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The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice. Read more

The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.

The programme is designed to provide a unique educational experience that combines research-led, technically advanced teaching by world-renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice centred, hands-on approach. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by major employers in the sector. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the shipping and financial markets interact and complement each other. You will specialise in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods as well as the development, implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange offering them the opportunity to register as associate members during their study.

Highlights

  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes specialised workshops, distinguished guest speakers, bespoke simulations and company visits.
  • Receive a Dual Degree Award, with two full time MSc degrees in International Shipping and Finance from both the ICMA Centre and ALBA Graduate Business School
  • Gain international experience with one month’s study in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world
  • Utilise our industry links to access unique work-experience placement opportunities, whilst benefitting from our in-house career development programme and partnership with leading shipping recruitment company Spinnaker Global
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

At ICMA centre

At ALBA

Part 2 optional modules (at ICMA centre)

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers in International Shipping and Finance

After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector.

On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation.

Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.

Internships/Placements

Internship opportunities with leading companies in the shipping industry are available to outstanding MSc ISF graduates. A number of companies have joined our work placement scheme and offer work experience placements to some of our excellent graduates (subject to successful interviews and work permits where applicable). Additional placement and full time opportunities in the shipping industry are also made available to our students on an ad-hoc basis .

Career Advisory Partnership

Along with a full range of career advisory and professional development services available to our students from our dedicated Henley Careers team, students will also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global, the leading shipping recruitment consultancy. As part of our collaboration Spinnaker provides career advice and support to our students and promotes their profiles internationally for internship and full time opportunities. 

Professional Accreditation

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Professional Qualification

The programme is accredited by ICS and our students are eligible for 3 exam exemptions from the ICS qualification, which is the maximum number of exemptions offered by the institute. The 3 exemptions offered are for the ICS modules:

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Shipping Finance

Our successful graduates have to take only 4 out of the 7 ICS exams to qualify for the ICS membership. 

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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This highly specialised degree is designed to provide a practical understanding of a wide range of corporate finance services and corporate transactions. Read more

This highly specialised degree is designed to provide a practical understanding of a wide range of corporate finance services and corporate transactions. Both, corporate financial management and investment banking is at the core of the programme which is highly regarded in the City of London. 

Through hands-on sessions and extensive use of case-studies and financial analysis simulations, participants will be fascinated by the exciting world of venture capital, private equity, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. You will specialise in corporate investment and capital budgeting decisions, IPOs, payout policy, capital structure, enterprise valuation, financial analysis and risk management. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of financial markets, securities trading and quantitative techniques, and be able to further specialise on a wide range of additional elective topics.

MSc Corporate Finance graduates have the advantage of exemption from the Corporate Investment exam of its CFC qualification.

Highlights

  • Study one of the most reputable Masters within the investment banking community
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as private equity, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Experience a practice-centred delivery approach including hands-on sessions, case studies, financial analysis simulations and programming sessions.
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the CFC qualification.
  • Choose from over 15 elective modules to gain specialisation in a wide array of finance topics

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 80 (60) credits of electives from the following list

A minimum of 40 of those credits must be chosen from the following:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

There is a demand for professionals who combine an understanding of the financial markets with knowledge of the financial decisions facing companies in their day-to-day operations. Such professionals also need a clear insight into related fields including accounting, risk management, capital budgeting, debt and equity finance, financial planning, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.

As a MSc Corporate Finance graduate, you will be well equipped to join careers in investment banks in the City of London and other international financial centres, professional services firms, including management consultancies and accountancy practices, and small, entrepreneurial ventures where an in-depth knowledge of finance will be of direct benefit to the owner/managers seeking to build their business.

Professional accreditation

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).

NDRCTC CFC Certificate

Students are eligible for exemption from the Corporate Investment exam. This will apply to graduates from 2011 entry onwards. (The CFC qualification comprises 3 exams: Overview and fundamentals of corporate finance; Corporate investment; Corporate financing)



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One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the . Read more

One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

The financial system has undergone major restructuring in preparation for the new regulatory frameworks, affecting existing roles and creating different skillset requirements within risk management divisions of financial institutions. 

