MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management

Duration Full time 1 year
  • Finance
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is a very challenging programme that offers students the opportunity to study for the Level I and Level II CFA® exams at the same time as the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management is one of a limited number of programmes globally which has been awarded ‘University Affiliation Program’ Status by the CFA® institute, this means that the programme covers at least 70% of the CFA® level I and II syllabus.

Run by the Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment, it is a twelve month full-time programme, and is designed for those wishing to learn fundamental and advanced theory in investment analysis.

Students on this programme will have access to a dedicated Thomson Reuters lab and in addition to Datastream and other financial databases and software systems.

All of the following are included in the fees for this programme:

  • MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme
  • The three-week induction and foundation programme
  • Four weekend CFA® dedicated training sessions
  • The cost of enrolment and registration for two CFA® exams
  • The CFA® level I and II text books
  • A CFA® approved calculator

CFA® Track
The MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management with CFA® Track enables you to take Levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst® qualification, while also continuing to study Financial Analysis and Fund Management. We provide extensive additional training for the CFA® level I and II professional examinations in December and June.

MSc Only Track
With the MSc Only Track, you are not required to register for the CFA® exams, or attend the workshops organised for those on the CFA® Track.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

My dream is to work as a financial analyst and the UK is the best place to gain the knowledge in this field. So I decided to come here after graduating in Finance and Economics at Shandong University in China.

Shilu Zhang - MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

QTEM Programme

The QTEM Programme aims to prepare students with excellent quantitative and analytical skills to support their future careers as decision makers leading the global business environment. Students accepted onto the QTEM Programme will spend an additional semester studying at one of the prestigious academic partners in the QTEM Network. This additional semester is combined with a 2 month internship. Upon completion of these elements, students will be awarded a QTEM Certificate, which demonstrates their skills in analytical and quantitative techniques to support decision-making in an international context.

For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

This programme is a 12-month full-time programme, studied over three terms. It is based at the Exeter campus of the University throughout this time.

The programme begins with a three week full-time, compulsory, induction and foundation course. The induction includes an introduction to several of the subject areas covered in the programme, in particular accounting. It also includes a week of preparation for the CFA® exams, delivered by a dedicated CFA® trainer.

The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, with the third term, and most of the summer, spent researching and writing a dissertation.

During the first two terms, we also provide four weekend sessions delivered by CFA® trainers. The purpose of which is to provided specific help and training for students sitting the CFA® exams.

Start date: September

The programme in its entirety, including the mandatory foundation course, runs from September to September.

The intensive mandatory foundation course will commence at the very beginning of September.


During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that modules are subject to change. To ensure a high level of coverage of the CFA® syllabus all of the modules on this programme are compulsory.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


After obtaining your MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management you will be able to look at these two main areas for roles and careers you may want to pursue: Investment Banking and Financial Services.

Investment Banking

Although investment bankers come from a relatively diverse range of academic disciplines, the best place to start is with a finance or economics degree. Banks will teach you what you need to know about the industry but finance related degrees tend to be the most likely to get you through the door.

When working in investment banking you could find your ambition is to work in the “front office”, e.g. in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital markets or Sales and Trading; you could opt for “middle office” functions such as IT, Accounting, Finance and Risk management; or settle for the “back office”, which means ‘Operations’. 

As competition in these sectors can be tough, our MSc FAFM graduates tend to complete an internship at an investment bank to begin with, as this has proven to enhance chances of securing a full-time role. Goldman and Sachs, for instance, offers full-time roles to around 60-70% of its interns; at Morgan Stanley this figure rises to 65-75%.  

Roles and salaries vary according to the division that you will end up working in but the usual career path in Investment Banking will more likely take you through the following steps:

  • Analyst - entry level – 1-3 years then move up to:
  • Associate – for 3 years then move up to:
  • Vice President (VP)
  • Director/Executive Director
  • Managing Director

Please click on the links below to find out who the key players are and what the different divisions have to offer in terms of career opportunities and salaries to an MSc FAFM graduate (data correct in 2012-2014):

Financial Services

“The graduates we hire have often already sat one or more CFA papers and had relevant work experience” (Alex Griffiths, Senior Director, Corporates rating team, Fitch Ratings – Careers in Financial Markets 2014, efc)

If investment banks advise clients on trading or funding decisions, working in the Financial Services industry is more about making decisions on their behalf once they have entrusted you with their money.

