCE LAW
-INTERNATIONAL PROJECT FINANCE LAW
-INVESTMENTS FOR MANAGERS: THEORY, REGULATIONS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
-ISLAMIC FINANCE AND SECURITISATION LAW
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
-MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORPORATE FRAUD
-INTERNATIONAL BANKING LAW AND REGULATION

Associated careers

This course will be of benefit if you are seeking to work in any of the range of disciplines involved in corporate finance law, including accountancy, corporate banking, corporate finance, corporate law, investment banking, private equity and venture capital, as well as in related fields.

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MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes. Read more
MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes.

The programme is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and the School offers students on this programme the opportunity to attend PRMIA events, have access to its resources and receive considerable discounts on PRMIA exams.

The programme

In September you will study five foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:
• Markets and Securities
• Financial Modelling
• Application of Matlab to Finance
• Data Structures and Algorithms using Python
• The Finance Industry

You’ll take eight core modules which are the backbone of our programme, providing you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. These include:
• Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications
• Financial Engineering
• Financial Statistics
• Investments and Portfolio Management
• Risk Management and Valuation
• Stochastic Calculus

You will also receive training in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives include:
• Advanced Options Theory
• Credit Risk
• Advanced Financial Statistics
• Enterprise Risk Management
• Fixed Income Securities
• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners
• International Finance
• Insurance
• Structured Credit and Equity Products
• Private Equity and Venture Capital
• Wealth Management and Alternative Investments
• Topics in FinTech Innovation
• Big Data in Finance

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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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Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. Read more
Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. This course offers an enhanced qualification for professionals working or planning to work in a technically demanding and dynamic global industry. It will appeal to both recent graduates and practitioners considering various fields of work, including law, investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, securities, investments, financial regulation, government agencies and international financial authorities.

You will focus on learning how the financial markets work, from the primary markets involving the issuance of equity, debt and derivatives, to the secondary markets involving trading and investments, as well as very large financial transactions in the international capital markets. Importantly, you will also learn how to take account of legal and regulatory risks facing financiers and bankers, and structure financial instruments to suit commercial priorities and social welfare policies.

Course content

This course aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of the practical processes and innovative products of the international corporate finance market, including equity and debt capital, derivatives, structured finance, risk management and investment portfolio products. It also develops the soft skills you will need in this area of practice, including negotiations and network building, with meetings with senior lawyers and directors of major companies.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DISSERTATION OR PROJECT
-INVESTMENT BANKING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF CORPORATE FINANCE

Option modules - These modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the Dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the Project you must choose five option modules.
-DERIVATIVES AND STRUCTURED FINANCE: LAW AND PRACTICE
-INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
-INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, MANAGING GLOBAL RISKS AND ETHICS
-INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FINANCE LAW
-INTERNATIONAL PROJECT FINANCE LAW
-ISLAMIC FINANCE AND SECURITISATION LAW
-LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
-MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORPORATE FRAUD

Associated careers

This course will be of benefit if you are seeking to work in any of the range of disciplines involved in corporate finance law, including accountancy, corporate banking, corporate finance, corporate law, investment banking, private equity and venture capital, as well as in related fields.

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The Finance MSc aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in finance from a strategic and managerial perspective. Read more
The Finance MSc aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in finance from a strategic and managerial perspective. The emphasis of the programme will be on the practical application of financial theories, concepts and principles.

Students will learn how to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real business situations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Covers traditional and modern financial theory.

Students will develop research skills in finance areas.

Students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme providing the opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

A strong foundation in the principles and practice of finance is built from the Financial Analysis and Decision Making, Quantitative Methods, Institutional Investments and Corporate Finance modules.

International Financial Markets and Emerging Markets Finance will develop students’ understanding of financial management in an international context.

Real-time data provided by Reuters' financial database is utilised to expose students to financial practices and techniques that they will experience when working in the financial sector.

Students will have the opportunity to take specialist options in the areas of investment and risk management techniques in financial markets.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government legislation. The Finance MSc is available as both a September and January start.

