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The real estate markets have become global. That urges for real estate professionals who are trained in integrating financial and economic-geographic skills with knowledge of local institutions. Read more
The real estate markets have become global. That urges for real estate professionals who are trained in integrating financial and economic-geographic skills with knowledge of local institutions.

The real estate markets have become global, making the real estate profession an international enterprise. At the same time global, commercial brokers report huge differences among local real estate markets. That urges for real estate professionals who are trained in integrating financial and economic-geographic skills with knowledge of local institutions.

The Department of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen is one of the leading centres in Continental Europe in real estate. It offers a Master of Real Estate Studies that integrates financial engineering, location theory and planning.

Why in Groningen?

The master in Real Estate Studies is based on economic geography and planning, rather than financial or business studies and technical sciences. This gives the course in Groningen a unique profile compared to other master programs in real estate. The program has a multidisciplinary character.

Job perspectives

Many graduates find jobs as market researchers or real estate consultants in a company, consultancy or government agency, or become a concept or property developer at a real estate investor. Graduate students find work as a research manager or portfolio manager at a real estate investor. Several people opt for an academic career at the university. In practice, graduates mostly do policy work, both in the private sector as well as at the local, regional and national government.

Research

The program of the master in Real Estate Studies is related to the major research sub-disciplines in spatial sciences. Interim results of the research projects are integrated in to the course.

Research in geography & planning focuses on the interrelationship between property and spatial environment. Geographical and planning literature provides insight into how location decisions are made and the role of institutions. These aspects are reflected in courses like 'property and land markets' or 'real estate development'. The research in economic geography focuses on a deeper understanding of choice of locations. This choice is based on economic and financial motives. In the research in real estate development, the interests of various economic actors are important; the landowner, the developer, the builder, the investor and owner / user. The spatial economic and financial-economic research provides insight into the considerations. The business and management-oriented studies contribute to understanding the value chain and processes in real estate development. These aspects are reflected in subjects like 'finance', 'property investment' and 'property development'.

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Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Read more

Course description

Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters.

In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. The diploma not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to international mediation, but can also provide a stepping stone for professionals to become involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in mediation - be it as a disputant, representative or perhaps as a mediator: a legal qualification will not be a prerequisite for admission, although you will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve an understanding of law and legal implications. References and materials will be legally orientated, but this will enable the non-lawyer to be better equipped to deal with the issues raised in international business mediation.

This programme will:
◦Give you a thorough grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day international mediation practice.
◦Promote academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest.
◦Allow flexibility to enable you to plan and balance your study and work commitments.

Why is the course relevant?

Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as:

A pilot scheme for the automatic referral to mediation in the UK County Court Money Claims Centre for claims of less than £5,000.
Automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters (claims up to £5,000).
A Court of Appeal scheme whereby appeals of personal injury and contract claims of up to £200,000 will be automatically recommended for mediation.
The Department for Business, Innovations and Skills has instituted a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium sized enterprises.
In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation (2008/52/EC) has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.

Professional Exams Exemptions

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) have approved the following exemptions:
◦CCDD002 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution/Associate Level
◦CCDM113 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

Programme structure

You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation, part-time for a period of 18 months, starting in January each year.

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of optional modules and dissertation being offered during the second term.
◦Taught modules (22.5 or 45 credits). Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
◦Dissertation (15,000-words) (45 credits) – on a topic of your own choice

Modules

Core modules:
◦CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits)
◦CCDM042 Negotiation and Mediation Workshop (Residential) [PDF 134kb] (30 credits)

Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below: (a minimum of 3 student is required for a module to run)

◦CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDD003 International Construction – Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits)
◦CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits)
◦CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits)
◦CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits)
◦CCDD007 15,000 Dissertation (45 credits)

Application date

January 2015 start - deadline for applications is 15 December 2014
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London and are unable to deliver supporting documents in person. Electronic copies of supporting documents are acceptable for the online application. To comply with official admissions procedures, if you are made an offer, applicants must submit original certified or notarised copies of the supporting documents by post or courier and make a payment of part or full fees to be received no later than 12 January 2015. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.