This programme is tailored to the needs of the rapidly changing financial markets, providing graduates with an insight into the new innovations in the area of risk management. Through its long-term academic partnerships and accreditations by leading professional bodies, the MSc Financial Risk Management offers a cutting edge learning experience, aligning research excellence and current market intelligence.

The graduates benefit from exemptions to certain professional certifications from leading professional bodies worldwide. Click the ‘Careers & professional accreditation’ tab on the right for more information.                                                                                       

The MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). The degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Highlights

  • Enhance your career prospects in one of the most sought after areas of finance
  • Study one of the most recognised risk management master’s courses in the UK
  • Develop your professional skills by studying for GARP FRM Part I as part of the course and benefit from the programme’s accreditation by GARP
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as market risk, financial instruments and credit risk
  • Benefit from additional professional exam exemptions from PRMIA

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

After completion of this programme, students are well-prepared to follow a career in the challenging fields of risk management, or risk analysis with banks, regulators, portfolio managers, corporate treasuries, risk management software houses, specialist financial boutiques and hedge funds. Regulators, governments, advisors and commentators are unanimously endorsing the call for more and better qualified risk managers and analysts to join the financial industry.

Professional accreditation

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by GARP and the degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Professional Risk Managers’ Association (PRMIA)

ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management students are eligible for exemption from Exams I and II of PRM Certification. In addition MSc FRM students are provided with assistance to take PRM Exams III and IV.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).



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This innovative new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme, offered in conjunction with OSTC (On Screen Trading Connections), a leading global trading company that specialises in exchange traded products, will prepare you for a career in financial trading and is open to undergraduates of all disciplines. Read more
This innovative new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme, offered in conjunction with OSTC (On Screen Trading Connections), a leading global trading company that specialises in exchange traded products, will prepare you for a career in financial trading and is open to undergraduates of all disciplines.

The course combines a thorough grounding in business and finance theory with practical, real-world training and experience provided by OSTC.

OCTC has changed the traditional concept of locating proprietary traders in London and Chicago. OSTC delivers a professional environment for talented traders, providing an opportunity to actively participate in global financial markets. They currently have 16 offices in some of the world’s key cities and opened OSTC Wales in 2009.

Course Overview

The first phase of study is the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), which is campus-based and will prepare you for work in trading and financial markets. It is designed to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the sector in preparation for work experience. Upon successful completion of the PG Cert, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to apply to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip).

The PGDip primarily consists of a work placement with OSTC. Applicants will be required to undertake an interview with representatives of the university and OSTC. If successful, you will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth training on industryspecific simulators which will prepare you for work as a financial derivatives trader. Throughout this phase you will be required to keep a learning log of your training activities and to submit a written assignment reflecting on your practice at the end of the placement. You will also undertake in-house assessments, managed by OSTC and UWTSD.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you may have the opportunity to go directly into employment as a trader with OSTC, subject to their selection procedures. You will also have the opportunity to continue your study to Master’s Level by completing a 60-credit dissertation.

Modules

PG Cert:
-Global Financial Markets
-Financial Derivatives
-Behavioural Finance

PG Dip:
In-house training provided by OSTC using the latest state-of-the-art onscreen trading simulators.

Students that choose to progress to the MSc stage will be required to complete a 60-credit dissertation.

Key Features

This is a unique course which offers graduates of all disciplines the opportunity to gain a Master's qualification alongside practical, industry-focused experience. Whether you've previously studied geography or computer game design, maths or visual communication, if you are ambitious, hard-working and anayltical then you may have what it takes to succeed in the financial trading sector.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you may have the opportunity to go straight into employment with OSTC, allowing you to start work as a trader without having to re-locate to London.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme can expect to go into trading roles within the financial derivatives sector. Alternatively, the knowledge gained through the industry-specific trading would also enable graduates to work in other roles such as project management or administration, within the financial trading industry.

