Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance and investment banking. The MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk develops your cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and organisations.
In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.
This pathway has been specially designed to develop your practical finance skills and give you real-world business knowledge. It prepares you for a career in investment banks, financial and management consultancies, auditing firms, risk management departments of financial institutions and government departments.
You gain a sound understanding of the theories that underpin modern techniques in investment and risk management. The application of the theories is demonstrated in our finance lab with the aid of Bloomberg, via case studies and the use of online databases. Regular training sessions led by experienced Bloomberg trainers help you gain valuable practice in accessing and using market data. The Bloomberg platform also provides an opportunity for virtual trading practice and competitions.
MSc Finance, Investment and Risk is accredited by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), which represents the best in financial education around the world. Kent Business School works closely with GARP to ensure that our risk management course offering meets the latest global industry needs.
MSc Finance (Finance, Investment and Risk) is affiliated with the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, recognising that the programme meets the highest professional standards and covers a substantial part of the CFA curriculum. As a result of this affiliation, a number of scholarships are available for students in the programme who are interested in taking the CFA exams.
The programme is well established and attracts a substantial number of applications from over 20 countries each year. This international aspect enables you to gain a deeper and wider learning experience and to benefit from networking opportunities during your studies and after graduation.
In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.
Kent Business School offers an optional 1½-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study Support for full details.
Kent Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which includes Scholarships, Bursaries and the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
- The advanced concepts and theory within the field of finance and their application to company’s financial decisions
- The research methodologies to test and evaluate finance and economic models
- Theoretical and practical aspects of key areas of finance
- Up to date relevant empirical literature in the fields of finance
- Financial, mathematical and economic techniques required to solve problems in investment analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management and risk management
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Critical thinking and creativity. Including the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements, and generalise appropriately
- Ability to solve complex problems and make decisions
- Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- Analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- Ability to plan work and study independently and use relevant resources in a away which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- Plan, structure, and produce a dissertation, business report or project
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Ability to interpret financial data and perform quantitative analysis
- Ability to interpret and evaluate the results obtained from quantitative analysis
- Ability to apply theories to practical and theoretical problems
- Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
- Ability to analyse important issues relevant for companies’ financial decisions
- Ability to conduct research in Finance issues
- Ability to apply mathematical, econometric and statistical analysis on financial data
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Development of numeracy and quantitative skills
- Communication skills; listening, oral, and written communication using a range of media
- Effective use of communication and Information technology
- Ability to undertake independent and self-managed learning
- Capacity for self-development and continuous learning
- Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes
The programme aims to:
- Develop students’ existing skills and knowledge and to provide students’ with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance/Financial Management
- Provide students with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically
- Provide students with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance
- Provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research
- Provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models
- Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of Finance/Financial Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- Add value to a first degree by developing in individuals an integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services
- Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere. Develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research