Investment Management MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT045

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Overview

Currently accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) Institute* and recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (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 as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2018, Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe. Using a range of market-leading software and data packages, such as Bloomberg, Thompson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and Fitch-Connect, upon successful completion of this course, you will master financial, statistical and econometric analysis, and learn to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial information in real-life business situations.

Professional experience option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a professional experience opportunity during your first semester with us. The professional experience opportunity is designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the professional experience option.

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 bodies:

Chartered Financial Analyst Society UK

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 Financial Analyst Institute

This course is currently part of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s University Affiliation Program, recognising that the course curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and aims to help to student’s prepare 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.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

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


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

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

Chartered Insurance Institute

This course is currently recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute, allowing students to gain exemptions from some professional examinations (fees may apply). **This course is accredited 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.

Please refer to CII website for further information.

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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first semester, you will learn about theory and principles underpinning strategic management, as well as the linkages between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You’ll study a range of organisations to gain a practical understanding of how they manage their resources and operations, recruit and develop staff, set and monitor budgets, and adapt to change.

We’ll cover the basic principles of marketing – where students will have the opportunity to discuss and analyse key managerial decisions on formulating and executing international marketing activities by developing their knowledge and skills of marketing concepts including environmental analysis, buying behaviour, strategic market segmentation and more. This will be done through active case studies and practical examples.

In the second semester, you have an opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your interests or career aspirations. You may wish to delve deeper into the principles and application of human resource management in the international context or the complexity of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and how to implement and manage such systems effectively within the options of international human resource management or business process integration respectively. Within the core modules, we will learn about international leadership and management, global markets and entry strategies, international trade management, research methods as well as undertake workshops for the CMI module for which students can gain accreditation and a certificate in professional consultancy.

In your final semester, you can choose to spend time on a company internship, typically lasting eight to 12 weeks. In the past, we have supported students to take on business and product development roles in companies in the UK such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover to mention a few. There is also a further option of undertaking a self-organised placement or going through the normal dissertation route.

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

Without professional experience option


Semester 1
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Equity Investment Using Thompson-Reuters Eikon
  • Derivatives
  • The Foreign Exchange Market
Semester 2
  • Fund Management
  • Bond Market Analysis Using Bloomberg
  • Governance, Accountability and Ethics
  • Behavioural Finance
Semester 3
  • Project
  • Global Professional Development – Consultancy

With professional experience option

The professional experience opportunity enables you to apply for optional professional experience in semester 1, which, upon successfully securing a opportunity, will extend the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional professional experience modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Professional experience opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Professional experience opportunities are not guaranteed,but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Equity Investment Using Thompson-Reuters Eikon
  • Derivatives
  • The Foreign Exchange Market
Semester 2
  • Fund Management
  • Bond Market Analysis Using Bloomberg
  • Governance, Accountability and Ethics
  • Behavioural Finance
Semester 3
  • Professional Experience (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Professional Experience (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Professional Experience (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • 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...

  • Course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), one of the UK’s leading professional financial organisations.
  • Study at Coventry Business School, which was rated ‘excellent’ in 2018 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools on over 150 countries.
  • Outstanding facilities, including our Trading Floor, which features 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals making it one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe.
  • Gain an industry recognized professional award by successfully completing the Chartered Management Institute module ‘Global Professional Development – Consultancy’
  • 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 have performed well in national competitions, including the UK Universities Trading Challenge, previously winning ‘Best Portfolio Manager’ in the UK.

The main study themes covered on the course 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 have the opportunity to conduct your own supervised research as part of the Project module, 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.

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

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

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching each week
  • Large group teaching, such as lectures each week.

A strong emphasis is placed on the postgraduate dissertation/consultancy project in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced, and tutorials may become project supervision sessions.

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

Furthermore, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) is Coventry University’s dedicated service that supports students’ international experience. Whether you are interested in studying abroad or would like to gain some work, volunteering or teaching experience in the UK, Europe or beyond, CGE is here to make it a reality (additional costs may apply).

Please note study or work experience abroad or in the UK may be subject to competitive application, availability, visa requirements and additional fees.

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

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. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of any relevant experience.

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. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of any relevant experience.

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

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. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of any relevant experience.

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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,800 (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 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.

Upon successful completion of this course, career opportunities may 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 previous graduates have found jobs in the City of London, whilst others have entered the financial services sectors both in the UK and overseas.

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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