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The ICMA Centre’s financial engineering degree is highly respected by quantitative analysts and their employers. The credit crunch and subsequent events have emphasised the need to develop better pricing and better hedging models for all complex products. Read more

The ICMA Centre’s financial engineering degree is highly respected by quantitative analysts and their employers. The credit crunch and subsequent events have emphasised the need to develop better pricing and better hedging models for all complex products. The practical and quantitative skills that you will develop on the programme will equip you to meet this challenge.

Our compulsory modules provide a firm grounding in probability theory, stochastic calculus, derivatives pricing, quantitative and numerical methods, structuring products, volatility analysis, and the modelling of credit, equity, foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. We also provide a thorough training in C++ and other programming tools.

Optional modules will allow you to focus on risk analysis, portfolio management, designing trading strategies or econometric analysis. This newly structured degree aims to further enhance the strong reputation of its precursor – the MSc in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis, which was established back in 1999. A good background in mathematics is required for acceptance to this programme (see entry requirements below).

Highlights

  • A highly technical programme for those with strong mathematical skills
  • Gain knowledge of derivatives pricing tools and methods, as well as the use of programming languages like C++ and VBA
  • Designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed
  • Graduates are able to make an early contribution through the unique combination of hands-on, practical skills and the necessary underlying finance theory
  • Benefit from the combined expertise of both the ICMA Centre and the Department of Mathematics

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

Many of our financial engineering graduates are now working as Quants in large London banks and other financial institutions. Others have pursued PhDs and have successful academic careers. Financial instruments are becoming ever more sophisticated, so graduates that understand complex modelling techniques are always in great demand. The high quantitative content of this programme opens many doors to a wide range of careers. You could structure and develop new debt or equity solutions to meet clients funding and hedging needs, or you could become a proprietary trader in exotic derivatives, or a software specialist or a quantitative analyst supporting the traders.

There are excellent opportunities on the buy-side, with hedge funds and investment institutions, as well as in investment banking and in software analytics. Opportunities in quantitative research, or with a rating agency, are among the many other attractive alternatives. Outside of mainstream banking and investment, you might also consider firms involved in commodity and energy trading, or the treasury divisions of leading multinationals and management consultancies.

Professional accreditation

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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World-ranked. for Masters in Finance by the Financial Times, this degree is widely regarded as one of the leading applied finance programmes in Europe. Read more

World-ranked for Masters in Finance by the Financial Times, this degree is widely regarded as one of the leading applied finance programmes in Europe. It has been specially designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the challenging field of international securities and investment banking. It enables our graduates to acquire the practical skills and knowledge sought by employers in the sector through a unique combination of interactive, technically advanced teaching and hands-on training.

It is our longest established programme with over 2,000 alumni around the world. It is also the most flexible finance programme with a choice of over 20 elective modules, providing a broad expertise to equip those who have yet to settle on a specialism, and who look to a wider choice of potential career paths. You will benefit from exposure to advanced analysis tools and resources valued by the financial markets that aim to enhance your practical skills and market awareness. As part of the programme, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the operations of financial markets, securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Highlights

  • Ranked in the No. 7 in the UK and No.33 in the world for Masters in Finance
  • 90% of students are employed within 3 months of graduation
  • Experience world-class student facilities and a practice-centred delivery approach
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Work Placement & Project module available for students studying the 12-month course

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 100 (80) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

Those who graduate in ISIB will leave us well equipped to pursue a wide range of careers in financial services. Many join investment banks to train as financial markets professionals in trading, sales and research, whilst others specialise in complex derivative products and others join brokers and commodity bankers. In addition, many graduates follow other career paths including consultancy, accountancy, operations, IT, and higher education and doctoral research.

