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Who is it for?. You may already be working in a social funding environment, or wishing to learn more about the world of philanthropy and social investment. Read more

Who is it for?

You may already be working in a social funding environment, or wishing to learn more about the world of philanthropy and social investment. The course is suitable for both aims, as a boost to your existing career or to facilitate a change in career direction.

Most of the examples studied on the course are from the UK, but international examples give a broader perspective, meaning your learning is transferable to any culture or jurisdiction.

Objectives

As a student on this course, you will develop a clear understanding of the principles and practice of philanthropy and grantmaking. And the importance of all aspects of risk assessment, probity of applications, ethical frameworks and relationships with external communities and agencies.

You’ll examine grant-giving and other investment categories such as loans, endowments, contracts, social bonds and impact investing.

The course provides a solid background in the history and theory of philanthropy and grantmaking (with examples both from the UK and abroad). Beyond the theory, you’ll study the application of social investment practice as a business process.

Structure

The MSc course is taught on a part-time basis over a period of two years (30 months for those who chose to start with the PgCert in April due to the structure of the timetable).

Students initially enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma with the specialist area of their choice, and confirm their intention to complete the MSc at the end of the first year.

The focus for those starting with the PgCert is on the Specialist modules which is balanced with the sector context provided by the core modules on the PgDip.

  • Deepen your understanding of the background to the grantmaking and philanthropy sector, from history to key facts.
  • Study the different models and practices of the sector. 3. Enhance your understanding of the strategic and tactical decisions that philanthropic activity demands.
  • Get to grips with the theoretical tools critical for social investment, including evaluation, impact measurement, risk and operations management.
  • Learn about a range of approaches to key issues presented by major practitioners.
  • Discover how to design and operate a programme for social investment that maximises societal impact.

Module outlines

Assessment methods

The Postgraduate Certificate is offered on a part time basis and is taught over a period of six months. The Certificate consists of five modules: Introduction to Learning Principles and Practices of Grantmaking, Management of Grantmaking and Shadowing/Fieldwork.

The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a part time basis and is taught over a period of 12 months. The Diploma consists of four core modules, plus three specialist pathway modules. The core modules are shared by all five Centre for Charity Effectiveness postgraduate courses.

Upon successful completion of the diploma, you will be given the option to continue to the MSc. This requires completion of the Research Methods for Managers module.

This can be followed by a further six months of personal, supervised research and the presentation of a 15,000-word dissertation.

Alternatively, you can opt to take a taught Masters which allows you to choose specialist modules from one of the other Charities programmes.

Career pathways

Students are selected on their professional experience, and generally continue working in their full –time role whilst undertaking this course.



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There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This exciting MA will enable you to develop a critical understanding of and practical insights into modes of social enterprise. Read more

There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This exciting MA will enable you to develop a critical understanding of and practical insights into modes of social enterprise.

There is an urgent need for talented individuals who can design novel solutions to our most profound societal challenges.

This international MA provides practical and sociological tools to individuals motivated to develop alternative economic practices and frameworks to meet such challenges. These might include (but are not limited to) social enterprises, collaborative innovation networks, hubs, digital platforms, support intermediaries and/or policy proposals.

Benefitting from the MA’s timely educational content as well as from its firm roots in London’s rich networks, our students go on to become thought leaders in the burgeoning social innovation field, advancing it in a creative fashion from their chosen angle. Past graduates have gone on to create their own social enterprises or to work for prestigious organisations such as the Yunus Institute and Social Enterprise UK, while some have elected to carry out advanced research into social innovation.

This MA is ideal for:

  • Current social entrepreneurs hoping to develop their expertise further (roughly 25% of our students from the UK and EU study part-time while working in the field)
  • Undergraduates aspiring to become social innovators and changemakers
  • Intrapreneurs interested in organisational transformation within the creative sector or any other sector of interest
  • Support organisation/infrastructure architects and policy makers (including those who wish to advance the field of social innovation in their cities/areas/countries)
  • Those interested in becoming analysts and knowledge experts in this field (including academic researchers with PhDs)

The MA in more detail

The MA in Social Entrepreneurship is one of the few graduate programmes in the world dedicated entirely to the study of the fast-moving field of social entrepreneurship and innovation.

It will equip you with a strong understanding of foundational theories of entrepreneurship, innovation, social problems and policy (with organisational sociology as the base discipline) while supplying practical tools in relation to entrepreneurial modelling and SROI.

There is also a marked emphasis on creativity, which means that you will have considerable scope to choose the precise topics you wish to tackle and the approaches you wish to apply. Teaching on the course is interactive and seminar-driven rather than based on the traditional model of long lectures and limited discussions.

