M.Sc. Finance & Investment Management

University of Aberdeen

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,696 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,056 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 6 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Careers in finance increasingly depend upon a firm understanding of the foundations of investment behaviour and of the implications of complex developments in the structure of the global financial environment. In drawing from internationally recognised expertise in the fields of Finance, Accountancy and Economics, students develop an awareness of what drives investment behaviour, therefore prices and returns, in the contemporary world of finance. The programme provides students with the skills to identify appropriate tools for the analysis of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund management and financial regulation.

For further information, please contact:

Nicki Duncan
Co-ordinator Graduate Programmes

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273235

Email: gbs@abdn.ac.uk



The programme is based on core modules and a dissertation.
INTRODUCTORY ECONOMETRICS FOR FINANCE - An introduction to financial econometrics where the focus is on the intuitive grasp of theoretical concepts and issues and the basic skills required to estimate and interpret economic models. The development of basic quantitative tools of analyses and issues surrounding their use offer appropriate skills to statistically analyse financial data and interpret econometric results. The course offers an appreciation of: the purpose of financial econometrics; the assumptions, properties and issues surrounding the classical linear regression model; the formulation and evaluation of testable statistical hypothesis using the linear regression model and econometric software; and the interpretation of regression results.
MACROECONOMICS FOR FINANCE - An introduction to techniques of macroeconomic modelling and the use of quantitative and modelling techniques found in the academic and professional open-economy macroeconomics and finance literature in order to provide the economic context in which financial markets and institutions operate. Students will engage in abstracting, designing and modelling open economy macroeconomic systems, and will apply mathematical and quantitative skills, analytical and modelling methods and computing techniques to a variety of possible policy-making scenarios.
ACCOUNTING - An introduction to Accounting, which enables students to develop technical skills and an understanding of financial statement analysis. Students are also introduced to the relationship between the theory and practice of accounting and contemporary issues in financial accounting. The course offers an appreciation of: the use and control of financial and accounting information; the basic assumptions and conventions applied to financial accounting; the analysis of business transactions and preparation of financial statements; technical accounting skills; financial statement analysis; financial performance and company valuation; issues in accounting practice, governance and standards.
ISSUES IN CORPORATE FINANCE - This course provides the opportunity to develop appropriate analytical skills in order to understand corporate finance theory and the implications of corporate financing decisions. The course offers knowledge and understanding of: the theoretical underpinnings of corporate finance theory; corporate financing problems; financing choices and their interaction with financial markets; and develops communication, problem-solving and time management skills through the study and practice of corporate finance.
EMPIRICAL METHODS IN FINANCE - Building on material given in the introductory econometrics course in Semester 1, this course develops the opportunity to acquire specialised quantitative skills, understand which technical models are relevant in particular theoretical settings, and gain an understanding of these financial econometric models. The course offers knowledge and understanding of: empirical methods used by financial academics and professionals in the analysis of financial asset prices; the concepts underpinning these empirical methods; and the development of practical skills surrounding the empirical analysis of financial data.
PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT - The course develops risk analysis from the level attained in Semester 1, by providing the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the predictions of modern finance theory and how to evaluate and use financial information. It offers discussions of: the concepts underpinning modern portfolio theory; the principles of bond and stock analysis and management; the inclusion of real estate in portfolios; and the management of risk by the use of some of the more common derivative products.
SECURITIES INVESTMENT REGULATIONS AND PRACTICE - Provides students with the opportunity to understand forces governing financial behaviour in contemporary securities with the focus on the impact of financial regulation and providing the techniques and analytical tools for the analysis of financial statements. The course offers an appreciation of: the role of the financial system; the factors which motivate the control the activities of financial players and markets; the frameworks of accounting and securities and investment law; financial products, markets and regulatory institutions in investment management; legal, economic and financial implications of control of the securities business.
DISSERTATION - Candidates write on a topic suggested by staff and drawn from areas studied in the programme.


The minimum requirement is a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline. The Director of Graduate Programmes will consider applicants with non-standard qualifications, particularly those with considerable practitioner experience. Evidence of English language proficiency is also required.
The following qualifications are acceptable as providing evidence of proficiency for Graduate programmes in Business. Tests should be taken within two years of applying to the University of Aberdeen for entry:
Either IELTS or TOEFL qualifications are acceptable. IELTS Band 7.0 or above and 6 in the writing component. TOEFL 600 or above and 5.0 in the TWE. TOEFL ibt score must be 100, plus 20- 24 in the TWE.
Applicants who do not meet the above standard, may be offered entry on the condition that they undertake the 13 month programme including a four week Business Skills & Communication Course run by the Language Centre at the University of Aberdeen.
Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit (approximately 10% of the total programme fee) to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration. See for further details.

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