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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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A rigorous academic program. The Master in Finance, recognized by the . French Higher Education and Research Ministry as Master Degree. Read more

A rigorous academic program

The Master in Finance, recognized by the French Higher Education and Research Ministry as Master Degree, is a graduate program tailored to individual needs and goals. It offers 3 specialized tracks in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Asset Management.

The curriculum is flexible and it is full-time during 15 months. The 90 ECTS credits cover courses, an international study trip and an internship or academic dissertation.

Students can choose to enroll the program either on the ESSEC France campus (Cergy, Paris area), or the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus (Singapore). Regardless of campus choice, the program - and intake - starts in September.

Courses

The Master in Finance is an intensive program with 21 Core courses and 29 Elective courses. The program is tailored to each student’s career goals and individual needs.

Core courses include:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Options
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Options
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advanced Derivatives
  • Fixed Incomes
  • Introduction seminar to Financial career
  • Financial Theory
  • Introduction seminar to Asset Management & Insurance
  • and many more

You will then have a choice of elective courses to match your personal interests and professional ambitions.

Elective courses cover such topics as:

  • VBA Programing for Market Finance and Corporate Finance
  • Real Estate Finance 
  • Commodity markets & Energy products
  • Volatility Trading Game
  • Business Analysis & Value Creation
  • Asset management simulation game
  • and many more

For a full list of courses and electives available, please download the brochure.

Term 1

You will either start in France or in Singapore, where you will learn the finance fundamentals with a mix of core and elective courses.

Term 2

In term 2, you can choose from the 3 specialized tracks to reach their career objectives:

  • The Corporate Finance Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in mergers & acquisitions, financial analysis, firm valuation, transaction services, structured financing, private equity and equity (ECM) and debt (DCM) capital markets.
  • The Financial Markets Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in front and middle offices such as sales and structuring of financial products, traders, quantitative finance, risk management as well as asset and portfolio management.
  • The Asset Management Track
  • Designed for those who want to pursue a career in asset and portfolio management, risk management and insurance. This track is offered only in France.

Terms 3 & 4

During this period, you will receive the last 3 core courses and write an academic dissertation. If you want, you can also carry out an internship.

Academic dissertation or internship

The aim of the Academic dissertation is to produce an individual research on a cutting-edge topic related to Finance. It provides students with their first original research experience.

Examples of academic dissertations include:

  • Financing SMEs: private equity as an alternative to bank lending. 
  • Private equity’s public non-LBO investments: overview and assessment of value creation. 
  • European lightly regulated IPO market - Alternext.

To get more examples of Academic dissertations please download the brochure

The internship is an alternative option.

The Faculty

The three assets that best characterize ESSEC Business School’s faculty are academic excellence, a global frame of mind and original and outstanding teaching.

The Finance Department’s research covers a broad spectrum of key areas in finance: Financial Derivatives, Risk Management, Commodities, Portfolio and Wealth Management, Macro-Finance, Market Microstructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Real Estate and Corporate Bankruptcy.

Researchers have published their work in some of the world’s most prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Finance and Finance. In addition to the faculty, the program also relies on lecturers and practitioners who are experts in their field.

To see the complete list of professors, lecturers and practitioners, please download the brochure.

Your professional career starts now

The Internship

The optional internship which can be from 4 to 6 months is designed to let students integrate into the professional world. They acquire hands-on experience as interns in an organization enabling them to put into practical use the knowledge and skills attained in the program.

The study trip

Master in Finance offers a unique opportunity for students to travel to one of the major financial hubs (London, Hong Kong or New York). The one-week study trip allows privileged access to the most prestigious investment banks and consulting firms such as: Barclay’s Capital, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, BNP-Paribas, Crédit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, etc. Students not only meet and exchange views with professionals but also get to interact with ESSEC alumni.

Professional Events

You will have the chance to attend finance specific recruitment fairs, for example:

  • International Finance Forum on the ESSEC Cergy campus in mid-October where you will be able to brush shoulders with major banks and financial institutions from across the world and meet their recruiters who are looking to hire for their summer internship programs and graduate schemes and for various other job positions.

For more information, visit the Careers section.

ESSEC Business School’s Finance Department regularly holds research seminars where students can meet researchers and professionals. These seminars provide an opportunity to students to meet and discuss with professionals and practitioners from major financial sectors. The lectures, current events, and case studies allow a better understanding of the latest changes and developments in the financial sectors.

Graduate careers

Graduates of the Master in Finance program are successful in pursuing a full-filling career in all areas of finance.

