The programme syllabus draws extensively from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme curriculum and students will be supported to sit the CFA Level I examination alongside their studies. The CFA qualification is a globally recognised, postgraduate designation that provides a strong foundation of investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge required in the modern investment industry. Successful candidates will therefore graduate with an MSc from a Russell Group institution and have passed Level I of the CFA qualification. With a rigorous focus on both theory and application, students will benefit from leading edge insight and global perspective from city practitioners, building on firm foundations in quantitative skills, corporate finance, financial analysis, portfolio management, financial instruments and other critical areas. The programme aims to provide students with a solid understanding of the interaction of finance, financial markets and securities and investment analysis. On graduation they will have a good understanding of contemporary financial principles and know how these apply to financial intermediation, savings and investment. Students will also be trained in financial market applications of these theories and concepts in addition to learning how to use state'of'the'art industry analytics in their studies. The programme is designed to provide both academic knowledge and practical skills, allowing successful candidates to find employment in the financial services industry or a regulatory body related to financial markets.
Semester 1 modules: corporate finance; financial reporting and analysis; quantitative methods and economics; research skills. Semester 2 modules: derivatives and alternative investments; equity and fixed income markets; portfolio management and ethics; regulation and ethics. Semester 3 module: research project (dissertation).
Course Additional Entry
Students normally need to have a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2.1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on their individual merits and should discuss their particular circumstances with the Programme Director. Applications from students with a professional background rather than an undergraduate degree will be assessed in accordance with the principles of the University's AP(E)L policy, and the practice and precedents of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component); TOEFL iBT; 88 or above with minimum scores in components: listening and writing 21, reading 22, speaking 23; International Baccalaureate Standard Level (Grade 5); Hong Kong Use of English AS Level C; India Standard XII 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards; WAEC C4 to 6.
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