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If you want to pursue, or advance,  a career in financial management, this master's course is a great choice. It is designed for anyone who wants to gain the professional qualifications of the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) Investment Management Certificate (IMC) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). The course is one of only a handful of its kind to be accredited by the CBI, giving our students the chance to apply for Associated Membership and enjoy Associate Chartered Banker status. We work closely with the CBI to ensure our course continues to meet the Institute's high standards and gives our graduates the most relevant, sought-after skills.

You will gain skills in financial analysis and econometrics to help prepare you for the course's practical, research-focused assignments and a career in the industry, learning about financial risk management and how this affects company behaviour.

Our students come from all over the world and are motivated to learn in the financial capital with all of the advantages that brings. Based in Stratford, close to the financial powerhouses of the City of London and Canary Wharf, you will live and breathe the financial services industry with this hands-on course.

What makes this course different

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CBI Accredited

The course is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, ensuring you graduate with professional qualifications and highly relevant skills. UEL is one of only a handful of UK universities to have this level of recognition from the CBI.

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Learn from industry experts

You will be taught by active researchers with industry experience, backed by guest speakers from leading finance companies.

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Professional experience

This is a highly practical course that will transform your career prospects and prepare you for industry-specific professional examinations. We use industry-standard software and equipment – and you will learn to trade with our Bloomberg terminals.


We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

On this course you will combine a master's-level knowledge of key theories, concepts and literature with a practical understanding of data collection and analysis. Throughout your studies you will gain insights into how governments and other organisations address financial risks.

You will learn about international finance, investment management and portfolio theory and will also complete a dissertation based on a relevant topic that you choose. (Please note that January and September intake students will study semesters in a different order. January intake students will take the dissertation module midway through the course, rather than at the end. Contact our applicant enquiries team (study@uel.ac.uk) if you have any questions about this).

To develop your practical skills you will learn how to use the Bloomberg trading tool, giving you an advantage over students on similar courses across London, as you will have experience on exactly the same tools that financial managers use on the job. 

We will also prepare you for the financial services industry qualifications, which you will take after the course, including the Chartered Financial Analyst exam, which is recognised throughout the world, and the UK-specific Investment Management Certificate.



  • Core Modules

    International Finance and Securities

    The purpose of this module is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of specific issues of finance in a global context. The module will also enable you to analyse the key financial decisions of a multinational firm when operating in an international setting across a range of financial contexts.


    Bank Credit and Investment Management

    To provide you with an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of credit and lending in the banking industry and develop practitioner’s skills and ability to synthesise complex issues, evaluate information, apply principles and techniques, and make professional judgements and informed decisions in relevant work situations.


    Risk Management in Banking and Corporate Finance

    To provide an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of risk management in the banking industry and banking regulations. In addition, to develop the practitioner’s skills and ability to synthesise complex issues, evaluate information, apply principles and techniques, and make professional judgements to arrive at informed decisions in relevant work situations. The module mainly concentrates on the fundamental concepts and issues in identifying, measuring and controlling risk in a financial setting and the tools and techniques to measure and manage risk.


    Bloomberg Trading Simulation and Professionalism & Ethics in Banking

    The module aims to develop your research and analytical skills, and knowledge of the Bloomberg terminal. You will learn how to develop, implement, and monitor investment goals after considering the risk and return of both markets and investment vehicles.


    Mental Wealth and Applied Research

    This module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from a variety of perspectives, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice.


    Applied Business Project

    The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct a live applied business project. This could include a work-based project, report on internship or placement (paid or unpaid), business simulation, Bloomberg project, project management report, or case study.


Throughout the course you will find an emphasis on collecting, modelling and analysing data to improve your skills and understanding. 

You will have access to the same Bloomberg, Datastream and e-stream databases that are used by financial professionals.

You will be using Bloomberg terminals in exactly the same way as traders in stocks and shares, derivatives and bonds to build and oversee a portfolio (although you won’t be putting your own - or anyone else's - money at risk.)

This practical work will be backed by a stimulating mix of classroom-based lectures, seminars and workshops, taught by our experienced, research active staff.

For example, Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, Head of Finance, Economics and Risk, has interests that include mathematical and statistical modelling, privatization and moral hazard and the economics of the Arab Spring.

You will be taught by up to eight staff with specialist expertise in all aspects of the field and will benefit from employability workshops and guest speakers from the world of finance.

As a master's student, in addition to the face time you have with your teaching staff, you will be expected to undertake a lot of your own research and independent study. We provide the resources, with a range of online and other resources.

You will combine individual study with group work and will be expected to make a contribution to discussions and communicate effectively through written assignments and presentations.


You will take a variety of assessments. These include individual and group assignments, presentations and examinations. Emphasis is on collecting and collating real data and developing advanced skills in modelling using this data.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Baoying Lai

Dr. Baoying Lai is a senior lecturer in Finance and the course leader of MSc Finance and Risk programme at Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

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Taking the course at UEL was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a world-class educational environment, which enabled me to grasp integrated skills and advanced knowledge of banking and finance. This gave me great confidence in fulfilling all of the requirements of my job.

Tuan Anh, MSc Finance and Risk, Now working at Central Bank of Vietnam


You will be well prepared for professional roles in finance and risk as this well respected qualification is designed to boost your career prospects.

If you are determined to pursue a career in the City, this degree will take you a big step closer. But your Master's in Finance and Risk will also open doors to any company or organisation that needs to make evidence-based business decisions.

Financial management plays a crucial, strategic role in companies of any size, so this degree gives you the potential to have influence. By the end of the course you should be able to provide sound financial advice, armed with the skills and knowledge to make a contribution to any company's bottom line.

An obvious choice is to work in the banking sector, but investment and broking firms; multinationals and other corporations are also options for someone who understands the financial markets.

You could also apply your skills and knowledge to the public or not-for-profit sectors, or you may decide to move into accountancy, management consulting, or even teaching and academia.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.