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At the heart of every nation’s economy, finance offers a world of interesting, challenging and highly lucrative careers. This makes competition for jobs intense, especially in financial management. Read more

At the heart of every nation’s economy, finance offers a world of interesting, challenging and highly lucrative careers. This makes competition for jobs intense, especially in financial management. Our MSc is designed for graduates with a quantitative background who have limited knowledge of accounting, economics or finance. It provides the knowledge and skills you need to work in the finance sector as well as those that can give you a significant edge in this competitive global sector.

Course details

The finance sector is at the heart of the economy of every nation. The jobs there are interesting, challenging and highly lucrative. However, competition for the jobs is often very intense, especially in the area of financial management. This programme equips students with a broader, deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available - a valuable competitive advantage.

Students graduating from this programme will gain:

  • A critical knowledge of corporate finance and foreign exchange markets;
  • The ability to interpret and analyse financial statements;
  • The ability to use a wide range of financial modelling techniques to analyse data, conduct research and forecast variables;
  • Critical knowledge of the literature on entrepreneurial finance;
  • Skills for valuing securities, managing risks, and managing treasury departments;
  • A firm grounding in the research training and skills needed for starting a PhD course.

These knowledge and skills are in high demand in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms and other industries in the finance sector. They are also in high demand in the treasury departments of many local and multinational companies.

ACT Accredited University

Birmingham Business School, at the University of Birmingham, has been named as an ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY for the professional qualifications awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). All students graduating from the MSc Financial Management programme will, in addition to their degree qualification, be able to gain the ACT’s professional qualifications – the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and Certificate in Treasury - if they meet the required criteria either through exemption or further study. ACT qualifications are recognised as the global standard for treasury and are an indicator that those holding them are qualified to work in treasury roles in both local and multinational organisations. 

Birmingham Business School is one of the very few universities that have been selected and granted the status of ACT ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES under their new qualifications programme.

To learn more about this unique opportunity at Birmingham Business School, please contact  or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8626.

Learning and teaching

Students will take four modules in the first semester and another five modules in the second semester. In addition, they will have a series of seminars on research methods and techniques in accounting and finance in semester two and each student will write a dissertation during the summer period under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

A variety of methods will be used to deliver the programme, including lectures, seminars and classes. Typically, the contact hours for each module on the programme will be approximately 3 per week, for 10 weeks, making a total of 30. Students are expected to complement that with 70 hours of independent study for each module over the 10 week period to read further on the topics and issues that are covered in the lectures, seminars and classes.

The main method of assessment that we use is a 2-hour or 3-hour examination. However, we also use a variety of other methods of assessment, such as class tests, individual assignment, group assignment, presentations, a dissertation, etc. Marks obtained in taught modules will contribute two thirds (i.e. 120 credits) of all the marks that will be used to determine the class of the degree that will be awarded to each student at the end of their programme. The dissertation written by each student will have a weight of 60 credits and contribute the remaining one third.

The contents of our programme reflect many of the topics in the syllabuses for the examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and the syllabuses for the examinations for Unit 1 (The Context of Treasury), Unit 3 (Corporate Finance), Unit 4 (Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury) and Unit 5 (Risk Analysis and Management) for the Certificate in Treasury of the ACT. Students who graduate from our programme will also find the knowledge and skills that they get from the programme very useful in preparing for the examinations for the Diploma in Treasury Management of the ACT, if they take the relevant modules.

ACT is the world’s only chartered body for the treasury profession and qualifies finance professionals working in a broad range of roles in non-financial corporates as well as in banks and other financial institutions.

For further information about the ACT and the syllabuses for the examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals, Certificate in Treasury and the Diploma in Treasury Management,, please visit ACT qualifications.

Employability

Careers in Business

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



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This course is ideal if you are graduate wanting to develop a career in banking and insurance, financial consulting and regulation, and supervision and compliance. Read more

This course is ideal if you are graduate wanting to develop a career in banking and insurance, financial consulting and regulation, and supervision and compliance. It gives you a broad foundation for career advancement and prepares you for further study with key professional bodies.

