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Investment Analysis - MSc


Course Description

MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project.

Subject guide and module

You will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.

In addition, you will be encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

Core Modules :
-Valuation of Investments (A)
-Valuation of Investments (B)
-Quantitative Methods for Finance
-Trading Techniques
-Security Analysis
-Investment Management
-Business Finance
-International Finance
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed predominantly through examinations complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the valuation project.

Career opportunities

This programme provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career in the financial, insurance and corporate sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Auditor – PricewaterhouseCoopers (Italy)
-Financial Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Investment Manager – Bank of China (China)
-Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst – Ernst&Young (Russia)
-Risk Capital Manager – Kazikorn Bank (Thailand)

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. On successful completion of the programme you are expected to:
-Demonstrate an understanding of valuation techniques used in financial markets
-Understand how to trade financial securities
-Understand strategic decision-making within a financial context
-Be able to employ risk management techniques
-Use financial statements to analyse financial performance
-Understand the international influences of finance

Visit the Investment Analysis - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Mario Stoyneva

2524.jpg The exemptions from professional qualifications were a focal point for selecting my course. The practical orientation of the teaching modules was very essential to me. One of the things that I was looking at when selecting my university was the campus and its location. Aston has a unique position: to be in walk distance from the city center of the second largest city in the UK and at the same time a close campus where you can get from student residences to lecture halls in less than 5 minutes. This meant for me that I will be able focus on my studies without wasting time on commuting. Further, I firmly believe that if I was not in Birmingham, I would not be able to visit so many different places across Britain. And still London is just in about an hour on the train. The amount of funds invested in the renovation of the campus to make it a nice, welcoming and green place for students impressed me too. The opportunity to become part of well consolidated small community and the student halls were very appealing too. Another reason for choosing Aston was that I could not find another university which supports its students in everything: from finance and housing advice to personal tutors and careers planning help. I believe it is not necessary to mention the outstanding performance in different reputable university rankings which as well influenced my choice.


(Scholarship)

Aston Academic Excellence Award - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 - £5,000

Eligibility

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the webiste. The completed form must then be emailed to [email protected] Please note that all forms must be completed in full those received with missing information will not be assessed.Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.
Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/mscscholarships/?utm_source=FindaMasters&utm_medium=WebListing&utm_campaign=ScholAAEA


(Scholarship)

Aston Excellence Scholarships (All MSc Programmes) - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £1,500

Eligibility

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the website. The completed form must then be emailed to [email protected] Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/mscscholarships/?utm_source=FindaMasters&utm_medium=WebListing&utm_campaign=ScholAES



Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) OR Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. In addition to the standard MSc entry requirements, you must demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills, by having studied some finance, economics or other quantitative modules at undergraduate level. 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.

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