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The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers. Read more
The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers.

You’ll benefit from a programme focussed on a systematic approach to the key decisions taken in investment management, equipping you with the skills needed to thrive in multinational corporations operating in an increasingly complex and fast changing global financial environment.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Fixed Income Investment
-Foundations of Finance
-Equity Investment Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Corporate Finance
-International Corporate Finance
-International Finance
-International Financial Reporting
-Risk Management
-Money and Banking
-MSc Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
-Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
-Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills
-Able to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills
-Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded
-The role of asset allocation
-Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities
-Appropriate valuation methodology
-Economic drivers
-The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Understand the investment process
-Develop an investment process
-Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index
-Understand the role and use of derivative securities

Key/transferrable skills
-Transferable analytical and decision making skills
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task (MSc)
-Data processing skills
-How to form views on incomplete data

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Key / transferable skills
-Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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The Aberdeen University MBA is a one year full-time management programme which covers all the main disciplines of business management. Read more
The Aberdeen University MBA is a one year full-time management programme which covers all the main disciplines of business management.

MBA students are able to take leading edge modules during our intensive summer school, which is run by visiting scholars, as well as our own expert staff at the University of Aberdeen Business School. In drawing upon the international expertise of research-active staff, the programme promotes the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge in preparing students for effective management careers in both the private and public sectors.

Programme Content

FIRST SEMESTER

Accounting & Finance For Managers
Provides an understanding of accounting information and financial reporting and introduces key aspects of financial analysis to undertake accounting; ratio analysis, user-group specific tools, e.g. Z scores and credit ratings; accounting information, the stock market; forecasting and valuation.

Operations Management
You look at the management of capacity and inventory, production planning and control, project management and the management and improvement of quality.

Business Economics
You examine the ways in which economic theory may be applied to solve real business problems, focussing on aspects of economics vital to a student of business, to be comfortable with the tools of economic analysis as applied to the international, economic and business environments in which modern day businesses and policy makers have to operate.

Business Strategy & Organisation
Drawing mainly on microeconomics theories and applications in order to introduce students to theories, concepts and techniques of analysis that are close to many typical business situations.

SECOND SEMESTER

Strategic Marketing
Marketing management and strategic planning. Marketing in a range of organisational settings, including consumer, industrial, service and voluntary sectors. Relationship between marketing and other management functions in modern organisations.

Managing People At Work
Management of people as a key element for organisational success. People as the most complex of all organisational resources to manage. Theoretical and practical issues of people management in the contemporary competitive economic environment.

Managing Change and Innovation
You look at the context of innovation and change examining new product development (goods and services), innovation and change.

The Leadership Challenge
Investigates how each of us behave in a leadership role to develop your behaviour and your method of leadership.

THIRD SEMESTER

Strategic Financial Analysis
Key concepts of financial forecasting and analysis

Talking to Teams
Investigates how teams are shaped in terms of performance by their managers communication methods and looks at how to effectively motivate and enhance performance of staff teams.

People, Creativity and Change
The course helps you to understand the relationship between creativity and change within an organisation.

Supply Chain Management
You will gain a strong understanding of the supply chain by looking at how it relates to the energy industry and how it changes organisational effectiveness

Internationalisation
You will look at how globalisation affects the contemporary small business, trade and social capital.

Essential Human Resource Practise
The course helps you appreciate the links between HR procedures and organisational outcomes with practical issues faced by employees.

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This programme offers a rigorous training in the theory and practice of international banking and finance and familiarity with key concepts and techniques in international banking. Read more

Summary

This programme offers a rigorous training in the theory and practice of international banking and finance and familiarity with key concepts and techniques in international banking. This includes an understanding of the fragility and pitfalls of international banking and its role in supporting the economy. The programme has an international focus and will hone your skills in the practical application of financial techniques in a real-world setting.

Modules

Corporate Finance 1 and 2; Financial Risk Management; International Banking Derivative Securities Analysis; Fixed Income Securities Analysis; International Financial Policy; Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange traded derivatives; Quantitative Research in Finance; Stock Market Analysis.

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This course provides up-to-date coverage of the theory of financial markets and corporate finance, with a focus on practical application of knowledge. Read more

Summary

This course provides up-to-date coverage of the theory of financial markets and corporate finance, with a focus on practical application of knowledge. This MSc will develop your existing skills through advanced study in the areas of international finance markets and portfolio management with an emphasis on equity, bonds, derivatives markets, and how these markets may be applied to manage a portfolio of financial assets.