What you study

The programme will introduce you to key concepts in the historical development of social enterprise and innovation and to its changing role in society and the economy. Seminars and talks will be given by social entrepreneurs, as well as leading professionals.

You'll learn innovative approaches to developing an enterprise, and gain confidence in revenue generation and financial modelling. 

A significant amount of the learning is delivered through group projects and activities. This is designed to develop your individual communication skills and teamwork.

The programme consists of five core modules:

  • Theories of Creative, Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Modelling
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Policy and Frameworks
  • Social Return On Investment: Principles and Practice
  • Research or Project-Based Master’s Dissertation

In addition to these main modules, we also regularly invite external experts from intermediaries such as UnLtd and other educational institutions such as the University of Oxford to ensure our students get access to a wide range of cutting-edge topics in the field. Social and alternative finance is among the key areas examined in such guest lectures; social innovation cases from particular country-contexts such as, for example, South Korea, Japan and Colombia also feature frequently.

We are occasionally able to provide additional training in related fields (such as accounting) in the form of short-term workshops to strengthen our students’ educational experience at Goldsmiths and at the University of London. We also encourage you to become members of various social entrepreneurship/collaboration hubs around London for learning and networking purposes.

A non-business school programme

The MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths is quite unlike traditional business/management-driven courses in the field: on the one hand, it allows scope for a far deeper examination of the theoretical and practical foundations of social innovation; on the other, it provides unique access to an expanding learning community (formed by our students and our wider, growing network) engaged in real-time research.

Equally important is the fact that students are consciously encouraged to, and supported with, forming their professional public profiles, through things like:

  • blogging (eg via The Golden Angle blog that students founded in 2013-2014)
  • public speaking
  • interactive research projects
  • developing your own social enterprise

Because our students possess diverse, highly relevant knowledge that they have accumulated prior to coming to Goldsmiths, real efforts are made to integrate this knowledge and experience into the collective learning processes.

One relevant tool that we employ here is an interactive peer-review process that we employ to raise the quality of student output, which means that often student essays (not just dissertations) are of publishable quality. Furthermore, we take full advantage of our location within London’s bustling community of social innovation by engaging with leading intermediaries, practitioners and (junior as well as senior) thought leaders.

Skills

The skills you'll develop throughout the MA include: entrepreneurial knowledge and skills; a critical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of social entrepreneurship; the ability to critically examine the conditions required for innovation and entrepreneurship to make a strong impact on societal problems; the ability to apply entrepreneurial approaches to projects; effective business and communication skills.

Careers

It is intended that students completing this programme will seek employment primarily in two areas.

Firstly: self-employed in their own social enterprise or a member of a team of an SME developing from an existing or new practice.

Secondly: within government or NGO organisations concerned with developing the infrastructure and environment for new social enterprises to flourish.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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A formal qualification in Social Enterprise will help to further your career, your work and your organisation’s contribution to society. Read more

Introduction

A formal qualification in Social Enterprise will help to further your career, your work and your organisation’s contribution to society.
The MSc focuses on things that matter to social enterprises: delivering excellent services and high social value, building and maintaining stakeholder support, securing investment, and measuring and communicating success. These are set in the wider context in which social enterprises operate, including political, market and community contexts.
The MSc in Social Enterprise is a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives and those wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise. The goal of the course is to support the vitality of the sector, provide advanced expertise and equip the sector to meet the challenges of innovation and sustainability.
The course offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The in-built flexibility of the course means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student. Prior learning and experience will be fully assessed and accredited.
The course culminates with a supported project to conduct research and development within the social enterprise sector.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time
- Start date: Full-time: September Part-time: September/January See semester dates
- Course Director: Richard Simmons

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

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

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

Delivery and assessment

Delivery will be a mix of full day teaching and online resource support. Teaching days will be spread at regular intervals throughout each semester. One day per core module is a ‘Masterclass’ for the Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland. Students work with detailed case studies and input from industry representatives to provide a high-quality learning experience. This is further enhanced with a range of web-based resources to support and reinforce learning on the course.
Assessment will be through a mix of coursework, presentations, online participation and an important social enterprise research project. The project will contribute to the Social Enterprise Laboratory at Stirling.

