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Federica Maiorano studied on the MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School. In this video she talks about her ambition and how she was inspired by world renowned faculty at Cass and studying in London.

Overview

Who is it for?

Your peers on the Energy, Trade and Finance postgraduate course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor’s degree. It’s likely you will have a few years’ work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. You needn’t have any prior knowledge of energy, commodities, shipping or finance, although you should be comfortable with quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics).

Objectives

You’ll emerge from this master's course fully equipped to operate effectively in this highly competitive international industry. You’ll gain a solid foundation in energy economics, markets and trading, and be able to formulate strategy for fossil fuels, electricity and renewables. Your studies will encompass energy transportation, especially seaborne and are rounded off with extensive study of finance and financial markets and essential transferrable skills in accounting and IT. You can complement your core modules with optional modules and, if you wish, an independent research project.

The course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. The Centre is widely recognised and valued by practitioners and academics. Since the launch of the Centre in 1983, its three primary aims remain the same: (i) Offer high quality teaching in its three interlinked disciplines of shipping, trade and finance, (ii) Produce high quality research in these areas, and (iii) Create a forum for international dialogue between academia, industry and government and to link decision makers. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that you are equipped with competitive skills and knowledge in the areas of energy, shipping, commodity trade, finance and investment.

Structure

What will you learn

On the Energy, Trade and Finance master’s programme, you will:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of generation from exhaustible and renewable sources, demand determinants, transportation, trading, pricing and risk.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments.
  • Understand and critically evaluate current international issues in energy and commodities, finance and trade.
  • Formulate decisions in the energy sub-sectors of oil, gas, electricity, involving aspects such as refinery/petrochemical economics, energy transport solutions (pipeline/ship), generation and distribution of electricity, and managing energy risk.
  • Analyse factors affecting the energy, finance and commodity trade sectors.

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eleven core courses (10-20 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)

or

  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

or

  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance degree, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2020/21

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 14 September 2020

Compulsory Induction: 14 - 25 September 2020

Term I
28 September 2020 - 11 December 2020
Term I exams
11 January 2021 - 22 January 2021

Term II
25 January 2021 - 09 April 2021
Term II exams
26 April 2021 - 07 May 2021

Term III
10 May 2021 - 09 July 2021
Term III exams
12 July 2021 - 23 July 2021

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
09 - 21 August 2021

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
30 August 2021

Official Course End Date
30 September 2021

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Panos Pouliasis

Academic expert working at Cass Business School.

The teaching staff on these MSc programmes have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up these MSc programmes.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to the Master's Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

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Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred

Interview

Applicants selected by the Admissions panel will be invited to an online interview with the course director. We will contact all selected applicants with full instructions after the Admissions Panel has made an initial assessment of your application.

We would strongly advise you to provide us with your own personal email address when applying to avoid missing interview deadlines and any important information sent from the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

Fees

UK/EU/International £25,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (usually paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Energy, Trade and Finance

Graduates from the Energy, Trade and Finance course are typically employed in positions related to energy, metals and agricultural commodities, shipping/freight operations, finance, consultancy and industry. Types of organisations employing trading houses include:

  • Commodity trading houses (e.g. Glencore, Trafigura)
  • Oil & gas companies (e.g. Shell, ENI, Total)
  • Professional services and specialist consultancy firms (e.g. KPMG, PwC, Wood McKenzie)
  • Shipping companies
  • Export/Import companies

Class of 2018 profile

Recent graduates have secured positions such as

  • Graduate Analyst, Petroineos Trading Limited
  • Investment Analyst, Allianz Global Investors
  • Product Control Analyst, Centrica
  • Commodity Merchant and Trading Trainee, Cargill
  • Traffic Team Member, Glencore
  • Power Scheduler, Axpo Group

Where they are working now

  • UK: 56%
  • EU/EEA: 33%
  • North America: 6%
  • Africa and Middle East: 0%
  • Asia: 5%

Industry post-master's

33% Energy/Utilities
11% Oil/Gas
6% Consulting
6% Shipping

The remaining industries are made up of Asset Management/Investment Management (6%), Financial Services (17%), Investment Bank (6%), Metals/Mining (6%), Rating Agency (6%) and Trading/Structuring (3%)

Accounting / Auditing Services (7%), Investment Banking/Sales/Trading (6%), Financial Services (6%), Business Services (4%), Management Consulting (4%), Central Banks/Ministries/Regulation (4%), Investment Banking (4%) Metals/Mining (4%)

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2017/18

Course information and statistics

Man
25
average age of student body
Human brain
Industry experts
deliver guest lectures
Globe
26
nationalities in 19/20 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
1.2
average years of work experience

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the UK Energy Institute (EI). During the academic year, you have free membership to the EI, receive a free monthly publication and have discounted access to networking events for graduates seeking employment in the energy sector.

The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance programme is also accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). GARP is an industry-leading professional association dedicated to preparing individuals and organisations to make better informed risk decisions. The status is granted to top institutions whose degree content incorporates at least 70% of GARP’s Energy Risk Professional (ERP) Body of Knowledge, the first leading and global designation for energy professionals. The academic team works closely with GARP to ensure that our curriculum meets the latest global industry needs.

We are very pleased to welcome Cass Business School, City University of London as a member of GARP’s Partnership for Risk Education.  The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance is a comprehensive, rigorous program that provides its students with strong preparation for pursuing the Energy Risk Professional (ERP) designation as well for a career in the dynamic field of energy risk management.William May, Global Head of Certifications and Educational Programs – GARP.

*Please note that all accreditations and exemptions are subject to change.  Please check if you have specific requirements.