Global Finance MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

LONT036

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

This master’s course aims to provide you with a comprehensive programme of global finance, providing you with the knowledge and professional skills to develop a career in investment banking, portfolio management, corporate finance or risk management. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical career-ready skills from using our Bloomberg Trading Floor, and S&P Capital IQ computer lab. This master's course is endorsed by both the CFA Institute and GARP, offering excellent preparation for an international career in finance, banking or risk management.

This course integrates both the CFA and FRM exam curricula into a single master’s programme, specialising in traditional financial analysis, portfolio management, alternative investment and financial risk-management. This programme is highly professionally relevant, producing well-equipped, career-ready graduates.

Studying full or part-time, you’ll cover the majority of the curriculum required to pass the rigorous professional finance exams which are most in demand from global financial institutions – namely certification with the CFA Institute or the Global Association of Risk Professionals Financial Risk Manager (FRM). If you wish to sit for these qualifications on graduation, you will need to register and complete the final exams with the relevant professional bodies.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

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

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

Course information

This is a challenging, intensive and fast-paced course which demands a great deal from its students. It simulates the operational environment of the finance sector, helping you to build the skills you need to work strategically within it.

The MSc Global Finance course offers the opportunity to develop the knowledge required for entry-level positions with leading global banks and financial services and investment firms. Whether you’ve just completed your undergraduate studies or have been working for some time, it will prepare you to sit for CFA or FRM certification – both of which are recognised as gold standards in professional finance.

The course is taught by highly qualified tutors who have solid career experience in banking, asset management and portfolio management, and who maintain strong connections with industry and with the professional associations. Your learning will be very much practical and applied, with the opportunity to meet with industry through networking, guest lectures, field trips and either an internship with an employer or a consultancy project with a real client. 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The content of this course is highly technical, requiring an analytical mind and strong literacy in English and mathematics: you’ll probably have a background in science, technology, engineering and/or maths. You will study 10 modules and will receive specialist support in preparing for your professional finance examinations.

Modules

  • Ethics & Quantitative Methods

    Ethics define a profession: explore contemporary issues of ethics in finance and the increasing need to respond to scrutiny. 

  • Financial Reporting & Analysis

    Prepare financial statements to the highest ethical standards, and interpret them to support risk-analysis and decision-making.

  • Trading Economics

    Learn the key economic and market metrics behind trends in the financial market – and how to mitigate the resulting risks.

  • Global Financial Market

    Explore how currencies, shares, bonds and commodities are traded, and how they impact on international finance. 

  • Valuation of Equity and Fixed Income

    Considers the various valuation techniques to support the analysis of financial statements and inform financial decision-making.

  • Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods

    Learn to use financial economics and econometrics and the most relevant research techniques for accounting & finance.

  • Portfolio Management

    Take a portfolio approach to individual and institutional investments, covering risk and return measures plus asset pricing. 

  • Optional modules

    CFM pathway modules:

    Corporate Finance (CFA)

    This module covers 4 of the CFA Level I & Level II study sessions and is essential if you choose the CFA pathway.

    Fixed Income, Derivatives & Alternative Investment (CFA)

    This module covers 8 of the CFA Level I & Level II study sessions and is essential if you choose the CFA pathway.

    FRM pathway modules:

    Risk Analysis & Financial Modelling (FRM)

    Explore risk analysis and a range of financial modelling techniques relevant to the FRM pathway.

    Financial Risk Management (FRM)

    Explore risk management, asset valuation, cash flow and tools used by investment firms, all relevant to the FRM pathway.

    1 from the following:

    Dissertation

    Take a more academic approach by producing a major piece of writing on a topic relevant to the finance sector.

    Internship

    Your opportunity to do a term’s work experience in industry, producing a substantial piece of accompanying work.

    Individual or Group Consulting Project

    Undertake a significant project advising a real client on a financial issue, working independently or as part of a team.

    Financial Simulation Project

    As part of a ‘senior management team’, apply your finance skills to the problems of a virtual business via a software simulation.

     

In more detail...

  • You will receive essential preparation for either CFA or FRM certification
  • A portion of your learning will take place on our exciting simulated trading floor
  • Tutors will illustrate your learning with their career experiences in the financial services sector
  • You will study in the heart of London, in close proximity to the UK’s two leading financial districts
  • Every aspect of your studies will be set within a global context, preparing you to work internationally
  • You could choose to do a term’s work-experience internship or a live consultancy project with a real client
  • There is the opportunity to participate in an overseas field trip to a global financial centre, which might include Wall Street in New York
  • Your learning will include as many opportunities as possible for developing hands-on business skills, enabling you to be highly workplace-ready when you graduate.