We aim this course at

  • recent graduates in business, management, accounting law, economics, finance, and the natural sciences, wishing to differentiate themselves in the job market
  • those already employed in the field who wish to strengthen their career prospects
  • those who wish to follow a career in research and education
  • those employed or seeking a career in financial regulation, supervision and compliance
  • those employed or seeking a career in financial journalism

The immediate value of this course to present or potential employers is its relevance in the job market.

Designed with input from professional bodies and financial institutions, a distinctive feature of the course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in banking and financial markets. You study these developments alongside financial practice and theory based on current research.

This course is linked with the Chartered Bankers Institute and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). During the course you study modules such as International Treasury Management, which is of particular relevance to professional qualification. The course is designed to provide the technical and practical skills necessary for professionals working in international finance. If you successfully complete the CertITM and this course you are eligible for direct entry onto the MCT advanced diploma, subject to work experience.

You can find careers in retail or corporate banking, fund management, financial markets and financial regulation and compliance.

Professional recognition

If you hold the Sheffield Hallam MSc in Banking and Finance, you are eligible for direct entry to the MCT programme with the Association of Corporate Treasurers

Course structure

Full-time

September start – typically 12 months

January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Semester one - Postgraduate Certificate

  • Finance
  • Methods of enquiry
  • Banking and financial markets
  • Financial risk management

Semester two - Postgraduate Diploma

  • International treasury management
  • Risk management in banking
  • Financial regulation and supervision

Optional modules

  • Corporate finance
  • Islamic banking
  • Fund management
  • Consultancy project
  • global business strategy

Semester three - MSc

  • Research Methods

This module develops your abilities to critically evaluate and appraise published research and develop your own research skills. It provides the key steps in developing your understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. On completion of the module you formulate and undertake your own research project.

  • Dissertation

The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or your academic interest. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained on your masters course and to develop research skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods include phase tests, individual assignments and group work tasks 

Employability

Possible progression or career routes after you have completed this course include • a wide range of opportunities in all countries within the banking and retail financial services sectors as well as within government and regulatory organisations • bank management and wider finance roles such as credit analysis and financial engineering • working in treasury related roles and other financial risk management positions • opportunities in financial analysis and management consultancy

Previous graduates have gained employment in organisations such as • SKNA National Bank • Emiko SA • Chinatrust Commercial Bank • HSBC • Barclays • JPMorgan Chase • Deloitte • Lloyds Capital Markets • Co-Op Bank • Scottish Widows • Royal Bank of Scotland



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This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for a career in fund management, stockbroking, investment banking, corporate treasury and other financial sector roles. Read more

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for a career in fund management, stockbroking, investment banking, corporate treasury and other financial sector roles.

Overview

The MSc in Financial Economics aims to offer the knowledge and expertise needed for a career as a professional economist working in the public or private sector or alternatively, in fund management, stock-broking, investment banking, corporate treasury and other financial sector roles.

The course includes modules covering the working of the markets for bonds, stocks, currencies and derivatives (futures and forwards, options and swaps), as well as microeconomics, advanced macroeconomics and econometrics.

Much of the material is extremely challenging, both analytically and sometimes technically, but attention is given at all times to the practical questions of how to interpret financial data for research purposes; how to identify and exploit trading opportunities; and how to measure and manage risk.

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
  • You will be exposed to recent developments in research and will develop a sophisticated understanding of modern theories and research findings.
  • Our facilities include a fully functioning trading room giving you access to the latest market data.

Structure

You will undertake a range of core and optional modules across two semesters which are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of a range of areas relevant to the financial sector.

Learning and assessment

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.

Career prospects

Our graduates find employment as specialists in financial institutions, corporate treasury departments, central banks and local government.



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Overview. The premier academic qualification for those interested in a international career in finance in Greece and abroad. Read more

Overview

The premier academic qualification for those interested in a international career in finance in Greece and abroad. The MSc in Finance prepares aspiring and seasoned finance professionals for a successful career in the areas of banking, corporate finance, investment management, risk management and treasury management. The MSc in Finance is the only CFA Affiliated Program in Greece and has been included in the Financial Times’ 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Special Report on “Financial Training”, along with the most renowned MSc in Finance programs in Europe, North America and Asia.” 

