Finance MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT043

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Designed for students who want to work in banking and investment, the Finance MSc can show you how finance impacts business globally.

This course aims to provide you with specialist financial skills and knowledge – everything from derivatives, portfolio theory to risk management, financial modelling and ethical finance. It is designed for people pursuing finance related positions, who want to be able to evaluate the financial impact on businesses in a complex, global environment.

Rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries in 2018, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including our Trading Floor. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Datastream, Fitch-Connect and Thompson Reuters Eikon, you will have the opportunity to practice financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

This course is recognised or accredited by some of the UK’s leading professional financial organisations including the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Society of the UK and The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

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

Employability

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 professional bodies

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

This course is part of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s University Affiliation Program, recognising that the course curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams. This accreditation is ongoing, but is assessed yearly through a quality review, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible .


Chartered Financial Analyst Society

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK, recognising the significant alignment between the course’s content and the IMC certificate. This accreditation is renewed yearly, and whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

This course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), allowing students to gain exemptions from some professional examinations (fees may apply). This course is currently accredited by the CII until 2020, and is renewed yearly, but whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Course information

The emphasis of this career-focused and topical degree is on interpreting, evaluating and communicating financial information for strategic and managerial purposes.

Content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government policy.

We will aim to help you develop a critical awareness and understanding of contemporary financial issues and theories relating to corporate finance, financial strategy, emerging markets and behavioural finance. For example, we’ll explore the use of derivatives as hedging/speculative tools and the problems they can cause for companies.

Enhancing your technical, analytical and mathematical skills, you’ll be exposed to the real financial practices and techniques you will encounter working in the finance industry – through investment software and databases like Bloomberg and Datastream. You should learn to value financial assets such as shares, bonds and derivatives as well develop econometric skills to analyse cross-sectional and time series data.

We strive to provide you with an international perspective on the world of finance as a range of modules have an international focus – covering risk management, emerging markets and corporate finance.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In Semester Three, you have the opportunity to either conduct traditional research on a topic of your choice or pursue a consultancy project in the form of a company internship, as part of the Project module. Consultancy opportunities are subject to availability and a competitive application process, and additional fees may apply.

Also in your final semester, you will also study a module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), focused on consultancy, which can lead to a professional qualification upon successful completion. Professional qualification upon successful completion.Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, this relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Financial Statements Analysis
    • Derivatives
    • Corporate Finance
    • Quantitative Methods

  • Semester 2

    • Behavioural Finance
    • International Risk Management
    • Governance, Accountability and Ethics
    • Institutional Investments

  • Semester 3

    • Project
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Strong industry links with major employers.
  • Outstanding facilities include our trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Study at Coventry Business School, which was ranked as ‘Excellent’ in 2018 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business school’s in over 150 countries.
  • Recognition or accreditation from both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society UK and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Innovative, interactive teaching designed to embed professional skills. For example, you will practise trading on our Bloomberg Trading Floor, which incorporates analytical, news and real-time data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools.
  • Opportunity to take part in international experiences as part of the Global Leaders Programme, available to all postgraduate students at Coventry University (subject to application and an additional fee).
  • Access to market leading databases such as Thompson-Reuters Eikon, Bloomberg, Bankscope and Datastream.

The main study themes covered on the course are;

  • Finance: We will help you learn how to interpret and use financial information within the strategic framework of a business oriented toward the user rather than the preparer of corporate financial statements. You will be introduced to the practical tools for assessing financial performance and economic condition of a business, analysing the financial reports of real-world public companies. You should also explore the key concepts of managerial accounting and how to identify relevant costs for short-term and long-term decision making as well as financial and non-financial measures for evaluating the performance of business units or divisions. 
  • Financial risk management: Developing knowledge and expertise to be able to apply alternative hedging methods, use financial derivatives or non-financial derivatives methods, to manage the typical financial risks that companies face in the modern business environment. You should learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods, considering the situations given, presenting a critique of the theoretical explanations for corporate hedging.
  • Corporate finance: Although we do cover some of the fundamental fields of finance, including Portfolio Theory, Capital Asset Pricing, Valuation or Risk Management, our primary focus is to examine and discuss some of the more controversial issues in corporate finance, for example in the area of behavioural finance or management team compensation. You will be encouraged to adopt a questioning approach to the theories and to develop a habit of critical evaluation of the results of reported empirical tests.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time. You can start in September or May.

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have explored the effects of the financial crisis on stock markets and corporations, particularly from a risk perspective. Likewise, the impact of the 2016 Brexit vote on financial markets and exchange rates have been covered. You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own supervised research as part of your dissertation – topics covered by students recently include credit risk management, investment banking in emerging markets and corporate governance frameworks of MNCs.

Finance students have the opportunity for assignment purposes to use the Trading Floor to gain access to databases such as Bloomberg, Reuters and Datastream.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, web-based learning, problem-solving, classes and tutorials, workshops, research design tutorials, dissertation supervision and guided and self-directed study.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, the Project module and coursework/tests.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Financial concepts, theories and their application to real world situations
  • Financing arrangements, strategies and governance structures of business entities.
  • Complex operation and function of financial markets in different regulatory settings

Contemporary and controversial issues of finance in global financial markets.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate diagnostic and decision-making skills – such as optimising investment strategies for both firms and individuals in dealing with financial management problems. 
  • Work out the implications of emerging finance issues and debates.
  • Use advanced mathematical and statistical techniques for financial and investment analysis. For example, use of past stock return data to test asset pricing models and/or stock market efficiency
  • Select, retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases like 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 conceptual and theoretical frameworks of finance and challenge assumptions
  • Exercise judgment in the selection of different methods and approaches to financial management in the corporate environment
  • Critically assess the economic environment and financial policy in developed and emerging markets.

Within your first and second semester, you will have up to 13 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Small group teaching, such as tutorials or, where relevant, project supervision each week
  • Large group teaching, such as lectures each week

A strong emphasis is placed on the project module in your final semester and therefore the total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

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

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant experience’ that would count, or ‘academic discipline’ that would qualify please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant experience’ , or ‘academic discipline’ that would qualify that would count please contact applications.io@coventry.ac.uk  

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant experience’ , or ‘academic discipline’ that would qualify that would count please contact applications.io@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


UK Scholarships

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

This Masters course can help lead to careers in the financial services, corporate finance, treasury or banking sectors.

Typical roles may include financial planners and controllers, treasurers, stock brokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance. Recent graduates have gone on to work for the likes of HSBC, Boeing and S&P, whilst many others have decided to continue their academic studies in the form of a PhD.

As part of the Project module, there is the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities to contribute towards the module. Typically, these last between 8 and 12 weeks, and in the past students have worked at organisations such as Tarmac, Islamic Relief and Citizen’s Advice. These opportunities are subject to availability and a competitive application process, although our PG employment team will be available to help in supporting you to secure one (additional fees may apply to any internship opportunity).

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

Recent graduates have gone on to work in varied roles, such as a Financial Planning Analyst for City Bank Indonesia, Senior Finance Officer for Royal Jordanian Airlines and Financial Administrator for Bank of China.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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