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Postgraduate taught

MSc Finance and Investment

UCAS code 1234
Duration 9 months full time
12 months full time
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Phone (UK):
0300 555 6060
Phone (International):
+44 (0)1392 723044

Programme Director: Dr Jane Shen

Entry requirements

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics or related discipline.

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Finance

Overview

  • For students interested in a career in investment analysis or portfolio management
  • Established in 1973, this was the very first Masters degree in finance in the UK and over the past 40 years has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training and academic knowledge
  • Undertake a non-assessed financial database training course delivered by the data specialists from providers including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Bureau Van Dijk, the Standard, and Poor’s Global Market Intelligence
  • Includes a company analysis workshop run by a practitioner to help develop practical investment understanding, augment presentation skills and provide an insight into current real world information
  • You have the opportunity to work towards a qualification from the CISI in addition to your MSc to increase your employability.

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Triple accredited Business School

Accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

7th for Finance in the Complete University Guide 2019

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities or extend your study by gaining a double degree or applying to the prestigious QTEM programme

One of a select group of universities worldwide with CFA® Institute ‘University Affiliation Program’ status

Entry requirements

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics or related discipline from a recognised university. Evidence of mathematical/quantitative* ability is essential. 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.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Prerequisites

In order to apply for the MSc Finance and Investment applicants must have passed at 2:1 level at least one module in a mathematical/quantitative subject in their undergraduate degree and must offer at least four more modules at 2:1 level in any of the following: Accounting, Economics, Finance and Mathematics.

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

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.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

The only difference between the 9-month and 12 month courses is that the 12-month course includes a dissertation. Students on the 9 month course take additional taught modules to make up these learning credits. Both programmes have exactly the same entry requirements and result in exactly the same award.

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 programme structures may be subject to change.
  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.

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 programme structures may be subject to change.
  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£14,800

International fees per year:

£24,200

Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships are available for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

£1 million in scholarships available

We want to ensure that postgraduate study remains accessible to the brightest minds of the future. We therefore have a range of full and part-fee scholarships for postgraduate students looking to study at the Business School in 2020. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Teaching and research

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.

Research-led teaching 

University of Exeter Business School research has global impact, with the majority of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.* 

*Research Excellence Framework 2014 

We are a research intensive faculty and cover a wide range of themes which inform our teaching. Our research is driven by the understanding that accounting and finance continues to play a fundamental role in organisations and society. As a result, many of our inspiring academics are regularly invited to advise policy-makers at institutions including H.M Revenue and Customs, International Accounting Standards Board, Financial Reporting Council, the Pensions Regulator, and the Bank of England. 

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead. 

The Business School is home to the following research centres: 

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The University of Exeter presents an outstanding environment for academic excellence. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with lecturers who are experts in their respective fields and who prove their worth by the quality of their delivery.

Adedeji

MSc Finance and Investment

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.

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 and medium-sized 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 Business School careers service web page for more information.

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Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

QTEM Programme*

After your first year of studies at Exeter, you can progress onto the QTEM Programme. QTEM aims to prepare students with excellent quantitative and analytical skills to support their future careers as decision makers leading the global business environment.

If you are accepted onto the QTEM Programme, you will spend an additional semester studying at one of the prestigious academic partners. This will be followed by a quantitatively focussed internship and participation in the QTEM Data Challenge which includes online data science and leadership courses as well real data analysis.

Students will be selected and nominated to QTEM by the University of Exeter Business School following a competitive internal application process. Places are limited so we recommend you register your interest before applying for your Masters.

*Open to high achieving students enrolled in the following University of Exeter Business School programmes: MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management, MSc Finance and Investment, MSc Economics, MSc Economics and Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics, and MSc Business Analytics. 

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer two fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China**

**The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & EconometricsMSc Financial Economics and MSc Money, Banking and Finance.

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

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