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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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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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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 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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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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Programme Content. MSc in Financial Management.  . (TOP 100 - Global ranking ranked N°90 in Financial Markets, Worldwide!*. ). Read more

Programme Content

MSc in Financial Management (TOP 100 - Global ranking ranked N°90 in Financial Markets, Worldwide!*) is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as corporate finance, security analysis, portfolio management, treasury management, the functioning of financial institutions and markets, and financial decision-making in the public or not-for-profit sectors. For those already working in finance, the programme will enhance their effectiveness by covering the latest developments in the field, encouraging them to question traditional techniques and take an analytical approach to problem-solving.

Key areas of studies:

Accounting for decision making, financial reports and statements, financial decision-making, advanced financial management, global financial markets, venture capital, risk management, business strategy, cross cultural management skills. The curriculum is indicative and is subject to change.

Knowledge & Understanding

Students upon graduation should be equipped with:

  • global economic and managerial issues as they relate to strategic decision making;
  • core and advanced theories, concepts and practices that are relevant to the field of financial management;
  • the role and limitations of accounting and their influence on financial decision making;
  • the forces shaping the financial services industry, especially the complex link between risk management, shareholder expectations and corporate social responsibility;
  • appropriate techniques to deal with complex issues critical to the success of multinational firms.

Disciplinary & Professional Skills

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • To create an opportunity for students to occupy mid-level financial management positions in companies and develop international managerial skills.
  • To study, review and put into practice both the “tried and tested” techniques and the latest concepts in the field of financial management.
  • To deepen the students’ ability to apply, develop and critically appraise current techniques, theories and practices encountered in the financial environment of local and international firms.
  • To develop critical awareness of the global business environment and the relevant financial tools required to make a business or organisation successful in an increasingly competitive world.
  • To develop international managers, skilled in interpersonal and cross-cultural communications, and equipped with up-to-date knowledge on financial management.
  • To create a global and strategic mindset and to develop sensitivity to learning from other cultures.
  • To build an appreciation in students of the need to continuously develop skills and knowledge throughout their careers.

Career Opportunities

This programme integrates theory with practice to produce graduates who have broad knowledge of finance and can apply it in real-life situations. In addition, the course may lead to job opportunities as line manager at finance units within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Recent graduates are employed as line managers by the biggest firms of the financial sector such as Morgan-Stanley, Axa Group, BNP Paribas or Deutsche Bank.



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Our Finance and Management programme is designed to fast-track the careers of graduates from non-finance backgrounds who want to work in financial management for commercial and non-commercial organisations. Read more
Our Finance and Management programme is designed to fast-track the careers of graduates from non-finance backgrounds who want to work in financial management for commercial and non-commercial organisations. The programme uses the expertise of our renowned research-active academics to develop your knowledge and analytical skills in finance-relevant fields, and to ensure that you will graduate with essential skills to apply in practical work environments.

You will develop an understanding of business and management by studying across a range of areas, including marketing, HR, accounting, strategic management and in particular, finance. Your financial knowledge and skills will be further developed within accounting and finance modules.

All of our modules combine contemporary case studies with skills-based coursework, ensuring that you will pursue a programme where content is up-to-date, relevant and geared towards helping you achieve your ambitions.

Core study areas include accounting and performance measurement, foundations of corporate finance, human resource management, marketing in the organisation, corporate and wholesale finance, international financial management, financial theory and policy, current issues in finance, financial derivatives, global strategic management, and skills for employability and personal development.

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

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Accounting and Performance Measurement
- Foundations of Corporate Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Management

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Analysis
- Corporate and Wholesale Finance
- Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
- Financial Theory and Policy

Optional Modules* (choose one)
- Business Economics
- Business Forecasting
- Enterprise Employability and Personal Development
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- International and Cross Cultural Management
- International Business Environment
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Services and Retail Management
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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

Summer:
- Current Issues in Finance
- Financial Derivatives
- Strategic Management

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Graduates are employed in a wide range of financial, management and accountancy roles.
Example destinations include:
- Bank of America - Operations Analyst;
- Deloitte - Business Analyst; EDF Tax - Tax Analyst;
- Global Visa - Immigration Clerk;
- HSBC - Bank Manager;
- JCB - Buyer; Samsung - Treasury 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-management/

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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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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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Today financial management operates in a highly complex, interconnected and fast-moving international arena. Organisational objectives have to integrate a wide variety of considerations, from long-term stakeholder value to the short-term financial growth that is desired and demanded. Read more

Today financial management operates in a highly complex, interconnected and fast-moving international arena. Organisational objectives have to integrate a wide variety of considerations, from long-term stakeholder value to the short-term financial growth that is desired and demanded. Do you want to take on the challenge of being one of the new generation of chief financial officers (CFOs) with the complex skills to effectively manage the finances of large, SME and start-up businesses? Then the Master’s in Financial Management at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is for you.

