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MSc in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis

Course Description

This course is for you if you wish to enter a profession in financial markets specialising either in risk or investment analysis. Employment in both these sectors is buoyant. The highly selective entry on this course ensures that students are able to meet the demands of the challenging curriculum, which prepares students for careers in financial risk management and investment analysis.

The course is in the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Partnership for Risk Education. It has a unique focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience. At Sussex, you enjoy a close academic (as well as physical) proximity to the City of London, the European centre for employment in financial markets.

On this accelerated-learning course all taughtmodule assessment takes place during the autumn and spring terms. Two projects are assessed during the first half of the summer term, after which you may be tutored for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 qualification. You can register for the CFA exam 12 months after commencing the MSc and take the CFA exam four months later.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Advanced Quantitative Finance • Equity Investments and Foreign Exchange • Essential Quantitative Finance • Institutions in the Global Financial Market • Interest-Rate Sensitive Instruments.

Spring term: you take Commodities and Alternative Investments • Market and Credit Risk Analysis • Portfolio Management • Swaps, Futures and Options. You also choose one from Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility • Corporate Governance • Investment Risk Project.

Summer term (first half): you work on Risk Management Project • Portfolio Management Project.


All autumn- and spring-term modules are assessed by a combination of a mid-term test or coursework (which typically counts for 20 to 30 per cent of the final grade) and a formal examination, taking place after teaching has finished. The two summer-term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the MSc in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in a quantitative subject. Applicants with a degree in mathematics, physics or engineering are ideally suited to this course. Applicants with finance- or economics related degrees will also be considered, provided the degree contains several modules with a high quantitative modelling content, which have been passed with high marks. Applicants should also have a basic level of competence using Excel. In the induction week, students will be asked to take tests for competency in both mathematics (to GMAT level) and Excel. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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