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The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in Finance and Investment. The programme is based around the three main classes of capital investment activity - equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets.

Participants in the MSc Finance and Investment programme can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on a Finance and Investment topic according to individual interests and career requirements.

The MSc Finance and Investment degree is intended to enable students to:

  • develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in specific areas of Finance
  • examine and assess different aspects of the financial environment and provide insights into the operation of Finance and financial services
  • be capable of a critical evaluation of the core business / finance disciplines
  • have a structured programme that allows students to focus upon advanced developments in Finance and Investment to meet their specific interests and career aspirations
  • have opportunities in a variety of careers such as accountancy, auditing, business development, financial advice, investment management, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, research, risk assurance, tax consultancy and trading
  • enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large.

Applicants for this MSc must have a first degree in business/economics, containing substantial components of finance. Students with an outstanding first degree in a quantitative subjects will be considered.

Career options for this degree  

This degree offers opportunities in a variety of careers in Accountancy,Auditing, Business Development, Financial Advice, Investment Management, Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Procurement, Research,Risk Assurance, Tax Consultancy and Trading.

Programme Outline

The MSc in Finance and Investment programme is a full-time degree studied over a period of calendar year commencing late September, and a part-time degree can be studied over a period of between 2 and 4 years. In each case participants take taught modules and prepare a dissertation. Students without the relevant English proficiency are required to do a Summer pre-sessional programme before gaining entry onto the postgraduate programme.

Classes are in the form of either two or three hour teaching/learning sessions, including some small group teaching, during normal semesters.

The structure of the MSc in Finance and Investment programme is modular, with individual modules each having weighting of 20 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 20 credit module represents 200 hours of study including formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180 credits, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 credits a finance related dissertation. 

All students undertake core modules relating to finance. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives that allow the student to focus upon advanced finance and management modules that are most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.

More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.

Programme structure 

Please download Guidance for using Plan and Course Catalogue to check how to search details of modules.

Semester 1


Students must take all modules in this group:

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Finance and Accounting
  • Capital Market Analysis
  • Corporate Finance

Semester 2


Students must take all modules in this group

  • Derivative Investment
  • Fixed Interest Investment



Students must take all modules in this group

  • Finance & Investment Dissertation

Restricted modules

Note: not all optional modules will necessarily run each session. Students must take 20 credits from this group.

  • Financial Reporting
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets in China
  • Managing International Business in China
  • E-Business
  • Project Management
  • Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility

A student's experience of this course

"UNNC gives me a warm, approachable and belonging feeling. In UNNC, I am impressed by the foreign tutors' careful attitudes and critical academic notions. Presentation, essays and exams became the major part of my study life. I have complained, have suffered but I was more grateful and happier after I made achievements. The one month summer school trip made me learn a lot as well. That trip not only allowed me to experience the UK culture but also gave me a chance to live independently away from my own country. Now, I have been successfully admitted by the Bank of China, a bank with the highest level of internationalisation, I appreciate what UNNC gave me. At work, I easily cooperate with the new team and better apply my professional knowledge and English ability. Having now graduated from UNNC, I'd love to give my sincere wishes to my beloved Alma Mater, wish UNNC permanent and great improvement and a bright future!"

Tu Yi, MSc Finance and Investment Bank of China, Ningbo Branch

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





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