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MSc Finance and Investment

Course Description

The MSc Finance and Investment is designed for graduates interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. Established in 1973, the MSc Finance and Investment was the very first Master’s degree in finance in the UK. Over the past 40 years, the programme has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training for graduates who are interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. The programme provides a broad knowledge in finance, combined with practical application, to help graduates develop the confidence and ability for a challenging career in finance.

The MSc Finance and Investment is one of the few finance postgraduate programs in UK that is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) as offering leadership in academic education in the area of financial markets. On successful completion of the MSc Finance and Investment, students are eligible to apply for the prestigious CISI Diploma, thus receiving a globally recognised professional qualification in addition to a Master’s degree.

You can study the MSc Finance and Investment programme over either nine months or 12 months.

The 9-month programme:

comprises 12 taught modules, five of which are compulsory modules that are taken in term one, and seven of which are selected from optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three.

The 12-month programme:

comprises nine taught modules, six of which are compulsory modules that are taken during terms one and two, and three of which are selected from 11 optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three. Students also undertake a dissertation in term three.

In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to attend non-assessed intensive training courses covering financial databases such as Bloomberg, ThomsonOne, FAME, EIKON, Datastream, etc.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation in the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Financial Instruments; Financial Modelling; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Investment Analysis and Investment Research Methods

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Advanced Corporate Finance; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; International Financial Management; Topics in Financial Economics ; Corporate Finance and Governance; Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations and Alternative Investments

Visit the MSc Finance and Investment page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rachita Rajeev Puri

3941.jpg “Having already studied Accounting, Business Finance and Management at the University of York, I was familiar with Exeter’s strong reputation in Accounting and Finance. The University’s high ranking, as well as its recognition by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), was a huge attraction. I felt confident that having the Business School on my CV would resonate with prospective employers and stand me in good stead when starting my career in a competitive job climate.

The first semester of my studies has been crucial in helping me to gain a solid foundation of knowledge in finance. I am looking forward to applying this knowledge in my second semester, where we have the option to specialise in modules we are particularly interested in.

I have chosen to study the Investment Analysis Project – where I will choose a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, research them and then predict their sales and profit for the following five years. This will give me first-hand experience of how equity research analysts operate in the day-to-day. I hope to go on to work in equity research within the investment management industry, so having this knowledge should really help my employability and confidence in interviews.

There’s a great diversity in the subjects you can choose on the course. They range from Financial Modelling, where we are learning vital skills in Excel to help with portfolio management and measuring fund performance; to Alternative Investments, where we get an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of different investments and how to deal with them. The variety of the course has really opened my eyes to just how vast and diverse the world of finance can be.

The best thing about studying at the Business School is being in an environment that encourages independent learning and critical thinking, and is also a really beautiful place to live. You have everything you need in one location and the facilities are top notch. Having access to financial databases, such as Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, is so useful, and I don’t think many other courses provide this.

The experience really challenges the view that students must be based in London in order to learn about finance.”

(Student Profile)

Samira Amadu Sorogho

3942.jpg “I chose to come to the University of Exeter because it ranks among the top ten universities in the UK. I was also keen to take advantage of the opportunity to become a member of a professional body, the Chartered Institute for Security and Investment (CISI). There are a great many benefits to membership of the CISI, such as access to further training, conferences and networking events.

I enjoy the practicality of the modules on my Masters programme. Coming from Ghana, a lot of what I learnt at university was theory. On this course, everything is applied to the real world. Skills we learn are implemented – we have regular practice in Excel in our Financial Modelling module, for example.

I can now understand many interesting issues facing the current financial markets. For instance, the recent debt financing in the capital structure of most companies, this is largely occurring because interest rates are falling. In my country, we have a large balance of payment deficit, which is mainly because our imports are greater than our exports. This in turn has affected our currency.

My time at Exeter has been extremely insightful. I have learnt a lot and I’m still learning. I have met people from so many different cultures and backgrounds, which I would never have had the opportunity to do if I hadn’t come here to study. The whole experience has also improved my interpersonal skills and my ability to work in a team – and I’ve made some great friends that I will dearly miss.

In my opinion, the University of Exeter Business School is where you need to be if you want to understand the realities and practicalities of what goes on in the world of finance. It is an amazing place with a very conducive learning environment. It is also one of the best universities in Europe.”

(Student Profile)

Rituja Puri

3946.jpg I had already studied Banking, Finance and Management at Loughborough University so I was familiar with the University of Exeter Business School’s strong reputation in Accounting and Finance, and I was confident that this reputation would be synonymous with prospective employers.

