Finance and Investment

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

The MSc in Finance and Investment is recognised as one of the leading postgraduate qualifications for a successful career in the financial, banking and insurance sectors. This full-time programme provides rigorous training in finance and investment to develop a mix of applied skills essential for a wide range of roles in both financial and non-financial organisations.

We aim to produce responsible specialists who have a strong financial and investment perspective in areas such as corporate finance, asset pricing, portfolio management, financial derivatives analysis, macroeconomic policy and international financial markets.

Our academic excellence in this field ensures high quality teaching, which is supported by internationally recognised research delivered by our dedicated research centre, the Bradford Centre for International Business and Finance (BCIBF). We successfully balance financial theory and thought leadership with practical application to produce financial experts who can make a difference in the real world of business, finance and investment.

The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide. Bloomberg enables students to gain exposure to 'real life' financial data and get a feel for the context within which 'real' investment decisions are made in industry.

We regularly invite external experts from academia and industry as speakers in order to further enhance the relevance of classroom discussion and study, and provide a meaningful context to ongoing topical events of interest.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.

ACCA

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools In Britain and home to over 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.

At our Bradford campus  and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.

Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master's qualification from a leading UK university.

Rankings

  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016

Entry requirements

For the specialist MSc in Finance and Investment applicants will normally have a good degree awarded by an approved UK or overseas university, in accounting and finance, economics, management (with a significant component of economics and/or accounting and finance) or a quantitative science such as mathematics, physics or engineering. Exceptional candidates without the usual academic qualifications but with appropriate professional qualifications and work experience may be admitted on their merits.

English language requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or 

Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or 

PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Business Economics
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Portfolio Management
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities and Credit Risk
  • Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management
  • International Finance
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose two from the following options:

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Financial Risk Management in European Banking*
  • Strategic Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

*As part of the School's exchange agreement with the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Toulouse, students are offered the opportunity to study this module in Toulouse each year.

Learning activities and assessment

This full-time 12 month programme will help you to develop technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that will be highly relevant to your career in finance, banking or investment & asset management.

You'll study 10 compulsory modules to provide a firm foundation of core skills; in finance, accounting & investment management. You have the opportunity to select two elective modules of your choice to help you specialise in an area of personal interest.

We place particular emphasis on computer-based methods of learning finance. As a Master's in Finance student at Bradford, you learn to apply to real market data the financial-software packages used most widely in practice.

You will also have the opportunity to use interactive trading simulated software packages (i.e. Market-Class simulator package) to enhance your understanding of investment analysis and portfolio management.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

Career prospects

Our Master's in Finance graduates are in an excellent position to compete for jobs across a wide range of financial disciplines, including corporate finance, investment banking, portfolio management, financial consultancy, fixed income and derivatives trading, risk management and financial research.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Facilities

The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide.

The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment.

Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.

Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £10,000
  • International: £14,950

Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.

International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.

Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort - evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.


Alumni Discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated, will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree.


Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.


University-wide scholarships

There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.


You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.