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Overview

Who is it for?

You are an ambitious recent graduate looking to develop a full range of skills to help launch your career in finance or accounting. This is a highly practical master's course in Investment Management so you’ll need to possess a high level of quantitative skills.

Your coursework will involve you in examining accounting and finance from the perspective of those who use financial reports to evaluate company and managerial performance.

Objectives

This one-year, full-time, expertly structured Investment Management postgraduate programme will provide you with the real-world accounting and finance expertise that leads to a wide range of rewarding international roles.

You will acquire a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques.

These principles are applied in practice via case studies and the use of online databases such as Bloomberg and simulators.

The practical aspect is delivered with extensive input from City of London institutions. Many leading practitioners teach on the course, providing a vital link between theory and practice.

The MSc in Investment Management is a demanding course. During the course you will cover the traditional syllabus of a general master's degree in finance and develop extensive expertise in a range of specialised areas such as:

  • The management of equity and bond portfolios
  • Trading techniques
  • Asset-liability management
  • Risk management
  • Alternative investments
  • Structured products
  • Portfolio optimisation.

An advisory panel of senior practitioners ensures that the course remains at the forefront of developments within financial markets and reflects topical and technical developments in the marketplace.

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Structure

What will you learn?

On the Investment Management master’s degree, you will:

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of investment and risk management
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of investment and risk management 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 inglobal investment and risk management.

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:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits).

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Investment Management programme, 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 week

The MSc in Investment Management course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

  • An introduction to Cass Careers with a focus on the key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • Database inductions, and introductions to the course, studying at Cass and financial services.

Term dates

Term dates 2019/20

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 16 September 2019

Compulsory Induction: 16 - 27 September 2019

Term I
30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Term I exams
6 January 2020 - 17 January 2020

Term II
20 January 2020 - 3 April 2020
Term II exams
20 April 2020 - 1 May 2020

Term III
4 May 2020 - 3 July 2020
Term III exams
6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
10 - 28 August 2020

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2020

Official Course End Date
30 September 2020

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 Aneel Keswani

Reader in Finance

The teaching staff on the MSc in Investment Management 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 Investment Management

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/GMAT report
  • 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.

Individual Appointments

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

Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

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 essential.

IELTS

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

GMAT

Highly recommended.

A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application.

English language requirements

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

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.

More information about Entry Requirements

Fees

UK/EU/International £28,500 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).

Deposit: £2,000 (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

Graduates are prepared for pursuing careers in asset management, wealth management, investment and private equity.

Our dedicated Careers Team will help you identify your ideal career path and work with you to maximise the potential of accomplishing your professional goals.

The opportunity to tailor-make your master's in Investment Management degree to your career aspirations is facilitated through a wide range of electives, and the possibility to undertake faculty-supervised applied research projects that blend the latest academic developments and current market practice.

Class of 2017 profile

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Investment Management class of 2017 are working are:

  • Ardian - Intern
  • Barclays - Equity Research Analyst
  • Bloomberg - Analyst
  • BNP Paribas - FX and LM Sales
  • Citi - Analyst
  • Deloitte - Analyst
  • Grant Thornton - Senior Analyst
  • Invesco PowerShares - Capital Markets Analyst
  • KPMG - Audit Trainee
  • Liberty Specialty Markets - Analyst
  • Moody's Investors Service - Financial Data Analyst
  • PwC - Risk Assurance associate
  • Terra Capital Advisory - M&A Professional
  • Third Bridge - Associate.

Where they are working now

  • UK - 45%
  • EU/EEA - 9%
  • Other European - 2%
  • North America - 2%
  • South America - 2%
  • Africa and Middle East - 4%
  • Asia - 36%
13% Accounting/ Auditing Services
13% Investment Banking(Corporate Finance/ M&A/ECM/DCM)
14% Other Financial Services

The remaining industries are made up of Automotive (2%), Business Services (2%), Financial Services Consulting (4%), Advisory/Boutique firm (4%), Asset Management/ Investment Management (7%), Central Banks/ Ministries/ Regulation (2%), Commercial/ Corporate Banking (5%), Insurance (4%), Other Investment Bank(4%), Investment Banking - Sales/Trading/Structuring(4%), Wealth Management (2%), Private Banking (2%), Rating Agency (2%), Venture Capital/ Private Equity(4%), Healthcare/ Pharmaceuticals/ Biotechnology (2%), Manufacturing (2%), Oil/Gas(2%), Retail/Wholesale (2%), Technology Start-up (2%), Telecommunication Services (2%).

Course information and statistics

Diploma/ certificate
4th
in the UK (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)
Human brain
Simulated trading rooms
supported by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg complement classroom-based study
Man
23
average age of student body
Diploma/ certificate
20th
globally (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)

Accreditation

This MSc is accredited by several professional bodies.

See accreditation details

CFA programme partner

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, recognises the rigour and the relevance of the MSc Investment Management and has awarded this course partner status. CFA Programme Partner status is awarded to a select number of universities around the world whose degree courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA Program is the essential qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the finance sector and the CFA Institute recognises the MSc in Investment Management as strong preparation for their professional exams.

Cass students on CFA partner courses have the option of taking some additional preparatory classes for the CFA exams. They also have access to CFA study materials (including an online Level 1 sample exam) and complimentary access to Financial Newsbrief, a daily investment brief by the CFA. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge.

Each year 5 CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.

Member of CAIA Academic Partnership Programme

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts Association (CAIA) is an independent organisation committed to education in the field of alternative investments and is recognised globally as the hallmark of excellence.

The partnership recognises that the content of the MSc in Investment Management reflects the concepts, tools and practices required by investment professionals working with products ranging from hedge funds to commodities.

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Graduates of the MSc in Investment Management will be eligible to apply for the following:

  • General Insurance qualifications framework
    60 non specific credits at Advanced Diploma level
  • Financial Services qualifications framework
    AF4 Investment Planning (30 credits at Advanced Diploma level)
    Plus
    30 non specific credits at Advanced Diploma Level