Overview

Who is it for?

If you’re working full-time in financial services and you want to gain a masters to turbocharge your career, this part-time course is perfect for you. This is a highly practical course that gives you a toolkit for success in areas such as portfolio management, security analysis, risk management, M&A or financial consultancy. We’ve developed the course in direct response to the needs of employers.

Objectives

You already have demanding professional commitments. So we designed this course specifically to work alongside those calls on your time. You will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the City and benefit from a teaching and learning environment that fully complements the demands of your working life. Through a combination of lectures, case studies and group coursework you’ll learn the theories that underpin modern techniques in finance and investment as well as how to apply them. This is also a fantastic opportunity to expand your professional network.

In addition to the compulsory core modules we have built in as much flexibility as possible. So you get the option of tailoring the course to your individual needs. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules. And you have the opportunity to write a final-year research project that can be focused on either your current or future area of work.

Structure

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance.
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills. 3. Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques.
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of financial issues across all industry sectors.
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London.
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective.
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global finance.

Assessment methods

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:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)

and

  • five electives (10 credits each)

or

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

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Finance and Investment, 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.

Induction to The Finance and Investment postgraduate course starts with an induction programme, mainly dedicated to a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Nick Motson

Academic expert working at Cass Business School.

The teaching staff on the MSc in Finance and Investment part-time course have many years of practical experience working in the financial services sector and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Finance and Investment.

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/GMAT, if reports available
  • 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 Specialist Masters 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

Entry requirements

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

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 £27,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

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

Fees are charged per academic year as follows;

  • Year 1 First instalment: 50% less deposit payable before or during registration Second instalment: 50% payable by 31 January following the start of the programme
  • Year 2 First instalment: 50% payable before or during re-registration Second instalment: 50% payable by 31 January following the start of your second year

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Upon completion of an MSc in Finance and Investment our graduates career pathways are wide and varied. Many stay with their current employer with some using the knowledge and skills they have obtained to better fulfil their existing role while others are changing role within the organisation, for example moving from back to middle office or middle to front office. For some students the MSc is the catalyst for a more radical career change, recent examples include a barrister who moved into reinsurance and an application developer who moved to being a quantitative equity analyst. Our graduates are employed in all areas of finance from equity analysis to portfolio management and compliance to risk management, recent employers include J.P. Morgan, The Bank of England, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Bloomberg, Deutsche bank, UBS, Investec and Legal & General.

Course information and statistics

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Balanced
mix of theoretical and practical teaching.
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Opportunities
to meet and interact with top finance and business leaders during guest lectures and seminars.
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Tuition
from practitioner professors who discuss how financial theory works in the real world.

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