Modules

Corporate Finance 1 and 2; Financial Risk Management; Fixed Income Securities Analysis; Stock Market Analysis; Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange-traded Derivatives; Derivative Security Analysis; International Financial Policy; Quantitative Research in Finance.

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This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. It is also suitable for those who are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies. The curriculum covers the three key areas of finance: investments, corporate finance, and financial markets and institutions, with a focus on financial investments.

What will I experience?

Students are taught by academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links to industry. Access to extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope is available along with excellent library facilities and with 24-hour internet access to leading databases.

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates have gained employment in a wide range of roles and industrial sectors. These include investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions as well as in accountancy and general management.

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You will be eligible for student membership and this provides access to a range of networking and career opportunities. During the programme you will be prepared for CISI's Integrity Matters and Corporate Finance Technical Foundation examinations. Successfully completing these examinations allows you to achieve an industry-recognised professional qualification alongside your degree.

Module Details

Financial Econometrics

Econometrics is a core tool used in the study of finance. The aim of this unit is to give you a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, to provide you with a strong intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques, and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance using the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS. Many of the econometric techniques covered are used and applied in other units in the course, to help you gain a good practical understanding of how to apply them in the practice of financial management.

Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets

In this unit you will study the main derivatives securities and markets, options, forwards, futures and swaps. The emphasis is on the study of derivatives pricing models and how these are applied in speculation, hedging, arbitrage and price discovery in financial investments as well as in the measurement and management of financial risks. In finance some models work better than others. The pricing models and techniques developed in derivatives work so well that all professionals working in derivatives markets use these models and techniques all the time, every day. In this unit you will acquire a high degree of theoretical understanding and practical competence in using and applying these techniques.

Corporate Finance and Business Valuation

In this unit you will study the primary financial decisions of the firm, working capital management, advanced capital budgeting techniques, the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories, and the financing and dividend decisions. Theories will be appraised in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. In the second half of this unit you will move on to the advanced study of business valuation. The main focus is on providing a strong practical understanding, and on the application of the key professional techniques used in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Portfolio Theory and Behavioural Finance

In the first half of this unit we look at stock markets and bond markets from the rational perspective. Here you will study the standard material of ‘modern portfolio theory’. In the second half of the unit we move on to behavioural finance, looking at the emotional, cognitive, institutional, and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. Topics include stock market booms and busts, financial crises, systematically irrational market behaviours, and the investment strategies that have been devised to exploit them. The unit has a strong practical philosophy. The theory, empirical research and analysis of real data that you will study are designed to help you to become a better investor.

Research Methods and Dissertation

This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training through lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. You will be assigned a Dissertation supervisor who will provide feedback, guidance and support on an individual basis.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, computer-based workshops, invited speakers and live case studies. Student participation is encouraged and classes are challenging but informal and friendly, which promotes discussion and debate. The course tutors are available to support your studies and you will also have a personal tutor to provide help and guidance for any problems that you might have.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, banking and investment banking in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial Finance Analyst
Bid Pricing Executive
Finance Internship
Graduate Econometrician
Hedge Fund Manager

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If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations. Read more

Why take this course?

If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations.

It is a practically orientated course based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis. You’ll apply your improved decision-making ability in a range of areas including investment, risk management, budgeting, planning and forecasting.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemption for their five Certificate level papers on successful completion of this course.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F3.

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Commercial banking
Corporate finance
Financial planning
Insurance
Investment banking
Money management
Real estate

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering decision and risk analysis, strategic management accounting, investment strategies and business valuation. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: This will enable you to gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Strategic Business Planning and Control: You will start on this unit by considering the internal perspectives of the firm in areas such as business planning and control including issues such as budgeting, the design of management control systems and the development of spreadsheet-based decision support systems. You will then build on this foundation by developing a more strategic corporate perspective. You will explore the relationships between strategy, strategic management and strategic management accounting and set the latter in the context of the historical development of management accounting in general.

