MSc Finance and Investment

Wales accounts for 49,000 employees in the financial and professional services sector, and is predicted to see further growth in the next 10 years, as the sector grows, there will be an increase in demand for a skilled workforce. The MSc Finance and Investment aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed for an understanding of the theories, techniques and regulatory environment of financial market investment. You will study a range of finance and investment modules from both a theoretical and practical point of view, through academic reading and use of simulation software and powerful financial databases.

A study of research methods in a finance and investment context will prepare you to undertake your own research project in an area of finance and investment with supervision from expert academic staff. You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module in an area of specialism such as multinational operations in finance and banking or quantitative methods for financial markets.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years February Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years February Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B

The MSc Finance and Investment establishes a firm foundation in the theory and practice of financial decision making. You will gain the management and analytical skills needed to take you to the forefront of the financial world.

Students will take the following modules:

  • Investment and portfolio analysis
  • Financial services regulation, law and compliance
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Option from:

  • Multinational operations in finance and banking
  • Quantitative methods for financial markets
  • Corporate financial reporting

Teaching

The MSc Finance and Investment is delivered full-time or part-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case-study analysis and discussion groups. A hands-on, student led approach is employed; whereby students are exposed to real-world situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions.

Kumbi Mabwe - course leader

Assessment

Assessment is by a range of methods, predominantly coursework based assignments.

Accreditations

You will receive a full master’s degree from the University of South Wales that demonstrates a high-order overview of Finance and Investment.

Facilities

The MSc Finance and Investment course is delivered in Atlantic House, Cardiff and offers facilities and a supportive environment in which Accounting and Finance students can flourish. From a fully equipped learning resource centre and a state-of-the-art trading room powered by leading industry software from Thomson Reuters to interactive teaching spaces.

Students will be given the opportunity to volunteer in the USW Exchange to build employability skills and gain practical experience. The Exchange is a new Faculty of Business & Society initiative that is seeking to connect businesses, academics and students. Organisations who approach the Exchange seeking advice will be directed to relevant academics and students. Students will have the opportunity to work on client projects with the support of academics.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent international qualification may also be acceptable.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other : Text Books £183 - £252
Copies of all core texts are available in the library but students may wish to purchase their own copies.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

This MSc Finance and Investment will enhance your critical, analytical and appraisal skills when handling business data from a financial and investment perspective. These skills, coupled with your previous qualifications in business studies, accounting or audit, will make you a highly desirable candidate.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.