Semester 1
The first semester of the degree (worth 60 credits) will involve studying the following subjects:
-Financial Statements Analysis and Valuation
-Institutional Investments
-Corporate Finance
-Quantitative Methods

Semester 2
The second semester (worth 75 credits) involves studying the following:
-Behavioural Finance
-International Financial Markets
-Emerging Markets Finance
-Corporate Financial Strategy
-Research Methods

Semester 3
-Dissertation or Company Internship

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc Finance programme is designed for students aspiring to careers in the financial services, corporate finance, treasury or banking sectors.

Example careers include financial planners and controllers, treasurers, stock brokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance.

Successful applicants for the company internship will significantly enhance their employability skills in their chosen career path.

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the Finance MSc course, 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: successfully complete all Semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt
-CV shortlisting: 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.

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

Subject guide and module

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

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

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

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

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

Learning, teaching and assessment

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

Career opportunities

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

Personal development

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

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The Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the mega infrastructure field. Read more
The Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the mega infrastructure field. The programme offers a holistic approach to the field offering decision making and problem solving that lead to more robust investment outcomes.

Degree information

This MSc provides a critical review of mega infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how 'fit for purpose' these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on generic lessons and principles that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and a field trip (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma, seven core modules (105 credits), one elective module (15 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2 to 5 years is offered.

Core modules
-Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
-Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
-Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making
-Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments
-Twenty-first Century Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
-Sustainability Visions and Challenges for Mega Infrastructure Investments
-Group Project

Optional modules - students choose one elective module from:
-UCL Bartlett School of Planning
-UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit
-UCL Geography
-UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, a field trip, individual and group project work, and skills-based practical project work, with direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination and project work.

Careers

Students have gone on to take up positions in:
-Government.
-Consultancy firms.
-International development organisations and banks.
-Utility companies.
-Research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban, regional and environmental planning.
-Graduates have also undertaken PhD studies at the Bartlett School of Planning.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Senior Planning Consultant, Ali Planning Consultants.
-Policy Analyst, Just Base.
-PhD Trust and Transparency in Decision-Making of Infrastructure Projects, University College London (UCL).
-Quantity Surveyor, Berkeley Group.
-Planning Consultant, World Union.

Employability
The programme has been conceived to provide enhanced capacity-building opportunities for those currently working in the field of mega infrastructure development and offers an invaluable qualification for new entrants into the field. With strong links to industry, government and academia on a global scale, a very high percentage of past students have gone on to find placements within the first year after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Prepared by the OMEGA Centre and its teaching and research team at the Bartlett School of Planning, this programme is delivered together with internationally renowned academics and practitioners in the field of mega infrastructure development.

The programme is interdisciplinary and international, drawing from experiences both in the developed and developing world. It seeks to provide students with insights, knowledge and skills that will assist them in planning, appraising and delivering future mega infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.

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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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The focus of this course is corporate financial management, with particular emphasis on the international and global perspective. Read more

Why take this course?

The focus of this course is corporate financial management, with particular emphasis on the international and global perspective. It is particularly suited to graduates looking to pursue careers in corporate finance in large financial and non-financial companies, or corporate financial services in banking and investment banking. The course covers the three key areas of finance: corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investments, with the main focus being on corporate finance.

What will I experience?

On this course you will be taught by enthusiastic staff who not only are academically qualified, but also have research and consultancy experience, as well as links to industry.

You will also have access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be eligible for student membership and this provides access to a range of networking and career opportunities. During the programme you will be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations. Successfully completing these examinations allows you to achieve an industry-recognised professional qualification alongside your degree.

Module Details

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

Financial Econometrics

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

Multinational Corporate Financial Management

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

International Money and Capital Markets

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

Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets

In this unit you will study the main derivatives securities and markets, options, forwards, futures and swaps. The emphasis is on the study of derivatives pricing models and how these are applied in speculation, hedging, arbitrage and price discovery in financial investments as well as in the measurement and management of financial risks. In finance some models work better than others. The pricing models and techniques developed in derivatives work so well that all professionals working in derivatives markets use these models and techniques all the time, every day. In this unit you will acquire a high degree of theoretical understanding and practical competence in using and applying these techniques.

Research Methods and Dissertation

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

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

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