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The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given full exemption from ICSA's Professional Examinations. Read more
The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given full exemption from ICSA's Professional Examinations. Successful students gain Grad ICSA status in addition to the Masters. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post-[nominal ACIS.

The programme is designed to provide a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives. This course will also equip you with a highly specialised set of skills that will develop the ability to appreciate and influence the factors governing corporate affairs.

The programme is benchmarked against ICSA’s own high level standards. On completion, graduates who go on to become chartered secretaries will be professionally qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in governance, law, finance, strategy, leadership, and administration. Many will follow a highly successful and financially rewarding career in a number of sectors, including private, public and voluntary.

Upon completion of the course you will:

• Gain Graduate ICSA status, with the opportunity to apply for full Chartered Membership
• Gain in depth understanding of corporate governance, from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives
• Have a better understanding of management theory, as well as a highly specialised set of board level leadership skills
• Gain the skills to become a strategic thinker able to recognise, analyse and influence the factors governing corporate affairs

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including academic skills for finance, accounting and governance, research techniques, access to Blueprint (the market-leading entity management software used by most chartered secretaries), plus a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

Modules

The PgDip comprises six taught modules (five full modules and two half modules) and the MSc comprises the same modules plus a dissertation (circa 16,000 words) in the subject area of corporate governance.

Semester 1:

Corporate governance - principles and practice
International financial reporting and analysis
International strategy

Semester 2:

Business and corporate law
International finance and decision making
Corporate secretarial practice (1/2 module)
Research methods (1/2 module)
Dissertation (required for award of MSc)

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including written reports, presentations, coursework and exams.

Placements

You'll benefit from the opportunity to take internships, be encouraged to get involved in initiatives that promote links with different firms and companies, and to participate in different programmes and schemes comprising voluntary work.

Employability

The Masters in Corporate Governance combined with the internationally recognised ICSA qualification makes graduates highly employable in senior governance and administration positions. On this programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself in order to become a key player, with the skills, vision and ability to influence change.

Due to their varied knowledge and expertise, qualified chartered secretaries command highly-paid jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Employability skills events include the "My Employability" event comprising of the following:

•My dream job
•Preparing CVs and cover letters
•Using databases to research the company
•IT qualifications for your CV
•Preparing for interviews
•Managing expectations
•Internships

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals. it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems. Read more

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:

  • Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
  • Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
  • Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
  • Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
  • Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance

Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning (PDP) has recently been introduced at postgraduate level and is available through a PDP area in SurreyLearn.

We encourage you to take full advantage of the wide range of materials and courses available to help develop your personal skills portfolio, ranging from academic writing training through to CV preparation and presentation skills.

Course-specific personal development is incorporated via Bloomberg competency certification and preparation for Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).



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The MSc Strategic Communication offers a cross-disciplinary education to current or aspiring communication leaders who wish to learn how to design, plan… Read more
The MSc Strategic Communication offers a cross-disciplinary education to current or aspiring communication leaders who wish to learn how to design, plan and implement effective and sound communication strategies that fulfil an organisation's mission, vision and long-term objectives.Through a combination of research-driven knowledge, practical skills, and professional insights, the programme prepares students for a career in business, public and third-sector institutions or in communication consultancy.Business firms, public institutions and non-profit organisations operate today in an increasingly complex environment marked by hyper-digitalisation, media fragmentation, ambiguous market and political conditions at global levels, and growing public scepticism. In such context, there is growing market demand for communication experts who can help organisations to (re)build trust, enhance reputation and, more in general, realise their strategic goals.The MSc Strategic Communication at the University of Liverpool in London offers a cross-disciplinary education with a distinctive focus on:1.How corporate leaders, governments, public institutions, NGOs and even celebrities make use of narrative and argument to build consensus and dialogue with stakeholders and to (re)construct their identity, reputation and trustworthiness, especially in crisis situations.2.The role of digital media, particularly social media, in enhancing strategic communication and informing strategic planning.3.The contexts and practices of strategic communication (e.g. financial communication and investor relations; political campaigns; crisis management; branding, policy change, takeover and mergers): how they are shaped through discourse and how discourse affects them.The programme combines a range of conceptual and practical skills which are crucial for successfully managing a variety of strategic communication activities, such as defining and effectively sharing the mission, vision and values of an organisation, responding to a crisis, launching new products and services or supporting strategic initiatives like mergers, event promotions, and campaigns for political elections, health prevention or policy change.Students will learn how to translate organisational goals into communication objectives, to analyse situations by identifying and segmenting the relevant stakeholder groups, as well as regulatory constraints and ethical issues; to design spoken and written messages that are at the same time sound, persuasive and compliant; to exploit the potential offered by established communication technologies and new digital media to effectively engage stakeholders.Practical projects include a variety of activities like designing and delivering effective public speeches, building a digital media campaign and the writing of digital communications for live briefs.Besides classroom modules, a dedicated seminar involving communication experts from the Public Relations and Investor Relations industry offers the unique opportunity to familiarise yourself with the relevant professional contexts and to closely interact with specialists in the sectors. Through the final project, students will engage with an in-depth analysis of a case-study in strategic communication.Modules are organised and delivered in blocks of intensive full-day teaching. By enrolling as part-time students, experienced professionals in the London area can more easily reconcile classroom attendance with work commitments.More information on current activities involving staff and students can be found in our blog Masters of Strategic Communication.Read more about the Department of Communication and Media on their webpages, including the internationally acclaimed research which feeds insights directly into teaching.

