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Explore decision-making and its implications for finance, investments and financial management in the MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Read more

Explore decision-making and its implications for finance, investments and financial management in the MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Why study Finance and Investments

Explore decision-making and its implications for finance, investments and financial management in the MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Using the latest theories and research, RSM’s MSc in Finance & Investment explores finance, securities, investments, mergers, acquisitions and risks. With guest speakers, a large choice of electives and a curriculum closely tied to professional practice, this programme gives a clear understanding of practical financial decision-making. Graduates work in investment and merchant banks, insurance and pension funds, for governments and multinational companies.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is ranked as a top tier player by the Financial Times European Masters in Management list. It has the widest selection of MSc programmes in the Netherlands and is located in a city with a truly international flavour.

Why study a Master in Finance and Investments in Rotterdam?

We offer:

  • an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of financial management;
  • a research-driven programme ensuring the latest theories and applications;
  • a practice-based approach, achieved through case assignments, exercises, and exposure to guest speakers from the financial industry;
  • a wide selection of master electives so your programme suits your own interests.

Career prospectives

The programme prepares you for work in investment and merchant banks, for insurance and pension funds, in the public sector, and for multinationals.



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Trading and investing offers an exciting career path, but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. Read more

Trading and investing offers an exciting career path, but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. This course offers you a springboard into employment with an investment institution, or as an investment specialist or manager. Suitable for graduates with strong mathematics skills, you will need a background of accounting, finance, economics, business administration, mathematics, science, statistics or engineering.

The Accounting and Finance departments hold the gold standard of recognition as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of finance teaching by The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI). Finance students will be given student membership of the CISI when they enrol on a programme, allowing them access to a range of professional networking and career development opportunities.

Our MSc Investments programme has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This programme positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the MSc Investments curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.

Course details

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.

Learning and teaching

The home of Birmingham Business School is University House, conveniently situated on the edge of the main campus opposite the main gate of the University. To the elegant old house of 1908, that houses staff rooms and social space, a new multi-million pound state of-the-art teaching and learning complex has been added giving a unique combination of historic elegance and cutting-edge facilities. Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Birmingham Business School’s brand new Postgraduate Teaching Centre opened its doors to students in autumn 2016. The building is called the Alan Walters Building after the noted economist of the same name. The high quality facilities provide a dedicated space for the Business School’s postgraduate students, and includes communal areas for studying and group work, which will look out over the Green Heart when completed in 2019.

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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Birmingham Business School has been delivering management education in Singapore since 1994, when its MBA programme was originally launched. Read more

Birmingham Business School has been delivering management education in Singapore since 1994, when its MBA programme was originally launched. The MSc Investments programme extends these activities in Singapore and is delivered in conjunction with our partners, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Trading and investing offers an exciting career path, but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. The Master of Science (MSc) Investments degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to function as an investment specialist in domestic and international markets.

CFA Institute University of Recognition Programme

This programme provides a solid grounding in the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and prepares students well for CFA exams.

  • This course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Programme course of study on CBOK. 

Course details

University academic experts 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 will also have access to simulated dealing room, where a range of trading techniques can be practised.

Objectives

The MSc Investments degree will allow you to:

  • Appreciate and critically analyse current global macro factors affecting today’s financial markets
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical literatures on investments and risk management in domestic and international contexts
  • Acquire a range of tools and techniques to manage portfolios, financial securities, risk and the valuation of corporate finance, equity research, fund management, strategy consulting, etc.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  • Develop specific transferable skills in financial modelling, research design, financial analysis, investment decision making, trading and teamwork

Learning and teaching

Mode of Delivery

Classroom learning comprising:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer simulation
  • Lessons are typically 3 to 8 hours per day on weekdays and weekends, and they are delivered on a modular basis by Birmingham academics and industry specialists.

Employability

Careers and Development

Graduates may find themselves taking a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change. Major directions include jobs in business analysis and development, banking, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

Alumni can access career support and take advantage of a range of networking and development opportunities. Postgraduate alumni can also access a bespoke service from the Careers in Business service.

SIM – Liaison with Employers

There are also career development opportunities At SIM. Singapore Institute of Management has a reputation for curriculum design which is relevant to industry manpower needs. “Learn today, apply tomorrow” is the philosophy. To achieve this, SIMUniversity forges linkages and partnerships with established organisations. This, in conjunction with your degree from the University of Birmingham, represents a powerful and valuable combination.

Alumni Services

A package of benefits including social, leisure and sports discounts and continuous professional development opportunities is available to all Birmingham Business School Alumni.

To access the benefits, log into your alumni community. If you have not yet set up an account on your.bham, you can do so by registering on the site.



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Explore decision-making and its implications for finance, investments and financial management in the MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Read more

Explore decision-making and its implications for finance, investments and financial management in the MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Why study Finance and Investments Advanced

Our newest programme is for the most talented and ambitious candidates prepared to make an extra effort in return for an advanced master degree and a ticket to a high flying rewarding career in the finance profession. 

