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.
We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
This course combines thorough training in investment theory with the practical tools you’ll need to solve real 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.
Our two-year MSc Investment Management with professional placement year course enables you to spend time working in industry.
If you choose and secure a place at one of our partner organisations, you’ll complete 12 months of study at Surrey and spend up to 12 months gaining professional work experience at your placement company. This means you will complete your course in two years studying full-time.
If you decide not to complete a placement or do not secure a place, you’ll complete nine months of teaching followed by three months working on your dissertation. This means you will complete your course in 12 months studying full-time.
Teaching and learning
You will benefit from lectures and seminars taught by experts with a track record of industry experience in a range of roles, including investment managers, investment analysts, investment strategists and leading academics.
MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
MSc - Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)
Recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
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.
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.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
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:
New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of 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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
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
|Course length||IELTS Academic requirements or equivalent|
|Full-time: 1 year||6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category|
|Full-time (with placement): 2 years||7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category|
|Part-time: 2 years||6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category|
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 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.
The 12-month placement option for this course costs an additional £1,850 on top of the base course fee listed above.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
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 (PDF) 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.
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