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Application period/deadline. November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018. An internationally comparable degree in Economics from an AASCB accredited business school. Read more

Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018

• An internationally comparable degree in Economics from an AASCB accredited business school

• In-depth understanding of finance theory and financial markets

• Special insight into alternative investments and individual investor behaviour

The international master’s programme in Finance is a two-year programme that covers the core areas of finance, investment management, and corporate financial management. The program includes such courses as:

• Asset pricing

• Portfolio management

• Alternative investments

• Corporate finance

• Corporate governance

• Financial risk management

The program also includes a module of core courses which covers fundamental theory, mathematical methods, and research methods.

Students gain special insight into the areas of the management of alternative assets and individual investor behaviour. The Finance Department of Oulu Business School has unique databases which allow top-level research in these areas.

The programme has a double degree programme with HEC School of Management, University of Liege, Belgium. A limited number of qualified students accepted to the programme complete their first year of studies in Oulu and the second year of studies in Liege. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded the degrees of M.Sc. Finance from the University of Oulu and Master’s degree in Management, Banking and Asset Management, from the University of Liege.

Students are also eligible to go abroad on an exchange programme during the two-year programme in Oulu.

Graduates understand finance theory and have the technical skills to apply theory to practice. The programme prepares students for such positions as:

• Asset Manager

• Financial / Market Analyst

• Investment Banker

• Corporate Financial Manager

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Overview. The MSc Finance programme has been a highly successful programme, with many of its graduates attaining high-level positions in major financial institutions. Read more
Overview

The MSc Finance programme has been a highly successful programme, with many of its graduates attaining high-level positions in major financial institutions. Furthermore, several of its graduates have gone on to complete PhDs in Finance, Economics and Accountancy.

The degree is an intensive 9-month programme with six taught modules and a dissertation. Most of the modules are taught by members of faculty, but in order to further enhance the quality of the programme, we have two visiting professors who teach intensive one-week courses. Professor Stephen Hall (Imperial College, London) teaches on the Research Methods in Finance module. Professor Lawrence White (University of Missouri) teaches the Money and Banking module.

Careers

The MSc Finance is designed to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment with leading financial institutions or government agencies. Graduates have been very successful securing jobs in the following areas: banking, fund management, broking, program trading, management, corporate finance, economic research and financial regulation.

Programme Structure

September – January

Financial Strategy
This module provides students with the basic applied microeconomic skills required for a career in modern financial markets. Typical topics include: basic consumer choice theory, including intertemporal choice and choice under uncertainty; financial market problems associated with asymmetric information; insurance contracts, and investor signalling and screening.

Research Methods in Finance
This module is designed to give students both theoretical and practical experience of statistical and econometric techniques. The module will acquaint students with a range of modern econometric techniques, which are an essential part of modern advanced empirical research.

Corporate Finance
The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the primary theoretical and empirical issues confronting the modern corporation when making decisions about investment, capital structure, dividends and mergers.