Managerial Finance and Financial Markets: You will be introduced to key theoretical issues relating to financial markets and institutions, investments and corporate financial management and their practical applications and limitations. The areas covered will encompass shareholder value and the goals of the firm and the process of shareholder value creation, project evaluation and the discounted cash flow model, capital market theories including the efficient markets hypotheses and the ideas of modern portfolio theory. From this core understanding you will move on to look at the psychological, institutional and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. You will consider key empirical research on the explanatory and predictive power of models in the context of implementing investment strategies. This will be assisted by guided critical analysis of research and analysis of live data.

Corporate Finance and Valuation: This unit will give you the opportunity to consider the primary financial decisions of the firm focussing on advanced capital budgeting techniques and the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories and financing policy, and dividend policy. You will appraise theories in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. Advanced study in business valuation will give you a practical understanding and further enable you to apply key professional techniques, which is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Research Methods and Dissertation: This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. On completing this programme you will be ideally placed to develop your own research projects and work within professional research teams.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, case studies and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly, yet challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, financial consultancy and project management in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in non-financial companies or consultancy firms, government departments and international agencies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial finance analyst
Bid pricing executive
Finance internship
Graduate econometrician
Hedge fund manager

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Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. Read more

Why take this course?

Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. You’ll learn to apply your specialised accounting skills in a range of areas including business valuation, assessment of economic damages, proceeds of crime, fraud and money laundering.

This programme is taught full-time over one year, part-time over three years, and is also available through a Distance Learning option.

We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which enables us to have access to up-to-date teaching resources.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Investigate real-life case studies and learn the processes involved in compiling your own case
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might ti lead to?

One of the fastest growing areas of accounting, there is an increasing global demand for specialists with forensic accounting knowledge and skills. Our course therefore aims to provide a progressive, challenging and stimulating framework of study that will equip you to work in this field.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Audit and assurance
Taxation
Forensic accounting
Management accounting
Financial analysis
Treasury

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which consider a range of exciting topics such as corporate integrity and management control, fraud and forensic analysis, cybercrime and interviewing and testimony. You will learn how to investigate a case, gather evidence, prepare expert reports and provide evidence. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll have the flexibility to specialise in an area of your choice such as fraud examination, litigation consulting or expert witnessing to name a few.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: You will gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution: This unit enables you to examine the full range of formal and informal methods for dispute resolution within common law, and civil and criminal legal systems, whilst also developing an understanding of the legal and practical protocols alongside the procedural knowledge and etiquette governing the appointment and testimony of expert witnesses. You will also develop a clear understanding of the legal basis and critical elements required to construct an expert report for submission in civil and criminal proceedings.

Financial Forensics and Investigation: On this unit you will develop an understanding of the need for an holistic approach in the investigatory models applied so that you can develop a critical, questioning and evaluative approach in assessing financial data. You will consider the primary evidential elements with a particular emphasis on gathering information from interviews and examining key issues and innovative approaches.

Financial Crime and the Law: You will focus on an appreciation and understanding of the wide variety of financial crime and how the current regulatory framework and crime control statutes have developed to deal with them. Through examining features of corporate integrity and management control systems you will gain an understanding of the development and needs of corporate governance in the context of the control theories of the firm.

Dissertation: This is a 15,000-word research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with your own data collection and analysis. This provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate the subject knowledge you have acquired, as well as your analytical abilities and problem-solving skills which are highly regarded by potential employers. During this phase, your research will be supervised by an experienced academic with expertise in your chosen topic area.

Programme Details

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations and activity-based case studies. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly yet, challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is an ideal route into a wide range of professional careers in litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. On graduating you will be qualified for a number of roles in financial regulatory authorities, law firms, accountancy practices and law enforcement agencies. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Internal auditor
Stockbroker
Account manager

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The course specialises in security/portfolio investment and is structured around the syllabus of the Institute of Investment Management Research. Read more
The course specialises in security/portfolio investment and is structured around the syllabus of the Institute of Investment Management Research. The emphasis is on issues related to investment in capital markets such as investment strategies, the evaluation of investment performance, the activity of institutional investors and the use of financial statement information in evaluating company performance.

The course allows students whose career choices lie within financial institutions or in financial management to develop the relevant analytical tools and techniques necessary for such a career. The course should also be of interest to applicants who are already practitioners in the financial field.