The MSc Finance and Investment stood out for me as being a unique programme recognised by Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and having a respected and renowned financial body recognise the course was obviously a huge selling point.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is the passion for investment theory that many of the lecturers have, and this comes across in lectures that are interesting and engaging. I’m also really enjoying the diversity of finance subjects on the course – from improving my excel skills in Financial Modelling (practical skills vital to be successful in this industry) to Alternative Investments.

Having already studied at a campus university I recognise the value and importance of having everything you need in one location. The campus at Exeter is a stunning part of the UK countryside, and always buzzing with student initiatives, which you’re actively encouraged to engage with.

The Business School also offers an optional overseas trip for students wishing to visit some of the renowned financial institutions in Europe. The eight-day trip is a wonderful way to soak up some European culture and take the opportunity to learn about finance in practice. I’m really looking forward to the trip and have already met some amazing people who will be joining me.

My future aspirations are to work in a role within the investment management industry, preferably within an advisory context. During my work experience I enjoyed being involved with client interaction and the pressures associated with this and in the future I hope to combine this experience with the skills and knowledge I have gained from my postgraduate studies.

I would encourage any students considering postgraduate study to network as much as possible with other students – the friends you make on your course will be a great source of support in the run up to exams! You also need to be prepared to work hard, one of the highlights of studying a Masters in the Business School is that lecturers do encourage you to take your own initiative and be autonomous in your learning.

(Student Profile)

David Boulton

3963.jpg I have always had a strong interest in business and finance. Before coming to Exeter, I set up three businesses myself, one in real estate development, one in recruitment consultancy, and finally one in retail. I learnt a lot from these three dynamic experiences, and they provided me with the capital to fund my studies, and follow my passion for finance and investment.

I was accepted at other Russell Group universities, but chose Exeter because of the reputation of the University, the impressive investments it puts into research and continuous development, and the structure of the course.

The Finance and Investment MSc provides a real challenge for students who want to run the extra mile in their postgraduate studies. It’s a very rigorous, nine-month programme that covers all the areas of Finance I find most interesting. On top of this, it entitles you to the CISI Diploma, a professional level qualification, which is above the industry standard.

For me, the most valuable aspect of the programme has been the depth of analysis we’ve gone into, in areas such as valuation, portfolio management and financial modelling. As well as studying the past and current thinking from the top academics in the world, we’ve learnt practical skills, such as how to value an investment or how to create a portfolio using different Excel modelling techniques.

I regard the current economic turbulence as an opportunity to revise the way things are done in the financial world – and I am confident this MSc has given me the skills I need to build a career for myself in finance and investment, and hopefully make a difference in this field.

I would encourage future students to use all the possibilities the School offers for networking, and to take advantage of the many events organised by the employability team. Coming from all over the world, your fellow students will be not only friends, but an extended network of contacts you can rely on in the future.

My plan is to move into a client-facing role within an investment management company. I understand these roles are highly competitive, but not impossible to obtain. I am confident that Exeter’s reputation, combined with my performance in the course and my passion for Finance, will make it possible.

(Student Profile)

Subira Toppin

3968.jpg Exeter’s Finance and Investment programme is ideal if you’re looking to gain a big picture of the investment industry. My aim was to get practical, relevant tools and develop skills that I could return to the workforce with within a short period – and that’s certainly what this programme has given me.

I can honestly say I have enjoyed all my modules, because I was interested in the subject and wanted to do it. However, the modules that in particular really helped establish my confidence about the investment field were Financial Instruments, Investment Analysis I & II and Investment Analysis Project. Dr Thayran who taught Financial Instruments was extremely knowledgeable about the vastness of the investment industry and was able to expose us to almost all of it in one module.

Overall I think the thing that I would take from this experience was how much I have learnt from my colleagues. Speaking as someone who have not been to university before, but did pursue professional education, the difference between the two is that a university environment encourages you to share ideas with others, and improve your thinking by approaching tasks in different ways.

Exeter is also a beautiful environment to study in. Doing a Masters can be stressful, and it just makes you feel better being in such beautiful surroundings. The city is great. It’s very compact, there’s enough going on to keep you entertained but not too much to distract you. To me, it feels like the city is an extension of the university – and I’ve always felt safe here.

After I have completed my MSc, I intend to pursue a career in investment management. My MSc, along with the CISI qualification awarded on successful completion of the MSc, should provide the recognition I need to open doors in this field.

My advice to anyone considering my course is to firstly know what you want to do. The MSc is demanding and challenging, but if you are prepared to work hard, you have a specific goal in mind and you really want to develop your knowledge of the finance and investment field overall, I would definitely recommend it.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree (equivalent to a UK 2:1) in Accounting, Finance, Economics or related disciplines from a recognised institution. View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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