Investment management, also known as asset management or fund management, is about managing money by investing it in a variety of asset classes including equities and bonds. If you are looking to launch your career in the investment industry, the Cranfield MSc in Investment Management will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this highly competitive sector. The programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of investment and finance, and equip you to assess and apply a wide range of investment techniques.
Cranfield is located just one hour from London, Europes leading centre for investment management, serving millions of customers all around the globe. This means that we are within easy reach of the major financial services recruiters, and that guest speakers from the City of London are able to visit us on a regular basis.
If you want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business and finance, then we look forward to hearing from you.Your career
The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.
The Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2014 ranks Cranfield 1st in the UK for careers and reports that the class of 2011 received an average salary today of $67,047(approx. £39,300).
During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first role in finance or management, or wanting take your career to the next level.
The full-time MSc in Investment Management is a one-year course that starts in September each year. During the course you will develop extensive expertise in a range of specialised areas such as:
- Investment and portfolio management
- Derivatives and financial risk management
- International investments and emerging markets
- Technical analysis and trading
You will also have the opportunity to complete a major research project, to help you apply what you have learnt in practice.
MSc in Investment Management students will be taught separately from the MSc Finance and Management students, although some of the modules across both courses will be the same.
- Term 1: 29 September 2014 to 19 December 2014
- Term 2: 12 January 2015 to 27 March 2015
- Term 3: 13 April 2015 to 26 June 2015
- Term 4: 29 June 2015 to 11 September 2015
The Masters in Investment Management course has been developed to produce practical, proactive specialists in investment management, so our teaching methods deliberately encourage the co-production of ideas and knowledge sharing, self-development and team working.
Our teaching methods include a diverse range of stimulating learning experiences, with emphasis placed on real-world challenges. Modules include a mix of:
- Case studies
- Participative exercises
- Interactive lectures
- Group projects
- Sessions hosted by industry speakers
You will also undertake an individual research project that will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to a specific financial issue in your chosen organisation. Through this practical exercise, you can create real value for your partner organisation, whilst at the same time enhancing your own learning and development.
Your progress throughout the course will be assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations, examinations and individual and group projects. This reinforces the emphasis we place on the application of learning and encourages you to find your own solutions to business issues.
The course will be supported by an electronic learning environment which will be the central repository for all information relating to the course and available to the students at all times. This will be supplemented by online module case packs.
The Cranfield MSc in Investment Management will provide you with a thorough understanding of investment and finance, and equip you to assess and apply a wide range of investment techniques.
This one-year full-time course is designed for:
- Recent graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in investment management before seeking their first professional role
- Professionals who already have work experience in the investment industry and are looking to take their career to the next level
- Business-like people who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business and finance
- Ambitious individuals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities
The programme will prepare you for roles in the investment industry such as portfolio manager, hedge-fund specialist, investment specialist, trader, fund manager, risk manager, security analyst, broker or corporate treasurer.
Our MSc in Investment Management teaching faculty includes: (click on faculty to read bio):
- Dr Vineet Agarwal
- Dr Sam Agyei-Ampomah
- Dr Constantinos Alexiou
- Dr Yacine Belghitar
- Dr Catarina Figueira
- Dr Matthias Nnadi
- Professor Sunil Poshakwale
- Jutta Tobias
- Professor Huainan Zhao
We have a limited number of bursaries available for exceptional candidates, worth up to a maximum of £4,000. These are awarded at the course director's discretion and are based on merit as well as considerations of financial need. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please indicate so in in the financial details section of your application.
Cranfield School of Management is one of an elite group of business schools worldwide to hold triple EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditation. We are also proud to be a GMAC Member School.