About the course

The course offers a coherent and intellectual learning experience, providing you with a critical understanding of the subject and enabling you to employ the tools of analysis used by a wide range of finance and investment banking professionals.

You can now combine this specialist Master's with a year long placement. The work placement opportunity gives you a practical perspective to your academic studies and enables you to increase greatly your skill set for a wide range of finance and investment banking careers. The programme also echoes the esteemed Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA®) level 1 and 2 examinations.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include a range of investment banking roles (e.g. financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager) as well as roles within financial departments of corporations/organisations (e.g. treasury, financial control, risk analysis etc.). Furthermore, the programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of finance, accounting and economics. 

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc (SW) Finance and Investment Banking
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Finance and Investment Banking

Why choose this course?

  • Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment banking and associated subject fields
  • Provide students with an opportunity to undertake an one-year work placement of full time work experience
  • Provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to identify suitable tools for the investigation of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund/asset management, economics analysis and financial reporting;
  • Provide students with the necessary IT analytical skills which reinforce the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the programme. The students will learn quantitative methodology, to carry out quantitative analyses of relevant financial and economic problems

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Key staff

Dr George Katechos
Senior Lecturer, Finance
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Course details

Careers

Every aspect of this Master’s is designed to give you the necessary skills for a successful career in a wide range of finance and investment banking roles. You’ll benefit from our academic team’s expertise and experience, as well as the School’s excellent business links and student employability record.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include a range of investment banking roles (e.g. financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager) as well as roles within financial departments of corporations/organisations (e.g. treasury, financial control, risk analysis etc.). Furthermore, the programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of finance, accounting and economics.

You’ll also study alongside postgraduate students from around the world, gaining direct experience of other cultures and creating a worldwide network of friends and contacts. The University of Hertfordshire also regularly hosts visiting professors from international universities and speakers from leading companies, who each bring their own perspectives on the challenges facing the business world today.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching and learning that includes small group seminars, statistical software packages, lectures and access to specialist web-based resources. The teaching material of programme is based on the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA®) curriculum level 1 and 2.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework and exams including written reports of various lengths, presentations, and practical assignments. You will also be able to complete a research dissertation, in conjunction with your supervisor, for the research component of your programme. 

Work Placement

As part of our MSc Finance and Investment Banking, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement. This will develop your practical understanding of Finance or investment banking roles and allow you to take academic theory and combine it with practical skills. Students are helped by the UH Careers and Employment Service when looking for work placements. 

Structure

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Financial Statement Analysis 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Statement Analysis 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Quantitative Analysis 15 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Data Analysis 15 Credits Compulsory
    Asset Valuation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for the Workplace 0 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Markets and Institutions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics, Finance and Banking 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods: MSc Finance and Investment Banking 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation: MSc Finance and Investment Banking 45 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £14265 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £15150 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

    • An honours degree (at least 2:2 or equivalent) in the field of economics, finance, banking, accounting, business studies, science, engineering, mathematics, or
    • A suitable professional qualification (including ACCA, CIMA CIPFA, CFA, ICAEW, ICS), or
    • Other appropriate qualifications/experience to be assessed by the Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Sandwich, 2 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Mandatory Sandwich Placement year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students