  • 67% of students find a job before graduation
  • 90% within three months of graduation
  • 100% within six months of graduation

The graduates mainly work in the following industries:

  • Banking
  • Brokerage/Trading
  • Consulting
  • Investment/Hedge funds
  • Asset Management

The roles of our Alumni include:

  • Trading/Sales/Structuring
  • Financial Analysis/Firm Valuation/Transaction Services
  • Project/Structured Financing
  • Risk Management/Control
  • Equity/Debt Capital Market
  • Private Equity
  • Project Management
  • M&A Consulting
  • Portfolio/Asset Management

 



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Since the global economic crash of 2008, the world of finance and investment has evolved considerably. Read more
Since the global economic crash of 2008, the world of finance and investment has evolved considerably. This course is suited to those wishing to pursue a career in the finance world, working in areas such as investment banking, private equity or corporate financial management and will provide a solid framework of the crucial issues surrounding the sector as its core learning mode.


Why study MSc/PG Cert/PG Dip Investment and Finance at Middlesex University?

This contemporary and challenging course provides an up-to-date evaluation of financial institutions from both a modern theory and practical point of view. You will become competent at applying quantitative skills to the practice of financial investment and analysis where you will learn how to analyse the causes and consequences of financial and banking crises in mature economies and emerging markets. Furthermore, you will discover how the operation of global capital markets and risk management techniques function and understand investment performance and analyse financial data.

Through debate, you will be encouraged to challenge assumptions at all times, work through a series of real life problems and expand your analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to think logically and quantitatively. This course will continue to enhance your career potential and professional development, helping you pursue a career in investment banking, private equity and corporate financial management, stock-broking, investment analyst or treasure management.

Course highlights:

- Graduate with a basis for professional exams such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
- Our part-time, full-time or the distance learning option offers flexibility to those with family commitments.
- Enrol in a specialist session with the Employability Centre for more specific advice.
- Graduate from a highly respected Business School in London with a qualification highly sought after in the finance sectors. Past students have gained internships or been recruited by major financial bodies namely Abbey, HSBC and the Bank of America.
- Our course provides you with the chance to enter a number of finance sectors including investment banking, private equity, corporate financial management, stock-broking, investment analyst, corporate finance or treasure management.

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Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. Read more

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

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

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

Course structure

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

The option modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the project you must choose five option modules.

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

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

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



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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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Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. Read more

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

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

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

Course structure

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

The option modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the project you must choose five option modules.

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

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

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



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This cutting-edge programme comprises newly designed modules in trading strategies, the business of wealth management and advanced portfolio management. Read more

This cutting-edge programme comprises newly designed modules in trading strategies, the business of wealth management and advanced portfolio management. MSc Investment & Wealth Management is unique in offering a full range of modules in asset and wealth management, private equity and banking.

The programme

In September, you will study five foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These modules include:

• Markets and Securities

• Financial Modelling

• Application of Matlab to Finance

• Introduction to Project Valuation

• The Finance Industry

You’ll then take seven 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:

• Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies

• Derivatives

• Financial Econometrics

• Investment and Portfolio Management

• Macroeconomics

• Mathematics for Finance

• Ethical and Professional Standards in Finance

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

• Advanced Financial Statistics

• 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

• Insurance

• 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



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The. MSc in Finance. combines a rigorous, research-based curriculum with extensive real-world applications and operational skill building. Read more

The MSc in Finance combines a rigorous, research-based curriculum with extensive real-world applications and operational skill building.

The program is taught by experienced faculty with outstanding expertise across financial topics. Topics covered include modern Capital Markets, Valuation (including options), Fixed Income, and Capital Structure. Electives include Value Investing, Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and International Finance.

Every student chooses one of two specializations: Corporate Finance and Investment Management. The choice of specialization is made at the end of the first semester of the program. 

SSE's MSc in Finance has been one of the most popular master programs in Europe, thanks to a great learning environment and outstanding career opportunities offered after graduation. Finance graduates pursue careers in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, investment management, consulting, as well as non-finance positions.

The MSc program in Finance is consistently one of the top ranked programs across various rankings. For example, the Financial Times ranking of the world's best masters programs (2017) have ranked the SSE Finance masters as no. 16 in the world, the top Nordic school represented.

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor's degree

with at least 60 ECTS in Social Sciences (including but not limited to Finance, Business Administration and/or Economics) and with a minimum of 30 ECTS in quantitative fields, including but not limited to Finance, Accounting and Financial Management and Economics. The quantitative fields may be outside Social Sciences. 

