Master Investment and Quantitative Finance

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  • Objectives
    The course has a strong disciplinary base in quantitative finance that will enable students to apply sophisticated analytical financial techniques to more specialist areas of investment banking and finance. Students will also draw on other cognate disciplines, and so be in a position to work with specialists in other areas and to present findings and analysis to non-specialists.
  • Entry requirements
    The course is open to individuals with no prior knowledge of finance, but with some prior expertise in mathematics and statistics. It is also open to students from other disciplines where quantitative methods represent a significant part of their education. Candidates should normally have a Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent with a significant content of quantitative methods. Alternatively candidates without the above qualifications may also be considered provided they can show evidence of extensive work experience in the field. All candidates will need to demonstrate a high degree of computer literacy. Additionally international students are expected to have an English language qualification such as IELTS 6.5.
  • Academic title
    MSc Investment and Quantitative Finance
  • Course description
    This postgraduate scheme of study will provide students with learning opportunities to enhance their career prospects in an exciting and rapidly changing world of investment banking and international finance.

    The recent upheaval and turmoil witnessed in the global financial markets has placed greater demands on students and finance professionals to become more effective in the workplace. Successful completion of the course will enable students to apply for a diverse range of careers in finance.
    The course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of corporate and investment finance principles, together with underlying theories of security markets. Students will get a good grounding in pricing financial securities (equities, bonds and derivatives) and develop an understanding of their applications to areas in corporate finance, investments and financial risk management.

    Course Content
    The course is part of the School's modularised postgraduate programme which allows students flexibility in choosing electives. The degree framework consists of seven core modules and one elective module.

    Core Modules
    Data Analysis for Business, Finance, Economics.
    Modern Finance
    Modern Portfolio Management
    Fixed Income Analysis
    Forecasting Financial Markets
    Financial Derivatives

    Option Modules
    International Risk Management
    Financial Engineering
    International Financial Services
    or another elective from the Westminster Business School Postgraduate programme, subject to the Course Leader's approval.

    Teaching and Assessment
    A variety of teaching methods are employed, ranging from lectures to smaller-scale seminars and laboratory sessions. In addition students work on their own on assignments involving data collection and analysis, typically drawing on specific databases.

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