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MSc Investment and Finance

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Overview

The MSc in Investment and Finance is a specialist degree that provides practical and theoretical training in areas of major financial interest, in particular investment management and corporate finance. This masters degree is designed for those who wish to enter a career in finance or related areas including financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, public sector institutions and International organisations, in positions such as investment analyst, financial analyst, trader and portfolio manager.This MSc was ranked in the global top 40 in the Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2015, Pre-experience programmes.

Unique features of the MSc in Investment and Finance are:

As with all of our masters degrees, MSc Investment and Finance offers:

  • Invaluable contributions from respected City practitioners and industry experts who also teach students, bringing practical insights in to the classroom by applying the theory to real world scenarios.
  • A fully integrated careers programme, a dedicated careers consultant, and extensive industry links that aim to maximise your employment prospects.
  • An unparalleled set of optional short courses designed to equip you with further practical training and key technical skills that are highly valued in the Financial Sector.
  • High rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • State-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual trading floor which provides exclusive access to the latest technology and financial software used in the banking and finance industry, and access to specialised financial and economic databases and software used by economists in finance or in government for data analysis and simulation.  
  • The opportunity to join QUMMIF – one of three Investment Clubs of its kind in the UK. QUMMIF was founded by MSc Investment and Finance students and allows students to trade real money (currently £30,000) in order to obtain relevant, practical work experience in trading and portfolio analysis

Structure

The MSc in Investment and Finance is currently available for one-year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. For students who choose to study part-time, classes are scheduled in the evenings where possible to accommodate work commitments.

Pre-sessional modules

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Semester ASemester BPost-Semester B
Business FinanceFinancial Derivatives 5,000 word dissertation
Investment ManagementElective 
Commercial and Investment BankingElective 
Quantitative Techniques or Econometrics for FinanceElective 
EviewsData Analysis 
 

Electives

  • Empirical Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Asset Management
  • Risk Management for Banking
  • Principals of Accounting
  • Applied Risk Management
  • International Finance
  • Applied Futures and Options
  • Banking Regulations
  • Cases in Business Finance
  • Topics in Applied Finance
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics
  • Bond Market Strategies
  • Alternative Investments
  • Valuation and Private Equity
  • Topics in Actuarial Finance and Insurance
  • Applied Wealth Management
  • Credit Rating
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Islamic Finance in Practice
  • Strategic Asset Allocation
  • Portfolio Construction Theory

More information about the elective modules can be found here.

In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme, the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students. These modules are often taught by City practitioners, who provide an insider’s view on topics of interest to the financial community.

Entry requirements

At least a good second class honours degree (high 2.2) or overseas equivalent in a subject with some quantitative elements.

Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least one mathematics or statistics based module) including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Business & Management. One economics or finance module is also required.

Weight will be given to prior relevant work experience

For our English Language requirements please click here.

Note that all aspects of your application will be taken into consideration and so attaining the criteria above does not guarantee admission.

Fees and contact

Full-time

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £16,500 for home and EU students and £19,950 for international students.

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £8,250 for home and EU students and £9,975 for international students.

We can offer a large number of generous scholarships against tuition fees for academically outstanding students.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme (PGL)

A new system of postgraduate loans (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016-17 academic year for home and EU students. You must be aged under 60 on 1st August of the year in which you start the course.

Find out more

Contact

If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email sef-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email Sarah Riley (s.riley@qmul.ac.uk). Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848

For informal academic enquiries, please contact:

Alfonsina Iona
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8422
Email: a.iona@qmul.ac.uk

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