2. GMAT or GRE test result

- GMAT (total score) of 600 or more

- GRE score (quantitative) of 155 or more​

3. Proof of proficiency in English

We accept the following options as proof of your proficiency in English:

- IELTS Academic score at least 7 

- TOEFL iBT total score at least 100

- English as native language

- Bachelor’s degree from a program conducted completely in English

- Qualifications “English B/6” from Swedish upper secondary school

4. Motivation & supporting attachments

  • Letter of motivation answering a question why you are interested in the program and why you are a suitable candidate
  • Brief CV with your recent achievements
  • Relevant work experience and extracurricular activities may be considered
  • References are not required, but we give a possibility to submit them. Only contact details of your referees are needed from your side

Application timeline

October 1 - application opens

November 15 - early application deadline. You may apply by this deadline if you have all the complete documents and test results ready by that date. We will start assessing the applications and if your candidacy is selected you will receive the decision from us by the end of December. 

January 15 - application deadline. Your complete application should be submitted by this date. This is also the last date to sit all the tests. 

March 15 - notification regarding the results of the selection.

More information can be found here!



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The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top of the international banking and finance industry. Read more

The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top of the international banking and finance industry.

Birmingham Business School is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Course details

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance. The programme aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, and private equity and venture capital finance.

Many of our graduates are working at senior positions in banks and financial institutions, and in the investment industry worldwide. The programme is delivered by University faculty and industry practitioners to cater to the current and future needs of global financial services industry. MBA (GBF) attracts highly qualified and experienced students from a variety of cultures and nationalities and is highly rated by students wanting to specialise in banking and finance.

Programme content

The programme includes core modules and optional modules. Apart from the taught element of the programme, students have the opportunity to attend talks delivered by practising managers and senior executives from some of the world’s leading banks and finance houses. Students will have opportunities to interact, discuss their career-related issues and gain valuable insights into the working of these prestigious institutions.

Learning and teaching

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance and aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, private equity and venture capital finance.

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – past visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • A residential weekend business simulation requires you to manage a ‘company’ team in competition with others, against tight deadlines and with a range of rapidly changing data to assimilate and act upon (Full-time only)
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development

A bespoke learning environment

As a Birmingham MBA student, you will have exclusive access to the second floor of our new postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a Harvard-style lecture theatre, dedicated computer cluster and seminar rooms as well as breakout rooms and communal areas for studying and group work, which will look out over the Green Heart when completed in 2019.

Employability

From the very start of your MBA, you receive bespoke advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced they work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career, jointly developing a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a range of potential employer.

Employer engagement

Whilst on your MBA you will have the opportunity to engage with top international companies. Our MBA students have participated in a range of activities with employers including BP, GE, IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Unilever, Deloitte and HSBC.

Group and individual activities to enhance your skills

Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities all aimed at helping you to develop the skills and techniques which lead to highly successful employment outcomes.

A few examples of these activities that you will undertake throughout your MBA programme include online profile building, Careers in Consultancy networking event, Distinguished leaders alumni seminar series, mock assessment centre, skills coaching, and video recorded interview practice.

Careers in Business

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



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Challenge yourself and every preconception as you navigate the complex world of finance. Does the world of finance attract you like no other? Do you aim for a career in which you address challenges like private equity, corporate governance and asset management? The Financial Economics specialisation covers it all. Read more

Challenge yourself and every preconception as you navigate the complex world of finance

Does the world of finance attract you like no other? Do you aim for a career in which you address challenges like private equity, corporate governance and asset management? The Financial Economics specialisation covers it all.

In one of three tracks - Corporate Finance, Investments or International Finance - you will acquire deep and systematic knowledge of the driving force behind companies, markets and economies. You will learn to analyse and explain complex financial and business problems and, including setting up and executing a scientifically sound research project based on a financial problem of your own choice. In the process, you will learn how to effectively communicate and be critical, self-directed and original in your approach.

Erasmus School of Economics: international, well-connected, experience-based

This Financial Economics programme attracts students from around the world for a great number of reasons. Which ones triggers you the most? Is it our renowned experience-based teaching methods? Our close connections to the international business world? Or maybe the fascinating guest lectures, company and study trips?

Careers

Where do you want your knowledge and skills to take you? Be it in the Netherlands or internationally, the formidable reputation of the Financial Economics specialisation here will open doors for you everywhere, for instance at:

  • multinationals
  • banks
  • private equity houses
  • insurance companies
  • asset management institutions
  • government institutions such as central banks or treasury departments

 "This programme is both challenging and rewarding"

Are you highly motivated to be trained in financial economics? Do you have sufficient prior knowledge of economics and finance and mathematical skills? Then this specialisation brings the challenges you seek with the best advanced education.

Download the brochure here.



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Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world. Read more

Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world.

