About This Masters Degree
This high quality teaching programme blends finance theory with practical applications and research tools. The knowledge and the skills developed enable students to complete a research-led dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of finance. In the summer term, students have the option of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA Level One programme.
The programme is recognised as having equivalence to the CISI Diploma and Aston Business School supports students in gaining full membership of the CISI as part of their studies. The facilities and equipment used on the programme are of the highest standard, giving you access to the most innovative tools available. These include a dedicated Reuters trading room facility, asset market trading simulations and a range of databases.
The specific objectives of this programme are to develop:
An understanding of the main decision making areas in finance and investments
A knowledge of financial market structures and to explore these in a ‘dealing room’ environment
An understanding of the main research tools used in finance and investments
The ability to apply the main mathematical and statistical techniques used in financial decision-making
The ability to critically evaluate contemporary finance
An appreciation of the international dimensions in finance and how to apply appropriate risk management techniques
Completion of the Reuters Certification programme.
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.
Core ModulesValuation of Investments (Term 1)
Valuation of Investments (Term 2)
Quantitative Methods for Finance
Finance:Theory and Practice
Optional Modules (Choose one):
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project
Taught modules are assessed by examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
Personal developmentStudents will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.
Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers in banking and finance. Specialist knowledge areas developed on this programme include:
Understanding of investment valuation and portfolio management, focusing on fixed income securities, pricing of futures and options contracts, performance and risk management
Application of option pricing models and understanding of trading and hedging strategies
Understanding of market microstructures including auction and dealer trading systems and the influence of liquidity, inventory and adverse selection on trading costs
Understanding of key mathematical and statistical techniques underpinning finance and investment models including use of sampling and estimation theory, multiple regression analysis and approximation techniques
Application of econometric techniques (including time series methods, smoothing techniques, principal components techniques) to modelling financial markets
Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
Analytical skills developed through research dissertation
Course directorDr Antonios Kassanis BA, MSc, PhD
Antonios joined Aston Business School in September 2012, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham for a number of years. His teaching experience within the Finance curriculum includes courses in International Finance, Foreign Exchange Markets, International Investments and Econometrics with Financial Applications. His research interests currently lie in the fields of Financial Economics and International Finance.Many of the academics teaching on the programme have previously worked in the finance industry, for example, in hedge funds, in portfolio management, at The Bank of England or undertaking financial consultancy.
Career OpportunitiesThis specialised programme is designed to prepare you for a career in a wide range of banking, finance and insurance organisations.
Potential employers include investment and retail banks, specialist finance houses, investment management companies, business services consultancies, insurance/ reinsurance companies, pension funds, regulatory bodies and specialist actuarial and underwriting practices.
For information on sector opportunities see the Banking, Investment and Insurance overview on the Prospects website.
Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:
Investment Banker – Bualuang Securities PCL
Management Trainee - Bank of China (Beijing)
Asset Manager - Dexia Asset Management
Stock broker - Capital Group
Risk Analyst - N.Power
Analyst - Euromax Capital Global Finance (UK)
Junior Financial Analyst – IATCO (Saudi Arabia)
Accountant - KPMG (Paris)
Auditor - Deloitte (Paris)
Financial Economist - The French Treasury
Risk Analyst - Barclaycard.
This programme is also appropriate for those intending to pursue a PhD in a finance or related area.
MSc Finance & Investments
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One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.
UK/EU: £11,650 (2015 fee) International: £17,000 (2015 fee)