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00, twice or three times per week on average
  • A 14-month program
  • 8 core modules and 2 workshops
  • 2 specializations (2 courses each): Corporate treasury management stream or Investments stream
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, interim tests, final exams
  • Dissertation or Individual Consulting Project or 2 electives.

The MSc in Finance Is Designed for:

  • University graduates with a solid quantitative background wishing to launch a career in finance.
  • Professionals who hold finance related positions and want to enhance their professional status.

Highlights

International Recognition: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development)

The core segment of the program establishes a solid foundation for finance and the capital markets and provides participants with the necessary financial quantitative skills.

The program is tailored to match participants’ professional needs and aspirations through specialization courses in Investments or Corporate Treasury Management.

Elective courses offer the opportunity for further specialization.

The program culminates with the Security Analysis course, which puts into practice the ideas, concepts and techniques taught throughout the program, for the purpose of analyzing and valuating a company.

The program has an optimal combination of academic fervor and relevant professional knowledge:

Scientific rigor: a broad and deep understanding of finance in global context and a firm grasp of the latest financial theories and techniques. 

Applied knowledge: emphasis on the practical applications of finance theories in solving actual problems.

CFA University Affiliation Program:

ALBA has been welcomed in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. Our MSc in Finance has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that ALBA’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.  Through participation in this program, ALBA is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Career

After completing the program participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend qualitatively and quantitatively the core areas of finance.
  • Understand current trends and practices in the financial industry.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the practical applications of financial theories and techniques and how they are used in the financial industry.
  • Apply the techniques and methods of finance to conduct independent research projects.
  • Display strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Appreciate the importance of business ethics and corporate social responsibility.


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Industry-relevant learning. Advance your financial skills and boost your career with Victoria’s postgraduate programme in Applied Finance. Read more

Industry-relevant learning

Advance your financial skills and boost your career with Victoria’s postgraduate programme in Applied Finance.

Offered by the School of Economics and Finance and created in consultation with accrediting professional bodies, the programme is oriented towards applied knowledge so you gain the crucial industry skills you need to hit the ground running.

Finance from all angles

Explore the workings of capital markets in New Zealand and around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of valuation, financing, investment management and banking. Improve your computer skills and perfect the art of financial modelling.

Learn the principles, practice and operations of financial markets, and the management of corporate, government and financial institutions. You'll gain the practical and operational skills you need to succeed in the international world of volatile financial markets.

Study while you work

Study full-time or part-time. Most classes will be after normal working hours or on block format so you can study part-time and continue working if you wish.

A global focus

Study with students and lecturers from all over the world. You'll benefit from the experience of a global network of alumni, industry experts and respected academics.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. And the Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

The School of Economics and Finance hosts a range of events to enhance your learning experience. These include a Seminar Series, discipline-based workshops, conferences and research symposia. You also have the opportunity to learn from distinguished scholars through the Stephen Turnovsky Visiting Fellowships.

Qualification family structure

  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analysis
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Treasury Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Markets Analysis

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.If you start with the Certificate or a Diploma, you can apply to transfer to the Master’s degree at a later stage. Both your academic performance and your professional work experience will be taken into account when assessing your application.

Or if you enrol in the Master's but can't complete it, for whatever reason, you may have enough points to be awarded a Certificate or a Diploma.

What you'll study

All the qualifications have a common theme—the principles, practice and operations of financial markets, and the management of corporate, government and financial institutions.

The aim is to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to succeed in the fast-paced and changeable world of financial markets.

Depending on your choice of qualification you'll complete either three courses for the Certificate or six courses for the diplomas. If you choose to study for the Master's you'll complete nine courses.

Find out more about the courses you can study.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through weekly lectures for some courses, and in block format for others. The block courses are designed to give you the flexibility to continue working while you study.

Attending all sessions is compulsory. The block-format courses are held over two sessions, with each block consisting of two and a half days. Before the block you are responsible for completing all readings and assignments as well as attending tutorials.

As well as formal lectures, computer lab sessions, running simulations and taking tests, you'll have networking opportunities through visiting speakers, group discussions and workshops.

