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Investment and Financial Risk Management MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Investment and Financial Risk Management MSc

Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. This rigorous and intensive masters course is designed to produce high-calibre, analytical graduates with practical skills who are ready to slot in to a specialised role. As a graduate, you will be ready to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

An extremely practical programme using real examples, the latest research and theories, and live data.

Kingston Business School is one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.

Get additional qualifications while you study: you can apply for Bloomberg certification. You can also prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, since you will cover so many aspects of it in your coursework.

Programme developed with advice from finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank.

Lectures by sector experts, as well as Kingston Business School's own teaching staff, who have been awarded an 'excellent' rating for the quality of their teaching.

Suitable for students who have not studied economics, finance or accountancy at bachelors level, as well as those with previous qualifications and experience.

Meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures, who add international insight to class discussions and working groups, giving you a global alumni network.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

When you arrive, we will introduce you to the Business School and its expectations and ethos, alongside a personal development programme, then you will start work on individual modules. Each module is designed to develop the skills valued by employers, such as presentation, team work, problem solving and communication skills.

We teach an extremely practical programme using real-life examples, live data and the latest research and theories. Students get the opportunity to create and manage investment portfolios and present the results, learn to use a Bloomberg trading room and industry standard databases, and undertake a research project.

You will examine the key issues in investment banking and trading. You will also learn to apply various different techniques in practice. We will show you how to analyse and explore a number of different topics using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods.


You will be assessed through assignments, case studies, formal examination and a dissertation. Our assessment methods mirror real-life practices - for example, students are asked to construct and manage investment portfolios and present the results.

Course structure

This programme is delivered on a full-time basis over one year. The taught modules for this course are delivered in two 15-week semesters, with the third semester given over to the research project.

This course requires you to accumulate 180 credits. There are seven taught modules worth either 15 or 30 credits each, plus a research project (including a dissertation) worth 30 credits.

Please note that this programme is subject to confirmation, and might change.

September to December
You will be taken through an induction and personal development programme, followed by five core modules.

Bank Financial Risk Management (15 credits)
Risk Financing (15 credits)
Financial Modelling and Research Methods (30 credits)
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis (30 credits)
Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking (30 credits)

January to May
You will continue to study the 30 credit modules and add two new 15 credit modules.

Financial Modelling and Research Methods (30 credits)
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis (30 credits)
Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking (30 credits)
Fixed Income Analysis (15 credits)
Financial Engineering (15 credits)

June to September
You will work on your research project (30 credits).

Available modules

Bank Financial Risk Management
Risk Financing
Financial Modelling and Research Methods
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking
Fixed Income Analysis
Financial Engineering
Research Project

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Investment and Financial Risk Management MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jiten Ashar

"Being a commerce and economics graduate, having reached the final stage of the Chartered Accountancy exams and an auditing career with a "Big Four", the MSc Investment and Financial Risk Management course provided me with the opportunity to explore and understand the other side of the spectrum with both academic and practice-oriented knowledge of banking and the investment market, thus giving my career profile a new direction."


Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from anyone with a good honours (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. If you do not have an honours degree, you will need to show us evidence that you know enough about the relevant subjects to understand the course materials - for example, a professional qualification, training or work experience in a relevant field (contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team to find out more). If you don't meet these entry requirements, our pre-masters programme can prepare you for the course.

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