Advanced Financial Analysis MSc - 2019 Entry
Full time 12 Month(s)
The investment management and financial analysis sectors require industry professionals with advanced technical knowledge, plus practical experience with databases and programming languages. This one-year MSc is designed to equip you with these skills, as well as helping you acquire your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II professional qualification.
You will be part of a select cohort of students with strong finance backgrounds. This means you are able to study more technical and practice-oriented modules than those offered by many other UK Masters programmes in finance. Our Accounting and Finance specialists also combine with expert tutors from leading global financial services training provider Fitchlearning to prepare you to complete CFA Level II.
Our core modules embed training in financial programming languages including VBA, R, Matlab and Python, and provide hands-on experience with the Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters EIKON platforms. Meanwhile, our career skills module will help you improve your financial writing, presentation and oral communication skills. You will also receive specialist finance careers support from Opening City Doors .
In autumn, you will prepare for the December CFA Level I exam or, if you already have CFA Level I, you will have the option to take the Financial Risk Manager Level 1 exam. In summer you will prepare for the June CFA Level II exam. Your CFA exam results do not contribute to your Masters degree result, but your marks on your CFA training modules do contribute to your final Masters grade.
Since the proramme’s launch, graduates have gone on to work for leading City institutions including Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC, China Foreign Exchange Trade System, Vietnam Investments Group and Marcum Bernstein and Pinchuk LLP. Generous scholarships covering CFA exam fees are also available.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- Advanced Investment Risk Management
- Advanced Investment Research Methods
- Advanced Topics in Fund Management and Investment Analysis
- Fund Management
- Financial Modelling and Analysis
- Personal Development for Careers in Finance
- Programming and Databases for Financial Applications
- Advanced Financial Markets and Investment Management
- Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting with a significant number of Finance and/or Quantitative modules studied.
Graduates in other areas may also be considered if you have already passed the CFA level I exam.
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/international-qualifications/
IELTS: Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.0. We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-requirements/requirements-p2/
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
10 Week – Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5 http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/international-students/pre-sessional-english-language/faq/
4 Week – Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0 http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/linguistics/study/summer-schools/english-for-academic-purposes/
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