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UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC IMPACTS OF FINANCIAL DECISIONS. Read more

Objectives

UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC IMPACTS OF FINANCIAL DECISIONS

The mission of the MSc in Finance program is to provide graduates with an advanced knowledge of finance and to prepare them, through an understanding of the strategic impacts of financial decisions, for careers in banking, financial services or corporate finance with international companies at a managerial level.

The program covers the fundamentals of finance, as well as advanced topics in corporate finance, financial management, and financial markets.

DEVELOP YOUR SENSE OF THE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

Its aim is to provide students with strong technical and analytical skills in the principles and application of finance, as well as solid industry knowledge and multicultural exposure.

PREPARE YOUR CAREER IN THE SECTOR OF FINANCE

The MSc Finance prepares students for careers in the financial sector such as investment and commercial banking, asset management, financial services and consulting, or for corporate finance positions within international companies at a managerial level.

The program provides an excellent preparation for the Chartered Financial Analysts® (CFA) exams, as it is based on the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and is part of the CFA University Recognition program. It also covers related fields such as management control systems, economics, corporate governance, and private equity investment.

LOCATIONS

Students have the opportunity to follow the MSc Finance program in:

- Grenoble
- London
- Singapore

Students may also spend a semester at a campus other than the one in which they are enrolled (subject to specific conditions).

MAIN FEATURES

- A two-year program: requires full-time attendance during one academic year for coursework. The second year is dedicated solely to the Final Management Project and can be completed in parallel with a job or internship.
- Curriculum based on the CFA program.
- International perspective.
- Combined academic and 'real-world' expertise within the faculty.
- International and multi-cultural student body.
- GGSB expertise on the financing of innovative companies, given our location within a high-tech international marketplace.
- An integrative case study based on inter-campus, virtual team work
- A choice of two electives
- Exchange campus option (subject to conditions)

Program

The MSc Finance program begins in the Fall semester of each year and requires full-time attendance during one academic year for completion of coursework. The second year is dedicated solely to the Final Management Project.

INTRODUCTION WEEK (E-LEARNING MODULES)

- Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
- Fundamentals of Excel and Statistics

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES FOUR STAGES*:

- Fundamentals of Finance - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-1-fundamentals-finance
- Mastering Financial Management - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-2-mastering-financial-management
- Advanced Finance - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-3-advanced-finance
- Electives - http://en.grenoble-em.com/modules-4-electives
- Followed by a Capstone course - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-5-capstone-course
- and Final Management Project on a finance-related topic or based on an internship in a company in France or abroad - http://en.grenoble-em.com/final-project

*Content subject to change.

The program is taught entirely in English by both academics and professionals, all with extensive experience in finance. The teaching style is very interactive and emphasis is placed on group work.

CAREER PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE MSC PROGRAM

- Job market presentations
- Access and training on the international job platform (TopMBA)
- CV writing workshop
- Workshops on job search and networking techniques
- Mock interview sessions with alumni, business leaders and international headhunters
- Personal coaching to clarify career goals, CV and cover letters, and development gaps

CNCP RECOGNITION

MSc Finance graduates are also awarded a certificate conferring the title of Manager Financier. This title is recognized by the CNCP*, an agency of the French Ministry of Labor. It is a recognition that the graduate’s core financial management skills conform to the standards established by the Ministry of Labor for managers of financial activities.

*Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle

Careers

SOME OF OUR MSC FINANCE GRADUATE JOB TITLES:

- Financial Controller
- Cash Manager
- Hedge Fund Analyst
- Internal Auditor
- Investment Banking Manager
- Portfolio Manager
- Sales Manager in Asset Management
- Commodity Markets Manager
- M&A Financial Analyst
- Debt Capital Markets Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Buy-side/Sell-side Analyst
- Financial Auditor
- Credit Analyst

EMPLOYERS OF OUR MSC FINANCE GRADUATES:

- Airbus
- Amazon
- Barclays Capital
- BNP Paribas
- Cadbury
- Deloitte
- Ernst & Young
- General Electric
- HSBC
- Hewlett-Packard
- JP Morgan
- KPMG
- PWC
- Schneider Electric
- Société Générale
- Thyssenkrupp
- Tyco Electronics

Admission

Junior professionals already working in the financial services sector will enhance their experience with the formal training provided through the MSc Finance program.

This program is also suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, such as management or engineering, who would be well served by a formal finance credential.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- Bachelor-level undergraduate degree.
- Work experience is not compulsory.
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below.
- Quantitative proficiency is required for this program. This can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A prior degree from a recognized institution in a quantitative major showing good academic performance (Mathematics, Finance, Engineering, Economics…)
- CFA level 1
- GMAT
- GRE

This quantitative aptitude test requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MSc Finance Admissions Board for candidates that exhibit previous academic excellence from top ranked universities or business schools, especially in quantitative subjects.