Workload

If you are studying full-time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 24–28 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The Applied Finance courses require about 12–14 hours study per week each. Many students' demanding professional lives mean they choose to study part-time and only take one or two courses at a time.

The Master’s degree will take you a minimum 16 months to complete when studying full-time. Part-time may take a maximum of six years.

You have a minimum of two trimesters (eight months) and a maximum of four years for each of the two postgraduate diplomas.

For the postgraduate certificate, your minimum completion time is one trimester and your maximum is two years. Courses generally run in a cycle of 12 months, depending on the topic, and the foundation courses are generally taught in first trimester each year.

Careers

Work as a professional in major financial markets, commercial and investment banks, fund management, energy providers, other large private companies and government departments—both in New Zealand and overseas.

If you work in any of the following areas, or hope to do so, then the Applied Finance programme is for you:

  • corporate and bank treasury staff
  • fund managers, investment advisers
  • corporate bankers
  • investment bankers
  • corporate financial planners
  • stockbrokers, commodity and futures brokers
  • financial communications and data specialists
  • government and local body financial controllers
  • management consultants, lawyers and accountants
  • board directors
  • industry regulators

The programme also gives you the educational requirements you need to join the following professional finance bodies:

  • Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc (INFINZ)
  • Finance and Treasury Association Ltd (FTA)
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

The School is continuously working to develop and foster ties with national and international professional finance bodies.



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If you wish to pursue a career in finance and economics in the international banking sector, our MSc Money and Banking is an ideal programme. Read more

If you wish to pursue a career in finance and economics in the international banking sector, our MSc Money and Banking is an ideal programme. Delivered by the Department of Economics and the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment, the programme draws upon the School’s long-standing reputation for delivering top quality graduates in finance and economics.

The programme provides a focus on the application of advanced economics and finance theory to commercial money markets and banking.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows;

  • Economics of Banking;
  • Economics of Corporate Finance;
  • Financial Modelling;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management;
  • Macroeconomics of Money and Financial Markets;
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows;

  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Domestic and International Portfolio Management;
  • Financial Econometrics;
  • Game Theory and Industrial Organisation;
  • International Trade and Regional Integration;
  • Topics in Financial Economics;
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Careers in Money & Banking

This degree programme prepares you for a variety of roles, particularly involving the application of advanced economics and finance theory to commercial money markets and banking. Developing applied IT skills through using Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems as part of your modules, you will also be armed with the latest technical know-how to kick-start your career.

By carefully selecting your optional modules such as Banking and Financial Services, Domestic and International Portfolio Management, Financial Econometrics, International Trade and Regional Integration you can start to develop an area of specialisation appropriate to your career plans.

According to your location and career goals, you can choose to work in public or private sector roles, from large multi­national banks, to government departments such as The Government Economic Service (GES). You might choose to forge a career in government economics via the HM Treasury, or the Bank of England also recruits graduates for its two-year Graduate Development Programme. Comparative organisations can be found in the country where you expect to start your career.

Graduates from this programme have secured roles with a wide range of organisations including China Merchants Bank, PWC (Vietnam), Bank of China, Standard Bank (Ghana) and ICBC Credit Suisse International (Hong Kong).



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This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. Read more

This course has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, research interests and career prospects of those who work, or wish to work, in finance, treasury management or accountancy. It’s especially useful if you’re a graduate with little or no accounting experience, as it offers the opportunity to study modules which will cover this shortfall.

If you are a graduate member of a UK accountancy body, or an overseas equivalent, you may claim up to four exemptions from this Masters by applying for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning. This would enable you to complete the taught part of the course in one semester.

The course provides exemptions from 9 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. The Westminster Business School is an ACCA Gold approved learning partner and is the only UK institution to offer this many ACCA exemptions on completion of a one-year course. Furthermore, graduates of the course have the chance to enter the the Gateway route of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). On successful completion of the Gateway examination, students will gain exemptions from 11 of the 16 CIMA examinations.

