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Currently accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) Institute* and recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)**, our Investment Management MSc is designed as a specialist programme for those who wish to either embark on or advance their career within the expanding financial services sector.

As the world’s economic system becomes ever more integrated, financial markets are becoming increasingly innovative, dynamic and global. Individuals and organisations require sophisticated investment management strategies which mitigate risk and financial discomfort.

Rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2018, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Thompson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and Fitch-Connect, upon successful completion of this course, you will master financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Financial Analyst Society UK

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK, recognising the significant alignment between the course’s content and the IMC certificate.

*This accreditation is renewed yearly, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

This course is currently part of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s University Affiliation Program, recognising that the course curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and aims to help to student’s prepare for the CFA Program exams. This accreditation is ongoing, but is assessed yearly through a quality review, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

Growth and innovation within the world’s financial markets has heightened the demand for highly skilled professionals in areas such as investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies, securities, stock broking and trading in equities, bonds and derivatives.

The course aims to provide a solid grounding in the main components and theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques. We aim to deepen your understanding of the impact of the changing global environment and the context within which investment managers and organisations operate.

In-depth analysis of specialist areas includes: equity and bond valuation, duration and convexity; bond portfolio immunisation; capital asset pricing models; arbitrage pricing theory models; financial derivatives; trading techniques; asset-liability management; alternative investments; venture capital and management of foreign exchange.

The emphasis is on interpreting, evaluating and communicating financial information to support strategic decision making. We’ll teach you how to analyse potential investment assets and how to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on relevant valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.

Why choose this course?

With a focus on your future international business career, our professionally accredited course* aims to provide practical knowledge and experience of the skills and tools used by financial service professionals in the City of London and other leading financial centres.

We cover traditional areas of study, such as portfolio fund management, stock picking and bond market analysis. You can also apply for a company internship as part of the Project module (subject to competitive application availability, visa requirements, and additional fees may apply), which has seen past students undertake workplace projects for National Bank Financial Markets, Canada.

Our strong industry links with major employers like HSBC and Barclays ensure course validity is maintained and takes account of the changing nature of financial markets in recent years. For example, we have recently introduced new modules on Foreign Exchange markets and revised our Fund management module.

All our finance courses feature innovative, interactive teaching designed to embed professional skills. You can practise trading on our Trading Floor, which incorporates the best analytical, news and data platforms. You can also gain accreditation in the use of the industry-standard Thomson-Reuters Eikon and Bloomberg financial databases.

Staff will share their experience of working as finance professionals in fund management, consultancy and banking for blue chip companies, multinational corporations and public sector organisations across the UK, Europe, North America, South East Asia and Africa.

You will have opportunities to hear from guest speakers from industry, covering topics from banking regulation to corporate governance and employability (subject to availability). You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by undertaking a consultancy project as part of the Project module (subject to availability and an application process), which has seen past students undertake a range of activities, from analysing crowdfunding sources in Asia to conducting in-depth financial planning and forecasting, investor presentation and forecasts for business growth.

Career prospects

This Master’s course will suit recent graduates who already have some academic knowledge of the business and financial sector and are seeking to embark on a career in the financial services sector, as well as current financial practitioners who wish to upgrade their qualifications for career progression.

Upon successful completion of this course, career opportunities may include:

  • Investment management for pension funds, institutional investors and private clients;
  • Securities trading in equities, bonds and derivatives;
  • Private client investment advice;
  • Stock broking with its associated investment advice and management;
  • Investment banking, including the analysis of new share issues.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Visit the Investment Management - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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