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MSc Finance and Risk Management

Course Description


Corporate Financial Management
Capital Markets and Decisions Under Risk
Corporate Responsibility
Financial Risk Management
Managing Credit Risk
Global Financial Crises
Research Methods
Research Dissertation.
Corporate Financial Management
This module gives you a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques that underpin corporate finance - and the rest of the course builds on what you learn here. You will focus on advanced issues in finance, including money market securities, bond markets and the yield curve, share markets, foreign exchange, derivatives, portfolio theory, and efficient markets.

Capital Markets and Decisions Under Risk
In this module, you will develop your financial decision-making skills under conditions of risk and uncertainty, in the context of capital markets trading. With the aid of a simulator, you will have access to real-time price and volume data, and develop experimental trading systems that account for pertinent risk factors. You will then test your trading plans using real-time data and hypothetical scenario building, gaining confidence in applying methodical approaches to financial decisions under conditions of risk and incomplete information. You will also gain knowledge of the structure and operation of capital markets.

Corporate Responsibility
Here you will develop an understanding of the nature of business ethics, corporate governance and social responsibility. This module looks at how organisations achieve effective corporate performance by managing values and beliefs, and helps you formulate and apply norms and codes of ethical behaviour to operations and conduct.

Financial Risk Management
This module covers relevant themes in probability theory and the value-at-risk framework for assessing and managing market risk. It covers topics such as value-at-risk modelling, application equity and Forex markets, and derivatives. You will also learn how to build computer models, to model for risk.

Managing Credit Risk
In this module, you will gain a strategic overview of credit risk management as it relates to financial and non-financial firms, and its relevance to the wider economy. You will understand the framework for the analysis of credit risk, and learn credit risk modelling techniques.

Global Financial Crises
The incidence of financial crises that trigger economic seismic waves, both nationally and with international consequences, is more frequent than people think. These extreme risk events tend to break down the normal assumptions of operational risk models. They can be subtle, developing over time, and their cause may be intertwined with other factors - but their impact is almost always momentous. This module studies the characteristics of significant financial crises, including the banking crisis of 2008, to document the 'anatomy' of such events. You will also look at the writings of respected thinkers in this field.

Research Methods
This module gives you comprehensive training on conducting research at postgraduate level, in preparation for your Research Dissertation.

Research Dissertation
Your dissertation is your opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject area by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. You will have the chance to present your research to representatives from academia, industry and government at the University's annual colloquium. If your dissertation is rated 'excellent', it will be published in the library, and you will be able to publish a journal paper based on your research.

Visit the MSc Finance and Risk Management page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and demonstrate quantitative skills proficiency at least up to A Level Mathematics (or equivalent). Relevant work experience is also considered.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

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