During 16 months you will be challenged with advanced academic courses as well as personal skills training, consultancy cases, superior career preparation and access to a dedicated corporate network. The programme delivers more in content and skills than its 12-month sister programme, demands extra endeavour and in return gives you a clear advantage in the job market.

Key features of the programme include: 

  • Small classes 
  • Advanced finance topics
  • Corporate partner network
  • Enhanced career preparation
  • Strong focus on finance practice 
  • Carefully selected international class
  • Hands-on, action-oriented elements

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is ranked as a top tier player by the Financial Times and is located in a city with a truly international flavour.

Career prospectives

The programme prepares you for work in investment and merchant banks, for insurance and pension funds, in the public sector, and for multinationals.



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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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The Master of Actuarial Practice at Bond University is a five-semester degree that provides those with an undergraduate degree in an alternative field the opportunity to complete all actuarial Part I and Part II subjects. Read more

The Master of Actuarial Practice at Bond University is a five-semester degree that provides those with an undergraduate degree in an alternative field the opportunity to complete all actuarial Part I and Part II subjects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake a specialisation. The recommended specialisation is Big Data, however students also have the option to choose any other Bond Business School specialisation. This 92-week program contains a 20-week thesis component in the final semester designed to support learning, personal development and professional practice. Bond Actuarial graduates are thus very well placed in the job market and the skills are highly transferable between countries. Any completed relatable undergraduate program will also gain you up to 40 credit points towards the Master of Accounting program. 

Bond is the only university in Queensland to offer the fully accredited program by the Actuaries Institute.

About the program

Provisionally accredited by the Actuaries Institute, the Master of Actuarial Practice is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis to develop techniques for the management of risk and business decision making. An integral part of this degree is the development of research skills and actuarial judgement through the Actuarial Control Cycle subjects and the Actuarial Research Thesis subject.

The Master of Actuarial Practice will deliver smaller classes for personalised attention and unparalleled access to Bond University's Macquarie Trading Room and Bloomberg data-sourcing terminals. The program will develop skills in the challenge of handling ‘big data’ to create practical solutions for real world problems. 

Professional outcomes

The Master of of Actuarial Practice will prepare students for rewarding careers in a range of disciplines, including:

  • Climatology
  • Consulting
  • Data Analytics
  • E-Commerce
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Infrastructure
  • Research
  • Risk Management
  • Safety
  • Science
  • Statistics
  • Superannuation
  • Technology

Structure and subjects

Master of Actuarial Practice students must complete the following eleven subjects:

Plus the following four professional subjects:

Plus five approved elective subjects.

or

One of the postgraduate specialisations plus one elective subject.

Students may also choose one of the following opportunities to use your elective subject to have an international experience or an Internship opportunity provided you meet the requirements. Please discuss with the Enrolment and Student Engagement Officer in the Student Business Centre.  

  • Study Tour
  • The Study Tour requires approval from the Faculty. (Please note that Additional Costs are associated with this subject).
  • Business Internship
  • The Internship requires a GPA credit average and requires approval from the Faculty with an application to the Career Development Centre.
  • Special Topic
  • The Special Topic is only available in exceptional circumstances and requires Program Director's approval.

Specialisations

Complete four subjects from one of the following specialisations:




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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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Further your business career at Bond. If you are interested in management, strategy and leadership and looking to acquire expertise in finance and investments, then a double degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Finance at Bond University is a step in the right direction. Read more

Further your business career at Bond

If you are interested in management, strategy and leadership and looking to acquire expertise in finance and investments, then a double degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Finance at Bond University is a step in the right direction.

Ranked #1 in Australia by students*, the Bond MBA is a generalist management program designed to blend industry-relevant research with practical applications. Bond MBA students represent 20 different nationalities providing you with cross-cultural experiences while you study, and a rich global network post-graduation. You will also have the opportunity to go on a study tour to China or Silicon Valley as part of the program to experience a different culture, history and identify opportunities or connect with the world of innovation.  

According to the Financial Times, a Master of Finance is the “must-have degree” for those seeking professional careers in specialist finance roles, and in combination to the MBA will give you a strong understanding of financial principles and their application to corporate financial policy, international financial markets, derivative assets and their associated markets.

*2015 Australian Financial Review Boss MBA Rankings - Student Satisfaction.

About the program

The Bond MBA is a generalist management program. Designed to blend industry-relevant research with practical applications and challenges, the intended learning outcomes are centred on the three pillars of leadership, global business and entrepreneurship, developing graduates who can think critically and strategically in this context. The program is designed to provide graduates with the core underlying technical skills that inform effective decision making, framed around the development of the interpersonal, cross cultural and communication skills that are required to lead in the implementation of these decisions. The Master of Finance course is a quantitatively rigorous program which integrates innovative subjects that highlight the Bond Business School's excellence in experiential and case-based teaching. The classes combine theoretical knowledge in Finance with practical insights delivered through case studies and guest lectures. Team building is encouraged through group projects and communication skills are enhanced through class presentations. The small class sizes in the Master of Finance course allow for personalised attention and unparalleled access to Bloomberg terminals at our two trading rooms. The program equips students to think critically, communicate professionally, work collaboratively, make ethical and responsible business decisions, and work effectively in a global business context characterised by change and uncertainty.   