Career opportunities

The University contributes to the development of a healthy system for social enterprise in Scotland and beyond, upskilling the workforce and providing a base for the presentation and dissemination of research evidence.
These courses provide an opportunity for talented professionals within the social enterprise sector to gain formal qualifications that reflect their contribution to social life. Social entrepreneurs often need to be able to compete for contracts and commissions with other agencies. A goal of this high qualitycourse is to provide the ability for individual social enterprises to compete effectively and match the credentials of their private sector competitors.
The content of these courses is aimed at improving the functionality of social enterprises to deliver excellent services and high social value, build and maintain stakeholder support, secure investment, and measure and communicate their success. This MSc allows social entrepreneurs to understand more clearly how added value can be driven by integrating these tasks more effectively. This is particularly important where social entrepreneurs may have to fulfil more than one strategic role in their organisation.
For students setting out on the path to a career in social enterprise, this course provides an important grounding in the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in the sector. Linked to the practical understanding of cuting-edge new developments in the sector through participation in Masterclasses and the Social Enterprise Laboratory, they will be fully prepared for the road ahead.

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This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. Read more

This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. You will learn how to apply the knowledge and theory you have gained in class to real-world problems facing the international financial services industry and the corporate financial management community. This practical application of investment and risk principles is one of the main strengths of this programme.

The learning and skills development is integrated with resources available in our Financial Markets Suite (FMS), a state-of-the-art virtual trading room environment. The FMS is interfaced with the Bloomberg system, a leading source of economics and capital markets information available to the global professional financial community. Provision of this Bloomberg resource, along with the academic and professional career development opportunities are the main reasons why our students prefer to select this programme.

The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – a financial services professional body, has recognised Westminster Business School as a Centre of Excellence based on the taught elements of this course. All students enrolled on the course are eligible for the student membership of the institute. Some of the benefits include free attendance at CPD events, accessibility to industry news and online resources. Students on the course are also eligible to sit the CISI L3 derivatives examinations. 

The course has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It's delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy.

The course consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You'll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting.

The research and project modules are designed to develop your research abilities and create opportunities to explore finance subject areas of your own interest in more depth. This will enable you to apply the analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Choose two or three of the following: 

Core elective modules

If you take two core elective modules, you then need to choose one option module.

Option modules

You may also take another module from the postgraduate portfolio, at the course leader’s discretion.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, CISI

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles. Career choices include security and financial analysis, trading and fund management, capital market sales and administration. The skills you will acquire through the teaching and learning experiences combined with a post-graduate qualification in this area of finance will allow you to expand your career in a dynamic and rapidly evolving global industry. Our graduates go on to develop careers in treasury and front office positions in investment banks and securities companies. They occupy management positions as financial analysts, finance and sales administrators or similar jobs in the global financial services sector and the corporate finance world.



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This MRes allows you to carry out a closely supervised research project in a range of exciting and challenging social sciences fields. Read more
This MRes allows you to carry out a closely supervised research project in a range of exciting and challenging social sciences fields.

The course is underpinned by core modules in research skills, supported by modules aligned to your chosen discipline pathway in Arts, Design, English Literature, History, Social Science or Media.

You’ll develop an advanced and critical knowledge of methodological approaches to social science research and the theoretical foundations underlying them, an advanced and critical understanding of ethical debates in relation to social science research and an advanced knowledge of IT and its relevance for social science research.

You’ll be supported and supervised by researchers who are widely published and working at the cutting edge of their field.

The course is a great preparation route for a PhD and it also offers advanced, transferrable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

For more information on the part time option for this course, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/social-sciences-dtpssz6/

Learn From The Best

Many of the members of staff delivering this course are thought leaders in their fields.

They include the 2014 holder of the British Sociological Society and Higher Education Academy National award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, the Chair of the European Group for Public Administration and the American Society of Criminology 2014 Critical Criminologist of the Year

Their expertise spans a broad range of areas, from housing and homelessness, poverty and overseas development, social justice, violence towards women, environmental justice, critical criminology, improving public services and more.

Academics involved in this course were also behind the formation of the North East Homeless Think Tank, a regional agency bringing together academics, researchers and policy officers to inform and influence policies affecting homeless groups.

Our members of staff also have particular expertise in working collaboratively to design and deliver training and CPD programmes, and in evaluation work.

Teaching And Assessment

Our assessment methods promote and nurture independent learning and a balanced workload.

Each assessment is carefully developed to ensure that it tests your knowledge, understanding and skills and you’ll receive regular feedback on your successes and areas for improvement.

Staff will also offer ongoing relevant support to help you manage your learning and develop the skills you’ll need to work independently after graduation.

You’ll undertake a dissertation or large project, supported by a core module, plus two discipline-specific modules that will examine the key themes, traditions and debates in your chosen discipline.

Your research project can be either a specialist, in-depth study based upon a substantial body of subject-relevant sources or it can be interdisciplinary in approach crossing over a number of disciplines.

