MSc in Investment Management

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Program Description

MSc in Investment Management

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


The MSc Investment Management programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. You will also grasp the complexities of contemporary economics and financial principles and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. The programme is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia. It aims to produce graduates who have specialist knowledge and an understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a practised-based degree with the objective of preparing you for employment in the financial markets after graduation, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. International Business School Suzhou has partnered with Thomson Reuters to offer students on this programme privileged access to the on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor as well as a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.

Unique selling points

Distinctive features

Thomson Reuters Financial Lab

IBSS is unique in China with its on-campus IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, created in partnership with Thomson Reuters, has 25 positions and contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. This sophisticated terminal also has the data feeds from both Datastream and Thomson 1, giving students access to a world of data for study and research purposes. Students will be trained to use EIKON by Thomson Reuters staff and those who successfully pass the exam at the end will get the Thomson Reuters EIKON certificate, a valuable skill for anyone that wants to enter the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

Recognition by the CFA Institute

MSc Investment Management has been designed to map to the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and the programme has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. In enrolling in the MSc Investment Management programme, students will be also enrolled in CFA Level I exam for the following June and receive the CFA Institute study material in hard copy and e-version.

Knowledge and skills

By studying this programme you will benefit from:

  • knowledge of financial markets in China and internationally.
  • preparation for CFA exam.
  • training on the Thomson Reuters EIKON system used throughout the financial market.
  • specialist, technical knowledge in financial markets and securities.
  • career guidance and support in CV writing, interview skills, and other career support services.


  • Financial analysis
  • Quantitative methods for finance
  • Equity: cash and derivative instruments
  • Securities operations management
  • Ethical and professional standards in finance
  • Advanced corporate finance
  • Alternative investment and strategies
  • Fixed income and derivative instruments
  • Portfolio management
  • Industry research project.

Additional learning activity modules

600 hours over the course of the programme of additional learning activity are required to complete your master's degree.

In addition to the taught academic modules of the programme, all MSc Investment Management candidates have the opportunity to take two-day intensive, practised-based seminars taught by industry experts in the Financial Lab. These seminars build on the taught modules but provide more in-depth and applied knowledge and practice. They cover the topics of foreign exchange, interest rate risk, credit risk, equity markets, commodity markets and securities operations management.


We are at a historic point in time as China, the world's second-largest economy deregulates and grows its financial markets. The country is short of qualified professionals, at both graduate and career levels, as financial markets are so new to the country. In the coming years, we expect to see very high growth in the employment of new graduates with a solid education in financial markets and investment management. This is not just an opportunity for Chinese nationals who wish to work in Shanghai or other Chinese cities but also for international students, as banks around the world build their "China desks" and search for people with knowledge and contacts within China.


RMB 150,000 for the entire 18-month full-time programme.

University tuition fees also cover the full cost of your CFA Level I study with us.

Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in mathematics, finance, or a related subject. Or relevant work experience and a good knowledge of quantitative methods, statistics or financial mathematics.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 10, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
18 months
Full time
150,000 CNY
For the entire 18-month programme
China - Suzhou, Jiangsu
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Sept. 2019
China - Suzhou, Jiangsu
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