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This unique. Finance MSc. online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. Read more

This unique Finance MSc online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. This online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas like, Investment Banking, International Finance and Islamic Banking and Finance.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals within the finance sector, this unique MSc Finance online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas such as Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance or Investment Banking.

Career Information

Improve your career prospects by acquiring the financial theory and practical skills required to work within emerging finance sectors. This course is ideally suited to financial roles in areas such as corporate finance, investment banking, commodities trading or Islamic banking. By acquiring this postgraduate qualification you'll be in a stronger position when applying for senior roles as a banker, finance analyst, commodity trader or financial advisor within the corporate sector and specialised financial institutions.

What does this course cover?

You can tailor this course to your personal and professional interests. You'll study core subject areas of Corporate Finance, Ethics and Corporate Governance with a choice of five optional modules in Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance, Investment Banking, Fixed Income Security and Commodities Trading. Finally you'll complete an Independent Scholarship Project to achieve your Masters degree.

Specialist awards that compliment your career

When you tailor this course to your personal and professional interests you can also achieve a named award at the Masters stage within 3 years:

  • MSc Finance 
  • MSc Finance (International Finance)
  • MSc Finance (Investment Banking)
  • MSc Finance (Commodity Trading)

You can start this course in September, January or May.



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About the MSc programme. The MSc Finance (part-time) programme provides a unique opportunity to pursue a world-leading MSc Finance degree alongside a full-time career. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance (part-time) programme provides a unique opportunity to pursue a world-leading MSc Finance degree alongside a full-time career. It is designed for professionals working in London who aspire to high-powered careers in finance and who wish to acquire a more in-depth and academically rigorous knowledge of the subject.

The programme is specifically tailored to meet the needs and demands of part-time students in employment, not only in terms of academic content but also in terms of the structure and timing of teaching and the support provided for students throughout the programme.

The academic structure and content in this programme is identical to the full-time MSc Finance programme, only differing in the mode of teaching, which is delivered through evening sessions. Being only a short journey from the City and Canary Wharf, LSE is ideally located for professionals to commute to and from the office for lectures, to study with their classmates or attend events and public lectures.

Graduate destinations

As the vast majority of MSc Finance (part-time) students are already working in finance (or in a related role) when they join the programme, each individual’s future direction upon graduation depends on their own aspirations and career experience. However, whatever your reason for pursuing the programme, whether it be to help fast-track your professional development, change trajectory, or simply gain more knowledge in relation to your current role, the programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in, and enhance, your career.

This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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Start of programme. November / February / April / June / August. Mode of Attendance. Distance Learning. Read more
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

The MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) has been created principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires a knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives. It is particularly suitable if you have a first degree in engineering, applied science, applied mathematics, economics, or similar subjects, but is also suitable for others with quantitative skills.

Find out more:
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=42).

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cefims/programmes/mscfinanceqf/

Structure

You will choose five core modules.

Derivatives
Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
Econometric Analysis & Applications
Financial Econometrics
Modelling Firms & Markets
Risk Management: Principles & Applications

You will also choose three modules from the list of elective or core modules.

Banking & Capital Markets
Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Finance in the Global Market
International Finance
Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
Microeconomic Principles & Policy
The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
Research Methods
Dissertation

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=42).

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/faqs.shtml).

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section (http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/)

Employment

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.

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

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About the MSc programme. The MSc in Finance and Private Equity is ideal for those seeking a generalist finance master’s with an integrated specialisation in private equity. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc in Finance and Private Equity is ideal for those seeking a generalist finance master’s with an integrated specialisation in private equity. This unique programme, supported by private equity firm Abraaj Group, offers unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who actively participate in the development of the field. 

The programme is built upon the highly successful MSc Finance (full-time) programme, with the addition of a dedicated course taught by the School's Abraaj Group Chair in Private Equity. You will focus on topics including the structure of private equity (PE) funds and how PE can be used in start-ups, in scaling-up cash flow businesses, and in restructuring firms facing financial distress.

As well as lectures, discussion and case studies, you will benefit from regular practitioner-led teaching. You will have the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City, and will enjoy close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group and the Systemic Risk Centre, which attract leading finance researchers from across the world to their numerous research seminars and conferences.

Graduates of this highly-respected programme benefit from excellent career prospects in investment banks, consultancies, and a variety of financial institutions.