Structure and subjects

Master of Finance/Master of Business Administration students must complete the following seventeen subjects:

Plus two subjects from the following options:



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This Master enables you to. Can analyze a company through its financial statements. Knowing the accounting information systems. Handle with ease accounting analytical tools for making the best decisions for the company. Read more

This Master enables you to:

  • Can analyze a company through its financial statements.
  • Knowing the accounting information systems.
  • Handle with ease accounting analytical tools for making the best decisions for the company.
  • Successfully master the methodology for analyzing all kinds of investments and make the best decisions.
  • Analyze the major developments of the General Accounting Plan: Statement of Changes in Equity (ECPN) and the Cash Flow Statement (EFE).
  • Use management control to help improve business management.
  • Provide the knowledge and skills required to manage the Human Resources for the future development of the organization.
  • Effectively manage the reporting process and impact thereof.
  • Knowing the various systems of customer relationship and its implementation in current models.

ADDRESSED TO:

Experienced professionals and university graduates who wish to develop their careers in finance companies, banks, etc.., In order to assume positions of high corporate responsibility.

Why this programme

  • Knowing the accounting information systems.
  • Can analyze a company through its financial statements.
  • Handle with ease accounting analytical tools for making the best decisions for the company.
  • Successfully master the methodology for analyzing all kinds of investments and make the best decisions.
  • Analyze the major developments of the General Accounting Plan: Statement of Changes in Equity (ECPN) and the Cash Flow Statement (EFE).
  • Use management control to help improve business management.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required to manage HR area to the future development of the organization.
  • Effectively manage the reporting process and impact thereof.
  • Introduce students to the various systems of customer relationship and their application in current models.

Objectives

Get the most benefit for the company, learning to obtain maximum efficiency in financial and accounting management of the company, through accounting and record data for later analysis.

You will also learn to:

  • Can analyze a company through its financial statements.
  • Knowing the accounting information systems.
  • Handle with ease accounting analytical tools for making the best decisions for the company.
  • Successfully master the methodology for analyzing all kinds of investments and make the best decisions.
  • Analyze the major developments of the General Accounting Plan: Statement of Changes in Equity (ECPN) and the Cash Flow Statement (EFE).
  • Use management control to help improve business management.
  • Provide the knowledge and skills required to manage the Human Resources for the future development of the organization.
  • Effectively manage the reporting process and impact thereof.
  • Knowing the various systems of customer relationship and its implementation in current models.

Methodology and Evaluation

METHODOLOGY

MFI offers a flexible methodology adapted to your needs, whatever your geographical location or time availability. This master can be studied under:

  • Online Methodology: All the agenda will be on hand from our virtual campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Distance methodology: have course material in book form.

All contents are fully updated and have great technical, easily understandable and with a clear practical vocation rigor.

Whatever the method you choose, MFI offers you:

  • e-face tutoring staff (via forums, chat, phone, email).
  • Webinars.
  • Debates and discussion groups through forums and chats.
  • Self-assessment test.
  • Readings, case studies and documentation.

EVALUATION

Continuous assessment as advances in the study of the Master.

Each module will be assessed by combining online review and development of practical cases. Obtaining Masters titles IMF and Masters from the University Camilo Jose Cela, be subject to the passing of each module and the realization of a final dissertation.

Career prospects

At the end of our Master you will be ready to serve as:

  • Financial director.
  • Managing Director.
  • Head of Department or middle manager of financial department.
  • Financial or tax advisor.
  • Advisory and Consulting staff.
  • Consultant and trainer.
  • Intermediate control.


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CourThe world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Read more

CourThe world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. As our MSc is for graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance, this programme is designed to strengthen your existing knowledge and develop your skill set to prepare you for your career in the industry.

Please note that applications to this programme from mainland China closed on Thursday 4 January 2018. Any applications that have already been submitted for this course prior to the 4 January 2018 will continue to be processed.

Course details

The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.

It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.

This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; please see the entry requirements below.

When you apply for this MSc you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.

For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.

For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.

Learning and Teaching

Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

This programme consists of six modules, including compulsory ones on Financial Accounting Theory and Policyand Theory of Financial Management. You can also choose from a wide range of options and must submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Taught modules contribute towards two thirds of your final assessment and your dissertation contributes the other third. Modules are assessed using written examinations and coursework. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Group based coursework

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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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



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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.

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.

Course structure

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

The option 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.

Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules will be offered in the same academic year.

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

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 will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. Read more

MSc Investment Analysis will give you the knowledge, understanding and 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.

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.

At Aston Business School we focus on Learning by Doing. With a dedicated Reuters Trading Room facility, you can get ahead of the competition by practising your trading skills in a life-like environment. It also gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Reuters' database, ThomsonOne.

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.

Our graduates are working across the financial, insurance and corporate sectors in known brands such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young. 

Modules

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 course then concludes with a dissertation project.

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.



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