Plymouth Graduate School of Management

MSc Finance and Investment

Enter the fast-paced financial sector by building your foundations of expertise in financial management. You will develop a broad knowledge base, and put it into practice with our extensive practical sessions. Build the confidence to make key financial decisions and become familiar with the process of identifying, measuring and communicating key economic information. Position yourself to begin a career in investment banking, international finance, financial journalism or portfolio management.

Key features

  • Steer your career in a new direction with this programme designed to allow you to bring your experience and knowledge from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines and apply it to marketing and innovation.  
  • Lay the foundations for a career in the finance and investment sector by building a strong base of knowledge relating to both the theory and practice of financial decision making and investment.
  • Explore the powerful blend of the processes and mechanics which underlie decision-making in today’s financial and investment sectors, giving you the confidence to be decisive in your future career.
  • Gain the advanced management and analytical skills needed to take you to the forefront of the financial world.
  • Shape your studies to match your goals by selecting two specialist financial modules in your third term. You’ll be able to follow the path which suits your own individual interests and needs.


Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ACF701A Investments

      The module exposes students to the valuation models of stocks, bonds, asset pricing theories and derivatives securities. It is primarily concerned with equity portfolio and bond portfolio management strategies. Key aims are concerned with strategic asset allocation, diversification, synthetic positions, and using derivatives in a portfolio context.

    • ACF703 International Finance

      This module provides a wide perspective on international finance and how this relates to foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and international parity theories. It also offers a thorough treatment of managing currency risks with modern instruments of hedging.

    • ACF718 Corporate Finance

      This module covers topics related to corporate financial decision making regarding evaluating projects to make investments, maintaining optimal capital structure levels and how to distribute profits through the pay-out policy. It equips the postgraduate student to evaluate critically decisions in capital investment and financing that will have a long-run impact on firm valuation.

    • ACF719 Financial Management

      This module places financial theory into a usable context to develop students¿ understanding of the potential value added to a business by an appropriate financial management strategy. It includes an appraisal of models in financial management and issues arising in the area. The module includes investment appraisal and corporate restructuring decisions, financing and dividend policy and working capital management. Relevant aspects of the role of financial markets and asset pricing will also be considered.

    • HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • STO700A International Business Environment

      This module provides a broad overview of the environment in which contemporary business organisations operate. It presents data sources and analytical approaches that can be applied to any specific sectors, industries and a range of locations through the world. Understanding the international business environment is a key aspect of organisational decision making and is critical to business success.

    • STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions underpinned by the effective management of knowledge. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of integrated knowledge management and decision making (core concepts, processes, models), describing the key challenges of knowledge management and decision making under current business environment. It further develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements which need to meet the key challenges, and the important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance decision makers¿ confidence in rational, evidence-based decision making to solve complex business decision problems.

    Optional modules
    • ACF707SU Advanced Credit Management

      This module provides in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of global credit management within different organisations and sectors. The module provides an overview of the importance of the contribution that credit management makes to corporate performance. It also examines credit methods and techniques and investigates different types of credit risks and ways to mitigate them.

    • ACF709SU Corporate Risk Management

      Organisations face a range of risks, many of which threaten not only the achievement of their strategic objectives, but also their future survival. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider the theory and practice that underpins their management. A range of risk management techniques, strategies and theoretical approaches will be considered, as will the drivers for corporate risk management.

    • HRL712 Corporate Governance and Ethics

      This module will critically evaluate, analyse and understand moral philosophy and the drivers of human behaviour as well as identify the complexities and contradictions in ethical perspectives and issues regarding corporate governance.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Finance and Investment 16 17 5338

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test.

Plymouth University offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of finance and investment. 

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

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