MSc Investment and Financial Management
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
The MSc Investment and Financial Management course is designed to prepare you to make a difference in the global corporate and financial sector.
You’ll be someone who is deeply ambitious and who aspires to rise to the top in investment and finance. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to go into any number of roles, including manager, business analyst, trader, broker, market specialist or accountant. We also welcome students with family businesses who are looking to advance. Many of our students have studied or worked in finance abroad and are looking for the edge that studying in the UK will bring.
This is a prestigious course with an international approach – you’ll study your subject from an international perspective, learn alongside students from all over the world and study with internationally respected academics. This prepares you for success on the global stage.
This is an intense and challenging course and you can expect to develop a great deal over your year with us. You will discover the intellectual and practical skills required for a successful career. You’ll also be challenged to become an independent thinker capable of questioning conventional wisdom and pushing boundaries. The course is applied in nature and highly practical.
You will study the international market, learning the latest practices and studying the latest trends. You’ll discover how to combine theory and practice, how to draw on different data sets and databases, and how analyse and compare data in order to make effective financial decisions. You’ll explore the new challenges facing corporations are today, analysing solutions and proposing answers of your own. And you’ll learn how to make the best use of new technologies. Increasingly employers are looking for candidates with investment and financial management expertise, including environmental and social expertise. On this course you will learn to ask questions such as: How can corporations contribute to the youth of a country? And how can companies grow without sacrificing the environment? You’ll explore the impact of social and environmental issues on the future of corporations. You’ll learn how to look beyond profit as a key motivator in business. And you’ll cultivate the skills required to work with corporations that care about social and environmental concerns.
Throughout the course you’ll approach your subject from an international perspective. This international focus means you can take insights from one region and apply them to another. For example, you could take insights from a British case study and apply to a Chinese business, and vice versa. You’ll also learn first-hand how to thrive in an international environment, by working alongside students from all over the world, including the EU, Asia, Africa and America.
As you progress you will be encouraged to change the way you think and approach problems. You’ll discover how to look at issues from different points of view. And you’ll graduate as an independent thinker able to come up with your own ideas and debate and defend them.
In addition to your Master’s qualification, you’ll have the chance to gain valuable professional qualifications from Thomson Reuters at no extra cost, including Eikon and Datastream. You’ll be able to apply for scholarships to the FRM Part 1 exam, the CISI Introduction to Securities & Investment L3 exam, and the CFA exam every year. You will also be offered an academic rate to study for CII qualifications such as the CII R02 Investment Principles and Risk exam based upon your interest.
The MSc Investment and Financial Management degree has been accepted into the University Affiliation Program of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute; providing you with scholarship opportunities to sit the CFA Program examinations. The MSc is also an accredited Academic Partner with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP); providing you with opportunities to sit the FRM Part 1 examination with scholarship.
The programme is part of the CISI Education Partner accreditation of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI); providing you with scholarship opportunities to sit a number of their professional examinations and obtain student membership.
This MSc is also a participant of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Higher Education Alignment arrangement, which enables students who are looking to develop a career in the insurance and personal finance profession to undertake the CII qualifications at academic rate with free membership.
Study and Modules
This MSc course has been carefully designed to ensure you graduate with in-depth knowledge and expertise in all the key areas of investment and finance.
Your first semester is a great chance to explore different areas of your subject and discover the areas you might like to focus on during the rest of your studies and later career. You’ll gain a firm foundation in both your subject and other essential business functions. By the end of your first semester you’ll have a solid understanding of basic concepts, functions, roles and decisions of all aspects of business.
In your second semester you’ll delve deeper into your subject with more specialist modules. You’ll learn more techniques, study more complex cases, and go into greater detail, discovering the practices expected of you when working in a corporate finance or governance team or in a leading accountancy firm. You’ll also be able to tailor your studies by choosing one optional module from a selected list.
You’ll also develop your management skills, recognised as important for securing meaningful employment in the global marketplace appropriate to the Master's level of qualification. Alongside this, you’ll focus on the development of the new skill sets for managers of the 21st century.
Through coursework you’ll learn how to critically apply what you’ve learned to corporate practice. This ensures that you graduate with a high level of skill in corporate reporting and are able to critically assess corporate governance practices and corporate policies, such as debt and dividend policies.
Unlike other Master’s courses where your third semester is spent on independent study, on this course you’ll benefit from a third semester of taught modules. You will spend this semester consolidating your learning and further developing your critical thinking skills with modules such as Advanced Investment and Risk Management, and Management and Integrated Business Decisions.
In all your modules you’ll look at issues from a domestic and international perspective. This ensures you leave us ready to excel on the international stage, with skills that are relevant anywhere.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 20)
Optional B Modules(Credits: 20)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
You will benefit from research-led and industry-focused teaching, learning from highly qualified academics and researchers, as well as practitioners with experience working in industry at the highest level.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, guest lectures and independent study. In particular, teaching will be on a blended basis, hence a mix of online, face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous teaching, dependent on public health guidance.
There is no dissertation module on this Masters, which means you’ll benefit from a greater number of taught modules.
You’ll experience a variety of assessment methods which could include exams, coursework, group work and presentations.
You will be able to submit formative and summative work for assessment, and you’ll receive feedback to help you identify areas for improvement and areas of strength.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Any subject area. Please note that if you have studied business before at undergraduate or postgraduate level, there may be some overlap. Therefore we recommend you check the modules carefully to make sure that this course is right for you.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in Writing and Speaking and 5.5 in Listening and Reading)
Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date.
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year
Additional Information or Requirements
This MSc course is open to all students who meet the entry requirements but it is primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied a business-related degree, have limited business knowledge from their undergraduate degree, or have a general business degree and would like to now specialise. If you have a business degree, please check the course modules and content carefully to ensure the programme meets your needs and future career aspirations and requirements Alternatively, please consider one of our Professional courses which may be more suitable.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study the International Pre-Masters programme offered by our partner INTO UEA. This programme guarantees progression to selected Master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details, please click here:
Our Admissions Policy applies to the admissions of all postgraduate applicants.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2024/25 are:
UK Students: £12,900 (full time)
International Students: £22,700 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying, please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
There is a strong focus on preparing you for your future career throughout the course. You’ll learn theories and practices demanded by the most prestigious employers. You’ll also discover essential skills such as CV writing and solo and group interview techniques, and you’ll be able to take part in our annual Employability Week.
You will graduate ready to launch a highly successful career in investment and finance, in the UK and beyond.
You could go on to work for investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, hedge, mutual or pension funds, brokers, rating agencies, venture capitalists and regulatory bodies. You might work as a financial manager, treasurer, capital budget analyst, credit manager or investor relations specialist. Or you might go on to work as a data analyst, advisor or systems developer at a consultancy firm.
You might go straight into a junior or senior role. Either way this course is a common path to senior positions such as Head of Department roles. The international flavour of the course means you’ll be well placed to go on to an international career, working for international companies and multinational corporations.
Alternatively, you might decide to continue your studies with a PhD if you could demonstrate your research skills and potential.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
Investor relations specialist
Discover more on our Careers webpages.