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MSc Finance and Risk

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Course summary

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.

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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.

Learn from industry experts

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

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.

Tuan Anh

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

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.

What you'll study 

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.

  • International Finance and Securities (core)
  • Bank Credit and Investment Management (core)
  • Risk Management in Banking and Corporate Finance (core)
  • Bloomberg Trading Simulation and Professionalism & Ethics in Banking
  • Mental Wealth 4: Mental Wealth and Applied Research
  • Applied Business Project (core) 

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.

How you'll be assessed

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.

Course specification

How you'll learn

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.

What you'll learn

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.

 

Your future career

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.

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