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Discover how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management by studying equity, debt andderivative markets in domestic and international sectors, and learn about the key techniques used by financial traders. This course has a strong focus on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop designed to help students taking the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level I examination.

You will practice your skills with a dedicated on-campus Bloomberg trading room facility, to get experience of real-term investment analysis software.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme.

Why Choose Us?

We’re recognised for the quality of our teaching and excellent research.

Being part of just 1% of business schools in the world, thanks to our AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, we can help you to kick-start your career.

We have a track-record for graduate employability. Recent graduates have gone onto to secure positions with leading international companies, including Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen. We equip you with the knowledge required for roles within the financial industry. You’ll also develop the skills and understanding to fulfil a wide range of roles in other areas of business. Our students have embarked on careers in areas such as marketing or general management, thanks to the transferable skills they’ve acquired on this course. This focus on developing well-rounded, highly skilled graduates gives our students the competitive advantage in the job market.

Course outline

This exciting masters programme is a fantastic platform to launch your career. You’ll benefit from a detailed insight into business finance, investment management and gain technical skills and first-hand experience in trading. We’ll develop your practical quantitative skills and enhance your employability by equipping you with a range of transferable skills crucial for securing graduate roles. By the end of the course, you’ll be well-placed to fulfil roles in the financial sector or pursue a career in other areas of business.

The course covers a wide range of stimulating subjects, including the valuation of investments, trading techniques, portfolio management and corporate finance from a broad as well as an international perspective. You’ll learn key theories to give you thorough grounding in these areas but also develop a practical understanding of how these various concepts and models are applied in real-life business scenarios.

We will ensure you have a clear understanding of the fundamentals relating to investments and what you should be looking for when making investment decisions. We explore equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors. You’ll undertake security valuation and financial distress exercises and we explain various other techniques used by financial traders.

What sets this programme apart from other courses is our strong focus on the practical application of technical skills in a trading or corporate financial setting. You’ll get the chance to gain hands on experience working with real-time financial and economic data, thanks to our dedicated trading room facility and industry software. Your exposure to these practical tools and techniques will make you stand out to employers and give you the competitive advantage over other graduates.

Our teaching staff are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise in order to provide you with a high-quality education. You’ll be taught by leading academics with a variety of specialisms in the field of finance, economics and investments. The School is also made up of chartered financial analysts and you’ll benefit from their experience of how investment management works in real-life. 

We use a variety of teaching methods to enable you to get the most from the course. There are practical activities, including simulation exercises, reflective case studies, collaborative group work, thought-provoking class discussion as well as inspiring lectures and tutorials. This allows you to explore, test and apply what you’ve learnt and gives you a deeper understanding of your subject.

During the summer term, you will have the opportunity to attend a CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) workshop conducted by the university and designed to help students taking or intending to take the CFA Level I examination. “CFA Institute is the premier global association for investment management professionals” - http://www.cfainstitute.org

Subject guide and modules

  • Valuation of Investments (A)
  • Valuation of Investments (B)
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance 
  • Trading Techniques
  • Security Analysis
  • Investment Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Business project

Visit the Investment Analysis - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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