Most business schools offer an MSc in Finance. Few offer an MSc with such a strong investment component. A powerful blend of academic rigour and vocational insight, the MSc in Finance and Investment will add considerably to the knowledge of those looking to further their career in this vital sector.
The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers from the key financial institutions, fund management houses and a range of analysts. Students are able to interact with leading figures from many major companies; this is particularly evident in the dissertation, which offers an invaluable opportunity to collaborate on a topic that has real, of-the-minute industry relevance.
The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective of investment markets and asset classes, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions in investment analysis, portfolio management, financial statement analysis and evaluation, corporate finance, product development, client servicing and risk management.
The School is recognised a partner institution by the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute. Equally the School is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of postgraduate education in finance and investment by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). See also the CISI web site at
Learning will primarily be through reading, class discussions, solving problems in tutorials and attending the lectures. The group-work assignments are practical projects which require teamwork. The assignments simulate the approach in investment banking where teamwork and individual skill sets need to be directed and managed to achieve deadlines.
An honours degree with an 'excellent' or 'very good' classification from a good university in which the subjects studied include finance, accounting or economics. Applicants with an honours degree in a non-related subject will also be considered, but they will need to demonstrate a very high standard of ability and motivation for the programme.
Relevant work experience will be an advantage, especially for applicants with a degree in a non-related subject.
For students from non-English-speaking countries there will be an English-language requirement. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 or above on the non-computerised TOEFL test (250+ computer based or 100+ in the internet based TOEFL test) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 or above is required, or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). For full details, visit the School's website.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.IELTS minimum score
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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