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MSc Finance & Investment

Course Description

The course specialises in security/portfolio investment and is structured around the syllabus of the Institute of Investment Management Research. The emphasis is on issues related to investment in capital markets such as investment strategies, the evaluation of investment performance, the activity of institutional investors and the use of financial statement information in evaluating company performance.

The course allows students whose career choices lie within financial institutions or in financial management to develop the relevant analytical tools and techniques necessary for such a career. The course should also be of interest to applicants who are already practitioners in the financial field.

Course Content
All our MSc programmes operate on the academic year basis, commencing in September and ending in the following September. Each degree includes both core and optional taught modules, which are assessed by a combination of coursework and final examination. The taught units are followed by a dissertation if the appropriate standard is reached in the taught component. Students can opt to take only the taught units and graduate with a postgraduate diploma, or may initially register for the diploma, and if they do well in the taught units, may to proceed to the dissertation for the MSc.

Compulsory Modules:
All students take a one-week introductory course in mathematics and statistics
Modelling Financial Decisions and Markets
Advanced Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
Security Investment Analysis

Optional Modules :
Financial Engineering
Money and Banking
Financial Accounting
Development Finance

Dissertation: Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
Modelling and forecasting risk using value-at-risk; evidence from 12 EU stock market indices
How to deal with the pensions crisis in China
The term structure of interest rate

Here's what some of our past students have to say:

Joseph: “Brunel’s graduates have amongst the highest graduate starting salaries in the UK.”
Huong: “Something I love here at Brunel is the international environment, which enriches
my understanding of different cultures.”
Jigar: “I found the tutors very friendly and they were ready to explain everything from
Vidar: “Academic staff at Brunel are of a high standard and the University has first class
facilities to offer its students.”
Enid: “The programme has equipped me to make a meaningful contribution to he
development process in my country as a government analyst, particularly with
regard to financial regulations, practices and institutions.”

Visit the MSc Finance & Investment page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2013 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Whilst Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG fees for Brunel alumni we intend to further incentivise Brunel students to take up postgraduate education by increasing the discount to 15%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fee


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure


Further Information



The Brunel International Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship is an annual award scheme designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. Partial scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course at Brunel. Please refer to the International Scholarship web pages for more details.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% of tuition fees


Academic excellence.

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2.1 degree in Economics; Finance; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics; Engineering; or an equivalent qualification from overseas. All applicants would be required to have a minimum background in mathematics or statistics and economics or finance. However a strong background in mathematics or statistics could be a substitute for the required background in economics and finance.

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