This progression course is delivered by the Business School, which has AACSB accreditation in recognition of our focus on excellence in all areas. It’s something that fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved, so you can be sure you’re in good hands.
If you have a background in finance or a related discipline and want to pursue a career in financial analysis, financial management or investment, this course will help you develop the exact skills you need. It covers the most recent developments in the financial industry including FinTech, Big Data, derivatives and risk management.
As the finance industry stands on the brink of serious disruption from technological developments such as digital currencies and the widespread use of Big Data, you’ll be perfectly placed to fill the skills gap that so many organisations currently face.
Delivered by a blend of theory and practice, the course offers core units that will develop your quantitative skills and your ability to analyse financial data and understand financial instruments, financial economics and investment management. What’s more, there are also a range of optional units that enable you to tailor your learning towards your intended career path or areas of specific interest.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, or equivalent.
Required subjects: Finance, Accounting, Economics or courses with elements of these subjects.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.
Financial Markets: Gain an understanding of the types of financial markets, their links and roles in modern economies, and the quantitative and qualitative research techniques that apply to this field.
Financial Econometrics: Mathematical, programming and statistical tools used in the real world for analysing and modelling financial data. You´ll use these tools to model asset returns, the stock, bond and exchange rate, and measure risk using different software.
Money & Banking: The functions of money and banking and their importance in the economy. You´ll learn about interest rates and yield curves, monetary policy issues and banking regulation at an international context, along with contemporary issues in money and banking.
Portfolio Construction & Theory: This unit aims to provide you with the necessary theoretical background for the application of portfolio selection and how to apply modern portfolio theory to investment management, coving specific issues such as ethical investment strategies.
Research Project: The research project provides Master’s level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you and is relevant to the course.
Derivatives: Understand the principles and practical aspects of derivatives investment and risk management, focusing on the conceptual and analytical aspects of derivatives.
Big Data in Business & Finance: In this unit, you will develop your knowledge and skills in the evolving areas of Data Modelling and Big Data Analytics as it applies to business and finance, learning to deal with data of high volume, high velocity and high variety.
Fintech: Focusing on the interaction between finance and technology, this unit covers how the economy has been affected by the new digital era, characterised by technologically-enabled innovations in the provision of financial services.
Risk Management: The focus of this unit is on the key principles and theories that underpin investment decisions, such as the main characteristics of portfolios (stocks and bonds) and how to calculate their risk.
Our finance courses are industry focused. We will help you develop a global perspective to finance and business that will serve you well in the increasingly internationalised business world.
The course also provides you with the ability to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.
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