As a postgraduate finance student you will have access to the Financial Markets Suite, which uses the Bloomberg computer system to monitor real-time financial market movements and trends. It’s a resource available to very few UK universities, and one which provides a modern and progressive teaching environment combining finance theory with practice. 

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. 

You can choose a total of three option modules – two or three from the following list, and a third module may be chosen from anywhere within the University, subject to the course leader’s approval.

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

As a Finance and Accounting MSc graduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in finance, banking, treasury management or accountancy, as well as general management and other senior finance-based positions. A number of our graduates have gone on to work for the "Big 4" accountancy firms.

Your exposure to the Financial Markets Suite simulated financial trading facility will mean you will be equipped in both the theory and practice of international finance.

Graduates of the course can apply to various professional accountancy bodies, which give exemptions on the basis of electives you have studied. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) allow graduates to go through a "Gateway" route. Successful completion of the Gateway exam grants 12 exemptions from CIMA's 17 examinations. You also have the opportunity to gain exemption from 9 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations during this degree.

Mentoring Programme

The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas postgraduate (MA, MSc, MBA) students the opportunity to take part in our WBS Mentoring Programme. We will match students with a senior professional (mentor) from their field of expertise to give them an exact insight into British working practices and policies. Experienced professionals in any business field share their career experiences and knowledge with students who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Marketing, General Management, Finance and Entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer 3 hours of their time over a 3 month period to the mentee (student). In addition, to one-to-one meetings, students are encouraged to keep in touch with their mentor over email and telephone.



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This Master's is suitable if you aim to build your financial skills set so that you are able to take up key roles in corporate finance or risk management within different sectors. . Read more

This Master's is suitable if you aim to build your financial skills set so that you are able to take up key roles in corporate finance or risk management within different sectors. 

You will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the varied financial management and treasury needs of organisations in both domestic and international financial activities.

The design of this degree takes into account the need for businesses to address the consequences of globalisation and global operations on financial management with emphasis being placed on risk assessment and management. You will also undertake a dissertation enabling you to demonstrate your deeper understanding in a subject of your choice.

Student diversity

The Master's finance suite of programmes has a typical intake of over 80 students with over 30 nationalities. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to exchange viewpoints on global financial impacts with peers from around the world.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Industry experts

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from Northern Trust and Barclays are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

Rankings

Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked:

  • Third in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Third in London for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Outcomes

The degree aims to:

  • Develop your financial knowledge in the context of the global economy
  • Provide an intellectually demanding academic programme of study which develops your knowledge and critical understanding of the varied financial management and treasury needs of organisations.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • A dissertation.

Careers

Graduates from this programme may find employment in industry as financial managers, corporate treasurers or risk analysts.

Employers of our graduates include AES Corporation, Ahorro Corporation, European Dynamics, Headstrong, Piraeus Bank and Polish Telecom.

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career.

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.

Extra-curricular activities

We encourage you to join societies such as the Trading and Investment Society and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.



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Why this course?. The Masters degree in Investment & Finance is for those wanting to develop careers in areas such as security analysis, portfolio analysis and investment management. Read more

Why this course?

The Masters degree in Investment & Finance is for those wanting to develop careers in areas such as security analysis, portfolio analysis and investment management.

The course provides you with a rigorous education in the theory of finance. It also covers the various techniques and analytical tools used by investment professionals in practical decision-taking.

The course will provide you with:

  • an understanding of financial theory and analysis
  • an appreciation of the nature of financial markets and institutions
  • a good working knowledge of accounting principles and financial statement analysis
  • an understanding of the techniques and concepts employed in the valuation of bonds and equities
  • an ability to develop portfolios and investment strategies to meet risk-return objectives
  • an understanding of derivatives – options, futures, swaps
  • an understanding of the quantitative analysis and techniques employed in finance

You’ll study

The taught component of the course is covered in the first two semesters. The research project will take up the third (summer) semester.

Core subjects include Principles of Finance and Accounting & Financial Analysis. Elective classes include Topics in Corporate Finance and Derivatives & Treasury Management.

Dissertation or three research projects (MSc only)

You’ll work on either a series of research projects or a dissertation, supported by an academic supervisor. You can choose a topic from the broad range of issues covered on the programme.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer.

