MSc Finance and Investment

Duration Full time 9 months or 1 year
Discipline
  • Finance
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

Established in 1973, the MSc Finance and Investment was the very first Master’s degree in finance in the UK. Over the past 40 years, the programme has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training for graduates who are interested in following a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. The programme provides a broad knowledge in finance, combined with practical application, to help graduates develop the confidence and ability for a challenging career in finance.

The MSc Finance and Investment is one of the few finance postgraduate programs in UK that is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) as offering leadership in academic education in the area of financial markets. On successful completion of the MSc Finance and Investment, students are eligible to apply for the prestigious CISI Diploma, thus receiving a globally recognised professional qualification in addition to a Master’s degree.

You can study the MSc Finance and Investment programme over either nine months or 12 months.

The 9-month programme comprises 12 taught modules, five of which are compulsory modules that are taken in term one, and seven of which are selected from optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three.

The 12-month programme comprises nine taught modules, six of which are compulsory modules that are taken during terms one and two, and three of which are selected from 11 optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three. Students also undertake a dissertation in term three.

In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to attend non-assessed intensive training courses covering financial databases such as Bloomberg, ThomsonOne, FAME, EIKON, Datastream, etc.

The MSc Finance and Investment stood out for me as being a unique programme recognised by Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and having a respected and renowned financial body recognise the course was obviously a huge selling point.

Rituja Puri, MSc Finance and Investment.

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.

Current available funding

Programme structure

The 9 month variant of this programme is available for study nine months full-time over three terms from September to June and is University-based throughout this time.

During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change. 

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.

Programme structure (12 month)

The 12 month variant of this programme is available for study twelve months full-time from September to September and is University-based throughout this time.

During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change. 

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.

Lectures

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.

Assessment

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.

Careers

Our Masters programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in Finance & Investment enables you to develop the professional and financial skills and subject expertise that makes you a valuable asset from day 1 of your career.

Careers in Finance and Investment

This degree programme can prepare you for a variety of roles, two of the most popular being:

  • Investment Analyst (market research, analysis of funds, trends for strategic planning)
  • Investment/Portfolio Manager (dealing with client’s portfolio & completing transactions)

By carefully selecting the research topic for your dissertation and your optional modules such as corporate finance, corporate governance, derivatives, international financial management, mergers or financial economics, you can start to develop a specialisation to enhance your employability.

As a student on the MSc Finance and Investment you will be eligible for the award of the CISI Diploma, receiving a globally recognised, professional certificate in addition to your Masters degree to ensure you are able to attract the best employers.

Developing applied IT skills through using Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems as part of your modules, you will also have the latest technical know-how to kick-start your career.

Potential employers include:

  • Investment management companies where analysts provide information to in-house fund managers
  • Stockbrokers and investment banks, where the analysts' research assists clients of their company, usually fund managers but sometimes also company executives and directors
  • Wealth management divisions of investment banks
  • Institutional investors, such as large charities, pension funds and life assurance companies
  • Hedge funds
  • Government or public organisations
  • SMEs (small to medium enterprises)

Multi-nationals such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, HSBC, Vanguard Asset Management, Credit Suisse, Citibank, Amundi and Deutsche Bank have graduate training routes in many countries in which they are based. Country-specific banks like China Construction Bank and Bank of China (Hong Kong) and smaller organisations across the world also offer graduate training routes and employment opportunities with specific recruitment cycles appropriate to their local employment market.

Previous graduates from this programme have secured roles as financial analysts with a range of organisations including Coutts (UK), KPMG (Vietnam), HSBC (Vietnam), J.P. Morgan First Capital, Ernst & Young (India), Bank of China and Ford Motor Company.

Further information can be found at:

Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements 2016

A good honours degree in a related discipline from a recognised university. 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.

Prerequisites

In order to apply for the MSc Finance and Investment modules at undergraduate level should have been taken in: Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics.

Mathematics modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Statistics, Probability or Optimisation.

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)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative 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 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £12,700 full-time
  • International: £19,950 full-time

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.

Current available funding

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions Team

For queries on entry requirements, eligibility and how to apply please contact the University of Exeter Postgraduate Admissions team
Email: pg-ad@exeter.ac.uk

Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer

For queries relating to Business School programmes please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723246
Email: business-school-msc@exeter.ac.uk