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How do you make optimal investment decisions? How are stocks priced? Why do markets crash?

In rapidly changing and often unstable money markets, the global economy demands financial professionals who can act rationally and ethically when under pressure. This course further develops your analytical and critical thinking skills so you can evaluate risk and make sound financial decisions in complex environments.

You gain a detailed understanding of the key financial drivers in an increasingly complex business world. We equip you with advanced knowledge of the latest theoretical and empirical developments in the industry, using case studies to apply theory to practice, so you can excel in a career in any aspect of finance.

Topics include:
-Asset pricing
-Portfolio management
-Derivative securities
-Advanced mathematics

Our MSc Finance is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). Our students and staff join us from all over the world and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.

MSc Finance can also be studied part time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

You join one of the UK’s largest finance groups, with a team of experts in wide ranging specialisms. This diversity ensures our course reflects the breadth of contemporary banking and finance issues facing organisations today.

Our lecturers have presented their work at the likes of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve and are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics
-Corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Not only are you taught by experts with both academic and industry experience, but input from City-based industry leaders gives this course a thorough grounding in contemporary financial practice. Our school is also home to Essex Finance Centre.

Specialist facilities

Our commitment to excellence in teaching extends to our working environment, with our landmark Colchester building providing excellent facilities to learn and socialise, including:
-An Eden-style dome and winter garden, which give the building its own micro-climate
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs for analysing financial data
-Cutting-edge lecture theatres
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-A fully-stocked café for meetings and socialising
-Study skills workshops

Your future

Essex Business School is helping to create the business leaders of the future; those who are creative, innovative and ethically aware. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Many of our graduates enjoy careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy at some of the world’s most well-known organisations, including:
-Groupon
-KMG Group
-Right Freight Pvt Ltc
-Copal Partners

Many now also run their own growing businesses.

During your time at Essex Business School, we provide plenty of help with finding and applying for work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities from our dedicated employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

Example structure

-Dissertation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Asset Pricing
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Behavioural Finance (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

Visit the Finance - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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