Facilities

Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We've around 200 academic staff and more than 3000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

The MSc Investment & Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Learning & teaching

The taught component of the course will be covered in the first two semesters. Both of these semesters will run for 12 weeks.

At MSc level, the research project stage of the course is taken during the summer semester.

Assessment

Every class will either have a class test or assignment during Semester 1 and 2. The exams for all classes will take place at the end of the semester in January and May each year.

Careers

This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as:

  • corporate finance
  • security analysis
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures
  • treasury management
  • the functioning of financial institutions and markets
  • financial decision-taking in the public sector


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Learning outcomes. This Master’s Degree Programme aims to create professionals with expertise in the main areas of economics and finance and a solid theoretical and quantitative legal grounding. Read more

Learning outcomes

This Master’s Degree Programme aims to create professionals with expertise in the main areas of economics and finance and a solid theoretical and quantitative legal grounding.

The Economics curriculum – QEM (English taught) focuses on economic, quantitative and legal themes. Students choosing this curriculum can participate in the Erasmus Mundus (QEM) programme.

The curricula specialised in the area of finance (one taught in Italian, one in English) aim to equip students with competencies in the financial markets, in the main areas of financial intermediation (credit, finance, treasury, securities, organisation, planning and control), management of financial investments and financial-risk measurement and management, financial consultancy and insurance, complementary protection schemes and pension fund management, internal process management and administration of banks and financial intermediaries in general.

Teaching Language

English

Curricula available

  • Economics – QEM (fully taught in English)
  • Economics and Finance (taught in English and Italian)
  • Finance (fully taught in English)

Occupational profiles

Second cycle graduates will acquire the necessary knowledge to access financial institutions and professionally operate as managers, analysts, consultants, and brokers. Possible career opportunities include:

  • economists in research centres in national and international bodies and in companies operating on international markets
  • operative roles providing support for analytical- and decision-making processes by economic intervention agencies (authorities, ministries, local, national and supranational economic bodies) or in structures and institutions providing support for market operators
  • risk manager, compliance manager, risk controller, internal auditor, expert in Asset and Liability Management, operators in charge of securities and financial services, treasury management and planning and control departments;
  • managers of mutual funds, pension funds, insurance portfolios, hedge funds;
  • support, monitoring and institutional-organisational activities, document and inspection activities for supervisory authorities, independent administration authorities in general and companies involved in the management of organised markets;
  • professional activities within consultation companies in strategic planning, management of mergers and acquisitions and support for corporate supervision and governance;
  • self-employed professional.

Examination assessment and graduation

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships (even abroad), in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.

During the whole university career, the various skills and knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral examinations.

The degree exam consists in writing a thesis, which must possess the characters of originality, exhaustive documentation and scientific investigation and which will be discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.

Access to further studies- Professional Master’s Programmes (1st level and 2nd level) and PhD programmes.



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This is an applied programme that provides students with knowledge and skills to work in corporate finance roles. Corporate finance encompasses diverse topics such as mergers and acquisitions, issuing capital, cash management, corporate payout policy, managing foreign exchange exposure and executive compensation. Read more
This is an applied programme that provides students with knowledge and skills to work in corporate finance roles. Corporate finance encompasses diverse topics such as mergers and acquisitions, issuing capital, cash management, corporate payout policy, managing foreign exchange exposure and executive compensation.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to prepare for a career in the treasury department of a large company or for the corporate finance team of an investment bank. It would also prepare students for a management consultancy role with a finance focus or an advisory role with an accounting or professional services company.

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, corporate finance, financial statements and business valuation, advanced corporate finance, corporate financial analysis, corporate governance and responsibility, and international financial management.

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

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
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Statements and Business Valuation
- International Financial Management

Optional Modules
- Business Economics
- Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
- Portfolio Management
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Summer:
Compulsory Modules
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Corporate Financial Analysis
- Corporate Governance and Responsibility

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.

The MSc Corporate Finance is ideal for students seeking to follow a career in the Financial Management function of a Business, Corporate Finance roles in Banks, as well as Accountancy and Management Consultancy. Example initial job titles include: Financial Management Trainee, Investment Banker – Financing / Corporate Deals, Treasury Analyst, Corporate Finance Associate, Management Consultant and M&A Advisor.