Graduate destinations

A significant proportion of graduates join either investment banks or boutique corporate finance firms as analysts as a first step in their careers into the world of private equity. However, some have been hired directly upon graduation by private equity or venture capital firms. Following a similar structure to the generalist MSc Finance, the programme also prepares you for various roles in investment banks, consultancies, hedge funds and asset management firms, or to pursue further study. In addition, having met on the programme, students have worked together on entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups.

This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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About the MSc programme. The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees, ideal for those whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees, ideal for those whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector.

The programme offers high level graduates, whose backgrounds may not necessarily be in finance, a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive foundation and subsequent depth in the field. One of the most sought after degrees at LSE, the programme attracts some of the very best students from leading institutions from around the world.

You will gain an in-depth grounding with core courses in corporate finance and financial markets, before tailoring the degree to your goals with a range of optional courses, including a number of specifically designed applied courses. You will have the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City, and will benefit from close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group and the Systemic Risk Centre, which attract leading finance researchers from across the world to their numerous research seminars and conferences. You will also have the opportunity to meet and network with the MSc Finance (part-time)students throughout the year.

The programme enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employers, with alumni working in a range of organisations including leading investment banks, financial institutions, consultancies and boutique firms.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates join analyst programmes at major investment banks. Other students have joined consultancies, boutique firms, hedge funds, asset management firms or start-ups or have gone on to further study. This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship in finance.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Professor Graeme Acheson

Course objectives

The course provides essential understanding of the theory of finance and of the skills required in practice. You learn about corporate finance, techniques of quantitative analysis, global financial markets, analysis of financial statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management and behavioural finance. You will develop spreadsheet skills and learn econometric techniques for analysing corporate performance and identifying trends in financial markets and have access to financial databases, including DataStream. The dissertation, completed in the summer, enables development of your individual interests.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation.
As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career.

Delivery and assessment

Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very begining of the course your career is our focus.
The MSc Finance opens up a range of exciting career opportunities which include fund management, security dealing, financial market regulation, treasury management, financial engineering and corporate finance work within merchant banking firms.
Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of major financial organisations such as Morgan Stanley, Standard Charted Bank, ABC Bank of China, and HSBC. They are located in countries around the globe including China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, New Zealand, Vietnam, Greece, Taiwan, India and the UK.
To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your MSc Finance degree, the following are examples of roles secured by those graduating from the course in the last three years:
- Business Manager, CITICs Futures (China)
- Interest Rate Swaps Dealer, Tullett Prebon (UK)
- Banker, ABC Bank of China
- Assistant to Country Chief Risk Officer, Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam)

Building on that foundation, alumni who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
- Investment Analyst, Ajeej Capital (Saudi Arabia)
- Head, Secured Lending, Stanard Chartered Bank (Taiwan)
- Settlements Associate, Titanium Capital (UK)
- Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION. The MSc (Finance) Corporate Finance programme has been accepted into the . CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme. Read more

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The MSc (Finance) Corporate Finance programme has been accepted into the CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme and the CAIA® Academic Partner Programme. In addition upon graduation from the programme you have exemptions from certain ACCA examinations. 

The CFA® Institute University Recognition Programme  status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA® Program Candidate body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit the CFA® exams.                        

The CAIA® academic partnership is granted to institutions who cover at least 60% of the entire CAIA® curriculum as represented by the Core Knowledge Outline (CKO). In addition this partnership allows UCC to grant a number of scholarships each year for students who wish to sit the CAIA® exams.  

ACCA has also assessed the MSc Corporate Finance for accreditation. Graduates of the programme will be exempted from sitting papers F1-F3.

The programme has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100% of students on the programme gained graduate employment. 

The objective of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance) is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the corporate finance industry. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in a real-life corporate finance consultancy project.

The course has been designed in conjunction with an industry course board to ensure it meets the corporate finance skills needs of employers. Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Corporate Finance), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with business advisory, consultancy, corporate, investment banking and venture capital firms

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAMME

  • You will gain excellent employment prospects on completion of the course.
  • The course is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry.
  • It includes an induction week focused on developing business skills.
  • You will benefit from a deep corporate finance syllabus.
  • A corporate Finance and Industry Leader lecture series will take place during the course.
  • A business research skills module is included.
  • You will produce an integrated Corporate Finance real-life research project.
  • Throughout the course we will also focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development.

PROFESSIONAL BODY EXEMPTION



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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The MSc Finance (Asset Management) is designed to prepare students for careers in the international asset management and finance industry. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in an applied quantitative research project. Uniquely this finance MSc programme provides the opportunity for candidates to study for the CFA® level I and/or CAIA® level I exams at the same time as the MSc Finance (Asset Management). 

