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Finance (MSc)

Course Description


The MSc in Finance enables students to systematically develop their understanding of the key principles in finance alongside practical skills in financial management. The programme is designed for students interested in a wide-range of future careers in finance, including analytical and financial management roles in financial institutions, firms and public organisations, and also lays the foundations for an academic career in finance when followed by a PhD.

The specialist MSc in Finance programme delivers a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of core modern financial theory and quantitative analysis to enable a systematic understanding of a wide-range of modern real world financial applications. Across the programme, students learn to work confidently with both numerical and qualitative economic and financial business data from industry-standard sources such as the Bloomberg Professional Services Platform and Datastream.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/financemsc/

Course Aims

The MSc in Finance is designed to develop the analytical and technical skills associated with financial asset pricing and hedging, portfolio management and corporate finance. The flexible programme structure enables students to focus on particular areas of interest while building upon a rigorous treatment of modern financial theory and quantitative analysis. Together this will enable an understanding of relevant real world financial problems and their efficient solutions.

Successful students will gain:
- A systematic understanding of knowledge in finance.

- A command of analytical techniques, computing and statistical software in the relevant areas of finance.

- Advanced practical skills in using Bloomberg Professional Services Platform and Datastream for the market data extraction and analysis using industry-standard tools.

- Increased confidence in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of financial decision-making problems and their solutions.

- Improved employability through enhanced professional and practical skills.

- Career Destination Information:
The course provides students with career related skills and expertise including experience with professional data platforms such as Bloomberg and Datastream. Typical career destinations may include employment in the investment management industry, as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation, or as a researcher in the area of finance.

Teaching & Assessment

The Course Director who is responsible for running the programme is the main source of support for students. Modules are taught in lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory classes. Practical use is made of standard software and data sources, alongside the Bloomberg Professional Services Platform.

Taught modules are usually assessed by a combination of unseen examination and coursework which may include essays, mini projects and tests. Guidance is provided on the choice of dissertation topics and each student will be assigned a supervisor who will guide the student through to completion.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.

Bloomberg Professional Training and Employability Skills

In addition to the learning activities that are part of the MSc programme curriculum, students also benefit from a range of professional training events and activities to build employability skills.

Throughout their studies at Keele, students are able to use Bloomberg Professional service for their financial market research and also hands-on practice of applying professional analytical tools and functions. Bloomberg Professional is accessible from all terminals in KMS multifunctional IT suite.

Students also gain a practical, hands-on experience of stock market trading and portfolio management by taking part in the Keele MSc student investment competition. During the competition, students make investment decisions and manage their portfolios in real time through Bloomberg professional platform which provides experience that is identical to trading in real life. Participants make investment decisions using real data, news and company reports in a very similar way as an equity analyst in the City or on Wall Street. The competition enables participants to:

- Develop Investment Strategies, which includes trading on these strategies and evaluating their effectiveness throughout the competition.

- Develop Research and Analytical Skills by researching the companies using fundamental data and using technical analysis to conclude the investment ideas. All these tools are available in Bloomberg.

- Keep abreast of the Latest Developments of the Market by engaging with current financial markets and following overall market trends, being mindful of mergers and acquisitions or earning releases of their target companies.

- Build Bloomberg Skills by using Bloomberg professional trading platform throughout the competition and utilizing many Bloomberg functions as part of research.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Finance (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants must hold at least a good Second-Class Honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) or overseas equivalent in finance, economics or other business-related subject areas demonstrating quantitative content, or in an alternative quantitative subject. Students who have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Full-time £7,955; International: Full-time £14,500

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