International Finance and Investment MSc

Provides you with skills and expertise to appraise issues facing financial market participants and to improve the practice of investment and risk management in a sustainable and ethical manner.

Overview

Our MSc International Finance and Investment programme will provide you with skills and expertise to appraise issues facing financial market participants and to improve the practice of investment and risk management in a sustainable and ethical manner. It focuses on trading portfolio management and corporate finance following latest developments in the finance field by offering Financial Technology (FinTech) as a core module. You will be taught by research active academics who are able to bring fresh insights into their teaching. Teaching is academically rigorous and strong emphasis is placed on practical relevance.

This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in investment banking trading, asset management, portfolio investment, hedge funds, corporate finance management and financial analysis or to pursue further studies in finance.

Key features

  • Mentoring and one-to-one academic support from leading academics at the forefront of their fields
  • Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness, including optional language study
  • Course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc (subject to confirmation and approval)
  • A contemporary choice of optional modules including: Behavioural Finance, Sustainable Banking, and Finance and Development
  • Teaching from academics with experience across many segments of the finance industry
  • This programme qualifies successful students for the CIMA Masters Gateway accelerated entry route

Course modules
Course core modules

Research Methods

The module provides you with a broad understanding of business and academic research methods. It is designed to help students prepare for a Dissertation or Executive Company Project. You will be guided on the selection and planning of a suitable research project. The module will review research design, paradigms and ethics, including the broader ethical impact of research. Through undertaking this module, you will cover a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. You will also be guided as to how to use financial datasets available in DMU.

International Financial Markets and Institutions

This module guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.

Applied Corporate Finance

This module introduces key skills required for work in corporate finance. This module covers sources of funds for companies, investment needs, project appraisal and management of portfolios, risk measurement, relevance of capital structure and methods of company valuation.

Financial Econometrics

This module introduces the theory and practice of financial econometric modelling techniques including the generalised method of moments (GMM), error correction models, ARCH-GARCH and time-series forecasting.

Financial Technology

The module provides students with the ability to propose and evaluate financial innovations. Students are taught theories of innovation, relevant technologies, and the impact of changes to the regulatory context. The module includes a series of Case Studies to illustrate incremental and disruptive innovation. These Case Studies include alternative lending (such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer); bond and equity market innovations (such as exchange-traded funds and collateralised debt obligations); derivatives innovation (such as credit default swaps); alternative assets; electronic trading strategies (such as algorithmic and high frequency) and alternative payment systems (such as blockchain and cryptocurrency).

Applied Trading

This module provides a broad understanding of the skills needed to turn clients' investment objectives into trading strategies. It is designed to prepare participants for roles in investment firms, regulators, and clients. Guidance on the links between finance theory and trading will be part of your programme of study. You will manage a simulated sub-portfolio on behalf of a virtual client. During the module, you will report to, and make trading recommendations on behalf of, this client. Your advice will be in response to real-time daily news, and changes in your client's investment objectives. This module offers a unique chance for you to apply your knowledge of finance theory, and portfolio management to a changing situation. You will become familiar with many aspects of the trading floor and you will learn how to analyse the impact of trading strategies on risk, return, and transaction costs. You will also gain an understanding of hedging, and how to manage client cash flows.

Portfolio Management

This module taught from the portfolio manager’s perspective, issues in price formation for all the major asset classes will be explored. Markets will be investigated with particular attention to the fundamental and non-fundamental components of securities pricing. To this end you will examine the standard valuation methods in addition to concepts arising from the behavioural finance literature. Optimal portfolio allocation will also feature. The overriding objective of the module is to provide a framework for well-placed investment decisions and to become familiar with the various investment strategies, providing a knowledge base for those wishing to pursue professional qualifications in this field.

Plus choose one of the following:

Behavioural Finance

This module offers alternative explanations about why prices deviate from their fundamental values and why certain anomalies still persist in the marketplace. Psychological theories will be introduced to enhance your finance knowledge and develop models to improve predictability of stock prices.

Sustainable Banking, Finance, and Development

This module explores the role and linkage of banking and finance in economic development, and consider both the sustainability of banking and the requirements for banking and finance to further sustainable economic development.

Plus either:

Dissertation

This involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of investment and finance.

Or

Executive Company Project

This offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.

Note: These modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

Teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and in semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your Dissertation or Executive Company Project.

In addition, each module provides a 2-hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

Accreditations
Accreditations (subject to confirmation and approval)

From 2021 commencement this programme also allows successful students to claim seven exemptions from CIMA Certificate and Operational level exams.

This programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), enabling you to gain a CISI professional qualification while studying for your MSc.

Opportunities and careers

Graduate careers 
An International Finance and Investment MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers. You may choose to pursue a career in finance, banking, investments or a variety of other roles within the finance industry.

Entry Criteria
Holders of a good bachelor degree from a university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or masters programmes.

We normally expect student to achieve an overall 'good' grade. We appreciate that the marking schemes in universities in Kazakhstan can differ. If your undergraduate degree is graded on the GPA system, we would usually look for a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, 3.5 out of 4.33, or 4 out of 5.

Work experience is not a requirement.

International applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalent standing will be considered on an individual basis.

Our Admissions team are here to provide you with advice on all aspects of applying.

Fees

Postgraduate
For September 2022/23 entry, our tuition fees for full-time postgraduate local and international students are:

Degree programme Course Fees (per Academic Year)
Global MBA $20,000
MSc International Finance and Investment $17,500
LLM International Business Law        $17,500
Financial support for students
We are committed to supporting students and firmly believe that finance should not be a barrier to accessing world class university education.

We will be offering a large number of discounts and scholarships as part of our offering.

Our Admissions team are here to provide you with advice on all aspects of money matters, including tuition fees, financial help and on funding your studies.

Programme delivery subject to academic approval

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