Work towards a career in the finance and investment industry with our MSc Finance and Investment programme that is focused on the practical application of finance in the investment world.
Designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute* qualification, as well as a range of employability attributes, the course will encourage your development and commitment in becoming an investment professional. As you progress, you will become more effective and creative in problem solving, as well as being able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and abroad.
The first semester of the course will provide a solid grounding in finance and supporting practices and its importance in business, ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as your study route in semester two and three.
During the second semester of the programme, there will be more flexible learning opportunities that will enable you to specialise in particular subject areas, as well as allowing you to tailor your programme to a specific career aim.
Based at the University’s new campus in the UK’s second city, you’ll live and study in a vibrant environment and engage with local, national and international businesses. You will be taught by highly-qualified academics with industrial and professional experience.
*Trademark Disclaimer: CFA Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Birmingham City University. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Saturday 4 November 2017, between 12 and 3pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
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You are required to meet one of the following options:
An honours degree from a UK University (minimum 2:2) in a Finance related discipline.
An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2) in a finance related discipline.
Successful passing a Pre-Master's course approved by Birmingham City University
Successful passing a Pre-Master's course at another UK university/institution with a minimum of 55 per cent average
Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.
Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype.
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
|MSc||Sep 2018||FT||1 Year||£7,900 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MSc||Sep 2018||FT||1 Year||£12,000 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
*Subject to any further inflationary increase as approved by the government. The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Applied Financial Econometrics
You will learn how to construct, apply and assess various financial econometric models, as well as preparing an independent data empirical analysis, including critical thinking. Assessment is through a report.
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
The aim of the module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles and practice of personal and institutional portfolio management. You will assess investment fund performance, with an appropriate evaluation of risk and return, and critically analyse the trading environment.
This module focuses upon the formulation and implementation of financial strategy to support the overall strategy of organisations. In addition to evaluating the financing requirements of differing organisations, you’ll consider the relative merits and drawbacks of alternative financing solutions and value investment opportunities for corporate entities including mergers and acquisitions.
Investigating Finance Practice
You will conduct a 5,000-word report as you critically appraise a specific area of finance, making relevant and appropriate recommendations and conclusions. This module will help you to develop the critical analysis skills that will be required for your final dissertation/project.
In this module, you will assess derivative contracts and their appropriateness for investment and management. You will evaluate different risks associated with investments and financing, and use derivative contracts to hedge the relevant risks.
Strategic Risk Management
You will evaluate a company’s exposure to risk and the financial and non-financial risk management processes used to control this. This module will also help you to prepare a risk adjusted capital budget and evaluate the outcome of this for a business. Assessment will be by a combination of coursework and an examination.
Contrast the traditional and behavioural finance perspectives on portfolio construction by looking at how behavioural biases can impact on financial market characteristics.
Global finance is a constantly evolving subject that deals very much with real world issues such as the causes of exchange rate movements, the challenges for international organisations and the implications macroeconomic linkage between economies. This module focuses on finance decision making in an international context. It includes the issues of foreign exchange rate behaviour, managing exchange rate risks and foreign investment.
Research Skills and Dissertation/Project
To gain the MSc, you will submit a 12,000-word research dissertation or work based project that includes an in-depth critical evaluation of current literature on the subject and either empirical research or analysis of problem solutions in order to reach conclusions and recommendations. To prepare you for this there will be a series of research skills and methodology seminars to guide you through the process and equip you with the relevant research tools. Both elements will be assessed, with the dissertation accounting for 40 credits of the 60 credits available.
All modules will mix face-to-face lectures with online activities. As a practice-based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts to real-world scenarios. Online delivery will also be provided via the University’s virtual learning environment, and modules will also require you to engage with online study to prepare for, participate in and further develop your skills.
Due to the professional alignment of the programme, examinations will be a common feature when it comes to assessments. However, a variety of methods will be used, and you’ll be required to deliver reports, presentations, essays and project plans, both individually and within a group.
You will regularly engage with tutors, working together to identify any gaps in your knowledge and finding appropriate learning activities to suit your individual needs. A variety of learning activities will be used, whether it be a short written piece or a reflective journal, and you’ll be given regular feedback by your personal tutor.
You will have the opportunity to go on relevant trips such as visiting the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange.
After completing your MSc, you could progress onto studying at PhD level, a full CFA qualification, or an accountancy qualification.
The finance specialism and professional alignment of the programme enables fast-track progression into a career as a fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager.
We boast partnerships with businesses across the globe, including AXA Insurance, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and PwC.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.
All of our teaching staff for this course hold relevant academic and/or professional qualifications, along with years of relevant working experience, ensuring you receive a comprehensive, contemporary education.