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MScInvestment and Risk Finance

Tuition fee £14,500.00 per year
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westminster.ac.uk/..t-and-risk-finance-msc 

Overview

This course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the key aspects of investment and risk finance, delivered in an intensive learning environment. You will learn how to apply the knowledge and theory you have gained in class to real-world problems facing the international financial services industry and the corporate financial management community. This practical application of investment and risk principles is one of the main strengths of this programme.

The learning and skills development is integrated with resources available in our Financial Markets Suite (FMS), a state-of-the-art virtual trading room environment. The FMS is interfaced with the Bloomberg system, a leading source of economics and capital markets information available to the global professional financial community. Provision of this Bloomberg resource, along with the academic and professional career development opportunities are the main reasons why our students prefer to select this programme.

Upon successful completion of the course, you are eligible for a student membership of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – a financial services professional body. Some of the benefits include free attendance at CPD events, accessibility to industry news and online resources.

The course has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It’s delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy.

The course consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You’ll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting.

The research and project modules are designed to develop your research abilities and create opportunities to explore finance subject areas of your own interest in more depth. This will enable you to apply the analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.

A highlight for many students are the social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with fellow students and alumni. Students on this course also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Programme structure

Core modules

Data Analysis

Through this module you will cover a range of data analysis methods and concepts.

Financial Derivatives

This module develops your theoretical understanding of financial derivatives markets. You will price and value financial derivatives from first principles and explore how financial derivative products can be used effectively in risk and investment management applications.

Modern Portfolio Management

You will develop your understanding of contemporary portfolio theory and investment management principles in order to actively manage a range of investment funds used by professional institutional investors and the private wealth management industry.

Project

An 8,000-10,000-word dissertation in the area of finance.

Research Methods in Finance and Accounting

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of investment and risk finance.

International Risk Management

This module provides you with the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about risk management.


Sub-core modules

Choose two or three of the following:

Contemporary International Financial Management

The study is grounded in the case study method and provides the basic numerical toolkit required to analyse a range of listed companies that are pursuing value-based growth strategies. Thus, students will be able to apply a range of equity valuation methods to contemporary stocks, including those companies where growth is focused on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring events.

Financial Markets and Institutions

This module offers detailed coverage and analysis of global financial markets and institutions. Theory delivered in class is underpinned by real-life case examples. Students will gain hands-on training and exposure to the Bloomberg system in the Financial Market Suite.

Fixed Income Analysis and Trading

This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional fixed income securities.

Forecasting Markets and Risk Modelling

This module explores advanced ideas and applications of econometrics in forecasting financial markets and risk modelling.

Career opportunities

As an investment and risk finance postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in treasury and front office positions in investment banks and securities companies, as well as analyst or money management positions in the global financial services sector.

Your exposure to the Financial Markets Suite simulated financial trading facility will mean you will be equipped in both the theory and practice of investment and risk finance.

Apply now! Spring semester 2018/19
Application start
Sep 1, 2018
Application deadline
Sep 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries.

Studies commence
Feb 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States