Course Content
All our MSc programmes operate on the academic year basis, commencing in September and ending in the following September. Each degree includes both core and optional taught modules, which are assessed by a combination of coursework and final examination. The taught units are followed by a dissertation if the appropriate standard is reached in the taught component. Students can opt to take only the taught units and graduate with a postgraduate diploma, or may initially register for the diploma, and if they do well in the taught units, may to proceed to the dissertation for the MSc.

Compulsory Modules:
All students take a one-week introductory course in mathematics and statistics
Modelling Financial Decisions and Markets
Advanced Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
Security Investment Analysis

Optional Modules :
Financial Engineering
Money and Banking
Financial Accounting
Development Finance

Dissertation: Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
Modelling and forecasting risk using value-at-risk; evidence from 12 EU stock market indices
How to deal with the pensions crisis in China
The term structure of interest rate

Here's what some of our past students have to say:

Joseph: “Brunel’s graduates have amongst the highest graduate starting salaries in the UK.”
Huong: “Something I love here at Brunel is the international environment, which enriches
my understanding of different cultures.”
Jigar: “I found the tutors very friendly and they were ready to explain everything from
scratch.”
Vidar: “Academic staff at Brunel are of a high standard and the University has first class
facilities to offer its students.”
Enid: “The programme has equipped me to make a meaningful contribution to he
development process in my country as a government analyst, particularly with
regard to financial regulations, practices and institutions.”

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This course gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world. Read more
This course gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world.

Key benefits:

• Develop your knowledge and skills to manage complex financial situations at a global level
• Excellent career potential and the opportunity to take a Business Innovation Project, enhancing your practical skills and experience
• Choose to take a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer, supported by Salford Business School

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/international-corporate-finance

Suitable for

This programme is ideal for graduates who have studied economics, finance, accounting, business studies, management and any other related disciplines. Suitable work experience will also be considered.

Course detail

You will learn from specialist staff with expertise in accounting, finance, economics and management. On completion of your course you will be able to apply your skills in areas including valuation, investment and financial decision-making, risk management and derivatives, financial instruments and markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring in developed and emerging markets.

You will also be able to make key financial and strategic decisions in the daily operations of any organisation. These qualities are highly prized by international corporations.

Format and assessment

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

- Semester 1 -

• Accounting and Finance
• International Financial Management

- Semester 2 -

• Risk, Regulation and Compliance
• Corporate Financial Strategies

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation
• Placement
• Internship
• Live Project

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Career potential

This is an advanced degree in corporate finance and can lead you to a wide range of career opportunities and roles, such as finance director, new business development manager, treasury manager, financial controller, financial planning manager, stock market financial analyst, funds portfolio manager, and global hedge fund manager. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in finance and corporate finance. Recent graduates have joined the international banking and finance industries, corporate sectors and academic communities. This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This programme allows students to 'Upgrade to Success'. In other words, you can upgrade a non-standard qualification, or a third class honours degree, to a level equivalent to that of a first or second class honours degree. Read more
This programme allows students to 'Upgrade to Success'. In other words, you can upgrade a non-standard qualification, or a third class honours degree, to a level equivalent to that of a first or second class honours degree.

Why study Mathematics at Dundee?

The qualification that you gain from this course is a marketable addition to your CV. The skills gained through this course are highly transferable; maths is the backbone of many disciplines along a broad range of categories such as sciences and economics.

The material that is currently in the Mathematics programme covers a wide range of topics including mathematical biology, fluid dynamics, magneto hydrodynamics and numerical analysis and scientific computing as well as core subjects such as analysis and mathematical methods.

Please note that this course does not provide a direct entry route to Masters or PhD programmes at Dundee: applications for these programmes are considered separately.

The Graduate Diploma in Mathematics is made up by selecting eight Level 3 or Level 4 modules available in the Division of Mathematics. Each of these consists of 22 lectures and 11 tutorials. The standard of presentation is equivalent to that of an honours degree, and if you have a degree without honours or similar attainment, you may find a Graduate Diploma is a useful way of upgrading your qualifications.

Candidates may take any modules from the pool available, subject to timetable constraints. A total SCOTCAT credit count of 120 credits must be achieved, and since most of the relevant modules are 15 credits each, the normal program of study would consist of eight modules, four taken in each semester.

What's so good about Mathematics at Dundee?

