The programme has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It’s delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy. The programme consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You’ll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting. Integrated within the course is a research module and a project that provides skills for development in research and creates opportunities for students to explore finance subject areas of their own interest in more depth. This study will enable you to apply analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.
You should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours), or international equivalent with a significant content of quantitative methods. You do not need prior knowledge of finance, but should feel confident dealing with numbers and posses some expertise in mathematics and/or statistics. The course is also open to those from other disciplines in which quantitative methods form a significant part. Exceptionally, non-graduates may also be considered provided they can show evidence of extensive work experience in the field. You need to demonstrate that you have the commitment to benefit from and contribute to the course, as well as the ability to pass the variety of modules which make up the course. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.
This course provides a thorough academic and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to undertake an 8-week internship and learn how to apply the knowledge and theory you have gained in class to real world problems facing the international financial services industry and the corporate financial management community. This practical learning is reinforced through the resources available in our Financial Markets Suite (FMS), a state-of the art virtual trading room environment.
Through this module you will cover a range of data analysis methods and concepts.
This module develops your theoretical understanding of financial derivatives markets. You will price and value financial derivatives from first principles and explore how financial derivative products can be used effectively in risk and investment management applications.
Modern Portfolio Management
Develop your understanding of contemporary portfolio theory and investment management principles in order to actively manage a range of investment funds used by professional institutional investors and the private wealth management industry.
An 8,000-10,000-word dissertation in the area of finance.
Research Methods in Finance and Accounting
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of investment and risk finance.
This module provides you with the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about risk management.
Choose two or three of the following:
Contemporary International Financial Management
You will develop analytical skills and an understanding of the stategic decision making process in global companies that are value based and are pursuing growth objectives.
Financial Markets and Institutions
This module offers detailed coverage and analysis of global financial markets and institutions. Theory delivered in class is underpinned by real-life case examples. Students will gain hands-on training and exposure to the Bloomberg system in the Financial Market Suite.
Fixed Income Analysis and Trading
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional fixed income securities.
Forecasting Markets and Risk Modelling
This module explores advanced ideas and applications of econometrics in forecasting financial markets and risk modelling.
f you take two sub-core modules, you then need to choose one from the following:
Financial Accounting Policy
Financial Information Systems
International Financial Reporting
This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles. Career choices include security and financial analysis, trading and fund management, capital market sales and administration. The skills you will acquire through the teaching and learning experiences combined with a post-graduate qualification in this area of finance will allow you to expand your career in a dynamic and rapidly evolving global industry. Our graduates go on to develop careers in treasury and front office positions in investment banks and securities companies. They occupy management positions as financial analysts, finance and sales administrators or similar jobs in the global financial services sector and the corporate finance world.
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