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this multidisciplinary Master’s gives you a broad and specific understanding of the financial management of organisations. You study with some of the world’s leading academics in the field of financial management.

CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME

In the Master in Financial Management you will focus on:

  • How to raise capital (i.e. issuing shares and bonds);
  • How to allocate capital (capital and operational budgeting);
  • How to manage short-term resources;
  • How to deal with new alternative financing forms such as crowdfunding or fintech;
  • How to manage different corporate risks;
  • How to align individual motives to organisational motives via performance management and compensation systems;
  • How to effectively introduce changes in financial management policies within organisations.

Read more about the study programme.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

This MSc in Financial Management provides you with:

  • a unique, multidisciplinary and international programme
  • in which you learn to understand not just a firm’s finances, but also how to deal with economic, managerial, regulatory, and reporting issues to maximise enterprise value;
  • the latest economic and financial theory and the hard financial skills
  • to put theory into practice in an increasingly complex world;
  • the mindset to understand and solve trade-offs between short- and long-term objectives, between shareholders and stakeholders, and between financial and social responsibility;

The core objectives of this Master’s programme can be summarised by the five A’s of financial management: Attract, Allocate, Administer, Analyse, and Anticipate.

  • Attract: Attracting money involves key decisions on the source of financing. This programme will provide you with insights into the dynamics of international capital markets and how they can be used to raise capital for everything from start-ups to multinational mega-projects.
  • Allocate: In today’s fast-changing business environment, modern financial managers need a state-of-the-art tool-box to make complex capital budgeting decisions. Which projects in a company should get funding? How much and why? You will analyse how to estimate cash flows, to calculate costs of capital in both domestic and international settings, and to use a real option framework to handle highly uncertain and irreversible investment and allocation decisions.
  • Analyse: Financial managers need to constantly analyse and monitor the firm with respect to profitability, liquidity and solvency. This involves financial statement analysis and cost calculations. As a financial manager you also need to manage and monitor different risk exposures.
  • Administer: In support of analytical activities and systems, a financial manager needs several administering activities such as collecting, registering, consolidating and reporting financial data (quarterly and annual reports). Knowledge of financial accounting and expertise in treasury is important here.
  • Anticipate: An important task of the (chief) financial officer is to anticipate future events and cash flow streams. Cash planning, budgeting, investment planning, and risk assessment are crucial activities in this area.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Upon completion of the MSc in Financial Management you are prepared for a career in financial management within an SME or multinational organisation; or in a consulting firm. Graduates have taken on positions such as: financial trainee, financial management consultant, financial analyst, business consultant, business analyst, business trainee, assistant treasurer, or assistant controller. Although geared toward the financial side of management, this programme also provides a sound basis for more general managerial tasks. Read more about possible career prospects.



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We will provide you with an advanced and challenging study of the main management disciplines of finance, marketing, supply chain and human resources. Read more

We will provide you with an advanced and challenging study of the main management disciplines of finance, marketing, supply chain and human resources. You will apply modern business and management techniques to an organisation's problems in the context of the wider business world and global community.

This is your opportunity to improve your personal and interpersonal competencies, intellectual skills and self-motivation through problem-solving, mutual support, participative personal development planning and reflective learning.

This course provides an opportunity for graduates with a non-business degree background to gain knowledge of management principles and practice. It is also recommended if you are a graduate with a business or management degree seeking to achieve a management-based masters.

Faculty of Business & Law website 

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Course Benefits

If you wish to develop your career in general management, this course can help you develop the skills you'll need to progress in management. You will acquire the confidence and competence to address the demands placed upon managers, providing you with a recognised qualification and a platform to progress in your chosen field. As the course is open to both non-business and business graduates, there is a mix of skills and experience on the course which enables participants to enhance one another's learning experiences.