The Mathematics division at the University of Dundee boasts an enviable staff to student ratio. Teachers are able to get to know students on a personal level, enhancing the support they can provide and improving our students' learning experience.

We also provide 24/7 access to computers dedicated to students studying mathematics to further support you throughout your studies.

How you will be taught

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and computer practical classes.

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Mathematics is made up by selecting eight Level 3 or Level 4 modules available in the Division of Mathematics. Each of these consists of 22 lectures and 11 tutorials. The standard of presentation is equivalent to that of an honours degree, and if you have a degree without honours or similar attainment, you may find a Graduate Diploma is a useful way of upgrading your qualifications.

Candidates may take any modules from the pool available, subject to timetable constraints. A total SCOTCAT credit count of 120 credits must be achieved, and since most of the relevant modules are 15 credits each, the normal program of study would consist of eight modules, four taken in each semester.

How you will be assessed

Coursework (20%) and a written examination (80%).

Careers

Mathematics is central to the sciences, and to the development of a prosperous, modern society. The demand for people with mathematical qualifications is considerable, and a degree in mathematics is a highly marketable asset.

Mathematics graduates are consistently amongst those attracting the highest graduate salaries and can choose from an ever-widening range of careers in research, industry, science, engineering, commerce, finance and education.

Many of our graduates enter the financial sector following career paths in accountancy, banking, the stock market and insurance.

Even if you do not take your mathematics any further than university, employers know that mathematics graduates are intelligent, logical problem solvers. With this training behind you, the career options become almost limitless.

Find out more from our Careers Service website.

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Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. Read more

Why take this course?

Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. You’ll learn to apply your specialised accounting skills in a range of areas including business valuation, assessment of economic damages, proceeds of crime, fraud and money laundering.

Depending on how much time you are able to commit to your study, we offer a two year or a 30 month duration, and our recommended study time per week would be around 12 and 18 hours respectively. We would strongly recommend that those students with full-time jobs or other commitments opt for the longer 30 month programme of study.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Investigate real-life case studies and learn the processes involved in compiling your own case
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

One of the fastest growing areas of accounting, there is an increasing global demand for specialists with forensic accounting knowledge and skills. Our course therefore aims to provide a progressive, challenging and stimulating framework of study that will equip you to work in this field.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Audit and assurance
Taxation
Forensic accounting
Management accounting
Financial analysis
Treasury

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which consider a range of exciting topics such as corporate integrity and management control, fraud and forensic analysis, cybercrime and interviewing and testimony. You will learn how to investigate a case, gather evidence, prepare expert reports and provide evidence. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll have the flexibility to specialise in an area of your choice such as fraud examination, litigation consulting or expert witnessing to name a few.

In the 30 month programme you will study two units in each of year one and year two, followed by the dissertation in the final year.

In the two year programme, you will study three units in year one followed by one unit and the dissertation in year two.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: You will gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.
Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution: You will be able to examine the full range of formal and informal methods for dispute resolution within common law, and civil and criminal legal systems, whilst also developing an understanding of the legal and practical protocols alongside the procedural knowledge and etiquette governing the appointment and testimony of expert witnesses. You will also develop a clear understanding of the legal basis and critical elements required to construct an expert report for submission in civil and criminal proceedings.
Financial Forensics and Investigation: You will gain an understanding of the need for an holistic approach in the investigatory models applied so that you can develop a critical, questioning and evaluative approach in assessing financial data. You will consider the primary evidential elements with a particular emphasis on gathering information from interviews and examining key issues and innovative approaches.
Financial Crime and the Law: You will focus on an appreciation and understanding of the wide variety of financial crime and how the current regulatory framework and crime control statutes have developed to deal with them. Features of corporate integrity and management control systems will additionally instil an understanding of the development and needs of corporate governance in the context of the control theories of the firm.
Dissertation: This is a 15,000-word research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with your own data collection and analysis. This provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate the subject knowledge you have acquired, as well as your analytical abilities and problem-solving skills which are highly regarded by potential employers. During this phase, your research will be supervised by an experienced academic with expertise in your chosen topic area.

