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This course is aimed at graduates who are aiming for careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions in London, Europe and overseas. The course is also suitable for students who are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies. There are eight taught units which cover theory, empirical research and applications in the three key areas of corporate finance financial markets and institutions, investments and corporate finance. Course Content: There are two taught semesters with assessment by assignments and examinations. Coursework assignments may involve group work, presentations, case study analyses or examinations. Team building and group work is encouraged and activities are designed to develop these skills. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and case studies. Student participation is encouraged and classes are challenging, but informal and friendly, promoting discussion and debate. A research project of not more than 15,000 words, supervised by a member of the academic staff, is undertaken by the student on an independently researched topic relating to the course Units Studied: Semester 1 ? Modern Portfolio Theory ? Option Pricing Theory ? Financial Analysis ? Decision and Risk Analysis Semester 2 ? Derivatives ? Behavioural Finance ? Fixed Investment Securities ? Plus 1 option unit: Option Units ? International Banking and Finance ? Business Valuation Dissertation Students on the masters will be required to also prepare a 15,000 word research dissertation. The dissertation requires a clear and well-motivated introduction to the topic area, an extensive and well-referenced review of the existing research literature, a discussion of the methodology used in the student's own empirical research, a clear presentation of the results of this empirical research, and a critical analysis of the conclusions and recommendations resulting from the research. Career Progression: Past students have gained employment in a wide diversity of roles within the financial services sector worldwide including positions in investment analysis, private equity and portfolio management in financial institutions in London, Europe and overseas. On satisfactory completion of the programme students wishing to enter the financial sector will be eligible for exemption from the membership examinations of the Securities and Investment Institute (a UK professional body). Information Days: The University runs a series of Postgraduate Information Days throughout the year. For details and to book a place, please click on the Open Days tab above.

This course is aimed at graduates who are aiming for careers in investment analysis, stock broking, securities trading, fund management, banking and investment banking in financial institutions in London, Europe and overseas. The course is also suitable for students who are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in large non-financial companies. There are eight taught units which...

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