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Course content

This course will help you to develop the theoretical and analytical finance skills needed to succeed in the corporate sector and financial institutions. The course’s extensive coverage of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) means that it is recognised in the Institute’s University Affiliation Program.

You will develop critical knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts and theories of finance and the analytical skills for addressing financial management challenges in the domestic and international business environments.

The course will develop your ability to identify, evaluate, and propose/implement solutions to finance problems, and employ transferrable skills needed for roles within financial institutions, stock broking, investment and portfolio management, treasury and corporate finance departments of companies.

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What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop your knowledge and skills in financial analysis and understand the relevant theories for critically evaluating financial information and financial markets. You will learn to use various models and techniques for analysing the complex issues which arise during the business decision-making process.

STAGE 2

You will analyse financial management practices and learn to apply a range of analytical and financial skills. You will learn to evaluate and manage financial opportunities and risks. Communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and group interaction skills will also be enhanced.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Teaching and assessment

On-Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These provide a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.

Blended Learning

Our blended learning delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment and face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

Year 4

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group,38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours Semester 3 (Capstone)

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers who deliver presentations in areas such as Fund Management and Investment Banking and staff with research experience. Guest lectures are also organised to cover the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct of the CFA Institute as part of the University Affiliation Program.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation (if option selected in Capstone)
  • class test
  • 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
  • 2 oral assessments (Presentation)

Job prospects 

An understanding of finance is a must for managers of all companies whether local, national or international. Careers in finance are no longer limited to the traditional areas such as banking, and include a range of opportunities like credit analysis, risk management, investment analysis, fund management and corporate financial management.

For practicing accountants, this course will allow you to specialise within the industry, opening up a wide variety of career development opportunities within a number of different contexts, for example, accounting, finance, audit or economics. For those who are new to financial management, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into, and develop your career within, the profession.

Employment opportunities exist within commercial companies, wholesale and retail domestic and international banks, accountancy and consultancy firms and fund managers and investment institutions as brokers, dealers, analysts and compliance staff. The qualification can also be a stepping stone for advanced research degrees (e.g., PhD) in finance.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.


Visit the Financial Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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