Introducing your degree

This highly specialised MSc in International Financial Markets offers advanced study in the areas of international financial markets and portfolio management, with an emphasis on equity, bonds, foreign exchange and their various derivatives markets. You’ll examine effective strategies for managing portfolios of these assets and analyse the impact of world events on global financial markets. Innovative practical exercises, such as trading floor simulations and portfolio management assignments, will enhance your professional skills. And our academics’ research and sector expertise, combined with input from guest lecturers from leading financial institutions, will ensure you are up to date with the latest thinking in the sector. 

Overview

Southampton was one of the first UK universities to offer a specialised masters course in international financial markets, and remains at the leading edge of research and education in this field today. On this course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the workings of global financial markets and how they are affected by political and economic events worldwide.  

This course is ideal if you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies or gain expertise to further your career in the financial sector. It offers an advanced level of study and is therefore suitable for those who have already undertaken some quantitative study, or those with relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a career as a trader or financial manager in a wide range of settings. These include mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance funds, investment analysis and advice, trading in equities, bond, foreign exchange, commodities and a wide variety of derivatives markets, investment banking, private equity, and private wealth management. You could become an investment consultant, corporate treasurer or rating agency analyst, or choose to work in financial journalism, policy, training or regulation. Alternatively, you could further your studies by doing a PhD and become a researcher in academia. 

Former students have gone on to work for PwC, Mackenzie, HSBC and Bank of Shanghai.



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This program is designed for professionals with more than 2 years of relevant work experience in the finance sector or related fields who wish to accelerate or focus their career on the financial world and seek top positions in the finance industry at the associate level. Read more
This program is designed for professionals with more than 2 years of relevant work experience in the finance sector or related fields who wish to accelerate or focus their career on the financial world and seek top positions in the finance industry at the associate level. The main purpose of the Master in Advanced Finance program at IE University is to equip participants with an education that will play a pivotal role in increasing candidate appeal in recruitment processes for Tier I financial institutions like investment banks, hedge funds, private banking, sovereign wealth funds, consulting firms and private equity firms. The program affords up-to-the-minute knowledge in the most innovative areas of finance such as securitization, swaps, commodities, equity derivatives, leveraged buy-outs, geopolitics, behavioral finance, value at risk, and Islamic finance.

Quick Facts

Format: Full-time

Intake: Apr–Jul of the following year

Duration: 14 months

Language: English

Work Experience: 2-7 years

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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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Who is it for?. You are an ambitious recent graduate looking to develop a full range of skills to help launch your career in finance or accounting. Read more

Who is it for?

You are an ambitious recent graduate looking to develop a full range of skills to help launch your career in finance or accounting. This is a highly practical course so you’ll need to possess a high level of quantitative skills. Your coursework will involve you in examining accounting and finance from the perspective of those who use financial reports to evaluate company and managerial performance.

Objectives

This one-year, full-time, expertly structured programme will provide you with the real world accounting and finance expertise that leads to a wide range of rewarding international roles.

You will acquire a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques. These principles are applied in practice via case studies and the use of online databases such as Bloomberg and simulators. The practical aspect is delivered with extensive input from City of London institutions. Many leading practitioners teach on the course, providing a vital link between theory and practice.

The MSc in Investment Management is a demanding course. During the course you will cover the traditional syllabus of a general Masters degree in finance and develop extensive expertise in a range of specialised areas such as the management of equity and bond portfolios; trading techniques; asset-liability management; risk management; alternative investments; venture capital and management of foreign exchange.

An advisory panel of senior practitioners ensures that the course remains at the forefront of developments within financial markets and reflects topical and technical developments in the marketplace.

What will you learn?

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of investment and risk management
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of investment and risk management issues across all industry sectors
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles inglobal investment and risk management.

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:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)

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 Investment Management, 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 week

The MSc in Investment Management course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

  • An introduction to Cass Careers with a focus on the key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • Database inductions, and introductions to the course, studying at Cass and financial services.

Career pathways

Graduates are prepared for pursuing careers in asset management, wealth management, investment and private equity. Our dedicated Careers Team will help you identify your ideal career path and work with you to maximise the potential of accomplishing your professional goals.

The opportunity to tailor-make your master degree to your career aspirations is facilitated through a wide range of electives, and the possibility to undertake faculty-supervised applied research projects that blend the latest academic developments and current market practice.

Our Graduate Destination Survey of the MSc in Investment Management class of 2014 shows that 70.7% of graduates are now either in work (64%) or not job seeking as they are in further study, military service etc. (6.7%)

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Investment Management class of 2014 are working are:

  • HSBC - Analyst
  • Moody's Investors Service - Graduate Analyst
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Credit Risk Analyst


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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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