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 Fund 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:
MSc Finance and Investment is taught at Essex Business School. We’re ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) 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.
The University of Essex is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program and our MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program 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.
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.
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:
You benefit from a stunning work environment in our new zero carbon building, including facilities such as:
In 2017, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).
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:
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.
“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)
A 2:2 degree containing core modules relating to Economics or Finance or Banking or Investment (see key modules) and (ideally) at any stage of study Mathematics (calculus), quantitative finance/methods or Econometrics (probability, statistics)
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold 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:
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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.
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
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