Although some of the jobs in the Financial Services industry may not be immediately available to graduates, a couple of years’ experience in private banking will allow moving across to private equity, front-facing global custody roles or private client brokerage.

It might be also worth considering that jobs in this sector may be offered by smaller transnational organisations such as the IFC, which could offer greater opportunities.

It’s worth noting that while the large investment banks hire hundreds of graduates each year, the big players in the fund and wealth management world recruit tens annually. The competition has intensified in recent years and graduate recruits in these areas are expected to be more prepared for the job market than ever, as they will be entrusted with a high level of responsibility even at junior level. All firms will run their own in-house training schemes and larger firms will offer graduate training courses in wealth management for junior broker positions; however an understanding of financial markets before starting in the role is a distinct advantage.

This is where your MSc FAFM may make you stand out from the crowd and give you a competitive advantage and you will also find that large accountancy firms will demand a finance-related degree as a first step onto their ladder.

Careers in the Financial Services Industry are less structured and span across areas such as: Fund Management, Hedge and Private Equity Funds, Global Custody, Interdealer Broking, Wealth Management, Corporate Banking, Data Providers and Rating Agencies, Insurance, Accounting. 
Examples of career paths available in this sector are:  research (modeller or analyst), idea generation, portfolio management, distribution, sales, marketing, trading, compliance, technology, operations, performance measurement, fund administration, fund accounting, settlements, corporate actions, private client brokerage or banking, corporate banking, business development, relationship management, risk and credit assessment, rating, etc.

More information about roles, salaries and what it takes to make it in the Financial Services Industry can be found by clicking on the links below (data correct in 2012-2014):

Main Source: Careers in Financial Markets by eFinancialCareers
Other useful readings: CFA Institute Careers Guide

Recent graduate destinations

2013-14 Cohort

Mei Yao Auditor at PriceWaterHouseCooper in China 
(previous: Internship at Ernst & Young and EY Consulting Ltd in Dongguan, Guangdong, China)
Kexiang Si Investment Assistant in the department of Aggregate Asset Management for Changan Fund Management Co. Ltd.
Xin Yuan Clerk of Regulatory Reporting Department for The Bank of East Asia (China) Ltd in Shanghai (start date 11th November 2014)
Dicky Parengkuan Investment Analyst at Inspired Asset Management, 22 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London (real estate/property management)
Zhongyuan Xu Overseas Real Estate Investment and Finance for Ping'An group (a fortune 500 Chinese company)
Tawanda Chetse Technology Analyst for Markit Group Limited (a financial information services company) as part of Markit Analytics, their Enterprise Software Solutions division. Tawanda works in a team that develops risk analytics software for clients (start date: 20th October 2014).
Zi Sang PE fund analyst at Port and Shipping Fund Management Co., Shanghai, China (Operating models, Investment proposals, Market Research in the Shipping area) 
(previous: Strategy and Investment Department Intern, Fosun International Limited, Shanghai, China (property investment projects)
Chatprae Hall Trithepvilai Assistant to CEO, Double A (1191) Public Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand (co-operate with investment team to follow the progress of overseas projects and push them complete within the targeted timeline)
Danny (Dongjun) Liu Treasury Specialist - Finance Department - COFCO Corporation, Beijing, China
Bo Shen Intern for an investment company for a risk management position in Guangzhou, China.
Ivan Pang Received offers as Financial Manager for the Bank of China and Auditor for Lixin Certified Public.

