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MSc Finance


Course Description

From derivatives and investments to mergers and acquisitions and global markets, this course covers the essential information you need to pursue a range of exciting finance careers at an international level. Investing in our MSc Finance can be the start of a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers.

Investing in our MSc Finance can be the start of a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers. A dissertation, focusing on empirical research, allows you to explore a research area of interest in detail, supported throughout by our high-calibre staff.

Recent graduates have accepted positions in the City, with the ‘Big 4’ global financial services firms, major world banks and financial institutions.

Course recognition
The course meets ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for a PhD. It also holds the award of partnership status from the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Apple Inc, Bangkok Bank plc, Bloomberg, Central Bank of Chile, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Statoil ASA

Course structure
(All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
– Cross-Sectional Econometrics
– Asset Pricing

Two elective units from:
– Derivative Securities
– International Finance
– International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets
– Portfolio Investment

Semester 2
– Corporate Finance
– Time Series Econometrics

Two elective units from:
– Current Issues in Empirical Finance
– Financial Statement Analysis
– Managerial Economics
– Mergers and Acquisitions: Economic and Financial Aspects
– Qualitative Research Methods
– Real Options in Corporate Finance

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or statistical research.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics:
– Financial reporting regulation
– The role of institutional investors in corporate governance
– Managerial compensation and corporate governance
– Momentum investing
– Capital structure and cash holding decisions
– Dual-class firms and corporate takeover
– Debt IPOs, adviser switching, contracting, governance, performance and venture capital backing
– Can exchange rates forecast macroeconomic fundamentals?
– Over-allocation and stabilisation of initial public offerings (IPOs)

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a masters course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

Visit the MSc Finance page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, with excellent results in finance subjects. TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. There is a non-refundable application fee of £60. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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