Finance and Investment Management MSc | PGDip | PGCert – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months for MSc(part-timeand online)
Programme Start: 2 Aug and 11 Oct 2022
Entry awards: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Master the art and science behind financial markets and develop a deep understanding of the contemporary principles of finance and investment management and how these are applied to financial intermediation, savings, and investment.

What is Finance and Investment Management?

A career in Finance and Investment Management is both extremely varied and rewarding, the best and most adaptive businesses today prioritise financial and investment management to improve profitability, provide economic stability, and increase the valuation of the organisation.

Make an outstanding contribution in your organisation by developing the professional and technical skills necessary to operate effectively in the field of finance, and understand the range of impacts that finance has on different business activities.

About the programme

Developed by leading academics in the University of Liverpool’s AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accredited Management School, the MSc Finance and Investment Management programme will equip you with the intellectual, learning, and professional skills you will need to make an outstanding contribution in your organisation.

The content of this programme is aligned with the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA©) qualification and will equip you with the skills and competencies you will need to undertake formal CFA© Level 1 examinations. This means that you will have not only developed excellence in academic skills from a world class university but will also be competent in the practical skills that future employers in the profession demand.  

The University of Liverpool is an Affiliated University of the CFA Institute and is in the process of applying for this programme to join other University of Liverpool Management School master’s programmes that have been awarded CFA affiliated status. The CFA Institute is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence, and affiliated status is well recognised and regarded around the world.

Upon completion of the programme, you will have a good understanding of contemporary principles of finance and investment management and how these are applied to financial intermediation, savings, and investment. You will also gain an understanding of the practices of financial markets including the use of ‘state-of-the-art’ industry analytics.

You will be expected to work both individually and collaboratively with peers on the programme, which will facilitate an important goal of knowledge sharing based on each other’s experiences. International awareness will also be at the heart of the programme design, not only through the collaborative working opportunities, but also through the literature and assessments presented. Finally, you will develop your practical application and critical reflection, by questioning and challenging your own assumptions and those of others. 

Structure and entry awards

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PG Cert). 

  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Financial Institutions, Regulation and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Equity and Fixed Income (15 credits)
  • Portfolio Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis (15 credits)
  • Derivatives and Alternative Investments (15 credits)
  • Economics in Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applications should possess: 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or
  • Professional work experience in a related field and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees and funding

MSc: £15,300
PGDip: £10,200
PGCert: £5,100

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

Scholarships and discounts

You may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment 

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.

Applying

Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • An up-to-date CV. 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 

Deadlines 

We have start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. As an applicant, you are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if you have special needs. 

Career prospects

The MSc Finance and Investment Management is designed to equip current finance professionals and those seeking a career in the area with the intellectual, learning, and professional skills they will need to make an outstanding contribution in their organisations. Graduates will not only develop the technical skills necessary to operate effectively in the field of finance but will be able to able to practically apply these skills and understand the range of impacts that finance has on different business activities, regardless of sector.