Our flagship finance Masters is ideal for anyone wishing to study advanced financial theory and to acquire expertise in investment analysis. You will be both supported and challenged with an academically rigorous curriculum to ensure you gain the skills demanded by global organisations.

This Programme is one of a limited number of programmes globally which has been awarded CFA® ‘University Affiliation Programme’ Status. You, therefore, have the opportunity to study for both Level I and II of the CFA® examinations whilst you study, meaning you could work towards a second qualification in addition to your MSc.

To help you prepare for this challenging course, there is a three-week induction specifically for Financial Analysis and Fund Management students beginning in September. This includes an Introduction to several of the subject areas covered in the programme, and particularly accounting.

We will also provide you with a high level of support as you prepare for the CFA® Level I and II examinations in December and June. This support includes:

  • One week of CFA® training during the three-week induction programme
  • At least four CFA® focused weekend training sessions
  • CFA® textbooks
  • Enrolment in the Level I and II exams

All of above are included in the fees for the programme.

Programme structure

This programme is a 12-month full-time programme, studied over three terms, and is University-based throughout this time.

The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, with the third term, and most of the summer spent researching and writing a dissertation.

During the first two terms, we also offer four-weekend sessions delivered by CFA® trainers designed to provide specific help and training for students sitting the CFA® exams.

The programme in its entirety, including the three-week induction course, runs from September to September.

Compulsory modules

Students will be given the option to take either BEFM020 Dissertation or BEFM104 FAFM Applied Project during Term 3

  • BEAM046Financial Modelling Term 1
  • BEAM072Principles of Finance Term 1
  • BEFM011 Financial Statement Analysis Term 1
  • BEFM010 Investment Research Methods 1 Term 1
  • BEFM017 Credit Instruments and Derivatives Term 2
  • BEFM016Equity Valuation Models and Issues Term 2
  • BEFM014Investment Research Methods 2 Term 2
  • BEFM015Portfolio Management and Asset Allocation Term 2
  • BEAM054Alternative Investments Term 2
  • BEFM020Dissertation Term 3 OR
  • BEFM104Applied Dissertation Term 3
  • BEFM901 Finance and Banking Career Management Term 1 - Non-credit bearing careers module

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


After obtaining your MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management you will be able to look at these two main areas for roles and careers you may want to pursue: Investment Banking and Financial Services.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics, Maths, Business or related discipline from a recognised university. Evidence of mathematical/quantitative* ability is essential. The majority of our candidates will be expecting a First or 2:1 degree, however, we do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.

This programme is an intensive 12-month programme and gives students the opportunity to study for the CFA(r) Level I and Level II exams at the same time as the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

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Last updated November 15, 2018
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Sep 2019
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