Each MRes pathway has its own dedicated leader and your dissertation supervisor will have relevant subject expertise to help you get the very most from your studies.

Module Overview
EF0126 - E.S.A.P. in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)
EL7028 - MRes Dissertation (Core, 90 Credits)
HI7011 - Research Development (Core, 30 Credits)
SO7004 - Social Research Methods (Core, 30 Credits)
SO7009 - Applied Social Research Methods (Core, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

You’ll be able to access a dedicated virtual learning environment that contains module guides, staff details, assessment requirements and bespoke interactive reading lists to help your seminar preparation and independent research.

We pride ourselves on producing graduates that make an immediate impact and professional placements are an invaluable tool in preparing you for work. We’ve built strong partnerships to support this with a range of organisations including Arts Alliance, Traidcraft, VSO, CAFOD, New Writing North, Procter & Gamble and the British Council.

You’ll have opportunities for research placements, volunteering and work-related learning in challenging environments such as prisons, youth offending teams, homeless charities and parliamentary offices as well as exchanges with overseas universities.

Research-Rich Learning

Thanks to significant investment, Northumbria is ranked in the UK top 20 for research power in Social Work and Social Policy and over half of our research in Social Work and Social Policy has been rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

Our academics in this area have strengths in public policy, social inclusion, social justice, international development and criminology.

Recent research has included the use of cognitive behavioural programmes to reduce re-offending and the impact of creative and spiritual activities in prison.

Our academics have also undertaken research on global poverty and inequality, including policies and approaches to address these issues.

We’ve also explored areas of public governance, public policy and public services management, as well as studied inequalities and their impact on society.

Other projects span a range of subjects from volunteering and philanthropy to homelessness and the inclusion of young people.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will offer you a range of sought after skills to help you take your next career step, whether that’s into further research, study or employment.

It’s also a great course if you’re already in an established career and looking for progression or promotion, especially in fields such as teaching, the public sector, public policy or project management.

You’ll have critical skills and attitudes, great presentation skills, reflective and evaluative abilities, advanced communication skills, excellent time management, ethical and professional understanding and highly developed research and inquiry skills.

You’ll also be self-motivated, capable of making decisions in complex situations and have a thirst for independent learning.

If your next step is a PhD, then we’ll offer you support with your applications.

Your Future

This course will see you develop into an independent, critical thinker equipped with excellent practical, communication and transferable skills, giving you a platform from which to excel in your career.

You’ll become a highly motivated, flexible, and innovative individual, capable of demonstrating advanced knowledge of your chosen academic area.

You’ll also have a sophisticated proficiency in research and be an expert on a self-selected research, as well as have a deep awareness of scholarly methods and contexts.

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This Finance and Investment Masters programme with professional placement is a specialised postgraduate degree course focusing on security/portfolio investment decision making. Read more

About the course

This Finance and Investment Masters programme with professional placement is a specialised postgraduate degree course focusing on security/portfolio investment decision making. As such, it is structured around the syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute.

The emphasis of this postgraduate course is on issues related to investment in capital markets, such as:

Investment strategies.
The evaluation of investment performance.
The use of financial statement information in evaluating company performance.

The MSc in Finance and Investment at Brunel University London provides a systematic understanding of the techniques of modelling financial decisions, the valuation of investments and pricing securities using data from a range of different markets.

Aims

This postgraduate degree will allow students whose career choices are likely to lie with financial institutions or in financial management to develop the relevant analytical tools and techniques necessary for such a career.

The Finance and Investment MSc would also be beneficial and of interest to applicants who are already practitioners in the financial field.

You will gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of corporate finance, financial markets, financial institutions and securities.

Course Content

The MSc course comprises of four equally weighted modules in each of the first two terms, with three being compulsory and one optional. The dissertation carries one third of the marks for the course and is undertaken after the taught modules have been completed. The compulsory modules provide an excellent coverage of compulsory material in finance designed in a way that is applicable to the areas of finance and investment.

The MSc consists of compulsory modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
Financial Theory
Financial Analysis or Business Finance Workshop
Security Analysis and Funds Management
Modelling Financial Markets and Forecasting
Macro and Financial Econometrics
Corporate Finance
Derivative Securities
Risk Management
Dissertation

Special Features

The course, is one of four specialist Master's programmes developed by leading experts in the Economics and Finance Department at Brunel University London.

As a postgraduate student here you will be part of a long standing and thriving environment for research and study with many advantages and benefits such as:

Outstanding academic expertise and research-led teaching
95% of our academics are nationally and internationally recognised for their work in economics and econometrics in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008).
As a result, you will benefit from up-to-the-minute research-led teaching by academic staff who regularly publish in international peer-reviewed journals, have an impact on international regulatory design and obtain significant research grants.