Professional Accreditation

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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Designed to evolve your decision-making capabilities and awareness of best practice in investment strategies and performance evaluation, our Finance and Investment MSc will prepare you for a career in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services or financial consultancy. Read more

Designed to evolve your decision-making capabilities and awareness of best practice in investment strategies and performance evaluation, our Finance and Investment MSc will prepare you for a career in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services or financial consultancy.

This course will equip you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of economics, finance and investment. By the end of the course, you will have the skills necessary to use advanced tools and quantitative techniques to appraise financial opportunities. 

As part of this course you will also have access to our real-time trading room, streaming up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.

This course is part of our Finance MSc programme. All students complete the same core finance modules, then from the end of the first term you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules and the option to specialise in one of five areas. 

The other specialisms offered are:

Course structure

The course is composed of three phases:

  • Phase 1 teaches the core subjects of finance, economics and research methods
  • Phase 2 introduces specialist modules in finance and banking
  • Phase 3 is the dissertation that draws together the learning from the whole of the programme, allowing you to develop your research skills and capacity for critical analysis while creating a specialisation in a particular field of finance and banking

All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.

Syllabus

Modules

Core modules will give you practical background knowledge in key finance subjects. From term 2 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The specialisms currently offered are banking, accounting, investment, economics and risk management.

Core modules

  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Theory and Practice
  • Research Methodologies for Finance and Economics
  • Dissertation

Specialism modules (choose two)

  • Advanced Financial Mathematics 
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Risk Management
  • International Portfolio Management
  • Market-making and Investment Strategies

Option modules (choose one)

  • Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • Financial Regulation: Economic Principles and Institutional Frameworks
  • Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Management Accounting
  • Money, Interest Rates and Banking 

Completion of your final project (dissertation) takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. You submit your project in October and receive your MSc award in December.

Dissertation

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and investment.

The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address a financial markets problem which will require you to undertake research leading to implementable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgment.

Alternatively, you may wish to carry out a more theoretical dissertation relating to a financial markets topic of personal interest. You will receive help from your appointed dissertation supervisor who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

Real-time trading room 

As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters. 

One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor. 

We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.

Student trading society

We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities. 

Learning support 

Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home. 

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business. 

Careers and employability

A postgraduate qualification from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's highly competitive job market

Many of our Finance and Investment MSc graduates go on to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking and financial consultancy.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.



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This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a practical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends. Read more

This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a practical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends. Students benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the heart of the global investment industry in the City of London, only a short distance away.

During the course you will develop expertise in a range of specialised areas such as trading strategies, portfolio and fund management, alternative and responsible investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice through the use of simulations, case studies and take part in the portfolio management challenge designed for MSc Investment Management students. 

Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA® ) programme, level 1. The two programmes support and reinforce the other, ensuring that graduates acquire both the academic and professional knowledge and qualifications required to succeed in the investment management industry. 

The tuition for this programme includes the candidate’s registration in the June CFA Level I exam that is written just after the end of the academic year. The tuition also includes substantial CFA teaching outside of the academic teaching.

The ICMA Centre is a CFA University Affiliate; this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.

Highlights

  • Study for one of the most recognised master’s courses within the asset management sector and one of the few in the UK affiliated with the CFA Institute
  • Enhance your career prospects by studying CFA level 1 as part of the programme
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as portfolio management, advanced financial analysis and other investment management related modules
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes distinguished guest speakers and bespoke simulations

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 50 (30) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

After completion, our graduates are qualified to work in a variety of investment functions, including as portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and traders, within a diverse range of organisations such as investment banks, regulators, fund management firms and consultants.

The wide recognition of the programme contributes to the majority of our graduates securing employment offers within 6 months of graduation. 

Professional accreditation

CFA Level 1

Studied alongside the degree.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) 

Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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This programme provides a masters-level education with particular focus on Behavioural Finance, an interdisciplinary field which integrates psychology and financial economics. Read more

This programme provides a masters-level education with particular focus on Behavioural Finance, an interdisciplinary field which integrates psychology and financial economics.