Your main study themes are:

  • Professionalism – You will learn to adhere to the highest levels of professional conduct, and to pass the exams of one of the world’s leading professional associations for finance or risk management
  • Technology – You’ll explore the importance of electronic decision-support tools in the financial services sector, and use industry-standard software as part of your learning throughout your studies
  • Ethics – Ever since the recent global economic crisis, the financial services sector has had to respond to increasing levels of scrutiny and to develop and enforce stringent codes of ethics
  • Strategy – The course focuses on developing your strategic thinking – enabling you to make crucial decisions based on the best and latest information, and to professionally inform the decisions of others. 

You will benefit from the highest standards of teaching here at our London campus, evidenced by the fact that Coventry University has been awarded ‘Gold’ in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. Your tutors are all highly qualified and experienced, with strong career backgrounds in financial services.

Your learning will be applied and contextualised. Both within and beyond the classroom, you’ll enjoy many opportunities to mix with the world of business through field trips, tours, guest lectures and visits to companies and institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll experience business networking and real work-experience and consultancy opportunities. Even in the classroom, you’ll focus on practical tasks such as case studies, report-writing, planning, presentations and debates.

In your second term, you’ll choose whether to follow either the CFA or FRM specialist pathway. This will help to prepare you for taking certification exams with the relevant professional body after graduating, if you so choose.

You’ll spend time working on our simulated trading floor, becoming proficient with some of the leading technology for the financial services sector – including Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ. You’ll use our online learning platform, and you could choose a ‘simulation’ option which uses software to guide you through a series of real-world financial problems.

Students are expected be highly motivated independent learners. You’ll be encouraged to make the most of all the opportunities afforded by London’s financial districts, including the City of London and Canary Wharf. You could take advantage of tours, museums, exhibitions and conferences. Since this is an intensive programme, a significant proportion of your time should be dedicated to personal study, a lifelong skill which will serve you well throughout your career. 

Teaching methods include:<br> Lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans, online collaborations.

Your performance will be assessed continually throughout the course. This helps to ensure that both you and your tutors understand your particular talents while recognising where you might need extra support.

Your assessments will be highly applied and practical, reflecting the kind of work you will undertake in the workplace. You’ll have opportunities to work on business case studies, software simulations, consultancy projects, group projects and debates, presentations, business reporting and even work-experience placements. Assessments will include the use of Excel and its many data analysis tools and integration interfaces.

The practical nature of these assessments means you will develop increasingly critical awareness of your own performance, and that of others – a vital career skill. 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Respond appropriately to the need for the highest standards of ethical behaviour
  • Understand the impact of the economic environment on companies and financial markets
  • Explain the global financial markets: the institutions, the mechanisms, their performance, their mutual relationships with the wider economic landscape, and their regulatory frameworks
  • Understand and analyse financial reports and statements
  • Know how to measure and manage risk within financial markets
  • Evaluate financial assets using the capital asset and other pricing models, whilst recognising their assumptions and limitations
  • Measure, analyse and deliver shareholder value
  • Value equity, fixed-income and financial-derivative investments
  • Demonstrate your financial modelling skills and your proficiency with industry-standard financial platforms such as Bloomberg and S&P Capital IQ
  • Use a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods/techniques while appreciating their strengths and limitations for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain environment.

This course take a globalised approach to the curriculum, placing your learning in the context of international challenges, opportunities and regulatory frameworks. It will prepare you for working globally, whether overseas, or for a multi-national, or for a firm which trades internationally.

You will have the opportunity for an international field trip, and you could also arrange to do either a consultancy project or an internship (as part of your final major project) overseas. You will benefit from studying alongside a truly international cohort of students, learning from the perspectives they bring while developing your own ability to work cross-culturally.

 

 

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. 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

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. 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

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£11,867 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£11,867 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,509 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Career prospects

This course will provide the skills you need to embark on a senior position in the global financial services industry, whether in banking, investment firms or corporates.

Graduates of this course have well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, and highly effective communication and research skills. These skills are in high demand around the world. You will have received essential preparation for either CFA or FRM certification, the gold-standard professional qualifications from the internationally recognised CFA Institute and Global Association of Risk Professionals, respectively.

You could choose to work in corporate business, for an institution, within government or a national bank, or for a specialist firm – or you could even become self-employed, perhaps as a consultant to such organisations.

Where our graduates work

Your career options will largely depend on the pathway you select on this programme:

  • CFA offers a broad-based curriculum, opening up a wide range of career opportunities in financial analysis and investment. It will prepare you for a career in investment banking, where you might manage IPOs and mergers & acquisitions, or you might work in portfolio management (asset management, mutual funds or financial planning). Alternatively, you might go into equity research, or work as a financial analyst or strategist.
  • FRM is a very much more specialist programme in financial risk assessment, suited for those who want to make a career with banks, insurance companies or rating agencies, for example. You might work as a risk manager, a credit risk analyst, a chief risk officer, or an asset liability manager.
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