Our MSc is recognised as one of the leading postgraduate qualifications for a successful career in the financial, banking and insurance sectors. This full-time programme provides rigorous training in finance and investment to develop a mix of applied skills essential for a wide range of roles in both financial and non-financial organisations.
We aim to produce responsible specialists who have a strong financial and investment perspective in areas such as corporate finance, asset pricing, portfolio management, financial derivatives analysis, macroeconomic policy and international financial markets.
Our academic excellence in this field ensures high quality teaching, which is supported by internationally recognised research delivered by our dedicated research centre, the Bradford Centre for International Business and Finance (BCIBF). We successfully balance financial theory and thought leadership with practical application to produce financial experts who can make a difference in the real world of business, finance and investment.
The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide. Bloomberg enables students to gain exposure to 'real life' financial data and get a feel for the context within which 'real' investment decisions are made in industry.
We regularly invite external experts from academia and industry as speakers in order to further enhance the relevance of classroom discussion and study, and provide a meaningful context to ongoing topical events of interest.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools In Britain and home to over 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.
At our Bradford campus and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.
Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master's qualification from a leading UK university.
University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016.
-Foundations of Finance
-Financial Markets and Institutions
-Quantitative Methods in Finance
-Fixed Income Securities and Credit Risk
-Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management
-Corporate Financial Management
Option modules - choose two from the following options:
-Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
-Financial Risk Management in European Banking*
-Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
*As part of the School's exchange agreement with the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Toulouse, students are offered the opportunity to study this module in Toulouse each year.
Learning activities and assessment
This full-time 12 month programme will help you to develop technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that will be highly relevant to your career in finance, banking or investment & asset management.
You'll study 10 compulsory modules to provide a firm foundation of core skills; in finance, accounting & investment management. You have the opportunity to select two elective modules of your choice to help you specialise in an area of personal interest.
We place particular emphasis on computer-based methods of learning finance. As a Master's in Finance student at Bradford, you learn to apply to real market data the financial-software packages used most widely in practice.
You will also have the opportunity to use interactive trading simulated software packages (i.e. Market-Class simulator package) to enhance your understanding of investment analysis and portfolio management.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:
-Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
Our Master's in Finance graduates are in an excellent position to compete for jobs across a wide range of financial disciplines, including corporate finance, investment banking, portfolio management, financial consultancy, fixed income and derivatives trading, risk management and financial research.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide.
The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment. Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.
Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.