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The MSc in Investment and Finance is a specialist degree that provides practical and theoretical training in areas of major financial interest, in particular investment management and corporate finance. This masters degree is designed for those who wish to enter a career in finance or related areas including financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, public sector institutions and International organisations, in positions such as investment analyst, financial analyst, trader and portfolio manager.
The MSc in Investment and Finance is currently available for one-year full-time study, or two years part-time study.
The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as
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A 2:2 or overseas equivalent is required. (A good performance in a higher degree such as a Masters will also be accepted). Any degree discipline is acceptable, but students must have a satisfactory existing level of mathematics and statistics. We welcome students from a variety of disciplines, including Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Finance. Students from less quantitatively oriented degrees, such as Accounting, Management and Politics, are also welcome.
Weight will be given to relevant work experience and professional qualifications but neither is necessary to be accepted onto this course.
MSc Investment and Finance
Salary Bracket: £45-50,000 + bonus
Why did you choose the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
After having studied Economics in the University of Toulouse 1, I decided to come to London to obtain an MSc Investment and Finance. Why would a French person come to London to study finance? You all may know the City of London is at the heart of the world’s financial markets. Therefore, I knew that obtaining an MSc in Finance and Investment in a leading UK University would grant me an added benefit in settling down in the professional world. I chose Queen Mary University of London after researching widely on Universities in the UK and establishing that the School of Economics and Finance at QMUL was renowned for its excellent research work.
What did you gain from your time at the School of Economics and Finance?
The fact that it is a 5 star rated institution helps me to realize that I was taking the good decision. My introduction with the program and with the teaching staff proves me right. The School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London offers you a range of courses taught by well-qualified professionals, who will help you to get the best experience from your time in London. Moreover the structure of the MSc, a mix of revision classes, tutorials, and guest speakers keeps the course intense and will help you to achieve the best results. On a personal point of view, I enjoyed the warm welcome provided by the staff (workshop and events) which helps to meet others student from all over the world. This has enriched my experience even more. As a foreigner I was also very pleased by the English course offered for free by QMUL which helps me become more confident. The University is also well equipped with excellent modern facilities, especially the Gym. Everything is done to help you feel at home.
What are your career plans in the next five years?
Having completed my studies, I am now staying in London as I am currently working for one of the leading investment banks in the world, Deutsche Bank and I definitively think that studying for the MSc in Finance and Investment at QMUL prepared me more than adequately for the encounter with the corporate world awaiting.
Studied: MSc Finance and
Investment – graduated 2007.
Currently: Working for JP
Morgan Chase (London) on
Convertible Bonds Trading
desk as a permanent Analyst.
During the first year I will focus on the Quantitative
side of the Trading, as Convertible Bonds are pretty
complex then I will go to the trading floor proper.
Why did you choose Queen Mary?
After my studies in Mathematics in France in a
‘Grande Ecole’ at Masters level, I was looking for
a one-year postgraduate degree that would help
me to find a job in a big US Investment Bank.
Due to my background, an MSc in Finance
was ideal. Choosing the MSc in Finance and
Investment at Queen Mary was a no-brainer:
It was located in London, ten minutes from the
City, it was well balanced between economics
subjects like Corporate Finance and technical
ones like Financial Derivatives and last but not
least it included some quite ambitious lectures
on Behavioural Finance and Empirical Finance –
not to mention that the School of Economics
and Finance was very well ranked in the UK!
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Good facilities, including reasonably priced
central London accommodation and the language
school, which greatly helped me to enjoy my time
in London. I also met some really interesting
people, and I still meet up with some of them
from time to time as many now work in the City.
Lastly, I use the knowledge I gained during my
MSc on a daily basis: I think that is the best
proof that the programme is well structured!
What are your career plans in the next five years?
As I have just started I’m still learning… a lot!
I will hopefully be able to start trading towards
the end of this year… and then well I don’t
know, but I’m pretty confident!
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