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Course content

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:

  • Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
  • Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
  • Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
  • Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
  • Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance

Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning (PDP) has recently been introduced at postgraduate level and is available through a PDP area in SurreyLearn.

We encourage you to take full advantage of the wide range of materials and courses available to help develop your personal skills portfolio, ranging from academic writing training through to CV preparation and presentation skills.

Course-specific personal development is incorporated via Bloomberg competency certification and preparation for Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).


Visit the Investment Management MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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