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The award
MSc

How long you will study
18 Months

Domestic course fees
CNY 120000 per total

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
CNY 120000 per total

All study options

About Investment Management at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

The MSc Investment Management programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities and investment management theories and strategies. You will also grasp the complexities of contemporary economics and financial principles and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. The programme is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia. It aims to produce graduates who have specialist knowledge and an understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a practiced-based masters degree with the objective of preparing you for employment in the financial markets after graduation, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. International Business School Suzhou has worked with Thomson Reuters, Wind, WRDS, and CSMAR to offer students on this programme privileged access to the on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor as well as to a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.

Distinctive features

IBSS Financial Lab

IBSS is unique in China with its on-campus IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, created in partnership with financial institutes, has 25 positions and contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, Wind Financial Terminal, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), and CSMAR Financial Database, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. These sophisticated terminals and databases give students access to a wealth of data for study and research purposes. Students will be trained to use these terminals. Students may take exams to obtain certificates offered by, for example, Thomson Reuters for its EIKON certificate, a valuable skill for anyone that wants to enter the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

Recognition by the CFA Institute

The MSc Investment Management programme has been designed to map to the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program Candidate Body of Knowledgeâ„¢ (CBOK) and has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. By enrolling on the MSc Investment Management programme, students will be also enrolled onto the CFA Level One exam for the following June, and receive a hard copy and e-version of the CFA Institute study material.

Knowledge and skills

The MSc Investment Management programme will equip you with:

  • knowledge and understanding of financial markets in China and internationally
  • preparation for the CFA exam
  • training on the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used throughout the financial markets
  • specialist, technical knowledge in financial markets and securities
  • career guidance and support in CV writing, interview skills, and other career support services.

Modules

  • Core modules

    • Financial analysis
    • Quantitative methods for finance
    • Equity: cash and derivative instruments
    • Securities operations management
    • Ethical and professional standards in finance
    • Advanced corporate finance
    • Alternative investment and strategies
    • Fixed income and derivative instruments
    • Portfolio management
    • Industry research project.
  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

    In addition to the taught academic modules of the programme, all MSc Investment Management students have the opportunity to take two-day intensive, practiced-based seminars taught by industry experts in the Financial Lab. These seminars build on the taught modules but provide more in-depth and applied knowledge and practice. They cover the topics of foreign exchange, interest rate risk, credit risk, equity markets, commodity markets and securities operations management.

    Other additional learning activities on MSc Investment Management include:

    • Personal and Employability Skills
    • Postgraduate English
    • Chinese Language
    • Graduate Research Assistantship
    • Participation in IBSS research seminar series
    • Thomson One Certificate Achievement
    • EIKON Certificate Achievement
    • Datastream Certificate Achievement
    • Professional Software Skills
    • Volunteer Work for University and School Projects and Events
    • In-Company Project
    • Field Trip/Company visit
    • Career Development Activities
    • Graduate Work Placement
    • PhD course 1: Time Series Analytics
    • PhD course 2: Asset Pricing Analytics
    • PhD course 3: Empirical Data Analytics
    • Family Enterprise and Ownership
    • CFA Research Challenge

Careers

We are at a historic point in time as China, the world's second largest economy, deregulates and grows its financial markets. The country is short of qualified professionals, at both graduate and career levels, as financial markets are so new to the country. In the coming years we expect to see very high growth in the employment of new graduates with a solid education in financial markets and investment management. This it not just an opportunity for Chinese nationals who wish to work in Shanghai or other Chinese cities but also for international students, as banks around the world build their "China desks" and search for people with knowledge and contacts within China. The MSc Investment Management programme at IBSS is designed to meet this growing demand.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study18 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesCNY 120000 per totalInternational course feesCNY 120000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

  • RMB 120,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.

    University tuition fees also cover the full cost of your CFA Level I study with us.

  • Alumni discount

    If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi'an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

  • Payment options

    Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.

    You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

China

  • 1st tier universities: 75 percent or above
  • 2nd tier universities: 80 percent or above

Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

North America

3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in mathematics, finance, or a related subject. Or relevant work experience and a good knowledge of quantitative methods, statistics or financial mathematics.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

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