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  • Objectives
    around the three main classes of capital investment activity: equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets. The Capital Market Analysis module examines the institutional and decision-making framework of equity investment from the perspective of the fund manager and the corporate financial manager. A similar perspective is adopted in the parallel modules dealing with fixed interest and derivative markets. These modules introduce all the main techniques used by the modern investment professional. With these practical applications in mind, theoretical models including the use of Datastream and associated software, mathematical techniques and spreadsheet models are integrated as appropriate. A wide range of options related to the core subjects are available, facilitating specialisation in specific areas such as taxation, corporate restructuring, risk management, or International Finance. Many modules provide you with grounding in the research skills required for a specialist dissertation in a chosen area of finance and investment. Applicants for this MA must have previously completed some undergraduate modules in Accounting and Finance.
  • Academic Title
    MA Finance and Investment
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The Business School is a leading UK centre for management education, and is ranked seventh in the UK in the 2007 Times Good University Guide.
    -We regularly review and update our MA programmes to ensure that their content is relevant to the changing global business environment

    Course Content

    This course has core elements based around the three main classes of capital investment activity: equity markets, fixed interest markets, and derivative markets.

    You will study the following core modules in order to develop your knowledge and skills relating to Finance and Investment:

    -Corporate Financial Strategy
    -Derivative Investment
    -Financial Reporting
    -Research Methods

    In addition, you will be able to choose from a broad range of elective modules:

    At least two from:

    -Capital Market Analysis
    -Derivative Investment
    -Fixed Interest Investment

    At least one from:

    -Corporate Risk
    -Financial Econometrics
    -Industrial Economics
    -International Finance
    -Legal and Social Issues in Insurance
    -Management Information Systems
    -Quantitative Risk
    -Social and Environmental Accountability
    -Taxation
    -Theory of Risk and Insurance
    -Venture Capital and Corporate Restructuring

    Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake a 60-credit supervised 20,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice relating to Finance and Investment.

    Course Structure

    The MA in Finance and Investment is taught on a full-time basis over one year.

    During this time, you must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MA. 120 credits come from modules taught and examined during two 15-week semesters.

    Each taught module typically consists of ten 2 or 3 hour sessions. Assessment is a combination of individual essay or group project and written examination.

    The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to an independent dissertation, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September

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