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Investment Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Coventry University


September 2018



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Accredited by the CFA UK Institute and CII, our Investment Management MSc is designed as a specialist programme for those who wish to either embark on or advance their career within the expanding financial services sector.

As the world’s economic system becomes ever more integrated, financial markets are becoming increasingly innovative, dynamic and global. Individuals and organisations require sophisticated investment management strategies which mitigate risk and financial discomfort.

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including the largest academic trading floor in Europe. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Thompson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and Fitch-Connect, you will master financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Insurance Institute's (CII)


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Course information

Growth and innovation within the world’s financial markets has heightened the demand for highly skilled professionals in areas such as investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies, securities, stock broking and trading in equities, bonds and derivatives.

The course aims to provide a solid grounding in the main components and theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques. We aim to deepen your understanding of the impact of the changing global environment and the context within which investment managers and organisations operate.

In-depth analysis of specialist areas includes: equity and bond valuation, duration and convexity; bond portfolio immunisation; capital asset pricing models; arbitrage pricing theory models; financial derivatives; trading techniques; asset-liability management; alternative investments; venture capital and management of foreign exchange.

The emphasis is on interpreting, evaluating and communicating financial information to support strategic decision making. We’ll teach you how to analyse potential investment assets and how to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on relevant valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.



In the second semester, you can choose to study a specialist module in the newly developed area of behavioural finance. This proposes psychology-based theories to explain stock market anomalies such as severe rises or falls in stock price. It assumes the information structure and the characteristics of market participants systematically influence individuals' investment decisions as well as market outcomes.

In the final stage of the course, you can pursue a consultancy project in the form of a company internship as your final project, either at home or abroad (application and additional costs may apply). Alternatively, you will undertake a dissertation based on quantitative research, supported by supervisors who have specific expertise of the topic being studied.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.


  • Semester 1

    • Quantitative Methods for Finance
    • Fund Management
    • Equity Investment Using Thompson-Reuters Eikon
    • Derivatives 
  • Semester 2

    • Bond Market Analysis Using Bloomberg
    • Research Methods
    • The Foreign Exchange Market
    • Governance, Accountability and Ethics

    Optional modules (1 of the following)

    • Behavioural Finance
    • Islamic Finance
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation or Company Internship

In more detail...

  • Course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), one of the UK’s leading professional financial organisations.
  • With around 5,000 students and 300 staff, Coventry Business School is one of the largest in Europe, rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal.
  • Outstanding facilities include our state-of-the-art Trading Floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals, making it the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • Good levels of student satisfaction – 84% for the course overall, teaching, engagement and support with their dissertation in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Research active staff who are widely published – for example, in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Journal of Finance, Review of Behavioural Finance, Journal of Wealth Management and International Journal of the Economics of Business, to name a few.

Members of our student investment societies perform extremely well in national competitions, including the UK Universities Trading Challenge, winning ‘Best Portfolio Manager’ in the UK.

Your main study themes are:

  • Investments: We look at investment from a variety of perspectives. You’ll study both developed and emerging stock markets and cover general portfolio theory as well as develop knowledge of institutional investments and their relative merits from the perspective of retail investors. You will also study the importance of behavioural finance and explore how psychological and sociological factors influence investment decisions.

  • Quantitative methods: To familiarise you with the extensive range of statistical and mathematical techniques necessary to effectively analyse problems in the field of finance. You will be introduced to the areas of descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling methods and hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis, experimental design, time series analysis and forecasting, optimisation techniques, and decision analysis in an applied context.

  • Risk Management: To develop an understanding of the various aspects of risk management faced on a day to day basis by modern, international corporations, especially those risks of a political, financial, operational and regulatory nature. Particular attention is given to the ideas and tools (namely derivatives) used in identifying and hedging exposure to risk inherent in corporate functions such as international trade, money transactions and corporate financing.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or over two years part-time and is available as a September start.

We will provide a variety of learning experiences, such as lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, web-based learning, problem-solving, classes and tutorials, workshops, research design tutorials, dissertation supervision and guided and self-directed study.

Real-time data provided by Bloomberg’s or Reuters’ Financial Services is used as a teaching method in the delivery of several modules. This enables you not only to consider the impact of such data, but also to become familiar with the normal working practices and techniques you can expect to experience when working in the investment management industry.

You will be taught by academic specialists in their field and visiting lecturers from the financial services industry. Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, as well as fostering debate and discussion around relevant issues in the news. Their research expertise spans areas such as asset pricing, corporate performance, financial reporting, derivatives, financial regulation and stock market efficiency.

You will also conduct your own supervised research as part of your dissertation, which has recently included investigations into the validity of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), the determinants of corporate capital structures, the function of share repurchases, the relationship between board structure and firm performance and the use of derivatives for hedging currency risk.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, with each year of study usually including: some examinations and time constrained tests; some course work in the form of reports or essays; group work, such as presentations or reports; and practical work.

Some of this will depend on the options selected, but clear information on assessment techniques will be available before you make a choice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 45%
  • Dissertation/Internship: 28%
  • Coursework/tests: 27%

27% assessed by coursework/tests

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The application of financial and economic concepts to the solution of investment management problems.
  • The relative merits of different investments, including individual securities and portfolios of securities.
  • Globalisation and its impact on the Derivatives IM function.
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical techniques for financial and investment analysis.
  • Complex operation and function of banks and financial markets under different regulatory settings.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Exploit diagnostic and decision making skills in dealing with financial and investment problems. 
  • Work out the implications of emerging finance issues and debates.
  • Practise financial research techniques to retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases.
  • Select, retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases like Thompson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and Bloomberg to solve practical problems.
  • Design and conduct research in financial management using appropriate methodologies to advance knowledge in these areas.
  • Critically evaluate the bond environment and equity investment projects using market timing and stock picking techniques.
  • Analyse foreign exchange markets and understand their contribution to IM performance.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials or, later, project supervision, each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

The programme has a strong international focus not only in its teaching content but also in its multi-cultural student and staff body. As well as students from the UK and the EU, we attract international students from China, South East Asia and Africa.

The very nature of the subject requires students to adopt international perspectives in all aspects of their learning. This is encouraged through the inclusion of international case studies, the analysis of contemporary financial events of various countries and use of financial, economic, demographic and other data from diverse countries and regions in quantitative analysis.

The wealth of international expertise amongst staff – ranging from teaching overseas, working with overseas partner institutions in a range of pedagogic activities, and cross-border research collaborations – all helps further support the internationalisation agenda. Both staff and students, who come from all over the world, will share perspectives and views based on their own heritage and cultural experiences.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

You should hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

You should hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You should hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

This Master’s course will suit recent graduates who already have some academic knowledge of the business and financial sector and are seeking to embark on a career in the financial services sector, as well as current financial practitioners who wish to upgrade their qualifications for career progression.

Career opportunities include:

  • Investment management for pension funds, institutional investors and private clients; 
  • Securities trading in equities, bonds and derivatives; 
  • Private client investment advice; 
  • Stock broking with its associated investment advice and management; 
  • Investment banking, including the analysis of new share issues.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have found jobs in the City of London, whilst others have entered the financial services sectors both in the UK and overseas.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.