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Financial Risk Management, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 13750 per totalGBP 25500 per total

About Financial Risk Management, MSc - at University of Leeds

Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets.

You'll gain comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, the causes and effects of financial risk and professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. You can also choose optional modules allowing you to specialise in areas such as accounting, international banking and security investment analysis.

Learning from highly qualified teaching staff involved in world-class research in financial risk management, you'll test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios during practical case study exercises and simulations. Thanks to our excellent links with industry and commerce, you'll gain an understanding of the latest challenges in financial markets worldwide.

Academic excellence

As a student you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Financial Risk Management; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

  • Course content

    The course builds your understanding of essential topics such as corporate finance and applies financial theory to practical problems. You'll study financial modelling, risk and insurance, managing portfolio risk and derivatives. You'll also undertake professional skills training throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills to apply your knowledge into the workplace.

    Beyond these core areas of study, you'll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules.

    You'll also develop your knowledge of research methods in finance and by the end of the year, you'll be prepared to design and carry out your own research dissertation on a related topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Portfolio Risk Management 15 credits
    • Corporate Finance 15 credits
    • Applied Finance 15 credits
    • Financial Modelling and Analysis 15 credits
    • Financial Derivatives 15 credits
    • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 60 credits
    • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

    Optional modules

    You'll also take two optional modules. One of these must be either Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance

    • Security Investment Analysis 15 credits
    • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
    • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
    • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
    • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits
    • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
    • Discrete Time Finance 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Financial Risk Management MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

    In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about our professional skills activities for finance students.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations.

    This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as accounting, finance, economics, mathematics, physics, or engineering. You should have a strong grounding in quantitative subjects with high scores in these subjects.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU: 30 June 2018

    International: 31 March 2018

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you'll need

    • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • Two academic references
    • A personal statement
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
    • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £13,750 (total)

    International: £25,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

    We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

    There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

    • Masters in Accounting and Finance UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Masters in Accounting and Finance International Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of career options within finance, including risk management, credit risk analysis, derivatives, insurance and finance research.

    Previous graduates have gone on to work for a variety of financial institutions, investment banks, regulators and standard setters, international insurers, asset managers, underwriters and investment funds.

    This degree is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue further postgraduate research.

    Careers support

    We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from the support of a Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

    We're committed to offering a wide range of development and training opportunities. Recent activities have included field trips to corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

    Read more about our careers and professional development support.

    The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

  • Related courses

    Banking and International Finance MSc
    Economics and Finance MSc
    Finance and Investment MSc
  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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