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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 gives you an in-depth knowledge of:

  • Corporate activity
  • Investment decision making
  • Pension funds
  • International finance

It is a well-recognised qualification that will boost your employability and career potential in the financial, banking and insurance sectors.

Our programme focuses on responsible decision making within finance, using cutting edge methods and computational tools such as the Bradford Trading Room to give you experience of live economic finance data and the ‘real life’ decision making context.

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

You’ll learn from a diverse, international, and highly experienced teaching faculty with established credentials in research and business applications.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

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?

The School of Management is the oldest University based business school in the UK, with a reputation for excellence in finance, economics and accounting.

Our teaching is informed by internationally recognised research from our Centre for Applied Research in Accounting, Finance and Economics (CARAFE).

Our postgraduate students enjoy a supportive learning environment where cutting edge knowledge, and its application to the business and decision making context, are well integrated and delivered by a highly trained, professional faculty.

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

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

The MSc in Finance and Investment focuses on the key elements of corporate finance, investment management and applied quantitative finance.

The programme produces specialists who have a strong financial perspective on corporate activity, pension fund behaviour, the economy and international financial markets. There will be particular focus on providing you with the conceptual understanding, knowledge and technical skills that are required to implement advanced financial models in a practical way.

Regular use of the most widely utilised financial software packages are a key element of the programme.

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.

Study Abroad

As part of our exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students have the opportunity to study a module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year.

This is a very popular option, allowing participants to broaden their knowledge and experience a different business culture.

Study Tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

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 Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme routinely secure jobs in top firms in the City of London and internationally.

Recent examples include:

  • Price Waterhouse Coopers, Frankfurt
  • Standard Chartered Bank, UK and Pakistan
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Alpha Bank
  • Capita Consulting
  • Guarantee Trust Bank, Nigeria
  • Asia Commercial Bank, Vietnam
  • KPDP Consulting, France

The mix of technical, presentational, analytical and research skills that are developed by this programme are highly attractive to specialist firms, and our students are highly sought after by leading international firms.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, 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 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.

Research

The Centre for Applied Research in Accounting, Finance and Economics (CARAFE) provides a thriving research environment and an avenue for presenting research and facilitating scholarly discussion, including Accounting, Finance and Economics staff at FOML as well as invited guest speakers.

The teaching philosophy in this MSc is research led. Our academics incorporate cutting edge research results and enable students to gain knowledge of and skills in subject specific techniques. At the same time there is a strong emphasis on application to the business context, as well as facilitating responsible financial decision making.

Facilities

The Bradford Trading Room enables our students to gain experience in real life financial and economic markets using software such as Bloomberg Professional.

Bloomberg Professional is an industry standard market information software package that is used by a majority of organisations engaged in finance, banking and macroeconomic analysis. It offers a feature rich environment with a wide range of data classes, giving access to data used in decision making in areas such as macroeconomic policy making and central banking, portfolio management, equities, insurance, and risk analysis.

 

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

You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:


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.