This Masters programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools; the management of portfolios to optimise clients objectives; and the forecasting of the future behaviour of stocks, interest rates and exchange rates.
Suitable career paths when you graduate will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; asset management firms; governmental bodies involved in financial decision-making; other organisations involved with financial transactions and the provision of finance; and the academic sector.
Students on this Masters programme will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software, for instance in the study of econometrics or computational finance.
* Basic econometrics
* Financial markets, securities and derivatives
* Modelling and forecasting financial markets
* Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite course for Advanced portfolio analysis).
* Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a corequisite for this course)
* Applied computational finance
* C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a corequisite for this course)
* Corporate finance and investment
* Economic fundamentals and financial markets
* Empirical asset pricing (Basic econometrics or Portfolio analysis and investment or conomic fundamentals and financial markets are corequisites for this course)
* Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a corequisite for this course)
* Financial market micro structure
* Foreign direct investment and development
* Hedge fund risk management
* International finance and money
* International financial accounting for multinational companies (MNCs) (Accounting & Finance)
* Investment, finance and asset prices
* Mathematical finance (co-requisite course for Financial derivatives).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.