This challenging and rewarding course provides a unique blend of theory and practice, with the aim of you developing necessary skills to pursue a career in finance. The course is designed to be highly flexible, enabling you to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.
The course is designed for those who have a background in finance or a related discipline, such as economics and accounting, and are looking to further develop their skills and access a career in the areas of financial analysis, financial management, and investment. Core units are designed to develop your quantitative skills, ability to analyze financial data and understanding of financial instruments, as well as your theoretical understanding of financial economics. You'll then be provided with a range of optional units from which to choose.
We are a training provider for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment’s (CISI) Chartered Wealth Management Qualification. This means that based upon the option units you take, you will have the opportunity to sit the CISI’s examinations (additional fees will apply) and if successful you’ll receive a wealth management professional qualification alongside your Master’s degree.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.
- Financial Markets: Gain an understanding of the types of financial markets, their links and roles in modern economies, and the quantitative and qualitative research techniques that apply to this field.
- Money & Banking: The functions of money and banking and their importance in the economy. You'll learn about interest rates and yield curves, monetary policy issues and banking regulation in an international context, along with contemporary issues in money and banking.
- Advanced Accounting & Financial Analysis: You'll learn about the principals involved in producing financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework financial accounting operates in and offer techniques for analyzing corporate financial reporting.
- Financial Econometrics: Mathematical, programming and statistical tools used in the real world for analyzing and modeling financial data. You'll use these tools to model asset returns, the stock, bond and exchange rate, and measure risk using different software.
- Research Project with Optional Work Experience: The research project provides Master’s level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you and is relevant to the course. You will have the option to undertake work experience as part of the research project unit, subject to you finding the appropriate experience.
Option units (choose two)
- International Direct Taxation: The globalization of business means firms must not only understand the domestic tax systems where they operate, but the ways these systems interact. Direct taxes at a federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 percent of pre-tax profits. You'll learn to understand the international tax system and principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
- Public Finance & Tax Policy: Following the global financial crisis in the late 2000s, public finances have become central in an academic, political and populist debate. This unit focuses on the revenue side of public finance to help you evaluate the quality of the decisions taken by governments on maintaining and reforming tax systems.
- Global Economic Challenges: An introduction to economic theory as it applies to specific areas of applied economics. This will show how economic theories and techniques can be used to address many important issues facing humanity.
- Emerging Market Economies: The issues involved in emerging market economies. There's a focus on economic issues and the economic consequences of political and social aspects of integration and development.
- Corporate Governance & Ethics: You'll learn about the objectives, principles, and methods of corporate governance practice in different economic environments, and understand how governance and ethics can aid managerial decision making in respect of risk management.
- Enterprise Risk Management: Gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of risk.
- Environmental Reporting: Account and report on environmental matters and evaluate the usefulness of this information.
We are a training provider for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment’s (CISI) Chartered Wealth Management Qualification. This means that if you select the two option units below, you will have the opportunity to sit the CISI’s examinations (additional fees will apply) and if successful you’ll receive a wealth management professional qualification alongside your Master’s degree.
- Applied wealth management: Identify appropriate investment strategies for a wealthy, private client.
- Portfolio construction & theory: Gain knowledge of finance theory and how to structure portfolios of financial assets in this context.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
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The course provides you with the ability to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.
Some of our Finance graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Finance manager
- Financial consultant.
Industries worked in
- Human resources.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
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