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MSc Finance and Investment

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to train you in areas of finance which have major practical and theoretical interest, especially investment analysis, corporate finance issues such as optimal capital structure and mergers and acquisitions, banking, derivatives, finance microstructure and taxation. The programme is intended to give professional postgraduate training to students wishing to pursue careers in the City, Government or elsewhere in the private sector.
  • Entry requirements
    You should have at least an upper-second class honours degree, or equivalent, in economics or a related subject. A good basic knowledge of relevant statistical theory and mathematics is also necessary, and students are required to sit pre-sessional statistics and mathematics examinations following an intensive two-week course in September.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Finance and Investment
  • Course description
    Those registering for the MSc in Finance and Investment take four core modules in the first semester and four core modules in the second semester. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the department organises a number extra optional modules, whose subject matter changes from year to year, 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.

    Programme outline

    Pre-sessional modules:

        * Mathematics
        * Statistics

    Core modules:

        * Quantitative Techniques
        * Money and Banking
        * Investment Analysis
        * Behavioural Finance
        * Empirical Finance
        * Corporate Finance
        * Financial Derivatives
        * International Finance


    A written examination is taken in May for each course unit. Some units may also include assessed coursework. You will also produce a 10,000-word dissertation over the summer, which will normally include both theoretical economic content and applied results.

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