Finance and Investment Management
School - Salford Business School
Subject area - International Finance, Accounting and Economics
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
- This programme makes extensive use of the Bloomberg Trading suite
- Taught by subject area experts
- Covers modern finance theory and investment strategy to an advanced level
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme follows the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) syllabus, preparing students to sit for the professional CFA exams.
Your studies will cover modern finance and investment theory to provide you with solid foundations and practical business techniques so that you are fully aware of the implications and assumptions in use. You will learn to critically appreciate the limitations of modern finance and investment methodologies and to apply them in different contexts.
The programme is highly practical and makes extensive use of real-world examples to examine the application of your learning. You will work in the School’s Bloomberg trading room to develop your trading skills and in the final semester, you will work on a live industry brief, either for your own employer or with another organisation.
The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.
Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years. During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.
Semester 3Business Innovation Project
Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of post-graduate taught programmes in the UK.
For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:
- Dissertation – traditional 3 month research pathway
- Live Project – 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project
- Internship – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation
- Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.
- 3 month research project culminating in a 12-15,000 word dissertation
- Topics can be undertaken in a number of areas:
- personal interest in a topic area which supports your career aspirations
- an academic’s research area which explores challenging developments in the supervisor’s area of expertise
- in partnership with a company or sponsoring company
- an entrepreneurial opportunity, particularly suitable if you wish to research your own business opportunity.
- 3 month commercial research project
- Group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report
- 1 to 3 month commercial project, undertaken full or part-time with the host company
- Internships are often voluntary positions providing interesting project experience, some positions are paid
- 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation
- 4 to 6 month work based project undertaken at the organisations premises
- Assessment consist of a portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words
- Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas
- Students can undertake placements with their sponsor or employing organisation
- For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions
- For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months
- The salary range for placements range from £14,320 to £25,000 pro rata – the average is £19,555 pro rata.