PROFESSIONAL BODY EXEMPTION

This finance course has been designed in conjunction with industry to ensure it meets the skills needs of employers. Upon completion of the MSc Finance (Asset Management), you can expect to have excellent career prospects with investment management, insurance, proprietary trading, pension funds, and finance firms.

Students on the programme have access to a dedicated lab with Datastream and other financial and hedge fund databases. 

Induction Week  The course begins with an induction week [which commences 3rd September, 2018] providing you with the necessary preparation for the Core Modules in Semester 1. Here, the focus is on: team-building skills; IT skillscommunication and presentation skills.

Core Modules  

The core modules take place mainly in Semester 1 (September to December) and two running in Semester 2. These modules provide you with the in-depth knowledge to analyse and apply solutions to topics such as Valuation, Project Finance and Analysis of Debt Instruments. These modules:focus on analysis and application;have a quantitative element; include regular student presentations.

Specialised Modules

The specialised modules begin in Semester 2 (January to March) and here you will learn and apply this knowledge to areas of real relevance to your future career such as aircraft leasing, risk management and funds. The modules here: focus on understanding and application; are case study and lecture driven; employ analysis using business IT systems.

Business Leader Series

In this innovative module beginning midway through Semester 1 and finishing in Semester 2, you will get the opportunity to interact with senior executives and industry leaders from both the financial services sector. This module provides the perfect opportunity to hone your networking, communication and presentation skills.

  • -a weekly session will be chaired by industry experts.
  • each week a different student group hosts the sessions.
  • -members of the student groups present the case study solution.
  • -the expert then gives feedback and advice to the class.


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Our MSc Finance focuses on the role of modern business organisations, financial institutions and markets in the global economy. Read more
Our MSc Finance focuses on the role of modern business organisations, financial institutions and markets in the global economy. The programme also introduces students to state-of-the-art techniques and thinking regarding research methodology and the modern statistical techniques employed to investigate firm values and asset prices on inter-temporal and cross-sectional bases.

Why study MSc Finance at Dundee?

This degree programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the operation of modern business organisations, the role of financial institutions and the capital markets in the global economy. You will be encouraged to think critically about the ways in which modern businesses organisations interact with the financial markets and you will develop an understanding of the knowledge creation process.

In addition aim to provide our overseas students with the educational and cultural experiences which are unique to the UK.

What's so good about MSc Finance at Dundee?

Students studying accounting and finance are taught by staff who have either practical experience working in this sector or who have gained insights into financial and accounting practices through research of analysts, company directors and market traders. These insights from practice help inform the teaching of accounting and finance at Dundee.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

What you will study

The course comprises five taught modules (shown below) plus a dissertation:

Research Methods and Methodology
Econometrics for Finance
Global Financial Markets
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
Global Risk Analysis

How you will be assessed

Semester 1 modules are examined in December while modules taught in semester 2 are examined at the end of April/early May. At this point, students will be directed, by their supervisor, to begin the dissertation phase of the degree (although they will be encouraged to begin thinking about their research topics in Semester 2). The dissertation should take students around four months to complete with final drafts being submitted in late August/early September.

Careers

The programme is intended for students wishing to embark on a career in the financial sector. It is particularly suited for students wishing to pursue a career in banking, fund management, investment analysis, treasury management and academic finance (via doctoral study).

The School of Business has excellent employment records for its students (and an impressive Alumni), and this new Masters-level programme is intended to continue this pattern of success and enable students to embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. In this regard, the structure of the degree, with an emphasis on developing both technical and generic (soft) skills, in the context of a fast-changing business environment, will stand students in good stead.

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Our MSc Finance is a challenging one year programme that prepares recent high calibre graduates and young professionals for a wide range of careers in the highly competitive, yet rewarding, financial services sector. Read more

Our MSc Finance is a challenging one year programme that prepares recent high calibre graduates and young professionals for a wide range of careers in the highly competitive, yet rewarding, financial services sector. Covering a broad range of topics, this programme not only offers a solid quantitative foundation, but underpins it using the latest research and practical applications.

MSc Finance is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has developed a reputation as one of the most intellectually rigorous quantitative finance programmes in Europe. The programme is consistently ranked among the best in London and is a CFA Programme Partner, giving students access to high-profile events, online resources and discounts on CFA exams.

The Programme

This programme prepares recent high calibre graduates for a wide range of careers in the financial services sector. It is an intellectually rigorous quantitative finance programme covering a broad range of topics. To introduce you to the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills you will study five compulsory foundation modules, including:

• Application of Matlab to Finance

• Business Valuation

• Financial Modelling

• Markets and Securities

• The Finance Industry

You’ll take six 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. Core modules include:

• Corporate Finance

• Derivatives

• Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications

• Financial Econometrics

• Investment and Portfolio Management

• Mathematics for Finance

• Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance

The spring term begins with an International Experience. This two day trip to a European country offers students the opportunity to consider finance on an international field and strengthen their networks.

