Why choose this course

This course will teach you a systematic approach to decision making in investment management. You’ll learn from experienced investment managers and academics, and develop the skills you need to succeed in investment management or investment analysis roles within the finance industry. 

This course is ideal if you’re looking to start a career in investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance, or alternative investment partnerships.

You’ll learn how to use market-leading tools such as Bloomberg, with Bloomberg Market Concepts certification included in the course. You’ll also have the opportunity to prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst Level 1 exam.

What you will study

The course combines thorough training in investment theory with the practical tools you’ll need to solve real-life investment problems. You’ll learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical skills you need to thrive in an increasingly complex global financial environment.

Our compulsory modules will give you an understanding of core investment concepts, while our optional modules allow you to tailor your learning to your own interests or your planned career path.

By the time you graduate, you’ll understand the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions at every stage.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2019

Location:

Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Teaching and learning

You will benefit from lectures and seminars delivered by experts with a track record of industry experience from a range of roles, including investment managers, investment analysts, investment strategists and leading academics.

Programme leader

MASON A Dr (SBS)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The taught modules, 'Cases in International Finance' and ‘Ethics in Finance’ are taught from June to July. You will work on your International Finance Project from August to September.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are scheduled at the same time as the full time, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Finance, Accountancy, Banking, Economics, Financial Services (including Insurance and Investment Management), Business Administration or Management where Accountancy, Banking or Finance represents 25 per cent of modules by weighting, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider a dual-discipline if Accountancy, Banking or Finance makes up at least 25 per cent of your modules by weighting. We’ll also consider significant relevant work experience if you don’t meet these requirements.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October 2019 £12,300 £19,000
Part-time October 2019 £6,200 £9,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Admission information

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Campus location

Stag Hill

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