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Finance Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 1–4 days per week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Finance MSc

If you want to pursue a rewarding, exciting and challenging career in the financial sector, this course provides the knowledge and skills you need, even if you do not already have experience in finance. It will give you a well-integrated knowledge of financial accounting, finance and investment, and management accounting, together with the ability to relate this to the wider issues of management and corporate strategy. It produces graduates who are prepared for high-level jobs in the financial industries.

  • The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
  • We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
  • There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
  • As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
  • Kingston students can apply for Bloomberg certification. These industry-standard qualifications give graduates a huge additional advantage in the jobs market – and save time and money on extra studies.
  • All our staff are highly accredited and experienced, and many have worked at high levels within business: in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, two-thirds of our research activity was classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Enjoy studying in the peaceful and leafy suburb on Kingston, which is within easy reach of central London. It has the lowest crime rate in London and has been rated London's happiest borough.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

In this research-led masters, you will learn from recent journal articles and research papers, live data and up-to-the-minute theories and models. You will learn from real-life examples and case studies during the taught sessions. The programme has a balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative methods, and it provides candidates with the computer and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector.

You will develop your understanding of the purpose and nature of financial accounting and reporting, and look at how theoretical and conceptual issues integrate with operational and practical activities.

You will also look at the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that influence an organisation's social responsibilities, and how these integrate with a company's strategic decision-making processes. You will examine the core theories of finance and investment, and how they can be used in practical decision-making contexts.

Assessment

You will be assessed using assignments, case studies, formal examinations and a dissertation, and your assessments will also involve real life problems and solutions.

Course structure

The course is divided into two parts, with Part 1 made up of core and option module, and Part 2 made up of research and a dissertation.

Stage one

September to December

You will begin with an induction and personal development programme, then move on to study core modules.

January to May

You will continue to study the four 30-credit pathway modules and add one option choice.

Stage two

June to September

You will undertake a research project (30 credits). This will allow you to focus in depth on a specific area of the business finance function, increasing your career choices.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • This is a core module which takes place in two parts during the first and second terms. Part one will give you an understanding of the numerical techniques used to help strategic decision-making in the business and finance world. It will give you the accounting, mathematical and statistical foundations you will need in accounting and finance over the course of your masters degree. Part two is about understanding research methodology, and the methods and skills that you will need to complete your research project over the summer.

     
  • This module will teach you about:

    • major contemporary theoretical and empirical developments in corporate finance; and
    • the analysis and valuation of companies from both an accounting and financial perspective.

     

    The corporate finance section will help develop your critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories and concepts in the field of corporate finance. It aims to develop your skills and ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in real corporate cases.

    The financial statement analysis section will develop your critical knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, and enable you to analyse financial statements and reports using financial ratios and other metrics. You will assess corporate profitability and financial stability, and critically evaluate corporate reporting choices.

    This module will be especially useful for students who are interested in careers in the corporate or financial services sectors, as well as those interested in working as financial advisers, consultants or analysts.

     

     
  • During this module, you will gain a thorough understanding of modern portfolio theory and its implications for asset pricing, asset management, and investment decisions associated with risk management. The main topics covered include:

    • portfolio diversification;
    • optimal portfolio construction;
    • expected utility theory;
    • capital asset pricing model;
    • arbitrage pricing theory with application;
    • the formulation and implementation of various active and passive investment strategies; and
    • the analysis and management of risks associated with particular strategies.

     

    This module also looks at the different types of investment banks and the strategies they employ. You will cover:

    • investment banks;
    • private equity investment - types and techniques;
    • debt and equity underwriting by investment banks;
    • trading techniques;
    • mergers and acquisitions;
    • securitisation;
    • hedge funds;
    • mutual funds and other funds; and
    • wealth management, and clearance and settlement.

     

    You will construct and manage investment portfolios for a specific period and present the results. You will use the dedicated Bloomberg Trading Room and software packages to develop your practical experience of industry standard systems and use real, live data.

     
  • This module introduces financial accounting and financial management in a business context. It will provide you with a mix of practical know how as well as a theoretical underpinning. The module explains the principles for constructing the key financial statements that will allow you to produce financial statements from transaction records using double entry principles. You will also learn how to conduct an appraisal of an organisation's financial statements and look at companies' financial statements and their regulation.

    The lectures for this module take an active learning approach that involves informal feedback through discussion and practice questions. The financial management section of this module gives you the skills to take a senior financial management position in a modern organisation.

     
  • Market-based accounting deals with the relationship between capital markets and accounting information. During this module, you will learn about important issues in empirical accounting research and then apply the underlying accounting and finance concepts in capital market settings. The module builds on the knowledge you will have gained in the Financial Accounting and Financial Management module, and provides the skills you will need for both the accounting and finance professions.

     
  • This module will begin in semester two, and is completed over the summer. It is an independent research project that you will work on with the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your chosen area. To complete this module, you will need to identify an issue to investigate, analyse the issue and structure your approach. You will need to:

    • examine relevant source material;
    • carry out your own research (including collecting an analysing original data, or analysing existing data in an original way); and
    • produce an action-oriented report based on your findings.
     

Option modules (choose one)

  • The module helps you develop a critical understanding of international risk management around foreign exchange and interest rates. It will focus on how firms use risk management techniques and source debt on the international financial markets.

     
  • This module focuses on the issues involved in managing a fixed income portfolio. It gives you a broad understanding of the nature of fixed income securities and how they can be used by banks and other financial institutions. You will start by examining fixed income securities markets, then move on to look at the valuation and pricing methods available and the mathematics behind them. You will also cover term structure analysis and the use of derivative instruments in bond portfolio management.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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