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Investment and Finance MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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October 2018
September 2018 - EU/INT induction
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£10,800 (UK/EU) *
£15,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Sina Badreddine

Since the global economic crash of 2008, the world of finance and investment has evolved considerably. With a solid framework of the crucial issues affecting the sector, this course is suited to those wishing to pursue a career in the finance world, working in areas such as investment banking, private equity or corporate financial management.

Why study MSc Investment and Finance at Middlesex University?

This contemporary course provides you with both a theoretical and practical point of view, from learning how to obtain and analyse information to assessing and evaluating financial products and investment projects. You will learn how to apply quantitative skills to the practice of financial investment and analysis, and receive training in how to undertake tasks such as security analysis, risk hedging, portfolio management, corporate financing decisions and performance evaluation.

Our academics, whose experience ranges from academic research to industry consultancy, encourage debate and the challenging of assumptions, allowing you to expand your analytical and problem-solving skills through the working of real life problems faced by the finance sector. You will discover how the operation of global capital markets and risk management techniques function and understand investment performance and analyse financial data.

Course Highlights

  • Graduate with a basis for professional exams such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Prepares you for a career in investment banking, private equity, corporate financial management, stock-broking, investment analysis, corporate finance or treasury management
  • Training in specialist industry standard databases systems such as Bloomberg and Datastream, as well as software packages including Stata

What will you study on the MSc Investment and Finance?

The content of this course is designed to equip you with the essential techniques that are used in investment institutions and familiarise students with the practices that are followed in financial markets. This provides you with the opportunity to apply various models and reflect on your understanding of the prevailing concepts and theories in areas such as finance, risk management and investment.

For masters students, the dissertation gives you an opportunity to address a specific finance or investment issue of particular interest. To aid you in preparing for this project a number of dissertation workshops are delivered during the taught period and at the end of these workshops, you will be ready to submit a dissertation proposal.

There are three different awards available for this course:

  • PG Certificate route comprises two 30 credit modules
  • MSc route comprises two 30 credit modules, four 15 credit modules and a dissertation
  • PG Diploma route comprises two 30 credit modules and four 15 credit modules
  • Modules

    • Financial Theory and Applications (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a rigorous grounding in the theory of finance and equip students with knowledge/techniques that are required for arriving at investment and financing decisions, enable them to identify the sources of agency problems and their effect on firm value and apply various techniques used in capital budgeting as well as evaluate financial assets and understand the theories on which asset pricing models are built. Students will critically discuss the validity of modern theories that assess the impact of financing decision on the firm value and cost of capital.

    • Financial Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module deals with the statistical methods and explores the application of these methods to analytical models in finance. The aim is to provide students with the analytical and programming skills necessary to pursue empirical studies in finance. The students are encouraged to use previous knowledge in statistics and computer programming.

    • International Financial Markets (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the nature and operation of international financial markets and their traded instruments. Students are introduced to the organisation of the international financial system, the markets for foreign exchanges, stocks, bonds, commodities and derivatives, and the risks and opportunities offered in these markets and systems. The module prepares students with essential knowledge for their future career in business, especially in the financial sector, and supports their study of other modules.

    • International Risk Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to identify the major sources of risk involved in international economic and financial activity; develop the tools and techniques necessary to manage these risks and enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between corporate decision-making and capital market behaviour.

    • Investment Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides participants with a sound grounding in the theory and practice of investment management. Specific aims include: strategies of portfolio construction, generating investment ideas, estimating investment risk returns and the use of derivative instruments.

    • Portfolio Theory and Equity Analysis (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides participants with a sound grounding in portfolio theory and equity analysis. Students are exposed to the key concepts and tools involved and further asked to apply those tools to analyse real life financial assets.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to bring together the knowledge and skills developed during the programme and apply them to the problems of formulation, design, execution and analysis of an original research project on a substantive financial issue. It also aims to provide an opportunity for the students to extend their knowledge of a selected topic and to apply it to the formulation and design of a substantive investigation.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Investment and Finance taught?

As well as standard lectures and seminars, the course will also entail individual and group presentations. This academic focused work will be augmented by sessions and training in computer lab, including the Financial Markets Lab. You will also be shown how to collect data from resources such as Datastream, Bankscope and Fame.

With regard to the dissertation the course includes several workshops on different aspects of writing a dissertation from academics teaching on this programme who have produced high-quality, internationally-known research.


All modules are assessed through coursework, which can be a combination of individual and/or group work, presentations and class based tests. There are also in-class tests and exams.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc Investment and Finance support your career?

This Investment and Finance course is for those who wish to progress into public and private sectors in areas such as corporate finance management, and investment banking, stock-broking, investment analyst, corporate finance or treasury management. Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles at companies including Abbey, HSBC and Bank of America.

Careers that this course will set you on the path towards include:

  • Investment Banker
  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Commercial Banker
  • Broker
  • FX and Risk Manager
  • Middlesex staff profile

    Devisha Bheemuck

    Investment and Finance MSc graduate and Financial Consultant at Deloitte

    The MSc Investment and Finance was an ideal choice for me because I wanted to develop my career in the finance sector. I easily found a good job in Mauritius thanks to the course - I'm working as financial consultant at Kemp Chatteris Deloitte. Thanks to my masters I got job interviews in all the blue chip financial organisations in Mauritius.

    The course has consolidated by financial knowledge through the diversity of its modules and now I feel more prepared to undertake courses like the CFA exams (which I'm about to embark on) and perhaps later on a PhD. I carry out all my job assignments with ease and confidence as I have a very good financial knowledge to back me up.

    Staying in the UK for one whole year has been a very difficult though cherished experience. The lecturers and staff have been helpful in all possible ways.

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