Other 2013-14 students are currently employed as interns in Private Equity, Security, Trust Fund and Industry research

2012-13 Cohort

Allan Tandhyka Gemiarto Financial Analyst in Operation Finance at PT HM Sampoerna Tbk, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia (Investment Banking)
Xiaoqing Peng Senior Clerk/Branch Accountant, Bank of China, Macao, China
Yu Wang Management Trainee in Financial Services at UOB (United Overseas Bank Limited), Pudongxin District, Shanghai, China (Previous: graduate trainee intern at China Everbright Bank, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)
Fangyi Cai Industry Analyst at Cangjiang Securities Co. Ltd, Wuhan, Hubei, China
I-Ling Fu Customer Service Executive at, Shanghai, China
Jianfei Shen Project Manager at Guizhou Equity & Financial Asset Exchange, Guiyang City, Guizhou, China 
(previous: Project Manager at HuaChuang Securities Co. Ltd in the Asset Management Department)
Xige Jiao Consultant at KPMG, Beijing, China
Shimin Zhou Employee in the Corporate Finance Management Department, Bank of Nanjing, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (previous: Trainee Lobby Manager, Bank of Nanjing)
Kai Zheng Associate at PwC Hongkong and Mainland China, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China 
(previous: Investment Analyst at Cinda International Capital Limited, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)
Sixin Chen Financial Assistant at COFCO Agricultural Industrial Investment Fund, Chaoyang Men, Beijing, China - (He was previously employed as an Analyst for the same company)

The Financial European Tour*

The University of Exeter Business School organises an 8 to 9 day formative trip to Europe, exclusively designed and open to all of the students on the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme. The purpose of this bespoke initiative is to allow the students to attend lectures delivered by European experts in their chosen field of study and to visit companies abroad that operate in the financial industry - all of this, whilst exploring the arts, La Scala opera house in Milan, or dining by a beautiful lake in Zurich, on some of the “sightseeing” days.

The European Financial Tour usually takes place in the last week of June and first week of July. The MSc FAFM students visit two beautiful European destination of Milan and Zurich.

Milan is hosted by The Bocconi School of Management. In 1988, SDA Bocconi was the first school to be accredited by EQUIS and it’s now one of the only 71 business schools worldwide to hold the ‘triple crown’. The students will attend workshops in Investment Management and a visit to a prestigious asset management organisation.

Zurich is hosted by the ZHAW School of Management and Law. It is one of Switzerland’s leading business schools who are devoted to the applicability of theoretical knowledge. The students will learn about the Swiss Private Banking structure and products and will delve into Hedge Funds Strategies and Investment policies.

The Financial European Tour programme structure may vary from year to year, depending on the hosting institution’s availability and countries of interest, but it’s definitely an opportunity not to be missed that comes exclusively with the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management.

Please note that charges may apply and that the running of this programme is not guaranteed every year.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics, Maths, Businesss or related discipline from a recognised university. Evidence of mathematical/ quantitative ability is required. The majority of our candidates will be expecting a First or 2:1 degree, however, we do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.

This programme is an intensive 12 month programme and gives students the opportunity to study for the CFA(r) Level I and Level II exams at the same time as the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management.


In order to apply for the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management candidates must be able to demonstrate strengths in: Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics.
Mathematics modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Statistics, Probability or Optimisation.

If you have not studied Accounting at undergraduate level you may undertake a suitable Accounting short course. Some examples are given below but others are available:

If you would like more advice, please email the Business School Admissions Team at

Offer conditions

Applicants requiring visas will need to meet all outstanding conditions of their offer by the end of July at the latest. It is not possible to register on the programme unless all conditions have been met and appropriate visas obtained.
Applicants who do not require a visa have until the end of August to meet the conditions of their offer.
If you are not able to meet these deadlines for any reason please notify the admissions team as soon as possible by emailing

Streamlined visa application

The University of Exeter has been chosen by the Home Office as a participant in a new Tier 4 pilot scheme consisting of a small number of UK universities. If you are studying a programme of 13-months or less you will not only benefit from a streamlined visa application process, you will be given six months from the end date of your programme to organise your next steps. This is enough time to undertake an internship or look for a job with a Tier 2 sponsor. Click here for full details on the pilot scheme.

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Finance run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £13,900 full-time*
  • International: £26,200 full-time*

*These fees include registration and enrolment fees for two exams of the CFA® professional qualification and core textbooks for the CFA® syllabus. Students who do not wish to undertake the CFA® professional qualification should contact the school for the latest fee information.

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £14,500 full-time*
  • International: £26,200 full-time*

*These fees include registration and enrolment fees for two exams of the CFA® professional qualification and core textbooks for the CFA® syllabus. Students who do not wish to undertake the CFA® professional qualification should contact the school for the latest fee information.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

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