MSc in Finance and Investment

General

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Programme Description

The programme focuses on the key elements of corporate finance, investment management and applied quantitative finance. The aim is to produce specialists who have a strong financial perspective on corporate activity, pension fund behaviour, the economy and international financial markets.

The Master’s Finance and Investment places an emphasis on specialist areas within finance including undertaking financial investments, financial modelling, mathematical finance and financial management roles within mainstream financial firms. There will be a particular focus on providing students with the conceptual understanding, knowledge and technical skills that are required to implement advanced financial models in a practical way.

The Master’s programme in Finance and Investment is built on a foundation of general Finance and Financial Management, Econometrics and Investment modules.

The Master’s in Finance and Investment is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in finance and investment subjects to enhance their operational effectiveness in this particular area, or to serve as preparation for further study or an academic career.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.

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Rankings

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Entry requirements

Candidates for the MSc in Finance and Investment will normally have a first degree or its equivalent in accounting and finance, economics, management (with a significant component of economics and/or accounting and finance) or a quantitative science such as mathematics, physics or engineering from an approved higher education institution.

The usual entry requirement is: a UK 2:2 degree or its equivalent in any discipline from an approved higher education institution. Equivalent professional qualifications will also be eligible if supported with appropriate practical experience.

Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.

English language requirements

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
  • PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

The MSc in Finance and Investment focuses on the key elements of corporate finance, investment management and applied quantitative finance. The aim is to produce specialists who have a strong financial perspective on corporate activity, pension fund behaviour, the economy and international financial markets.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

Modules

Core

  • Business Economics (AFE7504-A)
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance (AFE7501-B)
  • Asset Pricing and Financial Markets (AFE7503-B)
  • **Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (AFE7505-B)
  • Derivatives Pricing and Valuation (AFE7507-B)
  • **International Finance (AFE7508-A)
  • Dissertation (MAL7502-E)

Option

  • **Corporate Financial Management (AFE7509-A)
  • Accounting and Finance (AFE7511-A)
  • Financial Technology and Blockchain (AFE7510-A)
  • Operations Management (OIM7503-A)
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (HRM7503-A)
  • Marketing Metrics (MAR7503-B)
  • International Marketing (MAR7504-A)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (SIB7505-A)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EAE7501-A)
  • *Financial Risk Management in European Banking (AFE7512-A)
  • International Master's Summer School (SIB7506-A)

* As part of the School’s exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students, if they wish to, have the opportunity to study one module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year. Travel and maintenance costs are additional for students. The School usually contributes to the overall budget but the level of contribution can vary.
** These modules contribute towards exemptions from the professional qualification of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Learning and assessment

The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of written examinations, assessed coursework, and applied coursework requiring the use of specialist computer software used on this programme as well as case studies, group projects and multimedia presentations.

Assessment is integrated with learning and teaching to support and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for individual modules and the programme as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the feedback function of formative assessment as part of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy as a whole.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home/EU: £11,050
  • International: £16,840

Scholarships

Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career booster

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB)offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme routinely secure jobs in top firms in the City of London and internationally.

Recent examples include:

  • Price Waterhouse Coopers, Frankfurt
  • Standard Chartered Bank, UK and Pakistan
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Alpha Bank
  • Capita Consulting
  • Guarantee Trust Bank, Nigeria
  • Asia Commercial Bank, Vietnam
  • KPDP Consulting, France

The mix of technical, presentational, analytical and research skills that are developed by this programme are highly attractive to specialist firms, and our students are highly sought after by leading international firms.

Study abroad

As part of our exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students have the opportunity to study a module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year.

This is a very popular option, allowing participants to broaden their knowledge and experience a different business culture.

Study tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Study support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students, adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Research

The teaching philosophy in this MSc is research-led. Our academics incorporate cutting edge research results and enable students to gain knowledge of and skills in subject-specific techniques. At the same time there is a strong emphasis on application to the business context, and facilitating responsible financial decision making.

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