This practitioner-oriented Master’s degree provides students with a practical and theoretical foundation for successful careers in risk management, compliance, regulation and allied work streams within the financial services industry. Skills are developed through creating a broader understanding of financial firm risk-taking, accountability, governance.
The emphasis is on a deep analysis of mainstream and critical authorship. We will challenge current and past thinking on the role of financial institutions and markets. The programme particularly encourages students to examine regulatory structures and concepts in the context of recent and past financial crises.
Students will build the skills and knowledge needed to gain an understanding of financial reform processes and their consequences for markets around the world. Rigorous classroom teaching coupled with extensive reading provides students with a sound theoretical basis. An understanding of substantive legal issues is also developed.
Contributions by industry and regulatory experts introduces students to the nuances of real world application of theoretical constructs. Practical case studies, current legal positions and interactive student discussions or presentations are used in most lectures. In addition legal, academic, practitioner and regulatory input is gained through specialist guest lectures and visits as per the ability of the year-group.
Some key topics taught within this degree include:
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
Part 1 compulsory modules
Part 2 compulsory modules
Part 3 optional modules
Students on the 12-months programme should choose one from the following:
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.
The financial services sector has an ever-expanding need for graduates trained in the fundamentals of compliance, governance and regulation. This increasing demand has been fuelled by implementation of a number and rules and laws, including the EU Market Abuse Directive, Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID), global standards such as Basel II, and the FSA and US regulators’ focus on principles-based regulation, all of which require significant in-house compliance resources.
With recent explosive growth in capital markets such as China,India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, combined with the increasing complexity of financial products and a growing sophistication on the part of investors and market participants, there are immense challenges facing institutions, compliance professionals within them and regulators.
Our graduates are in a very strong position to build successful careers in the compliance or legal divisions of investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds, retail banking institutions and other market participants.
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.
The Master of Engineering in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering (rBME) is an interdisciplinary program offered through the Department of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program addresses the need to train the next generation of biomedical engineers in the specific skill sets covering regulatory science, biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship.
Students in this program can expect to take courses in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering, global regulatory affairs, regulatory strategy in the development of devices and diagnostics, regulatory compliance, engineering patent law, medical measurements and instrument design.
In addition, students may gain experience in SBIR/STTR grant applications and/or FDA Premarket Notification (510(k)) submissions for medical devices.
Students who complete the program acquire skill sets comparable to those of an engineer with five to seven years of experience, making them competitive in the medical device or imaging industries. Students will be equipped to provide in-house regulatory expertise to device companies, or join government regulatory and compliance institutions.
Credit hours: 30 credits total distributed across four topical areas:
Duration: 12-24 months or 3 semesters
This highly practical and participatory course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in legal governance. The two compulsory modules – Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance, and Corporate Governance – offer a solid grounding on which you can build with a range of optional modules to suit your own unique requirements.
The Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance module introduces you to the basic concepts of project management in the context of risk management. It provides an in-depth understanding of some of the core challenges faced by businesses in this area, as well as knowledge of the relevant regulatory frameworks. In the Corporate Governance module, topics such as corporate governance theories, law and practice are covered. You can then build on this foundation with two additional modules from the range of optional modules on offer, to fit your own needs and preferences. Alternatively, you can combine it with other complementary study routes, and graduate with a named joint pathway.
All of your modules are assessed through written coursework. A practical assessment also forms part of the Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance module, and your preparation and participation during the course of the module is also evaluated and rewarded.
In the fast-moving corporate world, skilled, knowledgeable legal practitioners are always in demand. The University of Hertfordshire is well known for its strong links with industry and its high-quality staff, all of whom are specialists in their fields. You can therefore be sure that the teaching is always up to date, relevant and supported by cutting-edge research and practice.
The complementary pathways that are available mean that you can shape your study route according to your personal career goals and ambitions, which will also further enhance your attractiveness to potential employers.
The innovative, flexible and practical teaching methods will enable you to develop the intellectual, transferable interpersonal and practical skills you will need for your career in the professional, commercial, business or academic sectors.
The focus of this course is on active, practical learning to develop the skills required for employment. Class seminars are supported by group work, which are fantastic opportunities to pool knowledge and resources and to work collectively on problem-solving and real-world scenarios. Role plays, debates and discussions will enhance your skills of negotiation, persuasion, presentation, leadership and teamwork. A peer support and mentoring scheme is also available, which will further enhance all these vital skills and abilities.
The two written assignments and practical assessment require deeper, independent study, to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge of the subject.
Successful completion of the LLM Governance, Risk Management and Compliance will open up a wide range of career routes for you, in the commercial sector, as an in-house lawyer, or working within company secretariat or a legal risk department. The practical elements of this course, along with the learning and experience you will receive in both the compulsory and optional modules, will ensure that you are fully equipped to support the governance and risk management activities of the business. Alternatively, the door is open for an academic or a research career.
This course increases your knowledge and skills in pharmacology and biotechnology to increase your competitiveness in the job market or complete research at PhD level. If you are already employed, this course can help you to further your career prospects.
The course is delivered by internationally recognised academics who are involved in biotechnology and pharmacology research. Research projects include studying the manipulation of proteins and their application to Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, ion channels and the development of novel drugs from natural products.
You learn in detail how drugs act at the molecular and cellular level and then how biotechnological techniques are used to produce new drugs. Examples include developing new and effective treatments for diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.
You also gain experience of the latest techniques used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce and study the effects of novel drugs.
The course gives you
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
Assessment is mostly by written examination and coursework including problem solving exercises, case studies and input from practical laboratory work. Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.
The course improves your career prospects in areas of • biomedical sciences • medical research in universities and hospitals • the pharmaceutical industry • biotechnology companies • government research agencies.
You also develop the skills to carry out research to PhD level in pharmacology and biotechnology.
Recent MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology graduates jobs include • project specialist at PAREXEL • quality assurance documentation assistant at Vifor Pharma • PhD at the University of Manchester • clinical research associate at AstraZeneca • workplace services analyst at Deloitte India (Offices of the US) • regulatory compliance specialist for Selerant • senior product executive at PlasmaGen BioSciences.