January – April

International Finance
This module is designed to develop a rigorous understanding of international financial markets. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical basis for pricing such assets as forward exchange rates. Recent international monetary events such as the establishment of the euro are studied extensively.

Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities
This module provides students with a rigorous theoretical understanding of derivative instruments. The course includes the following topics: the theory of futures markets; futures contract pricing; pricing of interest rate and stock index futures; the theory of option pricing.

Money and Banking
This module provides students with an understanding of modern banking and other financial institutions. The emphasis is placed on policy issues such as: the regulation of financial institutions; the determination of the value and quantity of both private and fiat money; the proper role of central banking, government macroeconomic policies, affecting output and employment; and fixed verses floating exchange rates.

April – June

Students are assigned supervisors and have to undertake an original piece of empirical finance research. Examples of topics researched by past students include: mergers, the IPO market, corporate governance, capital structure, dividends, cre dit unions, foreign exchange markets, financial market behaviour, option and futures pricing, bank regulation and financial history.

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A communication plan that adds value. it's what every organisation wants. Develop the advanced skills and theory you'll need for a successful career in public relations and communications on this industry approved course. Read more

Introduction

A communication plan that adds value: it's what every organisation wants. Develop the advanced skills and theory you'll need for a successful career in public relations and communications on this industry approved course. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to strategically manage reputations and communicate effectively with the people on the inside and the outside of an organisation.

Content

Gain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations with this highly-regarded Masters degree, and accelerate within one of the UK’s most vibrant professions that ranks consistently amongst the top three career choices for new graduates.

Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), this course will appeal to those who may already be working in the profession and want to progress, those who are seeking a career move, or those wishing to start their career by establishing a solid knowledge base.

You can expect to develop your intellectual abilities, skills and knowledge needed to strategically manage the reputation of brands and organisations in adding value to their commercial success and supporting their goals. The course will give you a framework for the PR planning process, addressing the critical role of research and evaluation.

You will examine the disciplines of stakeholder communications, events management, investor relations, public affairs and employee communications and how they link to corporate strategy, and be involved in planning and implementing national and international campaigns.

As part of this, you'll explore the most effective use of PR tools such as media relations, change management and issues and crisis management. The specific skills of story telling and writing for media across traditional and digital media channels are also practiced and looked at in depth, along with the role of persuasion and influence.

An understanding of the impact of global, financial, political and opinion former publics will be gained in you honing your ability to communicate with 'publics' as well the ethical, technological and global issues that are inherent within the modern environment.
You'll also explore the wider cultural and societal landscape in which PR operates touching on areas such as celebrity, power and discourse and the wider impact of globalisation. This will help develop your research and analytical skills in preparation for the final dissertation.

Structure

Phase 1

Induction
Unit 1.1 - Contemporary PR Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Unit 1.2 - Organisational Strategy and Reputation Management (20 credits)
Unit 1.3 - Media and Cultural Landscapes (20 credits)

Phase 2

Unit 2.1 - PR Professional (work-based learning) (20 credits)
Unit 2.2 - Media Relations and PR Specialisms (20 credits)
Unit 2.3 - Digital Communications and Social Media (20 credit)

Phase 3
Unit 3.1 - Final Major Project by Dissertation (Research methods embedded during Phase 2) (60 credits)

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This specialist MSc is a unique combination of contemporary issues in social, economic, and environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship education. Read more
This specialist MSc is a unique combination of contemporary issues in social, economic, and environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship education.

This course is one of the first of it's kind in the UK, and is the flagship programme of the Business Schools International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). You will also benefit from the support and expertise of another of our internationally recognised research centre's, the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The course includes a variety of optional modules in management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility. With its international reputation the course attracts students from all over the world who bring a wide range of experience and knowledge which you will benefit from.

This course has been developed as a route into careers in responsible business and sustainability in the corporate sector, NGOs, third sector, government, business and investor consultancies, and academia.

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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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Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment. Read more
Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment.

Strategic planning is an organisation’s process of defining its strategy or direction and making appropriate decisions on the allocation of resources to best achieve its objectives.

The course contains significant elements of finance and management accounting. It provides the necessary tools for quantitative assessment of corporate performance and investment opportunities.

