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MSc Investment and Finance

Course Description


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.This MSc was ranked in the global top 40 in the Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2015, Pre-experience programmes.

Unique features:

Exam exemption from one of the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification modules (Financial Markets module) if studying specified QMUL modules.
Exemption from CBI (The Chartered Banker Institute) Diploma modules.

MSc Investment and Finance offers:

* Invaluable contributions from respected City practitioners and industry experts who also teach students, bringing practical insights in to the classroom by applying the theory to real world scenarios.
* A fully integrated careers programme, a dedicated careers consultant, and extensive industry links that aim to maximise your employment prospects.
* An unparalleled set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills that are highly valued in the Financial Sector.
* High rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
* State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest technology and financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government for data analysis and simulation.
* The opportunity to join QUMMIF – one of three Investment Clubs of its kind in the UK. QUMMIF was founded by MSc Investment and * Finance students and allows students to trade real money (currently £30,000) in order to obtain relevant, practical work experience in trading and portfolio analysis


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 statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. For students who choose to study part-time, classes are scheduled in the evenings where possible to accommodate work commitments.

Click here for module information: http://econ.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/msc-programmes/155562.html

Visit the MSc Investment and Finance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Karim Boudjelal

1008.jpg 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.

(Student Profile)

Damien Regnier

1012.jpg 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!


QMUL School of Economics and Finance Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The School of Economics and Finance is pleased to offer up to 60 scholarships to outstanding applicants. The scholarship value is £5,000 (slightly more for MSc Economics students) and is open to all postgraduate taught courses in the School.As well as the quality of your undergraduate transcript, we take into account additional information outlined below: Preference is given to applications for MSc Economics, MSc Finance, MSc Investment and Finance, MSc Investment Banking , MSc Finance and Econometrics, MSc Behavioural Finance
Weight will be given to applicants who are attending or graduated from a top 100 university according to Shanghai Ranking, Top Universities, The Guardian, and Times Higher Education
In order to maintain the diversity of our student intakes, students studying in the following countries will be given preference: Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000- £10,000


Scholarships will be awarded on purely on the basis of demonstrated potential for academic excellence on the programme applied. The potential for excellence will be judged to be demonstrated if the application:Shows that it exceeds our minimum entry requirements by a significant margin and/or otherwise outperforms applicants competing for the scholarships under consideration
Shows excellent performance on specific modules considered relevant and valuable preparation for the programme applied to, e.g. on quantitative and economics/finance modulesFor full details, please visit the QMUL website

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants will be contacted by the school once an offer has been made.Please note, applicants will be required to return the completed scholarship form within a month of receiving it from the School of Economics and Finance. Additionally, due to the high volume of qualified applicants, there may be a delay in application turnaround time and we encourage you to apply early.

Further Information



QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses. A large number of these awards will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information



QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s (one-year courses only). All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
Please visit the website for full eligibility criteria

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application deadline: 15 November 2016For full details of the application procedure, please visit the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

At least a good second class honours degree (high 2.2) or overseas equivalent in a subject with some quantitative elements.Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least one mathematics or statistics based module) including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Business & Management. One economics or finance module is also required.Weight will be given to prior relevant work experienceFor our English Language requirements please click here: View Website

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