Professional training facilities
As a Finance and Investment Master’s student, you will have access to a variety of professional databases used in business and the finance industry which include Datastream, Bloomberg, Bank Scope, Osiris, Reuters 3000 Xtra and Thomson One Banker.
We hold regular training sessions and external visits with Bloomberg, which will enhance your research and expose you to real-world factors that will be important in future finance related employment.

Postgraduate scholarships
Brunel offers a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students.

Excellent links with leading organisations
We have excellent links with business and the finance industry, which will help you to network with organisations and get ahead in your career.

Industry talks, guest lectures and research seminars
A number of industry talks with professionals from the private sector who will be invited to teach part of the Finance and Investment programme and will provide you with further practical experience.
There is a wide range of events on offer, such as guest lectures and research seminars to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments and will help build your contacts.

Teaching

The modules on the Finance and Investment Masters programme incorporate a diverse range of teaching methods which reflect the module learning outcomes and the demands of the subject material. Effective learning is achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, directed independent study, workshops, oral presentations, and varied assessment patterns.

Use of appropriate IT resources is expected (e.g. electronic resources to access data, and relevant software programmes used in research methods). Dissertation research will give you the opportunity to integrate your knowledge of important themes, frameworks and research findings in finance and investment obtained via lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Students who successfully complete a professional placement will be invited to attend a tutorial day to give a presentation about their experience. An optional reflective journal during the placement may assist in preparation for the presentation and dissertation.

Assessment

All modules of this postgraduate degree course are assessed by a combination of coursework and final examinations. Students who successfully complete the taught part of the course can proceed to the dissertation stage. MSc students are expected to work on their dissertation in the summer and to submit the final draft in mid-September. Students who follow the Professional Practice pathway will complete their placement during the summer and work on their dissertation afterwards, submitting in January.

Professional Practice Placement

All students who enrol on the full-time Finance and Investment MSc will have the opportunity to complete a placement. A placement can significantly improve your employability and expose you to real-world situations in the Banking and Finance industry, and importantly, allow you to network with industry professionals.

Students completing the work placement option will have a competitive edge in pursuing careers as high-level analysts, economists and managers in financial institutions, governments, financial regulators, business companies and central banks, as well as international organisations.

The placement option is available to full-time applicants and will last for 12-15 weeks during the summer of your course. Placements will begin at the earliest in the last week of May and will finish by September. Some employers may also provide a salary.

For students who complete the placement, their dissertation will be completed after the placement has finished. Students who do not find a placement will do their dissertation throughout the summer and submit in September.

For more information regarding the professional practice placement please visit the website

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/Finance-and-Investment-MSc

Graduate School Workshops

In addition to the department’s events and training sessions, you will have the opportunity to undertake workshops and skills training provided by the university’s Graduate School

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The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in Finance and Investment. The programme is based around the three main classes of capital investment activity - equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets. Read more

The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in Finance and Investment. The programme is based around the three main classes of capital investment activity - equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets.

Participants in the MSc Finance and Investment programme can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on a Finance and Investment topic according to individual interests and career requirements.

The MSc Finance and Investment degree is intended to enable students to:

  • develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in specific areas of Finance
  • examine and assess different aspects of the financial environment and provide insights into the operation of Finance and financial services
  • be capable of a critical evaluation of the core business / finance disciplines
  • have a structured programme that allows students to focus upon advanced developments in Finance and Investment to meet their specific interests and career aspirations
  • have opportunities in a variety of careers such as accountancy, auditing, business development, financial advice, investment management, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, research, risk assurance, tax consultancy and trading
  • enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large.

Programme outline

The MSc in Finance and Investment programme is a full-time degree studied over a period of calendar year commencing late September, and a part-time degree can be studied over a period of between 2 and 4 years. In each case participants take taught modules and prepare a dissertation. Students without the relevant English proficiency are required to do a Summer pre-sessional programme before gaining entry onto the postgraduate programme.

Classes are in the form of either two or three hour teaching/learning sessions, including some small group teaching, during normal semesters.

The structure of the MSc in Finance and Investment programme is modular, with individual modules each having weighting of 15 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 15 credit module represents 150 hours of study including formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180 credits, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 credits a finance related dissertation. 

All students undertake core modules relating to finance. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives that allow the student to focus upon advanced finance and management modules that are most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.

More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.

