Trading and investing offers an exciting career path but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. This course offers you a springboard into employment with an investment institution or as an investment specialist or manager.
The University of Birmingham is proud to have been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. Our MSc Investments programme has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70% of the CGA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and this positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.
The School's Department of Finance also holds the gold standard of recognition as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of finance teaching by The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI).
This degree is intellectually demanding and requires considerable effort; it is structured to prepare you for the challenging working environment that you will encounter in the industry after graduation.
Typically, we expect that applicants will have a background in accounting, finance, economics, business administration, mathematics, statistics, science, or engineering. Evidence of mathematical skills, such as grade C in A-level Mathematics or an equivalent grade obtained in an undergraduate mathematics module, is required for admission.
Why study this course
Strong Industry links
We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Beiersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain the first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.
Excellent career prospects
Students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, Cisco Systems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.
A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be on a relevant subject and/or applicants must have obtained good grades in mathematically related modules at undergraduate level.