Financial Analysis (Advanced)

MSc

  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months

Overview

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  • Designed for recent graduates with quantitative backgrounds aiming to gain CFA Level II.

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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 can study more technical and practice-oriented modules than those offered by many other UK Masters programmes in finance. Our specialist faculty in accounting and finance also combine with expert tutors from leading global financial services training provider Fitch Learning to prepare you to complete CFA Level II.

Our core modules embed training in financial programming languages including R and Matlab and provide hands-on experience with Datastream and Refinitiv EIKON. Thre is also the opportunity to study for the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate. 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 the first term, you will prepare for the February 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 the summer term, you will prepare for the August 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 programme’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.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Finance or Accounting with a significant number of Finance and/or Quantitative modules studied.

Graduates from other areas (e.g. Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics or another quantitative subject) who have passed the CFA Level 1 exam are also encouraged to apply.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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