This is the first postgraduate degree in the UK with a thorough and balanced curriculum with regard to both disciplines. The study of finance and psychology progresses through the programme so that students obtain a critical grasp of core theory along with thorough knowledge, skills of application and analysis.

Highlights

  • Take advantage of the expertise and facilities of two of the top schools in the country for both Finance and Psychology
  • Specialise in one of the most exciting areas of Finance
  • Broaden your vocational knowledge and build a mixture of marketable quantitative expertise and soft skills
  • Experience a practice-centred delivery approach including hands-on sessions, case studies and trading simulations 
  • Study in the only UK Behavioural Finance postgraduate degree with a balanced curriculum in both disciplines

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules (12 month only)

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Why study at the ICMA Centre?

“National league tables show that Henley Business School consistently provides one of the most satisfying and rewarding student experiences in the UK.” Professor John Board, Dean.

Part of the University of Reading and the triple-accredited Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre has a global reputation for its excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education in finance, as well as professional and policy development research and consultancy.

Based in University of Reading’s award-winning Whiteknights campus – a short train ride from London, the financial capital of the world – the ICMA Centre is the product of the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department.

Careers

Despite the volatile nature of the financial markets, demand for well‐qualified recruits remains high. Students schooled in the field of behavioural finance are in demand as investment banks, asset managers and associated industries attempt to understand investment patterns and pricing bubbles that cannot be explained by conventional finance theories. Thus, they have been showing increasing attention to behaviourally driven investment philosophies over the last few years. We expect many of our graduates to enter the industry at either the ‘Analyst’ level or as ‘Associates’, who tend to have several years of relevant professional experience.

Our graduates leave us equipped with knowledge and transferable skills that are also prized by employers outside of the traditional banking and finance sectors. Many of our Alumni are currently enjoying successful careers with multinational companies, consulting firms, government agencies and regulatory organizations throughout the world.Graduates will also gain the knowledge and skills required to continue their studies at the doctoral level. 



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How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?. Read more
How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?

Alongside banks, a growing number of both financial firms (e.g. hedge funds) and non-financial firms (e.g. utilities) have trading arms which execute orders in the markets and deal on behalf of either the firm or outside clients. Therefore, knowledge of trading global markets is a prerequisite for your career in trading, risk management or compliance.

On this course, we prepare you for a successful career in finance and financial services by covering in-depth finance, statistical modelling and trading skills. Taught by industry experts, we offer a mix of classroom-based instruction, case study and practical trading exercise where you trade on real-time simulated global markets through the use of industry-strength proprietary trading software in our specialist trading lab.

You master areas including:
-Trading strategies
-Risk and money management
-Trader analytics
-Portfolio management and empirical methods in finance

You are given exposure to practical trading in a wide range of markets, including equities, FX, commodities and bonds.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Essex Business School employs staff from across the globe.

We’re renowned for our social science led research and are ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). As one of the largest finance groups in the country, our work has been called upon by the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, so you study at a school that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.

Our expert staff explore issues including: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

Specialist facilities

Based at our Colchester Campus, the Essex Business School building provides superb facilities for staff and students.

Not only can you practice trading stocks and securities in our virtual trading lab, our study pods and Bonds café provide ample space for group-working and preparing for lectures, our sun terrace and winter garden provide the building with a unique micro-climate, reflecting our commitment to ethical and sustainable business.

Your future

A Masters degree from Essex Business School is an investment in your future career; in 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Not only will we support you to reach your full academic potential, our Student Services Team works in partnership with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Our students progress to work in a range of careers, from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy. We’re also proud of our many graduate entrepreneurs.

Example structure

-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Trading Global Financial Markets
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Asset Pricing (optional)
-Fixed Income Securities (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

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Since the banking crisis, risk managers have been increasingly sought after. Large companies rely on them to advise on appropriate risk-taking, identify and assess threats, and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks. Read more

Since the banking crisis, risk managers have been increasingly sought after. Large companies rely on them to advise on appropriate risk-taking, identify and assess threats, and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks.

