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MSc Finance and Investment Banking with Advanced Research

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry connections: We have strong connections with employers such as Canada Life and Santander with many companies attending our careers fairs.
  • Employment prospects: Graduates work as financial analysts, senior investment managers, bond analysts, and portfolio managers for organisations including HSBC, Standard Chartered, Nomura, and Gallagher & Mohan.

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. 

The MSc Finance and Investment Banking with Advanced Research programme provides a second taught year in which students study applied financial concepts and professional and consultancy skills. 

The programme echoes the esteemed Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA®) level 1 and 2 curriculum. 

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 course?

Our Postgraduate studies are sector-leading amongst over 100 Higher Education Institutions in the UK as evidenced by our extraordinary achievement:  

  • 2nd for finance in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)  
  • 1st for Skills Development, 2nd for Support, Resources, Community and Assessment (Advance HE, 2023)  
  • 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 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  

What will I study?

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 the 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.  

  • Level 7
    Quantitative Analysis15 CreditsCompulsory
    Financial Data Analysis15 CreditsCompulsory
    Financial Markets and Institutions15 CreditsCompulsory
    Economics, Finance and Banking30 CreditsCompulsory
    Professional and Consultancy Skills30 CreditsCompulsory
    Research Methods MSc FIB15 CreditsCompulsory
    Financial Statement Analysis15 CreditsCompulsory
    Research based Project MSc FIB60 CreditsCompulsory
    Asset Valuation15 CreditsCompulsory
    Applied Financial Concepts and Research30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Key staff

    Dr Jiayi Balasuriya

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Finance and Investment Banking with Advanced Research Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Finance and Investment Banking with Advanced Research Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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