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/corporate-finance/

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This programme offers students an understanding of British politics based on theoretical, empirical and historical analysis of the development of the British state since 1900. Read more

This programme offers students an understanding of British politics based on theoretical, empirical and historical analysis of the development of the British state since 1900. It provides excellent preparation for further academic research or a career in government, a range of related private sector areas, and many kinds of non-governmental organisations.

This core pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Course details

This programme offers students an understanding of British politics based on theoretical, empirical and historical analysis of the development of the British state since 1900.

Drawing on extensive staff expertise in the area of British political economy, and offering students a range of options to complement their core studies of British Politics and the State, it provides excellent preparation for further academic research or a career in government, a range of related private-sector areas, and many kinds of non-governmental organisations.

Issues and topics examined include:

  • The development of the British state
  • Inner workings of the Treasury and other key UK institutions
  • Power and process in Parliament
  • Ideology and forms of rule
  • The future of British politics and the national form of the state

One of the real strengths of our masters programmes is the wide range of available modules, giving students the ability to tailor their course of study to their own academic interests.

More information on: Political Science MA (with specialist pathways)

Learning and teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching take place through a variety of means, including:

  • Independent study
  • Preparatory reading for participation in seminar activities and assessed work
  • Student-led discussions in seminars
  • Seminar activities including structured and unstructured debate
  • Research design

A range of assessment methods are used on the modular components of the programme, including oral presentations, essays, literature reviews and research papers.

The degree provides excellent preparation for further academic research or a career in government, a range of related private-sector areas, and many kinds of non-governmental organisations.

Skills gained

Students will gain expert training in the following areas:

  • The development of the British state
  • Inner workings of the Treasury and other key UK institutions
  • Power and process in Parliament
  • Ideology and forms of rule
  • The future of British politics and the national form of the state

In addition to specialist training in British politics, students also have the opportunity to choose optional modules covering a wide range of subjects across the disciplines of political science and international relations.

Enhancing your Student Experience

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all Government and Society students.

Read more of our students' experiences and profiles on the school website.

Employability

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

More information about careers and employability

Careers Networks

The Careers Network provides a dedicated service to help you find work experience or internship opportunities outside of your studies, either part-time during term-time, or over the summer vacation. Right from the start of your degree you will have access to our interactive careers service, through which many regional, national and international employers advertise their vacancies, and your college internship officers will go out and about to find vacancies that will be a useful addition to your CV. 

Find out more about support for work experience and internships, bursaries, or mentoring.



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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION. This programme has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100%of students on the programme gained graduate employment.  . Read more

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This programme has an excellent employment track record. Since inception 100%of students on the programme gained graduate employment.  

The MSc Finance (Banking and Risk Management) course in UCC involves advanced study of the practices of investment, banking and risk management. Course modules cover topics such as:

  • asset pricing
  • portfolio management
  • international finance
  • financial institutions
  • capital markets
  • treasury management
  • derivative securities
  • risk management

The course also involves an applied research project, using cutting-edge techniques and software.

The MSc Finance (Banking and Risk Management) is at the top end of graduate study in business/finance in Ireland and is designed for high achievers who wish to pursue high-end careers in financial markets, such as:

  • investment banking
  • corporate banking
  • trading/dealing
  • portfolio management
  • asset pricing
  • treasury
  • capital markets (equity, money, bond, FX and derivatives markets)
  • risk management
  • financial analysis
  • research

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAMME

As well as providing a rigorous grounding in theory and methods, the course will provide you with the practical skills and techniques widely used in financial markets. The course covers much of the CFA Levels 1-3 syllabus and includes regular presentations and workshops from outside practitioners. You will also manage your own simulated asset portfolio on-line throughout the year to put theory into practice.

SKILLS AND CAREERS INFORMATION

The course brings you into direct contact with financial markets, their issues and practices through practitioner seminars and visiting speakers throughout the year, across all modules.