Our Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your knowledge of risk management theory at a company, country and international level, investigating contemporary debates and controversies in risk management. 

This course is part of our Finance MSc programme. All students complete the same core finance modules, then from the end of the first term you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules and the option to specialise in one of five areas. 

The other specialisms offered are:

Course structure

The course is composed of three phases:

  • Phase 1 teaches the core subjects of finance, economics and research methods
  • Phase 2 introduces specialist modules in finance and risk management
  • Phase 3 is the dissertation that draws together the learning from the whole of the programme, allowing you to develop your research skills and capacity for critical analysis while creating a specialisation in a particular field of finance and risk management

All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.

Syllabus

Core modules

  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods for Finance and Economics
  • Dissertation

Specialisms modules

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Risk Management

Option modules (choose one)

  • Advanced Financial Mathematics
  • Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • Financial Regulation: Economic Principles and Institutional Frameworks
  • International Portfolio Management
  • Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Management Accounting
  • Market-making and Investment Strategies
  • Money, Interest Rates and Banking

Completion of your final project (dissertation) takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. You submit your project in October and receive your MSc award in December.

Dissertation

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and risk.

The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address an accounting problem that requires you to undertake research leading to practicable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgement. You will finalise the topic in consultation with the course leader and other specialists in financial risk research.

You will receive help from your dissertation supervisor, who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

Real-time trading room

As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.

One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor.

We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.

Student trading society

We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities.

Learning support

Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

A postgraduate qualification from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's highly competitive job market.

Finance and Risk Management MSc graduates are in demand among financial institutions, regulatory bodies, government agencies and risk management divisions in large non-financial companies. 

According to Michael Page’s 2015 annual Banking & Financial Services Survey, employment is expected to grow across the sector, with 45% of respondents expecting an increase in their team’s headcount as levels of optimism have generally improved.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.



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Who is it for?. To successfully complete this course, you must have a good understanding of mathematics. You may well have studied finance, economics, engineering or maths or physics as an undergraduate. Read more

Who is it for?

To successfully complete this course, you must have a good understanding of mathematics. You may well have studied finance, economics, engineering or maths or physics as an undergraduate. Or you might have a bachelor’s degree in a science subject, in particular computer science. You should have a general interest in mathematics and statistics.

You should have a general interest in learning the more technical and mathematical techniques used in financial markets, but you don’t need to have a background in finance.

Objectives

The difference between the MSc Mathematical Trading and Finance to the other two quants courses (MSc Financial Mathematics and MSc Quantitative Finance) are core modules which focus on quantitative trading and structuring.

You’ll study core modules which focus on the theory of finance and different financial assets. You will look at how these assets are priced and used for asset management or risk management purposes.

The second type of core modules cover the mathematical and statistical aspects needed in quantitative finance, including some stochastics. This also includes learning some programming languages, in particular Matlab, but also VBA.  Finally, Term three offers you flexibility within your masters; either by writing a dissertation or undertaking a project. You can complete your degree entirely choosing electives.

What will you learn

  • You will have learned a good understanding of the technical aspects used in financial
  • markets, starting from the financial theory, looking at different financial instruments and showing various applications of the theoretical concepts.
  • You will gain a good understanding of stochastics, mathematical finance and econometrics as well as some programming.
  • You will also obtain a very good understanding of different financial assets, in particular derivatives, and how they can be used in different context, such as risk management, asset management or structuring.
  • The MSc Mathematical Trading and Finance will also help you do understand the financial theory used in financial markets with an emphasis on practical applications.
  • You will three different possibilities to complete your degree in the third term, including writing a dissertation or an applied project.
  • You can also opt to get all the credits through taught electives. Popular
  • electives include Behavioural Finance, Trading and Hedging in the FOREX Market, Technical Analysis, Hedge Funds or Python.

