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Course content

This one-year MSc in Advanced Financial Analysis is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and skills that you will need for a career in investment management or financial analysis and to help you acquire the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 2 qualification.

The programme consists of two elements. The first comprises eight taught modules, spread over the first and second terms. These modules, delivered jointly by Lancaster faculty and Fitch Learning’s professional instructors, are designed to cover the material you will need for the core CFA Level 2 syllabus relating to investments and financial analysis. Additionally, you will take the Personal Development for Careers in Finance module.

The second element of the programme is a specialist CFA dissertation stream which runs in the third term and through to September and includes:

  • an intensive CFA training module preparing for the CFA Level 2 exam in June
  • a dissertation project focusing on investment management

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment Methods

Many modules use a mix of coursework, projects and formal exams, so that you can demonstrate your abilities in various ways. You will be given specific training by the experienced Fitch learning tutors to prepare you for the CFA examinations and the online learning portal gives you access to a bank of practice questions and other learning resources too.

Careers

For many students, the desire to boost their career prospects and move more quickly into senior roles is a key reason for acquiring a Masters degree. That's why we integrate careers support into our MSc programmes, and offer a range of facilities to help you in your career development and job search process.

Like all of the School’s Masters students, you will have access to guidance and support from the LUMS careers team. But to give you extra industry-specific job-hunting skills, we have partnered up with a financial markets specialist who has worked for several leading investment banks and also financial technology institutions. As a financial careers coach still working in the financial markets, his role is to make you aware of many different opportunities that exist within the sector, giving you a clear picture of the particular skills required – and, crucially, an insider view on what employers will be looking for.

To help you differentiate yourself in a fiercely competitive market, he provides guidance on writing CVs and cover letters for the financial market, interview skills, and performing well at assessment centres.


Visit the Advanced Financial Analysis - MSc page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

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