In this course:

  • you will be trained in financial research, consulting and professional report writing
  • you will be taught about the quantitative methods relevant to the financial sector and required for PhD level research
  • your inter-personal, organisational and leadership competencies will be developed
  • your oral and written communication skills will be improved through assignments, dialogue, exercises, presentations, etc.

The blended learning approach to education combines lectures, projects, seminars, group discussion, presentations and individual and group reports. 



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We designed this course for the personal and professional development of graduates who want to work in accounting, strategy, finance and management fields. Read more

We designed this course for the personal and professional development of graduates who want to work in accounting, strategy, finance and management fields.

It is also suitable for other professionals wishing to fill the role of financial management in a private or government organisation.

Strategic financial management integrates the financial management function into business strategy and every other part of an organisations operation.

Applying strategic financial management knowledge and skills improves an organisations effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s highly competitive business environment, both private and government organisations are increasingly putting more emphasis in this area to achieve their objectives.

The course emphasises business awareness, proactive and logical thinking, research and critical analysis to help managers make sound strategic financial decisions on a global scale.

A distinctive course feature is its focus on present-day national and global developments in business strategy, management, accounting and finance.

By studying updated literature, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and dissertations. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers.

Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

CIMA fast track route

International students who are CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountants can convert their CIMA qualifications to a UK masters on our MSc Financial Management – CIMA Fast Track Route.

Professional recognition

Successfully completing the international treasury management module gives you an additional professional qualification awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Course structure

Full-time

September start – typically 12 months

January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Typical modules may include

Semester one - Postgraduate certificate

  • Finance
  • Methods of enquiry
  • Understanding markets
  • Financial risk management

Semester two - postgraduate diploma

  • Corporate finance
  • corporate governance and ethics
  • Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Semester three - MSc

  • Research methods 
  • Dissertation

Assessment

  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

Employability

Organisations can only sustain and develop their competitiveness by acquiring and effectively using resources.

Successfully completing this course, equips you with financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations worldwide.

The range of career opportunities includes • finance manager • financial controller • business strategist • financial analyst • strategic accountant • consultant • strategy or financial journalist • researcher • educator.



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Pave the way for a career as a professional economist or for PhD study, with a thorough grounding in all the core areas of economics. Read more

Pave the way for a career as a professional economist or for PhD study, with a thorough grounding in all the core areas of economics.

Our MSc Economics is a taught master’s that offers rigorous training in the three main strands of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, giving you the broad level of knowledge needed to work as a professional economist or undertake doctoral study.

Alongside the core subjects you will have the chance to delve into areas like financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics.

Developing practical skills to take with you into your career is a fundamental aspect of the course. We will enhance your research abilities throughout, and particularly during the dissertation you work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers.

You can choose to conduct your dissertation on the area of economics that most interests you, or that should prove of most use in your career. It’s a chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge to a specific problem or debate.

Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the effectiveness of tax credit policies to how financial transaction taxes can be used to regulate financial markets.

We also offer a dedicated module in research methods, which will allow you to practice using specialist software packages to analyse data, including EViews, Stata and Matlab.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
  • understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions
  • formulate an original research question and write at an academic level

We limit students on this course to ensure a collegiate atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.

Graduate prospects

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and level of skills required to secure work as a professional economist in government, research units or commercial enterprises. It is also suited to those wishing to undertake PhD study.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed to prestigious jobs around the world, including:

  • Economic Advisor (UK Department for Education)
  • Chief Analyst (Enterprise Lithuania)
  • Principal Case Officer (Competition and Markets Authority, London)
  • Senior Tax Consultant (KPMG, Kazakhstan)
  • Investment Manager (private equity company, Prague)
  • Director, Regional Sector Research (Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department, Dubai)

Others have opted to stay in academia.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Econometric theory
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Microeconomic theory
  • Research methods in economics
  • Plus one optional unit

Semester 2

  • Econometric methods
  • Advanced economic theory
  • Quantitative methods for economics
  • Plus two optional units

Summer

  • Economics: Masters dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Economics of fairness
  • International monetary economics
  • Growth theory
  • Environmental & resource economics
  • Economics of financial institutions

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination


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