Programme structure

Semester 1 modules

Students must take all modules in this group

  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Market Analysis
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Further Quantitative Research Methods

Semester 2 modules

Compulsory:

  • Derivative Investment
  • Fixed Interest Investment

Students must take a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits from this group

  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets in China

AND a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 15 credits from this group

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Managing International Business in China
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • E-Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Management for China

Summer

  • Finance and Investment Dissertation

Career options for this degree

This degree offers opportunities in a variety of careers in Accountancy,Auditing, Business Development, Financial Advice, InvestmentManagement, Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Procurement, Research,Risk Assurance, Tax Consultancy and Trading.



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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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How should financial professionals react to increasing regulatory and technological change? What tools and skills must you possess for a successful career in finance and investment?

This professionally recognised course provides advanced knowledge of finance and investment.

We develop your analytical skills and use of quantitative tools through industry-standard Bloomberg software. You tackle real-world investment decisions in our virtual trading floor, designed with input from a practicing Hedge Funder Manager. Our trading floor replicates the professional setting you might find in the City, allowing you to develop the skills needed in industry and gain an advantage in the graduate recruitment market.

You embark on a broad educational programme, preparing you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations operating in varying and complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. Upon graduation, you may be suitable for employment in a host of finance and investment posts.

You develop knowledge and skills in:
-Portfolio theory
-Fixed-income securities
-Behavioural finance
-Corporate finance

MSc Finance and Investment is taught at Essex Business School. We’re ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014) and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of contemporary finance. We’re an internationally diverse school, with our Masters students joining us from more than 40 countries.

Our MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge. Upon completing this course, you are well positioned to sit for the CFA exams, which are among the most widely-recognised and established qualifications in the UK.

Essex Business School offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and Investment Management Certificate (IMC) level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students. We are an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

This course is also available to study part time and the University of Essex offers scholarships and discounts that you may be able to take advantage of. 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 has one of the largest finance groups in the UK and is home to Essex Finance Centre.

With both academic and industry experience, our expert team are at the forefront of the financial debate; their work has been discussed at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.

We use a broad range of social science theories and concepts to explore:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

You benefit from a stunning work environment in our new zero carbon building, including facilities such as:
-A winter garden, which provides the building’s unique micro-climate
-Light and spacious lecture theatres
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café
-Study skills services

Your future

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

By completing this course, you should understand the financial drivers of an increasingly complex business world and have the best foundation for your career in finance.

Many of our recent graduates work for high-profile organisations worldwide, including:
-Deutsche Bank
-Standard Chartered
-GlobeOp Financial Services

As well as enjoying careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, many of our graduates are successful entrepreneurs.

Throughout your course, our dedicated employability team will help you find information about work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. Advice and opportunities are also available from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

Example structure

-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Portfolio Management
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Behavioural Finance
-Corporate Finance
-Fixed Income Securities
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Asset Pricing (optional)

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Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance and investment banking. The MSc in Finance (Finance, investment and Risk) pathway develops your cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and organisations.

In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.

This pathway has been specially designed to develop your practical finance skills and give you real-world business knowledge. It prepares you for a career in investment banks, financial and management consultancies, auditing firms, risk management departments of financial institutions and government departments.

You gain a sound understanding of the theories that underpin modern techniques in investment and risk management. The application of the theories is demonstrated in our finance lab with the aid of Bloomberg, via case studies and the use of online databases. Regular training sessions led by experienced Bloomberg trainers help you gain valuable practice in accessing and using market data. The Bloomberg platform also provides an opportunity for virtual trading practice and competitions.

The programme is well established and attracts a substantial number of applications from over 20 countries each year. This international aspect enables you to gain a deeper and wider learning experience and to benefit from networking opportunities during your studies and after graduation.

In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.

About Kent Business School

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

Course structure

The syllabus of the programme is in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) professional qualifications.

For those students planning to take the CFA examinations, revision sessions for Level I and Level II examinations are provided. These sessions are taught by professional tutors with industry experience and are provided free of charge. The programme is currently seeking accreditation from relevant professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Core Technical subjects CT2, CT7 and CT8 are in place.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide you with the in-depth skills necessary to analyse and find solutions to problems arising in areas of finance, investment and risk

- enable students who successfully complete the programme to follow careers in various areas of finance and investment

- provide you with a fully grounded and integrated knowledge base in areas of corporate finance, investment analysis and risk management

- develop your understanding, knowledge and awareness of the current problems that preoccupy academic researchers, financial institutions, regulatory bodies and governments

- ensure you gain the necessary computing skills essential to the current professional practice.

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

A postgraduate qualification in the area of finance equips you with an impressive portfolio of skills, specialist knowledge and practical experience to help you succeed in a competitive job market.