Programme Assessment

This course is heavily student focused. You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly, yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time, text-based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need throughout the course.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics, although for the Distance Learning mode of delivery there are no examinations to sit. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is an ideal route into a wide range of professional careers in litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. On graduating you will be qualified for a number of roles in financial regulatory authorities, law firms, accountancy practices and law enforcement agencies. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Management accountant
Financial analyst
Internal auditor
Stockbroker
Account manager

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This programme will suit numerate graduates from a broad range of subjects seeking specialist knowledge of risk and finance. Read more

Summary

This programme will suit numerate graduates from a broad range of subjects seeking specialist knowledge of risk and finance. The programme is an alternative to masters programmes in operational research, finance or economics and provides you with appropriate theories, models and techniques to reflect critically on how people use financial products and improve practice.

Modules

Introduction to Finance; Principles of Risk Management; Behavioural Finance; Risk-taking and Decision-making; Management of Financial Risk; Quantitative and Qualitative Research Optional modules: Simulation; Quantitative Methods; Stock Market Analysis; Corporate Risk Management Processes; Business Ethics; Problem Structuring; Advanced Corporate Finance; Project Risk Management; Insurance; Credit Risk Modelling and the Basel Accord; Credit Scoring and Data Mining.

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This programme has been designed to provide a solid foundation in Finance and Empirical Finance. The course fully integrates theory and practise and provides the opportunity to take a number of specialist modules to focus learning on a particular area of finance. Read more

Summary

This programme has been designed to provide a solid foundation in Finance and Empirical Finance. The course fully integrates theory and practise and provides the opportunity to take a number of specialist modules to focus learning on a particular area of finance. Companies are looking for a combination of high-level interpersonal skills, in-depth knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to succeed in a rapidly changing and highly complex environment and this programme has been designed with those expectations in mind. This one-year programme offers finance graduates the ability to further develop their skills, especially in quantitative analysis, to become highly numerate graduates with excellent analytical skills. Teamwork is a key component, with several modules requiring students to undertake groupwork assignments.

Modules

Introduction to Finance; Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange-traded Derivatives; Quantitative Finance; Advanced Corporate Finance; Advanced Time Series Modelling; International Finance; Behavioural Finance; Stock Market Analysis; Management of Financial Risk; Derivative Securities Analysis; Fixed Income Securities Analysis

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This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles. Read more
This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including Portfolio Management, Financial Trading and Global Investment Analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Financial Reporting and Company Performance
- Methods for Financial Data Analysis
- Principles of Finance
- Financial Markets and Institutions

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Communication for Finance
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Financial Statements and Business Valuation
- Portfolio Management

Optional Modules:
- Business Economics
- Corporate Finance
- Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
- International Financial Management

Summer:
Compulsory Modules
- Corporate Governance and Responsibility
- Financial Trading
- Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

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The UWA Business School’s Master of Applied Finance is your path to a global finance career. Covering a wide range of applied finance topics, this specialised master’s course leads to careers in corporate banking and finance, stock market trading, insurance, investment management and other areas of applied finance. Read more
The UWA Business School’s Master of Applied Finance is your path to a global finance career.

Covering a wide range of applied finance topics, this specialised master’s course leads to careers in corporate banking and finance, stock market trading, insurance, investment management and other areas of applied finance.

You will study under the guidance of experienced Finance professionals, including professors who have served on the Commonwealth Government Superannuation Roundtable, acted as expert witnesses in court cases, and developed an Equity Preference Index in partnership with Colonial First State.

Who should apply?

The Master of Applied Finance is a practical course designed both for graduates already working in the finance sector, as well as those with a non-finance background who wish to move into the finance area.

The curriculum complements the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, with topics including risk management, capital markets, and international finance. Candidates preparing for the CFA qualification are encouraged to enrol in the Master of Applied Finance as a preparatory course.

Structure

As a Master of Applied Finance student, you will complete four conversion units, ten core units, and two option units. For full course details, see http://www.business.uwa.edu.au/future-students/postgraduate/master-of-applied-finance

Career opportunities

Applied Finance graduates are in demand across a range of industries such as consulting, corporate finance, financial planning, financial risk management, funds management, insurance, and investment banking.

Graduate Careers Australia lists the financial services industry as the fourth largest sector of the Australian economy, accounting for more than eight per cent of GDP and employing nearly 400,000 people.

Major employers include firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, investment banks such UBS and Macquarie Group, private equity firms, and superannuation fund managers.

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