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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Aston University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course summary

Discover how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management by studying equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, and learn about the key techniques used by financial traders. This course has a strong focus on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop designed to help students taking the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level I examination. CFA® is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

You will practice your skills with a dedicated on-campus Bloomberg trading room facility, to get experience of real-term investment analysis software.

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

Why choose us?

We’re recognised for the quality of our teaching and excellent research.

We have a track-record for graduate employability. Recent graduates have gone onto to secure positions with leading international companies, including Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen. We equip you with the knowledge required for roles within the financial industry. You’ll also develop the skills and understanding to fulfil a wide range of roles in other areas of business. Our students have embarked on careers in areas such as marketing or general management, thanks to the transferable skills they’ve acquired on this course. This focus on developing well-rounded, highly skilled graduates gives our students the competitive advantage in the job market.

Course outline

This exciting masters programme is a fantastic platform to launch your career. You’ll benefit from a detailed insight into business finance, investment management and gain technical skills and first-hand experience in trading. We’ll develop your practical quantitative skills and enhance your employability by equipping you with a range of transferable skills crucial for securing graduate roles. By the end of the course, you’ll be well-placed to fulfil roles in the financial sector or pursue a career in other areas of business.

The course covers a wide range of stimulating subjects, including the valuation of investments, trading techniques, portfolio management and corporate finance from a broad as well as an international perspective. You’ll learn key theories to give you thorough grounding in these areas but also develop a practical understanding of how these various concepts and models are applied in real-life business scenarios.

Learning, teaching and assessment

We’re committed to helping you get the most out of your studies and use a range of modern and engaging teaching methods to ensure this.

There’s a mix of lectures and tutorials, which provide you with key concepts in finance, investments and economics. Case studies allow you apply your knowledge to various scenarios. We also focus on helping you develop the practical skills needed for roles in corporate finance or investment banking. For example, you’ll take part in various workshops where you’ll gain experience working with trading software used in the banking sector.

Overseas opportunities

Our extensive network of university partners includes some of the highest ranked business schools in the Europe, such as EDHEC Business School in France, as well as other highly regarded universities across the world. You can study in Australia, China, Singapore, USA and a host of other countries.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aston University, Birmingham

  • University League Table

    43rd

  • Campus address

    Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, Birmingham, B4 7ET, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    38th out of 103 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    131 59%

    36th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    47th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    81st

    62

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