The course is for graduates who are looking to develop a career in:
-Management
-Accounting
-Financial planning
-Corporate investment

What you'll learn

You will cultivate a skill set that will enable you to influence financial and strategic decisions from inside a company. Management accounting and financial analysis each play a leading role in the development of these skills.

You will gain a strong foundation of financial knowledge and analytical skills. You will develop an appreciation of managerial decision making and investment.

Your development

On completion of the course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:
-Implement appropriate business strategies that optimise the financial interests of key stakeholders in various organisational environments
-Systematically collect, analyse and interpret data
-Provide advice about how to apply financial models, tools and techniques to improve organisational performance
-Understand and apply as appropriate product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques to make strategic decisions

Career focus

Graduates of this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Financial Trader
-Auditor
-Risk Analyst
-Investor
-Revenue Analyst
-Tax Assistant
-Accounting Associate
-Management Consultant

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Our Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your understanding of generalist finance issues. You'll also develop specialist practical skills in quantitative methodology and risk management. Read more
Our Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your understanding of generalist finance issues. You'll also develop specialist practical skills in quantitative methodology and risk management.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has fuelled the demand for graduates with a sound understanding of generalist finance issues, combined with specialist skills in quantitative methodology and risk management. This course meets this demand. It builds on the Business School’s established strengths in economics and finance.

The course advances your understanding of the:
-Role of finance in a modern economy
-Operation and behaviour of financial markets and investors
-It will enable you to develop a career in the financial services sector. It will also suit future quantitative analysts in economics and finance.

What you'll learn

This course will provide opportunities for you to develop relevant skills and a practical understanding of:
-The behaviour of international financial markets
-The ability to analyse the strategies of financial market investors
-The role of finance in a modern economy

Advanced software

Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
-Eviews
-SPSS
-Stata
-Gauss
-MATLAB
-SAS
-Maple
-Minitab

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
-Bloomberg
-Thompson Financial's DataStream
-Fame
-Amadeus
-WRDS
-Compustat
-CRSP
-Oriana

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate practical skills and the ability to:
-Deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
-Use this analysis to make sound judgements
-Deploy advanced analytical techniques in the areas of finance and risk management
-Critically assess the quality of the analytical data generated by these techniques
-Synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
-Apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the programme to complex issues within finance and related industries

Career focus

The course will suit those wanting to develop a career in the broad financial services sector. It is particularly relevant to a career as a quantitative analyst in the investment banking and risk management fields.

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Senior Associate Chartered Accountant
-Financial Trader
-Auditor
-Risk Analyst
-Economist
-Financial Analyst
-Investor Relations Advisor

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Designed for aspiring finance professionals who want to gain specialist knowledge, this course will equip you with the skills required for seeking employment in the increasingly complex and demanding financial services sector. Read more
Designed for aspiring finance professionals who want to gain specialist knowledge, this course will equip you with the skills required for seeking employment in the increasingly complex and demanding financial services sector.

You will explore the theories and current practice in the finance industry from both a national and international perspective. The course blends theory with practice to provide you with the applied vocational skills that potential employers require.

You'll study in the heart of Leeds, which is the largest hub of financial services in the UK outside London. Leeds is home to many leading financial organisations and large professional services firms. You'll be taught by a range of highly experienced tutors with industrial, professional and academic knowledge.

We include a strong international dimension in the course content and attract students from as far and wide as China, India, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Faculty of Business & Law website (https://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/fbl/)
Request a call back (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/study/postgraduate.htm)

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/finance_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

This course has a proven track record of graduates gaining employment in the financial services sector, such as banking or insurance. Others have entered into their family business, taking on a variety of management level roles. A small number have remained in the education sector to study a PhD and have entered into the teaching profession.

- Financial Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Director of Finance
- Chief Financial Officer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit our careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our MSc Finance is delivered in the heart of Leeds, which is the largest hub of financial services in the UK outside London and which is home to many leading financial organisations and large professional services firms.

The course is delivered by a range of highly experienced tutors with industrial, professional and academic experience. The course emphasises blending theory with practice and thus provides students with the applied vocational skills that potential employers require. It is international both in terms of content and the student mix which provides a multicultural learning environment.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Core Modules

Corporate Finance
Evaluate the fundamental concepts and theories of modern finance, identifying how these can be effectively applied in both national and multinational organisations.

