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Finance and Investment MSc

Leicester Business School is a Gold Approved ACCA Learning Partner and accredited by CIMA

Overview

Reasons to study Finance and Investment at DMU:

This course is designed for recent graduates from a wide range of disciplines, and professionals who wish to develop and/or enhance their existing knowledge and understanding of finance. You will study financial markets, investments, financial instruments and financial valuation. 

  • Excellent Quality Assurance Agency results
    The Department of Accounting and Finance received the best possible results from the Government’s most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assessment for the quality of its teaching and student support.
  • Insight in to key finance and investment principles
    You will critically examine the contemporary financial system, its institutions and participants; the corporate finance function of modern enterprises; investment analysis and valuation; and other advanced concepts and theories in finance.
  • Gain insights into financial research
    Extensive use of financial databases for research and learning
  • Boost your potential earnings 
    Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)


Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

 

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Global Financial Management MSc
International Business and Finance MSc

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Leicester Business School, Hugh Aston Building 

Fees and funding: £7,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Leicester Business School, Hugh Aston Building 

Fees and funding: £12,200

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should have a good honours degree or overseas equivalent, in a business, accounting, finance, banking or economics-related subject.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

Corporate Finance – provides an introduction to key topics in corporate finance and provides the necessary tools, techniques and basic quantitative research methodology to undertake further modules.

Financial Markets and Institutions – introduces you to the complex area of financial intermediation and financial markets. You will look at the role of both the domestic and global financial systems and the regulations placed upon them.

Investment Valuation – in this module you will learn skills and competences necessary to provide expert financial valuation services to different forms of organisations and individuals.

Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.

Econometrics – during this module you will extend your knowledge of quantitative research methodology by exploring the scope and methodology of econometrics.

Finance Theory – introduces you to several topics of modern finance theory, including the current financial environment, consumption and investment decision making and investment risk and return.

Financial Derivatives – explores the nature and use of these complex financial instruments at an advanced level by focusing on every major class of derivatives, their pricing, and their use in hedging, price discovery and speculation.

Behavioural Finance – examines the core principles of the behavioural finance theory through the examination of ideas from psychology and decision making to better understand how these are linked with the finance discipline.

Dissertation - you must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of finance and/or investment (in its broadest sense). You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Modules include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive sessions. Across the eight taught modules, only three of the 16 pieces of assessment are examinations. The rest are assessed through group or individual coursework. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationary.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

The Department of Accounting and Finance has a strong work-related bias, offering professional, postgraduate and undergraduate courses.

You will develop an advanced understanding of accounting and finance issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with key financial skills sought after by many organisations.

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50% off selected PG courses

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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