Students studying finance have an excellent track record for employment and are consistently targeted by leading organisations. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank, Western Power and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

The programme is currently seeking accreditation from relevant professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Core Technical subjects CT2, CT7 and CT8 are in place.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools. Read more
This programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools.

Why this programme

◾You will develop the skills required to manage portfolios to optimise clients' objectives, exploit available information to forecast future behaviour of stocks, interest and exchange rates, and provide analysis of financial investment.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley.
◾The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾Behavioural economics: theory and applications
◾C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Hedge fund risk management
◾International finance and money
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Mathematical finance.

Career prospects

Career paths will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, asset management firms, governmental bodies and banks. Recent graduates have gone on to work in organisations such as Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and various investment firms and banks.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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Are you ambitious of an international career? Are you attracted to a job in international business, like export manager, international purchasing manager, investment manager, international sales representative, country manager, or institutional relation manager? Then the Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is exactly what you need. This academic postgraduate certificate offers you a specialized, comprehensive, and practically oriented programme that is unique in the world and designed to maximize your professional success.

Aims

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a comprehensive programme aiming at delivering graduates who are able to independently conduct international business practices like export, import, sourcing, investing, M&A and international alliance formation. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Skills workshops will guarantee an optimal functioning at professional level.
The programme is organized by VUB's Brussels Diplomatic Academy http://www.vub.ac.be/en/brussels-diplomatic-academy

Target groups

- Bachelors or masters aspiring for a career in international business.
- Lawyers, legal advisors, consultants, civil servants and politicians who want to acquire knowledge about the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Professionals who wish to broaden or reorient their career in the field of international trade and investment.
- Business people who wish to further professionalise their knowledge and skills.

Added value

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment offers you:
- A worldwide unique and specialized curriculum of 66 ECTS.
- A versatile programme that deals with the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Practical orientation in order to maximize the professional success of its graduates.
- A transcontinental programme in international business. Students have the option to study in Washington D.C. and/or Shanghai.
- Internship services: an internship tutor assists the students in writing application letters, preparing for the interviews and identifying internship placements.
- Career services.

Attainment targets

Graduates will be able to:
- understand the full picture of international trade and investment (legal, fiscal, insurance, VAT, required documents, finance, insurance,…)
- develop international business (export, import, international investment, M&A, international alliance formation)
- compete on the international project market (international tendering) and/or offering consultancy in this field
- understand international business strategy
- protect intellectual property rights
- conduct international negotiations
- lobby at national and international level
- deploy the necessary skills needed within international business
- deploy the proper attitudes required within international business
- operate within an international context
- understand the jargon of international business development
- detect business opportunities
- draft reports on a country’s various economic sectors (market reports or industry reports)
- discuss economic diplomacy and international business with business people, diplomats, bankers, consultants, legal advisers and lawyers.

International opportunities

The Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a transcontinental programme.

In the second semester, students have the following possibilities:

Following 18 ECTS in Washington D.C.
Following 18 ECTS in Shanghai
Following 9 ECTS in Washington D.C. and 9 ECTS in Shanghai

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The general objective of this programme is to communicate an anthropologically-informed understanding of social life in both Western and non-Western societies. By confronting students with the remarkable diversity of human social and cultural experience, its aim is to encourage them to question taken-for-granted assumptions and to view the world from a new perspective.

Through a set of core modules, comprising about a third of coursework credits, students are provided with a comprehensive grounding in classical as well as contemporary debates in social anthropology and are introduced to the distinctive research methods and ethical positions associated with the discipline. Students then complete their coursework credits by choosing from a broad range of around 50 different modules offered around the Faculty of Humanities. Through these options, students apply the social anthropological theories and methods learnt on the core modules to particular substantive themes and topics. Diploma students complete their coursework in May and formally graduate in July. Over the summer vacation, MA students carry out research for a 15,000 word dissertation that is submitted in September. They then would normally expect to graduate formally in December.

Most of the coursework optional modules have been organized into pathways based on particular themes and topics.

Go to the Study Details tab for more details on the Culture, Ethnography and Development pathway.

Pathways are designed to ensure both an academic and timetabling fit between the options. Students are encouraged, on the basis of past experience and/or future goals, to select a pathway shortly after registration in consultation with the programme director. MA students' dissertation topics will normally also relate to this pathway. In addition to the Culture, Ethnography and Development pathway, there are currently 5 others.  

Please note that it is not compulsory to select a pathway and all students will be awarded the same generic degree, MA in Social Anthropology

Contact:

Programme Director: Prof Karen Sykes

Tel: 0161 275 3992

Email:     

Teaching and learning

In each semester, students take two 15-credit core modules, and a selection of optional modules that they select shortly after arrival. Many optional modules are worth 15 credits, though some are worth 30 credits. In total, students are required to achieve 120 coursework credits. Over the summer vacation, students are required to write a dissertation which is worth a further 60 credits.

