MSc Finance and Investment Banking with Placement Year

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Why choose Herts?

  • Work placement opportunities: You have an opportunity to do a year-long finance and investment placement. Previous students have had placements with Canada life, PRGX, and Mayfair Equity Advisory Ltd.
  • Industry connections: Benefit from our 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.

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 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 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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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 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
    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
    Financial Markets and Institutions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics, Finance and Banking 30 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation (MSc FIB) 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods MSc FIB 0 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement 60 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement Portfolio 0 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Dr George Katechos
    Senior Lecturer, Finance
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc (SW) Finance and Investment Banking with Sandwich Placement Download
    MSc (SW) Finance and Investment Banking Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc (SW) Finance and Investment Banking Download
    MSc (SW) Finance and Investment Banking Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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