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International Finance and Investment MSc

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Overview

Our MSc International Finance and Investment programme will provide you with skills and expertise to appraise issues facing financial market participants and to improve the practice of investment and risk management in a sustainable and ethical manner. It focuses on trading portfolio management and corporate finance following latest developments in the finance field by offering Financial Technology (FinTech) as a core module. You will be taught by research active academics who are able to bring fresh insights into their teaching. Research strengths include Corporate Finance, Financial Economics, International Finance, Project Finance, Accounting, Financial Markets and Corporate Governance. Teaching is academically rigorous and strong emphasis is placed on practical relevance.

This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in investment banking trading, asset management, portfolio investment, hedge funds, corporate finance management and financial analysis or to pursue further studies in finance. 

Key features 

    • This programme qualifies successful students for the CIMA Masters Gateway accelerated entry route
    • Intensive use of the Trading Room via your core modules in Applied Trading and Portfolio Management
    • Mentoring and one-to-one academic support from leading academics at the forefront of their fields
    • Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness, including optional language study
    • Course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc
    • Opportunity to pursue an Executive Company Project, or traditional dissertation during the summer
    • A contemporary choice of optional modules including: Behavioural Finance, Sustainable Banking, and Finance and Development
    • Teaching from academics with experience across many segments of the finance industry
    • There are also opportunities to get involved with a DMU Global international experience programme such as a visit to New York City’s financial district

 

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Scholarships

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DMU Global High Flyers Award
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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s):
September: N40073

Duration:
12 months

Start dates: 
September 2020 

Location of study: Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £7,700

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

Programme code(s):
September: N40073

Duration:
12 months

Start dates: 
September 2020 

Location of study: Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees for international students will be £14,600

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

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in an Accounting, Finance, Banking, Economics or Business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalent standing, relevant work experience and strong quantitative degrees (Statistics, Engineering, Maths and Physics) will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (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

Accreditations

 

Course core modules

  • Research Methods 
    The module provides you with a broad understanding of business and academic research methods. It is designed to help students prepare for a Dissertation  or Executive Company Project. You will be guided on the selection and planning of a suitable research project. The module will review research design, paradigms and ethics, including the broader ethical impact of research. Through undertaking this module, you will cover a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. You will also be guided as to how to use financial datasets available in DMU. 
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions 
    This module guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.

  • Applied Corporate Finance
    This module introduces key skills required for work in corporate finance. This module covers sources of funds for companies, investment needs, project appraisal and management of portfolios, risk measurement, relevance of capital structure and methods of company valuation.
  • Financial Econometrics 
    This module introduces the theory and practice of financial econometric modelling techniques including the generalised method of moments (GMM), error correction models, ARCH-GARCH and time-series forecasting.
  • Financial Technology
    The module provides students with the ability to propose and evaluate financial innovations. Students are taught theories of innovation, relevant technologies, and the impact of changes to the regulatory context. The module includes a series of Case Studies to illustrate incremental and disruptive innovation. These Case Studies include alternative lending (such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer); bond and equity market innovations (such as exchange-traded funds and collateralised debt obligations); derivatives innovation (such as credit default swaps); alternative assets; electronic trading strategies (such as algorithmic and high frequency) and alternative payment systems (such as blockchain and cryptocurrency).
  • Applied Trading
    This module provides a broad understanding of the skills needed to turn clients' investment objectives into trading strategies. It is designed to prepare participants for roles in investment firms, regulators, and clients. Guidance on the links between finance theory and trading will be part of your programme of study. You will manage a simulated sub-portfolio on behalf of a virtual client. During the module, you will report to, and make trading recommendations on behalf of, this client. Your advice will be in response to real-time daily news, and changes in your client's investment objectives. This module offers a unique chance for you to apply your knowledge of finance theory, and portfolio management to a changing situation. You will become familiar with many aspects of the trading floor and you will learn how to analyse the impact of trading strategies on risk, return, and transaction costs. You will also gain an understanding of hedging, and how to manage client cash flows.
  • Portfolio Management
    This module taught from the portfolio manager’s perspective, issues in price formation for all the major asset classes will be explored. Markets will be investigated with particular attention to the fundamental and non-fundamental components of securities pricing. To this end you will examine the standard valuation methods in addition to concepts arising from the behavioural finance literature. Optimal portfolio allocation will also feature. The overriding objective of the module is to provide a framework for well-placed investment decisions and to become familiar with the various investment strategies, providing a knowledge base for those wishing to pursue professional qualifications in this field.

 

Plus choose one of the following:

  • Behavioural Finance 
    This module offers alternative explanations about why prices deviate from their fundamental values and why certain anomalies still persist in the marketplace. Psychological theories will be introduced to enhance your finance knowledge and develop models to improve predictability of stock prices.
  • Sustainable Banking, Finance, and Development
    This module explores the role and linkage of banking and finance in economic development, and consider both the sustainability of banking and the requirements for banking and finance to further sustainable economic development.

Plus either:

  • Dissertation
    This involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of investment and finance.

Or

  • Executive Company Project
    This offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.

 

De Montfort University reserves the right to revise, review or withdraw any of the content at any time without prior notice, including (but not limited to) courses, fees, funding and events.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so 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 and in semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your Dissertation or Executive Company Project.

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.

Accreditation

This programme qualifies successful students for the CIMA Masters Gateway accelerated entry route.

This programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square meters of extra space. The extension is designed to make your studies more comfortable, featuring classrooms, self-study spaces equipped with USB sockets to charge your phone or laptop, a large and airy student breakout space, a new Student Advice Centre and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. 

 

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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 DMU Global, 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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

An International Finance and Investment MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers. You may choose to pursue a career in finance, banking, investments or a variety of other roles within the finance industry.

You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans.

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We frequently travel the world to meet talented and ambitious students where we offer guidance about your application and can often offer places straight away to suitably qualifies students. Find out more.

 
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