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Finance and Investment MSc

Course code

N300PFININV

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

16 months full-time with placement

2 years full-time with placement

Fees

2023/24

UK £12,500

International £24,000

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Overview

We typically receive a high number of applications for this course and therefore advise that you apply by our advisory application deadline of 30th April 2023. This deadline applies to our September entry points during the 2023/24 application cycle. We will assess any applications we receive after this deadline, subject to vacancies being available on the course.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive there may be a short delay in the time it takes to make a decision on your application. However, please be assured that we fully assess and review all applications we receive in a fair, transparent and consistent way in line with our Admissions Policy. If you need any more details on our application process please refer to this webpage.

The Brunel Finance and Investment MSc gives graduates the advanced knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in financial management, with a focus on investment analysis and portfolio management.

In addition to core subjects including financial theory, financial markets and corporate finance, you’ll examine in detail financial modelling, investment strategies, performance evaluation, risk assessment, investment valuation and asset pricing. 

Further, you’ll develop your quantitative and problem-solving skills and ability to critically evaluate and deliver midterm and long-term strategic solutions. 

Throughout the course you’ll have access to a variety of professional databases used in business and finance including Datastream, Bloomberg, Fitch, Osiris, Reuters 3000 Xtra and Thomson One Banker.

We hold regular training sessions with Bloomberg, which will enhance your research and give you a taste of a real-world working environment.

You can choose to study one year full-time, two years full-time with a year's work placement or 16 months full-time with a 6-12 week work placement.

While you study for your Finance and Investment MSc you can take advantage of the opportunity to follow the CFA Program (Chartered Financial Analyst) specialist pathway and gain the skills required to complete the Level I CFA Program exam.  The CFA Program has become the most respected and recognised professional qualification in finance in the world. Find out more on our  Level I CFA® Program Pathway page. 

This programme is also accredited by CIMA offering exemptions to some of their professional papers depending on your module choices.

As global capital and money markets grow, so does the demand for professionals with specialist skills and competencies in finance and investment. Your Brunel Masters will give you that and make you a sought-after job candidate to employers across the industry.

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Course content

Work for your finance and investment postgraduate degree consists of four equally weighted modules in the first two terms and a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 16 months full-time with placement or 2 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a professional placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Our aim is to teach you ‘employable knowledge’, which can be applied to real-world situations giving you the skills you need to find the right role after you graduate.  Therefore, you’ll be well prepared for work, especially if you undertake a work placement. Securing economics and finance degree jobs is highly competitive so we’ll support you to gain a strong foundation in the skills employers are looking for.  We offer opportunities within the Department of Economics and Finance as well as through the University’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) to help you build skills and experience. 

With the knowledge and expertise you'll gain on the course, you'll be well equipped to progress into academic careers and many of our graduates now hold teaching positions in institutions like the Australian Business School, EDHEC Business School in Nice, Glasgow University and Olso Business School.

Other have used the skills and experiences gained to purse a career within financial institutions and now hold senior positions in prestigious organisations like Standard Life in the UK, Bank of Cyprus, HBSC Istanbul and TD Bank Financial Group in Canada.  

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:1 (or above) UK Honours degree of equivalent internationally recognised qualification) in Economics & Finance, Banking, Finance, Investment, Finance & Accounting, or 2.1 in Mathematical or Scientific degrees with at least 3 modules at L5 or L6 in finance subjects.

  • We also welcome applicants with a high 2:2 (minimum 55%) in the above degree courses with 2:1 grades in all relevant modules i.e. all modules in Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, and Finance.

  • Applicants with 2:1 degrees not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor. This could include applicants with Economics (or high 2:2 with 2:1 grades in Econometrics, Mathematics or Statistics), Business or Accountancy with at least 3 finance modules at L5 or L6 and Mathematics, Statistics or Econometrics at L5, and mathematical or scientific subjects with fewer than 3 modules at L5 or L6 in finance subjects.

  • Applicants with a 2.2 or international equivalent will be considered on an individual basis according to the merits of each application. Please be aware that we will consider applicants who more closely meet our 2.1 degree level entry requirements in the first instance.
  •  Applicants with relevant professional qualifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) will be considered on an individual basis.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 entry

UK

£12,500 full-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£24,000 full-time

£1,385 placement year

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of coursework, contribution to seminars, oral presentations and examinations. Students who successfully complete the taught part of the course can proceed to the dissertation stage.

Students are expected to work on their dissertation in the summer and to submit the final draft in mid-September. Students who follow the Professional Practice pathway will complete their placement during the summer and work on their dissertation afterwards, submitting in January.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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