The teaching team consists of experienced deliverers of management education, both within higher education as well as for several professional bodies. They also possess many years of practical managerial experience, enabling them to relate theory to practice as well as bringing the latest industry issues and trends into the classroom.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here.

Core modules

  • Business Data: Management & Analysis
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Management, People & Organisations
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Marketing
  • Dissertation

Job prospects

Successful achievement of our MSc Management will enable you to apply for a general management role within a range of different businesses both in the public and private sector. The starting salaries will vary depending on your previous experience, but this qualification will add value to you by equipping you with the management skills to complement your previous area of study.

  • Business Development Manager
  • General Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Area Manager


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Get the opportunity to put yourself on the fast track to the international management career of your dreams!. Organizations today seek employees with a broad understanding of global business. Read more
Get the opportunity to put yourself on the fast track to the international management career of your dreams!
Organizations today seek employees with a broad understanding of global business. The Master's program in International Management offers you exactly this opportunity: to become a highly-skilled generalist with the integrated overview of business and management so essential to any successful management career.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

With a program that covers all major business disciplines, corporate responsibility ánd cross-cultural negotiations
The course curriculum covers all the major business disciplines, including marketing, management, and finance, and is supplemented with skills training in consulting and cross-cultural negotiation. The program also trains students to apply knowledge and skills in a responsible way to create value for relevant stakeholders.

A Tilburg University Master's program in International Management offers you:
•The broad knowledge framework and comprehensive skill set needed for understanding, managing and resolving the diverse dilemmas that exist within an organization.
•A truly global experience that includes teaching by international academics and practitioners, culturally diverse classmates and content that incorporates global business methods and models.
•The opportunity to do an internship: the curriculum facilitates the possibility of doing an internship. Get some work experience, obtain a good picture of how things work in practice and build up your network.
•A student-centered approach to learning, where you enjoy more individual attention from professors and thus more time to delve into topics and test your ideas.
•Ideal preparation for a future managerial career whether your ambitions lie in business, non-profit or the public sector.

Future jobs

With a Master's degree in International Management, you can choose from a large range of possible careers in business and academia.

Your qualification opens doors for future jobs in:
•multinational corporations, including general management positions and specialized positions in marketing, corporate finance and treasury, accounting and control, and financial reporting
•financial service providers, including commercial banks, insurance companies, and accountancy firms
•management consulting, with particular reference to strategic, marketing, and corporate finance
•policy-making institutes such as the IMF, the World Bank, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs
•economic research institutes

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? After finishing your Master in International Management, Dutch graduates have the possibility to follow a one-year educational post-Master to become a teacher in Management and Organization.

The Master in International Management also offers a competitive advantage for students interested in applying for a PhD program at Tilburg University or another university of international standing.

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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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The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship in finance.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Professor Graeme Acheson

Course objectives

The course provides essential understanding of the theory of finance and of the skills required in practice. You learn about corporate finance, techniques of quantitative analysis, global financial markets, analysis of financial statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management and behavioural finance. You will develop spreadsheet skills and learn econometric techniques for analysing corporate performance and identifying trends in financial markets and have access to financial databases, including DataStream. The dissertation, completed in the summer, enables development of your individual interests.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

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

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

Structure and content

This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation.
As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career.

Delivery and assessment

Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very begining of the course your career is our focus.
The MSc Finance opens up a range of exciting career opportunities which include fund management, security dealing, financial market regulation, treasury management, financial engineering and corporate finance work within merchant banking firms.
Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of major financial organisations such as Morgan Stanley, Standard Charted Bank, ABC Bank of China, and HSBC. They are located in countries around the globe including China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, New Zealand, Vietnam, Greece, Taiwan, India and the UK.
To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your MSc Finance degree, the following are examples of roles secured by those graduating from the course in the last three years:
- Business Manager, CITICs Futures (China)
- Interest Rate Swaps Dealer, Tullett Prebon (UK)
- Banker, ABC Bank of China
- Assistant to Country Chief Risk Officer, Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam)

Building on that foundation, alumni who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
- Investment Analyst, Ajeej Capital (Saudi Arabia)
- Head, Secured Lending, Stanard Chartered Bank (Taiwan)
- Settlements Associate, Titanium Capital (UK)
- Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

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Developed in response to market demand, this course examines complex financial issues from the point of view of the investor and the organisation. Read more
Developed in response to market demand, this course examines complex financial issues from the point of view of the investor and the organisation. It provides you with the essential skills to function as an effective manager, both within the financial sector and across a range of multinational organisations.

