About the course
How should financial professionals react to increasing regulatory and technological change? What tools and skills must you possess for a successful career in finance and investment?
This professionally recognised course provides advanced knowledge of finance and investment.
We develop your analytical skills and use of quantitative tools through industry-standard Bloomberg software. You tackle real-world investment decisions in our virtual trading floor, designed with input from a practicing Hedge Funder Manager. Our trading floor replicates the professional setting you might find in the City, allowing you to develop the skills needed in industry and gain an advantage in the graduate recruitment market.
You embark on a broad educational programme, preparing you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations operating in varying and complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. Upon graduation, you may be suitable for employment in a host of finance and investment posts.
You develop knowledge and skills in:
- portfolio theory
- fixed-income securities
- behavioural finance
- corporate finance
MSc Finance and Investment is taught at Essex Business School. We’re ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014) and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of contemporary finance. We’re an internationally diverse school, with our Masters students joining us from more than 40 countries.
Our MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge.
Upon completing this course, you are well positioned to sit for the CFA exams, which are among the most widely-recognised and established qualifications in the UK.
Essex Business School offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and Investment Management Certificate (IMC) level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students. We are an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.
This course is also available to study part time and the University of Essex offers scholarships and discounts that you may be able to take advantage of. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“I chose this course because it combines complex financial theory with practical application. My assignments are based on real-life issues, so I’m hoping this will give me the competitive edge in the graduate jobs market.”
Van Dinh Tung, MSc Finance and Investment (2016)
Our expert staff
Essex Business School has one of the largest finance groups in the UK and is home to Essex Finance Centre.
With both academic and industry experience, our expert team are at the forefront of the financial debate; their work has been discussed at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.
We use a broad range of social science theories and concepts to explore:
- business ethics and corporate social responsibility
- organisation studies
- leadership and strategy
- finance and banking
- risk management
- international management
You benefit from a stunning work environment in our new zero carbon building, including facilities such as:
- a winter garden, which provides the building’s unique micro-climate
- light and spacious lecture theatres
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- networking opportunities with visiting businesses
- Bonds café
- study skills services
In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).
By completing this course, you should understand the financial drivers of an increasingly complex business world and have the best foundation for your career in finance.
Many of our recent graduates work for high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs worldwide, including:
- Deutsche Bank
- Standard Chartered
- GlobeOp Financial Services
- Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
- Credit Data Research, a business funder
As well as enjoying careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, many of our graduates are successful entrepreneurs. Recent examples include international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
Throughout your course, our dedicated employability team will help you find information about work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. Advice and opportunities are also available from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in finance, economics or business. We also welcome applications from candidates with any science or engineering degree.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.