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Finance and Investment Masters (MSc)

Course Description

This course is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top Finance Masters programmes in the UK.

It has core elements based around the three main classes of capital investment activity: equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets.

The Capital Market Analysis module examines the institutional and decision making framework of equity investment from the perspective of the fund manager and the corporate financial manager. A similar perspective is adopted in the parallel modules dealing with fixed interest and derivative markets.

The modules in this degree introduce all the main techniques used by the modern investment professional. With these practical
applications in mind, theoretical models including the use of Datastream and associated software, mathematical techniques, and spreadsheet models are integrated as appropriate.

A wide range of optional modules related to the core subjects are available, specialising in areas such as entrepreneurship and venture capital, risk management, or international finance which can provide you with grounding research skills required for a specialist dissertation in your chosen area.

Students on this course will particularly benefit from the access we provide to Bloomberg Terminals – the world’s most powerful platform for finance professionals who require real-time data.

Visit the Finance and Investment Masters (MSc) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alec Horton

269.JPG I decided on the Finance & Investment MA because it provides all the core techniques used by the modern investment professional. I choose NUBS because of its strong international reputation as well as the chance to apply for scholarships. I was one of two people to be awarded a full tuition fee scholarship.

My career plans before NUBS was to secure a place on a trader development graduate scheme, although I was unsure which market appealed to me the most. The MA allows the flexibility to choose a wide range of options, which eventually helped me decide that the derivative markets were the most appealing.

NUBS supported me in securing a dissertation placement with an investment management company, focusing on commodity trading, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

The careers department ultimately helped me secure my primary goal, a graduate level job focusing on trading Energy derivatives based in Canary Wharf, London.

(Student Profile)

Ming Ming Yang

364.JPG I came to Nottingham after I became an ACCA affiliate; my friends asked me whether it was worth spending the time and money on another Masters course. When I came to Nottingham, it was like a dream come true, as it was the first prestigious UK university I had ever heard of when I was in high school.

My postgraduate study experience gave me a fantastic insight into the core areas of finance: derivative markets, equity markets, and fixed interest markets. Apart from the obvious academic knowledge I gained, I was able to be engaged in various social activities, such as voluntary work with SIFE (Students in free Enterprise) and a committee role in CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association), which enhanced my business and interpersonal skills as well as other soft skills such as team working and communication. As an international student, I also benefitted from the free language and study skills support from the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) at the University, not to mention the nice administrative staff and helpful career advisors.

My extraordinary experience proves that it is totally worth it. Nottingham gave me more than I expected.


Nottingham University Business School MSc Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Nottingham University Business School has a significant amount of scholarship funding available for Business School MSc students starting in September 2017.Students with a current overall average of 65% (or overseas equivalent) will be automatically awarded a Nottingham University Business School scholarship of 20% and will be considered at the point of offer.Students with the equivalent of >80% will be considered on a case by case basis for a 75% or 100% Nottingham University Business School Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence.Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20-100% of the MSc course tuition fee


Open to UK/EU/overseas candidates.
Have been offered a place on the MSc programme for entry in 2017.

Application Procedure

For more information about scholarships and how to apply, see the Business School's MSc scholarships web page.
For direct enquiries contact Wendy Bull
[email protected]

Further Information



2016-17 Weston Scholarship for Business School MSc - Single Award

Available for any Nottingham University Business School MSc course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fees only


Home/EU students
Awarded on the basis of academic excellence

Application Procedure

Students need to apply for a place on an MSc course first.For more details, please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A First or 2:1 honours degree in management, business studies, economics, finance or accounting (with a significant quantitative finance or econometric component) English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each element

Last Updated

10 November 2016

Course Fees

Please see University website for details

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