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Finance, Investment and Risk - MSc

Course Description

The global financial sector offers numerous career opportunities for high-calibre students with good numerical skills and a thorough grasp of the principles and application of finance.

In addition, the recent developments in the financial sector have highlighted the importance of understanding and managing financial risk for those aiming for a career in the sector.

This flexible qualification opens up your career opportunities in investment banks, financial and management consultancies, auditing firms, risk management departments of financial institutions and government departments.

The programme is well established and attracts a substantial number of applications from over 20 countries each year. The international aspect enables you to gain a deeper and wider learning experience and to benefit from networking opportunities during your studies and after graduation.

The programme provides a sound understanding of the theories that underpin modern techniques in investment and risk management. The application of the theories is demonstrated in our finance lab with the aid of Bloomberg, via case studies and the use of online data bases. Regular training sessions led by experienced Bloomberg trainers help you gain valuable practice in accessing and using market data. The Bloomberg platform also provides an opportunity for virtual trading practice and competitions.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/21/finance-investment-and-risk

About Kent Business School

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

Course structure

The syllabus of the programme is in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) professional qualifications.

For those students planning to take the CFA examinations, revision sessions for Level I and Level II examinations are provided. These sessions are taught by professional tutors with industry experience and are provided free of charge. The programme is currently seeking accreditation from relevant professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Core Technical subjects CT2, CT7 and CT8 are in place.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

MA930 - Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (30 credits)
MA931 - Financial Risk Management (30 credits)
MA932 - Financial Statements Analysis (15 credits)
MA934 - Probability and Statistics for Finance (15 credits)
MA935 - Mathematics of Finance (15 credits)
MA826 - Finance & Financial Reporting (15 credits)
MA835 - Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing Models (15 credits)
MA837 - Mathematics of Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
MA819 - Business Economics (15 credits)
MA936 - Financial Modelling and Analysis (15 credits)
MA937 - Communications in Finance and Investment Writing (15 credits)
MA938 - Fixed Income Analysis (15 credits)
MA939 - Case Studies in Finance (15 credits)
MA980 - Applied Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
MA933 - Contemporary Fund Management (15 credits)


Assessment is by a combination of coursework and written examinations.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide you with the in-depth skills necessary to analyse and find solutions to problems arising in areas of finance, investment and risk

- enable students who successfully complete the programme to follow careers in various areas of finance and investment

- provide you with a fully grounded and integrated knowledge base in areas of corporate finance, investment analysis and risk management

- develop your understanding, knowledge and awareness of the current problems that preoccupy academic researchers, financial institutions, regulatory bodies and governments

- ensure you gain the necessary computing skills essential to the current professional practice.


You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

A postgraduate qualification in the area of finance equips you with an impressive portfolio of skills, specialist knowledge and practical experience to help you succeed in a competitive job market.

Students studying finance have an excellent track record for employment and are consistently targeted by leading organisations. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank, Western Power and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

The programme is currently seeking accreditation from relevant professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Core Technical subjects CT2, CT7 and CT8 are in place.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Finance, Investment and Risk - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a relevant subject such as finance, accounting, economics, mathematics or engineering. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree.

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