In total, some 50 optional modules are available, not only in Social Anthropology but in a broad range of other disciplines across the Faculty of Humanities, including Visual Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Latin American Studies, Development Studies, History, Sociology and Drama. Drawing on this broad range of disciplines, a number of pathways have been devised in order to maximize the academic and timetabling coherence of the options chosen by students.

The Culture, Ethnography & Development pathway provides you with the opportunity to study the history, theory and practice of development in a broad variety of social and geographical contexts, encouraging you to think of development critically as a complex transformative process that has cultural as well as economic and political consequences. You may select from modules covering a broad range of topics, including:

  • relationships of dependence between the global North and the global South
  • social and cultural effects of international labour migration
  • the Millennium Development Goals
  • the political economy of foreign investment
  • inequality and urban planning in the cities of the global South
  • the international agenda for the reduction of poverty
  • the impact of local civil society and NGOs
  • social welfare policies
  • the politics of biodiversity conservation.

Coursework and assessment

Most modules are assessed by means of an extended assessment essay. Typically, for 15 credit modules, these must be of 4000 words, whilst for 30 credit courses, they are normally of 6000 words. Certain options involving practical instruction in research methods, audiovisual media or museum display may also be assessed by means of presentations and/or portfolios of practical work. In addition, all MA students are required to write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Disability support

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



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This programme offers training in the key areas of investment banking and financial investment. You will acquire an understanding of how financial markets operate, particularly in relation to the aims and operations of banking organisations and institutions.

Why this programme

◾This programme will develop both theory and lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs will allow you to develop real-life skills, such as managing a portfolio according to a customer's requirements.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President and the former Management Editor of the Economist.
◾The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Corporate finance and investment
◾Financial markets, securities and derivatives
◾Modern theory of banking and finance
◾Portfolio analysis and investment.

Sample optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
◾Foreign direct investment and development
◾International finance and money
◾Investment, finance and asset prices
◾Mathematical finance
◾Monetary policy and the role of central banks
◾The law and economics of sovereign debt regulations.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will have future career opportunities with various financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds, financial consultancies and asset management firms. The programme also provides a strong foundation for PhD research. Recent graduates of this programme work for organisations such as Zenith Bank, Tesco and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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Work towards a career in the finance and investment industry with our MSc Finance and Investment programme that is focused on the practical application of finance in the investment world.

Designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute qualification, as well as a range of employability attributes, the course will encourage your development and commitment in becoming an investment professional. As you progress, you will become more effective and creative in problem solving, as well as being able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and abroad.

What's covered in the course?

The first semester of the course will provide a solid grounding in finance and supporting practices and its importance in business, ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as your study route in semester two and three.

During the second semester of the programme, there will be more flexible learning opportunities that will enable you to specialise in particular subject areas, as well as allowing you to tailor your programme to a specific career aim.

Based at the University’s new campus in the UK’s second city, you’ll live and study in a vibrant environment and engage with local, national and international businesses. You will be taught by highly-qualified academics with industrial and professional experience.

Why Choose Us?

-You will gain a thorough understanding of finance and investment practices, equipping you for a career as a fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager.
-You will have the opportunity to work in the University’s ‘CITY Trading Room’ using the same investment analysis software as traders, financial analysts and decision makers in the investment industry.
-Real case studies will be used in your studies enabling you to apply the skills and knowledge you learn within the classroom to the real world, as well as aiding your employability.

Course Structure

All modules will mix face-to-face lectures with online activities. As a practice-based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts to real-world scenarios. Online delivery will also be provided via the University’s virtual learning environment, and modules will also require you to engage with online study to prepare for, participate in and further develop your skills.

Due to the professional alignment of the programme, examinations will be a common feature when it comes to assessments. However, a variety of methods will be used, and you’ll be required to deliver reports, presentations, essays and project plans, both individually and within a group.

You will regularly engage with tutors, working together to identify any gaps in your knowledge and finding appropriate learning activities to suit your individual needs. A variety of learning activities will be used, whether it be a short written piece or a reflective journal, and you’ll be given regular feedback by your personal tutor.

Trips and Visits

You will have the opportunity to go on relevant trips such as visiting the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange.

Employability

The finance specialism and professional alignment of the programme enables fast-track progression into a career as a fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager.

We boast partnerships with businesses across the globe, including AXA Insurance, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and PwC.

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