The course focuses on sector relevance, leadership and self-development. It is regularly refreshed to keep pace with advances in the financial management sector and it is benchmarked against syllabuses of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). Current study themes include investment and risk management, sustainable strategic decision making, corporate financial management and international financial markets, supported by a number of professional development modules to give you a competitive advantage.

Facilities include Newcastle Business School’s trading room which features Bloomberg Terminals that are used by top traders throughout the world providing you with access to the latest data, information and analytics to support your studies.

Learn From The Best

The academic team have extensive experience in both research and industry, with specialisms including investment, risk and derivatives, professional banking, credit analyst and consortium finance. We incorporate our finding into the syllabus to ensure you are up to date with current developments in a fast changing subject field.

When you join Newcastle Business School you will become part of a business school with a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management courses in the UK. We recently joined the top 1% of business schools worldwide by gaining double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – an international hallmark of excellence.

Teaching And Assessment

This flexible MSc takes an applied approach to learning. In addition to the six taught modules in investment, banking and finance, you will choose between a dissertation and a Masters’ Consultancy Project working on a business problem faced by a real organisation.

The course is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions. From the outset you will apply academic knowledge to real life business issues via tutorial-based activities, case discussion and group-work sessions. We also hold a number of guest lectures where you have the opportunity to engage with industry.

To complement the formal modules we focus on developing your key capability skills. This includes a residential weekend aimed at strengthening skills in self-reflection, independent learning and critical thinking.

You will be assessed through a combination of personal development planning, group and peer assessments, portfolios and reflective reports as well as traditional exams and essays.

Module Overview
MN0490 - Sustainable Strategic Decisions (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0491 - Corporate Financial Management (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0492 - International Financial Markets and Institutions (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0493 - Investments and Risk Management (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0477 - NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

From the postgraduate suite to seminar rooms, lecture theatres to social spaces, Newcastle Business School offers a fantastic learning environment.

As a finance student you will also have access to the cutting-edge trading room which features the Bloomberg Terminals that are used by top traders throughout the world. This hands-on experience gives you access to real-time data as well as historical financial news and information. We are one of only a handful of universities with this facility.

Technology is woven into the course via statistical software such as Excel, Bloomberg, E-views, SPSS, Matlab and Stata to increase your skill set and enhance the experiential learning elements of the course.

Research-Rich Learning

Newcastle Business School is a vibrant and research-rich school with research expertise in the areas of financial reporting, auditing and taxation, risk management, corporate governance, performance measurement and money laundering. The course draws heavily on the high-impact research of staff and modules are informed by their own findings as well as from the wider field of research.

Our strong history of applied research is closely linked to local industry as well as the public and voluntary sectors. This business relevant approach to teaching and learning has been developed to maximise your leadership, management and employability potential.

Give Your Career An Edge

To succeed in a global market requires more than academic knowledge and understanding. The personal development skills acquired in modules such as Developing Global Management Competencies will help you to stand out. This module includes a residential weekend to build your understanding of individual and group behaviour.

To further improve your practical skills you have opportunity to undertake a project in place of the dissertation. This involves working on behalf of an external organisation that is looking for answers to a current business problem or question. You will work in a small group participating in group and individual activities to identify solutions.

Your Future

As an increasing number of businesses look to a global marketplace, there is a growing need for financial experts with practical, legal and cultural understanding of international finance. Our graduates have moved into a range of careers in the financial sector and beyond, including:
-Analyst at a stock broker
-Investment and security departments of large commercial and investment banks
-Trainee manager within the treasury of an international company
-Recruitment consultant specialising in finance personnel
-University lecturer studying for a PhD

To complement your subject specific knowledge the course also enhances the employability and personal development skills that are valued a wide range of working environments:
-Team working
-Written and verbal communication
-Cultural and ethical awareness
-Well-developed leadership and management capability
-Research skills
-Critical analysis skills

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