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Master in Finance and Investment (MSc) - Brunel University
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Master in Finance and Investment (MSc) - Brunel University

Brunel University London
On campus
 2177 Points
1 Year

Program Description

The master in 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 modeling, investment strategies, performance evaluation, risk assessment, investment valuation, and asset pricing.

Further in the master in Finance and Investment (MSc), you’ll develop your quantitative and problem-solving skills and ability to critically evaluate and deliver midterm and long-term strategic solutions.

Throughout the master in Finance and Investment (MSc), 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.

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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.


Teaching and Learning

The staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. This means that your education will be innovative, inspiring and cover up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your course will consist of lectures, seminars, directed independent study, workshops and oral presentations.

Dissertation research will give you the opportunity to integrate your knowledge of important themes, frameworks and research findings in finance and accounting obtained via lectures, seminars, and workshops.

You’ll also have access to industry-standard data and software programmes used in research methods.



Financial Theory

This module is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of financial theory through the study of the interaction between firms, individuals and the macroeconomy. The module provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of capital markets through the study of portfolio theory, equilibrium asset pricing models and efficient market theory.

Derivative Securities

This module enumerates and describes the various securities and financial markets in a clear and concise manner that accurately blends theory and practice. The module describes the financial derivative securities that are used in modern finance, and outlines the principles behind their valuation.

Risk Management

Students are introduced to the risk management of financial instruments portfolios using risk measures, such as conditional volatility models, value-at-risk and credit risk. An introduction to numerical methods concludes the course.

Security Analysis and Funds Management

This module aims to provide an overview of securities traded in fixed income, stock and derivative markets and their characteristics along with the stylised facts of financial markets, and to introduce classical models used for portfolio selection and risk management.

Modelling Financial Markets and Forecasting

This module aims to provide participants with the skills necessary to conduct their own empirical investigations of a range of economic and financial relationships and with the knowledge necessary to understand the related academic and practical literature.

Corporate Finance

This module is designed to provide the student with a thorough knowledge of corporate finance through the study of the interaction between firms and the capital markets. This involves option pricing theory and applications, the firm’s capital structure decision, the firm’s dividend policy, the firm’s mergers and acquisitions decision, and the firm’s decision to go public.

Macro and Financial Econometrics

This module provides a broad introduction to the theory and practice of econometrics. Econometrics is concerned with the systematic study of economic phenomena using observed data. The aim is to help students use statistical methods to estimate the parameters of economic models, and test economic hypotheses.


The objective of the dissertation is to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught part of the course upon a specific issue of interest. The dissertation should provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue, normally (although not always) involving an empirical analysis of the topic being investigated.

Jobs - Careers

Graduates now hold teaching positions in institutions like the:

  • Australian Business School
  • EDHEC Business School in Nice
  • Glasgow University
  • Olso Business School
  • Standard Life in the UK
  • Bank of Cyprus
  • HBSC Istanbul
  • TD Bank Financial Group in Canada

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