MSc Finance and Investment Banking

About the programme

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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. 

Why choose this programme?

  • 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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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. 

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Senior Lecturer, Finance
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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.

English Language entry requirements

In addition all students for whom English is not their first language must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency.  The standard required is an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each band), or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire. 

[Pre-sessional English language courses are available at the University of Hertfordshire for students who have an IELTS score of 6.0]

This requirement will be waived if the student has successfully completed an undergraduate degree at a university in the United Kingdom, or another country acceptable to the University of Hertfordshire, where study was in English and the student was based in that university’s home country during study.

The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03), along with associated procedures.  These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).

Programme fees

Fees 2020

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £14265 for the 2020/2021 academic year
Part time
  • £1185 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15150 for the 2020/2021 academic year
Part time
  • £1300 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year



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