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Investment Management (MSc)

Course Description

Course Description

Investment management, also known as asset management or fund management, is about managing money by investing it in a variety of asset classes including equities and bonds.

The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of investment and finance, and equip you to assess and apply a wide range of investment techniques.

This one-year full-time course is designed for:
- Recent graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in investment management before seeking their first professional role
- Professionals who already have work experience in the investment industry and are looking to take their career to the next level
- Business-like people who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business and finance
- Ambitious individuals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component
TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Course overview

This course is made up of three components, ten core modules, four elective modules from a choice of eight, and a final thesis.

Core Modules

This course is made up of three components, ten core modules, four elective modules from a choice of eight, and a final thesis. Core modules included, such as Investment and Portfolio Management and Derivatives and Financial Risk Management, focus on developing a strong understanding of theory and its application in practice. Specialist electives include subjects such as International Investments and Emerging Markets, and Technical Analysis and Trading Systems.

- Corporate Finance
- Statistical Analysis for Finance
- Accounting
- Organisational Behaviour and Personal Development
- Economics for Financial Markets
- Valuation and Financial Modelling
- Financial Markets Regulation and Ethics
- Research Methods in Finance
- Investment and Portfolio Management
- Derivatives and Financial Risk Management

- Applied Financial Econometrics
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Investment Banking
- Fund Management
- Fixed Interest Securities
- Technical Analysis and Trading Systems
- International Investment and Emerging Markets

Individual Project

You will also undertake an individual research project that will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to a specific financial issue in your chosen organisation. Through this practical exercise, you can create real value for your partner organisation, whilst at the same time enhancing your own learning and development.


Your progress throughout the course will be assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations, examinations and individual and group projects. This reinforces the emphasis we place on the application of learning and encourages you to find your own solutions to business issues.

Career opportunities

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Services available to students include: interview skills workshops; career planning workshops; CV and cover letter workshops; searchable online CV service; job matching service; networking opportunities; on-campus company presentations; careers fair; sector events; individual career consultations.

The programme will prepare you for roles in the investment industry such as portfolio manager, hedge-fund specialist, investment specialist, trader, fund manager, risk manager, security analyst, broker or corporate treasurer.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Investment-Management

Visit the Investment Management (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marco Marioni

I chose Cranfield because if its high rankings.
Life on campus is like a little universe of it own. The academics that taught me and the career service are fantastic. The Cranfield alumni network is very powerful and I am pleased to be part of it.
I did a consultancy project whilst studying with an external client which was great experience.

Marco Marioni, Danone Ltd (London), MSc Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time

(Student Profile)

Allison Alassan

I chose Cranfield for its great reputation which has been formed by the many industry leaders who have studied or worked there. I believe that the knowledge I have acquired will be an invaluable asset to any organisation and be beneficial to my career.
The environment is next-to-none for studying and the lecturers are very experienced. For our group project we worked with a marketing consultancy in London on one of their real-life business problems. Connecting with business in this way brings learning to life.

Allison Alassan, Nigeria (MSc, Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time)

(Student Profile)

Miss Yue Zhu

I studied full-time at Cranfield, which I chose because of its good reputation in the field of logistics and supply chain management.
I found its close relationships with industry gave me opportunity to work on real things which bring true value for my future career. The research environment is focused and mature.

Some of my experiences when I was at Cranfield were tough but introduced me to new items like popular topics in industry. I found the time constraints for assignments and projects brought challenges but helped me to improve my own processes to deal with tough times.
I learned how to solve complicated problems in a much more effective way. So, all in all, my course has helped me to be more positive when facing difficulties by teaching me how to get over them.

At the beginning of the year we did group assignments. Then, for my thesis project, I worked alone. My thesis project was sponsored by British American Tobacco (BAT) and focused on a procurement-related topic. The company was very supportive - both regarding my project and my career development. My professor at Cranfield also guided me with clear structure and direction. With their help, I reached outcomes I didn't expect I would be capable of when I first arrived.

Miss Yue Zhu, Business Navigator, Carlsberg Supply Company, UK

(MSc, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2014, full-time)


Entry Requirements

Either: a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours Degree (or equivalent Bachelors Degree); OR a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) and have 5 years' relevant work experience

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