Assessment

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

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

  • nine core courses (Eight at 15 credits each, one at 10 credits)

and either

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

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The Mathematical Trading and Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

  • an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
  • a reminder course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics and basic computing which forms a prerequisite of the core modules in term 1.

Career pathways

The job opportunities for students from the three quants Masters programmes are very similar. They usually find employment with large investment banks, but also some smaller boutique finance firms, hedge funds or other specialist companies.

Working as an analysis or quantitative analysts, in risk management, on fixed income security desks or in the asset management industry including hedge funds are typical jobs for students from the MSc Mathematical Trading and Finance. Some students also secure positions on trading desks.

You will also have the skills to study for a PhD in the area of quantitative finance and financial markets.



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With the banking industry undergoing major changes, there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to join the profession. Read more

With the banking industry undergoing major changes, there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to join the profession.

Our Finance and Banking MSc programme will prepare you for a wide range of careers in finance, designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to help organisations understand complex financial issues and develop practical solutions. 

The course explores the changing environment within which financial institutions operate, the globalisation of finance, changes in technology, and the regulatory environment. You will also gain an appreciation of the evolution of finance and banking theory, as well as contemporary debates and controversies. 

This course is part of our Finance MSc programme. All students complete the same core finance modules, then from the end of the first term you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules and the option to specialise in one of five areas.

The other specialisms offered are:

Course structure

The course is composed of three phases:

  • Phase 1 teaches the core subjects of finance, economics and research methods
  • Phase 2 introduces specialist modules in finance and banking
  • Phase 3 is the dissertation that draws together the learning from the whole of the programme, allowing you to develop your research skills and capacity for critical analysis while creating a specialisation in a particular field of finance and banking

All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.

Syllabus

Core modules will give you practical background knowledge in key finance subjects. From term 2 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The specialisms currently offered are banking, accounting, investment, economics and risk management.

Core modules

  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods for Finance and Economics
  • Dissertation

Mandatory specialism module (Term 2)

  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Money, Interest Rates and Banking

Option modules (choose one)

  • Advanced Financial Mathematics
  • Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Regulation: Economic Principles and Institutional Frameworks
  • Financial Risk Management
  • International Portfolio Management
  • Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Management Accounting
  • Market-making and Investment Strategies

Completion of your final project (dissertation) takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. You submit your project in October and receive your MSc award in December.

Dissertation

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and banking.

The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address an accounting problem that requires you to undertake research leading to practicable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgement. You will finalise the topic in consultation with the course leader and other specialists in banking research.

You will receive help from your dissertation supervisor, who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

Real-time trading room

As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.

One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor.

We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.

Student trading society

We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities.

Learning support

Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

Banking is a profession that offers a huge variety of opportunities, the possibility of rapid career progression, and good pay and benefits. 

The course prepares you for a range of careers in central banks, finance departments of industrial and service companies, regulatory bodies, government agencies, financial consultancies and auditors. Such companies are actively looking to recruit postgraduate-level professionals.

According to Michael Page’s 2015 annual Banking & Financial Services Survey, employment is expected to grow across the sector, with 45% of respondents expecting an increase in their team’s headcount.

There is a particularly strong demand for banking graduates in developing economies where financial organisations are seeking postgraduate-level professionals with a sophisticated understanding of banking.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.



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The course is particularly suitable for students with a degree in Finance, Financial Economics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (see  . Read more

The course is particularly suitable for students with a degree in Finance, Financial Economics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (see  entry requirements ), as well as relevant work experience (non-compulsory). It is also suited to those wishing to gain salary enhancements, or students wishing to pursue advanced studies in quantitative finance.

  • Learn how to forecast and manage risk and return
  • Gain the skills to price any financial instrument
  • Learn how to engineer new methods and financial products
  • Build advanced knowledge of the main theoretical and applied concepts in quantitative finance, financial engineering and risk management, using current issues to stimulate your thinking
  • Prepare for careers involving the design and management of new financial instruments, the development of innovative methods for measuring, or predicting and managing risk.

CFA training

We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams.

  • MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.
  • Gain student support from Kaplan with access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, and mock exam runs. Plus tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.
  • The CFA Program builds a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
  • Take the first step to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential to prepare for the Level I exam
  • The CFA is the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Together with Amplify Trading , a global financial trading and training firm, we offer a week long Trading BootCamp for MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students.

  • experience a live trading floor provided by two experienced traders with specialist software
  • engage with contemporary financial markets and apply your classroom theory in practice
  • watch live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, and use your knowledge and skills in trading different asset classes
  • a fantastic opportunity to prepare you for successful careers after graduation.

The Finance Zone   

Special features

Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation

Our accounting and finance division courses are now affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). Every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.

  • MSc Accounting 
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Quantitative Finance

The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize . 

Coursework and assessment

The course teaching is shared by Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Mathematics, and delivered through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work. Assessment varies depending on course units taken. It may include a combination of course work and examination. The dissertation normally ranges between 30 and 50 double spaced pages.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. Our topics are aligned with the research interests of leading financial institutions from the City of London and internationally.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Approximation of CVA/DVA/FVA
  • FVA and MM - quantitative analysis/illustration Continuous rainbow options on commodity outputs
  • Investigating dynamics and determinants of risk-neutral PDs
  • Using hazard models to forecast corporate bankruptcy
  • Analysing asset pricing implications from real options models
  • Pricing sovereign CDS contracts
  • Estimating liquidation probabilities of hedge funds

Scholarships and bursaries

Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable. Find out more>>

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This course provides ideal preparation for a career in the finance industry specialising in designing and trading financial instruments. These financial engineers are expected to be proficient in computer programming and strong in financial mathematics. They have to be at ease with complex derivatives and creative enough to find solutions for pricing and hedging. The course also provides research skills for those who wish to pursue an academic career by studying at doctoral level.

Click here for information on our Careers Service.

Click here for the latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.



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Study for our specialist MSc Accounting course and boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession. . Read more

Study for our specialist MSc Accounting course and boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession. 

The course will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as your critical thinking. You will be introduced to different aspects of accounting research, and provided guidance in conducting the research.

Course description

Our specialist MSc Accounting course will boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession. 

  • develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as your critical thinking. 
  • introduction to different aspects of accounting research, and guidance in conducting the research.
  • advance your thinking and debate in contemporary issues in financial reporting, management account, auditing and governance.
  • Develop skills that are valued by employers, or prepare for a research career in academia.
  • Benefit from our accounting academics' close connection with the accountancy profession.

CFA training

We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams.

  • MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.
  • Gain student support from Kaplan with access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, and mock exam runs. Plus tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.
  • The CFA Program builds a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
  • Take the first step to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential to prepare for the Level I exam
  • The CFA is the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Together with Amplify Trading , a global financial trading and training firm, we offer a week long Trading BootCamp for MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students.

  • experience a live trading floor provided by two experienced traders with specialist software
  • engage with contemporary financial markets and apply your classroom theory in practice
  • watch live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, and use your knowledge and skills in trading different asset classes
  • a fantastic opportunity to prepare you for successful careers after graduation.

The Finance Zone   

Special features

Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation

Our accounting and finance division courses are affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). Every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.

  • MSc Accounting 
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Quantitative Finance

The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize . 

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by taught examinations, coursework, assignments, group assessment and presentations and finally by a 60 credit dissertation.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent accounting and finance dissertation project topics include:

  • Performance reporting by UK listed firms under IFRS
  • Audit practice and professionalization
  • Management control systems in organisations
  • Field-based qualitative research on management accounting innovation and change
  • Audit markets in emerging economies
  • Corporate governance and quality of earnings

Scholarships and bursaries

Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable. Find out more>>.

Careers

This course will help to enhance your abilities, skills and knowledge. It will prepare your for a career with top firms in the accountancy profession. In addition, if you have overseas professional accounting qualifications, successful completion of the course can boost your career. 



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