You will also be given the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. Electives to select from include:

• Advanced Corporate Finance

• Advanced Options Theory

• Behavioural Investment Management

• Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition

• Credit Risk

• Fixed Income Securities

• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners

• International Finance

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Private Equity and Venture Capital

• Quantitative Methods in Asset Management

• Real Estate Investment

• Structured Credit and Equity Products

• Wealth Management and Alternative Investments

• Topics in FinTech Innovation

• Big Data in Finance



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This one year. MSc Finance & Accounting. programme appeals to students from a range of business and scientific backgrounds looking to move into the finance industry. Read more

This one year MSc Finance & Accounting programme appeals to students from a range of business and scientific backgrounds looking to move into the finance industry.

Taught by outstanding academics and leading practitioners, students are provided with a thorough grounding in the theory of finance. Built on this solid technical foundation is an understanding of the practical elements of the finance and accounting industries which include advanced techniques in corporate financial strategy, project management and company valuation.

If you aspire to work in areas such as management consulting, equity research analysis, sales in investment banking, the treasury department of a large corporate company, or at one of the big four, then this programme is suitable for you.

The Programme

MSc Finance & Accounting ensures students benefit from a unique blend of rigour and relevance, providing an understanding of the financial basics, more specialist knowledge in a chosen area and a practical experience through electives and project work.

You will begin by studying five compulsory foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:

• Accounting and Valuation

• Application of Matlab to Finance

• Financial Modelling

• Markets and Securities

• The Finance Industry

Core modules are the backbone of the programme and provide you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. The core modules include:

• Advanced Corporate Finance

• Financial Accounting

• Corporate Finance

• Corporate Financial Management & Strategy

• Fundamentals of Derivatives

• Applied Econometrics

• Investments and Portfolio Management

• Management Accounting

Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. You are also given the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives includes:

• Advanced Financial Statistics

• Banks, Regulation and Monetary

• Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy

• Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition

• Enterprise Risk Management

• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners

• International Finance

• Insurance

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Real Estate Investment

• Structured Credit and Equity Products

• Venture Capital and Private Equity

• Topics in FinTech Innovation



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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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About the MSc programme. The MSc Finance and Economics draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. . Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance and Economics draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. 

It is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing you the opportunity to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. The programme draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods. 

What makes this programme unique is that you are taught not only how to apply and use various well-known models, but also to understand the technical foundations underpinning these models, enabling with the highly marketable ability to alter, amend, empirically test and adapt the models to new market environments. The programme offers exceptional graduates from quantitative disciplines the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial economics, financial econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics to a very high level, and to further specialise in two areas of finance. The tools, techniques and deep understanding that you take from the courses are directly applicable to a wide range of real-world financial and other situations.

The research and teaching which informs the intellectual core of the programme enables you to examine financial markets through in-depth analysis based on financial and economic theory and statistical methods. You will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives and financial engineering through the coherent lens of financial economics. Through an extensive range of optional courses, students can gain exposure to corporate and international finance, portfolio and risk management, as well as specialised modelling skills including programming in MATLAB.

Graduate destinations

The MSc Finance and Economics is an ideal preparation for a variety of careers in the global financial services sector, with the emphasis on financial economics being particularly attractive to investment banks, the financial services sector more generally and consulting firms. The programme also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans. Read more
This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans. In these fast changing subjects, the MSc Finance and Financial Law provides the specialist knowledge required in international banks and investment firms, legal practice, regulatory institutions and the academic world. The programme relates to both national and international finance, and considers how financial and legal principles are applied in the context of actual case studies.

Graduates from the MSc Finance and Financial Law will be well equipped for a career with a financial institution, a commercial law firm, regulator, government department or indeed in general business.

Among the institutions with which our graduates are currently working are: Baronsmead Partners LLP; China Banking Regulatory Commission; Deloitte; JP Morgan Chase; Kleinwort Benson; KPMG; Merrill Lynch; Mograbi Real Estate, Israel; Rivers State Ministry of Finance, Nigeria; Telenor, Pakistan.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/

Structure

You will study two pre-sessional introductory modules (Introduction to Financial Analysis and Introduction to Law & Legal Method) followed by six modules, five of which are compulsory and one is elective, and you will also write a dissertation on finance and financial law.

Programme Specification

Programme Specification (pdf; 61kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/file39837.pdf

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

-Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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