Financial Decision Analysis
Cover topics on decision theory (decision trees and tables), linear programming, regression, time series, portfolio optimisation, discounted cash flow and finance.

Financial Economics
Gain a comprehensive economic analysis of the operation, efficiency and dependencies between financial markets and their associated institutions. You will also assess the impact upon the world economy of any failure of the financial sector.

Managing Financial Resources
Gain a critical understanding of contemporary accounting and financing principles which support business decision-making and financial resourcing in both the private and public sectors.

Understanding the Economy
Develop knowledge and a critical understanding of the workings of a major economy which is subject to a constantly changing global environment, de-regulated financial systems, modern mass communication and international monetary flows.

Dissertation
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Option Modules

Forensic Accounting
Discover the need for and role of corporate governance in the business environment, the role of IT in forensic accounting and fraud detection and the types and incidences of fraud.

Investment Fund Management
You will identify, understand, evaluate and compare types of investment for the private investor, including tools, methods and strategies.

Management of International Finance
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the economics of the operation and organisation of national and international financial systems.

"We are proud of the success of our national and international graduates."
- Professor Christopher Prince
Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The MSc Corporate Governance and Leadership provides students with a global perspective on these two key areas of fundamental importance to businesses and society globally. Read more

The MSc Corporate Governance and Leadership provides students with a global perspective on these two key areas of fundamental importance to businesses and society globally. This programme is designed to provide a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives. The programme is also benchmarked against the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and on completion graduates will be eligible for the award of Grad ICSA. (Individuals are responsible for paying any professional membership or other administrative fees). This therefore defines the course and content details of the modules.

Course modules (17/18)

-Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance

-Applied Corporate and Business Law

-Financial and Business Strategy

-Corporate Secretarial Practice

-Strategic Leadership

-Financial Reporting and Analysis

-Corporate Finance

-The Effective Manager

-Dissertation and Research Methods

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Schedule

One year full time. The taught programme lasts for two semesters. Students are expected to complete the dissertation within one additional semester.

Candidates can elect to study part time over two years. Attendance on one day per week.

Assessments

The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, reports and examinations, plus a dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-Practical relevance.

-The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) accreditation.

-Dedicated staff.

-Student support systems.

-Link to professional courses.

Careers

Excellent career opportunities exist. Chartered Secretaries work in a number of different careers and across a variety of sectors including corporate, not-for-profit and charity. Some work as company secretaries for FTSE100 companies and others have roles such as chief executive, chairman, in house counsel, director of legal services or finance director or they work in private practice offering business and legal services.



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Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad. Read more

Course outline

Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad.

The programme offers rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of finance and investment, based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. We also place emphasis on our students’ roles in and duties towards the financial community to prepare them for life after they graduate.

Our MSc Finance and Investment offers a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies that are utilised today for valuation using financial tools from both the investor’s and institutional perspective. It also examines the complexities behind the decision making processes required at all levels.

Who is this programme suitable for?

The programme is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial sector who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, investment and banking related fields. It is for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within an array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

Assessment

Students will be required to successfully complete 6 core modules and complete a written dissertation.

Our MSc has a unique feature – it provides the opportunity for students to attempt the CFA Level 1 examination (optional) while completing the MSc qualification and support will be provided.

This Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) qualification, adds the professional context to the postgraduate degree and develop skills and capabilities required by investment analysts, finance managers, finance directors and chief financial officers.

Modules available on the programme are:

• Financial Analysis & Portfolio Modelling (30 units)
• Financial Reporting & Analysis (30 units)
• Derivatives and Financial Risk Management (15 units)
• Economic Analysis (15 units)
• Ethical & Professional Standards (15 units)
• Empirical Techniques in Finance 1 & 2 (30 units)
• Dissertation (45 units)

Facilities

Buckingham Business School offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:

• Real Time Data Software: Thomson Reuters EIKON.
• Time Series Database: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream.
• Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata and Matlab.

Assistance towards registration will be provided to students who wish to attempt the CFA while studying for their MSc in Finance & Investment degree.

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