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Finance and Investment Management

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - International Finance, Accounting and Economics

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)

PgCert (four months full-time or one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,417 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,500

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • 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

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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 1  

Risk Portfolio and Investment Analysis aims to help you understand and apply the general principles behind modern risk management approaches. In this module, you will devise strategies to use modern portfolio management approaches and critically evaluate the limitations of modern statistical techniques        in making financial decisions.
In this module, you will critically assess modern corporate governance in light of the recent financial crisis and review the ethical issues in running modern firms. You will also critically assess modern capital structure theory, the risks and opportunities involved in mergers and acquisitions and        the limitations and applications of statistical methods in finance.

Semester 2  

This module aims to help you understand and apply the general principles behind the valuation of fixed income and derivative securities. You will devise strategies to solve problems facing institutional investors, governments and transnational bodies.
This module involves the evaluation of the theoretical basis of modern equity valuation and the concepts behind financial reporting. You will examine the impact of market and accounting based factors on the performance of firm equity value and devise strategies to minimise the risks associated with        equity valuation.

Semester 3  

Business Innovation Project

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree.  You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Business Innovation Project.

An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem.  You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.
This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect the commercial reality of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.    You will produce a group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report for assessment.
This involves working on a company project. You will spend a minimum of three days per week on the project brief with a total of 300 hours being available to complete the project. You will normally be based in the University but will spend significant time in the organisation.  The majority of internships are voluntary unpaid positions, but you will gain significant real-world experience. In many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.  You will produce a 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation for assessment.
The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning.  You will work full time with your employer for four to six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project.  You will produce 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.
  • You can undertake your placements with your 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.
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.  A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted.  We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).  

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Suitable For

Any graduate who wishes to specialise in modern finance, banking, risk management and investment.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,500
Part-time£1,417 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section

Teaching

The course is block delivered with students studying a single module for a 6 week period.  Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables are provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Students on completing this course will be able to work as analysts, investment manager, risk managers, fund managers in a wide range of financial industries.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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