MSc Finance and Investment Banking

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

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MSc Finance and Investment Banking

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

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Our MSc Finance and Investment Banking course will teach you about analysing and valuing investment products, critical analysis of information in derivatives markets and portfolio and investment management. You'll explore the operation of markets, their major participants and the regulatory environments, as well as building a firm understanding of corporate finance, basic accounting and financial analysis.

You'll work with tools and techniques in an applied setting, using our state-of-the-art Trading Room equipped with the latest Bloomberg software to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in this sector.

Our Finance and Investment Banking course has been created in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Finance (CFA). The modules are aligned with the institution’s own qualifications, which you can work towards upon completion of your degree. The Chartered Financial Analyst credential is held by over 150,000 professionals around the world. The charter gives a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

This course is also a preferred partner for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) which allows our students a quicker route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business.

Nottingham Business School is a UK leader in finance and business education. A finance degree from us gives you the foundations and opportunities to pursue a wide range of exciting careers.

What will you gain from this degree?

  • The degree will give you a wide-ranging theoretical background and equip you with practical skills for active interaction in the world of finance.
  • The emphasis of the degree is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse the instruments, participants and markets in international finance.
  • Learn to apply advanced concepts and techniques to analyse financial markets and instruments.
  • Develop skills to synthesise and critique a range of methods employed in analysing investments in financial products.
  • You will understand the role of the finance discipline in the global context.
  • You’ll have access to our Trading Room, which gives students the simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading. We provide you with access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools.
  • We're the highest ranked modern university for business and management courses in the Complete University Guide 2019.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

Modules

Semester One

  • Global Financial Markets (20 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (20 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (20 credits)

Semester Two

  • Valuation of Investment Products (20 credits)
  • Derivatives Markets (20 credits)
  • Investment and Portfolio Management (20 credits)

Semester Three

In your final semester, you'll take on a major project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge you've gained to produce a challenging, meaningful piece of work. Projects include:

  • Consultancy Experience Project (40 credits)
  • Internship Experience Project (40 credits)
  • Business Research Project (40 credits)
  • Global Experience Project (40 credits)

Ongoing Learning

Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

  • Transformational Leadership Development (10 credits)
  • Research Methods for Finance and Accounting (10 credits)
  • Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience (2-year course only)

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research-based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Placement Opportunities

If you start your Masters in September you can apply for the two-year option where you can add a year’s work placement onto your course. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to help boost your career prospects once graduating.

Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Professional Development

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)

Each one of our Finance courses has been created in collaboration with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), so your modules reflect on the content of the institute's examinations. As such, our modules contribute to your preparation for the CFA exams, should you decide to pursue the CFA accreditation after your graduation.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Our MSc Finance and Investment Banking course offers a quicker route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). You will have 10 exemptions from the CIMA modules which means you just need to complete five CIMA exams to complete the CIMA professional qualification starting at the Operational Case Study (OCS).

NTU’s teaching and learning are gold-rated by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – that means you can count on outstanding teaching and learning, an education that’s truly focused on the workplace, and fantastic support in and outside of the classroom.

How you’re taught

Study and support

Our Master's courses enable students to challenge pre-conceived thoughts and question the applicability and relevance of theories within a constructive and collaborative environment.

We will help you to expand your thought process and develop your critical thinking skills through a combination of our teaching methods, and giving you many opportunities to challenge the perspectives and ideas of your tutors and peers on a regular basis.

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing masters degrees that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance are in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real-world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

You’ll complete a hands-on project – a fantastic opportunity to use what you’ve learned to produce a meaningful piece of work. Projects include the Consultancy Experience Project, the Internship Experience Project, the Business Research Project, and the Global Experience Project.

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your postgraduate degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • Equity Trader and Analyst
  • Financial Associate
  • Investment Manager
  • Tax Accountant
  • Fund Manager

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also the following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and timeout
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

You can choose to add a year’s work placement making your Masters a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City site. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on level zero of the Newton building.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
  • We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
  • Your studies will benefit from the £13 million Boots Library.
  • You can take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.

The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venue
  • cafés.

Entry requirements

UK

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.

  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

International

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.

  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international entry requirements page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it to keep your details safe.
  • Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  • Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  • Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  • Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  • Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

NTU is ranked 16th overall and 8th for Accounting and Finance in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Fees and funding

UK

The course fees for 2019 entry have not been set yet but below are September 2018 entry fees as a guide:

  • One year (full-time): £9,250
  • Two years (placement year)*: £10,635 (£9,250 in year one and £1,385 in year two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

International Fees

  • One year (full-time): £14,200
  • Two years (placement year)*: £15,585 (£14,200 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 22, 2018
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