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Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. This rigorous and intensive masters course is designed to produce high-calibre, analytical graduates with practical skills who are ready to slot in to a specialised role. As a graduate, you will be ready to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

  • This course is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers and offers exemptions from their professional exams.
  • An extremely practical programme using real examples, the latest research and theories, and live data.
  • Kingston Business School is one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
  • Get additional qualifications while you study: you can apply for Bloomberg certification. You can also prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, since you will cover so many aspects of it in your coursework.
  • Programme developed with advice from finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank.
  • Lectures by sector experts, as well as Kingston Business School's own teaching staff, who have been awarded an 'excellent' rating for the quality of their teaching.
  • Suitable for students who have not studied economics, finance or accountancy at bachelors level, as well as those with previous qualifications and experience.
  • Meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures, who add international insight to class discussions and working groups, giving you a global alumni network.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK ... it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

When you arrive, we will introduce you to the Business School and its expectations and ethos, alongside a personal development programme, then you will start work on individual modules. Each module is designed to develop the skills valued by employers, such as presentation, team work, problem solving and communication skills.

We teach an extremely practical programme using real-life examples, live data and the latest research and theories. Students get the opportunity to create and manage investment portfolios and present the results, learn to use a Bloomberg trading room and industry standard databases, and undertake a research project.

You will examine the key issues in investment banking and trading. You will also learn to apply various different techniques in practice. We will show you how to analyse and explore a number of different topics using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Assessment

You will be assessed through assignments, case studies, formal examination and a dissertation. Our assessment methods mirror real-life practices - for example, students are asked to construct and manage investment portfolios and present the results.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.


Visit the Investment and Financial Risk Management (MSc) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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