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Course content

The course is suitable for individuals who want to begin work or rapidly progress their career in financial markets, investment banking, fund management or wealth management.

It develops your knowledge of appropriate investment strategies and financial products, together with your understanding of the risks associated with these products and financial markets. You address issues of risk management, regulation, wealth management and fund management, focussing on both individuals and organisations.

We have consulted both industry practitioners and professional bodies to ensure the course prepares you for a career in a variety of roles within the financial services industry. You are taught by University staff with extensive work experience in the banking and finance industry, who regularly complete consultancy work with banks and banking organisations. The financial services industry is a fast paced and dynamic area to work in, with a strong and identifiable career path.

This course is linked with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and during the course you benefit from student membership. The CII works with regulators, educational and trade bodies together with major corporate organisations across the globe to help raise professional standards. You are encouraged to take professional exams during your time on the course in order to maximise your potential for progression within your chosen career path. The cost of sitting professional exams is in addition to your normal course fees.

Sheffield Business School has a diverse mix of cultures which includes students from the UK, Asia, India, Pakistan, Africa, the EU and North and Central America. This multicultural environment provides the opportunity for networking and developing a group of future international business contacts.

A major element of the course is the dissertation. This allows you to focus on a subject that interests you, which is valuable in contributing to career development and helping you build a strong CV to impress potential employers.

Course structure

Full-time – typically 12-16 months.

Starts September 2017 and January 2018.

Typical modules may include

Semester one

  • Methods of Enquiry
  • Finance
  • Banking and Financial Markets
  • Financial Risk Management

Semester two

  • Wealth Management and Investing
  • Financial Regulation and Supervision
  • Advanced Portfolio Management

Semester three

  • Research methods
  • Dissertation


Assessment methods include phase tests, individual assignments and group work tasks 


Possible progression or career routes include • a wide range of opportunities globally within the finance, investment, investment banking, retail financial services, government and regulatory organisations • careers in Fund Management, Stockbroking, Wealth Management and Investment Banking • opportunities in financial analysis and management consultancy • further professional study opportunities with organisations such as the Chartered Insurance Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the Society of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Previous graduates are working for companies such as • Deloitte • J P Morgan • HSBC • Investec • Royal Bank of Scotland • Aviva • Fidelity • Barclays • Scottish Widows • plus banks, national and smaller IFA firms, whilst others have chosen to start their own businesses.

Visit the Wealth Management MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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