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Finance - MSc


Course Description

Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance, the finance function of organisations and operations.

The MSc in Finance programme equips you with a solid background in financial principles and practices, and develops skills needed by future business and financial professionals. It provides a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance, the finance function of organisations, and operations and functions of financial institutions and markets. You develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and organisations. This programme also prepares you for research or further study in this field.

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc Finance programme (formerly known as MSc Financial Markets) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. The MSc Financial Markets had already obtained GARP and PRMIA recognition.

In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of teaching our postgraduate students receive.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/22/finance

- Quants Workshop
Kent Business School offers an optional two-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study support for full details.

Course structure

Elements of practical work will be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. The programmes also provide you with the necessary training required for the Bloomberg Certificate.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- develop your existing skills and knowledge and to provide you with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in finance

- provide you with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically

- provide you with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance

- provide you with a knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research

- provide you with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of finance by developing your skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by developing your integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere

- develop your ability to conduct independent self-directed research.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

Therefore, this programme is ideal preparation for a career with investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, specialised financial institutions, trading companies and financial management roles in other industries.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK and globally (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc in Finance programme (formerly known as MSc Financial Markets) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) as PRMIA academic partner at programme level. The MSc Financial Markets had already obtained GARP and PRMIA recognition.

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 - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Tiered Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Scholarships are categorised into three award tiers; Bronze, Silver and Gold and are awarded based on academic merit.Criteria - Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent.
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application (below) for the Tiered Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note: Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £5,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on academic merit

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

Overview - Ten Director's International Scholarships are available and awarded based on academic merit, up to a maximum value of £5,000.Criteria - Applicants must be classed as overseas fee status and hold an international passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application for the Director's International Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

International Students with a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's European Scholarship - 5 Awards

Overview - Five Director's European Scholarships are available, worth 50% of the tuition fee for an MSc programme at Kent Business School.Criteria - Applicants must be resident in the UK or Mainland Europe and hold a European passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions -

You will need to submit your application for the Director's European Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction for MSc programmes

Eligibility

Home/EU Students with a 2:1 of First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Programme Director's Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Our Programme Director scholarships are open for applications and are available for all students applying to study on a master’s programme offered within the School. There will be scholarships available per programme up to the value of £2,000 each. Programme Directors will be looking to grant these awards to students who have an outstanding academic background, can demonstrate their passion for the programme and will contribute greatly to their specialist field.Criteria - Applicants must have made a formal application to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School and be in receipt of an offer for September 2016 entry.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first class degree (or equivalent). Students with a borderline 2:1/First degree will also be considered.Application and Decisions - No scholarship application required. Awards considered on a rolling basis by the Scholarship Awarding Panel. Applicants will be notified at offer stage. Please note:Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.
Whilst there is no official deadline for applications, these scholarships are dependent upon a finite pool of funding and will deplete accordingly. The University reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £2,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

No scholarship application required. Successful applicants to be notified at offer stage.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Early Bird Discount - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Online applications received before 31 March 2016

Application Procedure

Apply before 31 March 2016 and subsequently accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 April 2016 and you will automatically be eligible

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £3,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on financial hardship

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 August 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/bursary.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html



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.Applications from students with a business studies background are also welcome.Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

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