Finance

About the course

Course description

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From derivatives and investments to mergers and acquisitions and global markets, this course covers the essential information you need to pursue a range of exciting careers in finance at an international level, or an academic career via a PhD.

Investing in an MSc Finance adds up to a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers.  A dissertation, focusing on empirical research, allows you to explore your chosen area of interest in detail, and you are supported throughout by our high-calibre staff. 

Recent graduates have accepted positions in the City, with the `Big 4' global financial services firms, major world banks and financial institutions.

The MSc Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as postgraduate preparation for a PhD.

CFA training

We're pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams. Students attending our finance-related Masters - MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Business Economics and MSc Quantitative Finance - who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA, will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.

Kaplan is a global firm offering professional training and helping individuals and organisations obtain financial certifications and designations. They will support our students by giving them access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, as well as mock exam runs. They will also offer tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.

Students enrol in the CFA Program to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Preparing for the Level I exam is the first step toward earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Each year, Alliance MBS runs a five-day Trading BootCamp for all current students studying MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Business Economics and MSc Quantitative Finance. These trading simulations provide students with experience of real world trading and the opportunity to engage with contemporary financial markets, enabling them to apply their classroom theory in practice.

To deliver the Trading BootCamp, the School has teamed up with Amplify Trading to provide those looking to enter the financial industry with a crucial skill-set. Amplify Trading  are a global financial trading and training  firm, which offers training to some of the world's largest financial institutions, such as HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. They have developed specialist software that enables students to experience a live trading floor and two experienced traders will deliver the week-long training.

Each day there will be four hours of classes in the morning followed by four hours of trading practice in the afternoon. Engaging in live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, students will be able to apply their understanding, technical expertise and risk management practises in trading different asset classes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for accounting and finance students at Alliance MBS and is another way in which we prepare students for successful careers after graduation.

Finance Zone

The  Finance Zone in Alliance Manchester Business School gives you access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world. These include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more. Read more about the specialist financial and business databases >>

Special features

Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation

Our accounting and finance division courses are now affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). This means that every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.

  • MSc Accounting
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Finance and Business Economics
  • MSc Quantitative Finance

The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize. The Lombard Prize consists of a solid silver Armada dish, a cheque for £1500, one-year honorary membership to the Company and attendance at the Annual Banquet to collect the prize.

Read more about the WCIB Prize >>

Course units details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units.

Semester 1

Core modules:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Cross Sectional Econometrics

Optional modules:

  • Derivative Securities
  • International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets
  • Portfolio Investment
  • International Finance

Semester 2

Core modules:

  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Corporate Finance

Optional modules:

  • Current Issues in Empirical Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Real Options in Corporate Finance
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Economic and Financial Aspects
  • Managerial Economics

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a combination of group assessment and presentations, course work, assignments and examinations. The dissertation normally ranges between 30 and 50 double spaced pages.

Accrediting organisations

The course conforms to the present ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for undertaking a PhD. 

The course has partnership with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

What our students say

Read what Olayinka Arokodare says about MSc Finance >>

Open days

Our next open day for postgraduate taught study will take place on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 . It's a great opportunity to come and see us and experience what it is like to study at Alliance MBS.

Venue: The Atrium, Alliance MBS East (No 26 on Campus Guide)

Registration starts from 1.30pm

2.00-3.10pm       Welcome presentation, Masters alumni panel discussion and taster lecture

3.10-4.10pm       Meet academics, current students and admissions staff

3.15-4.00pm       Opportunity to take a campus tour.

At our event, we'll have an alumni panel who'll be describing their experiences and how their course helped them in their careers, a taster lecture and the chance to meet staff and current students.

You can pre-register for the event and get details about the schedule for the day.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

2015 course profile These figures are for 2015 entry and can vary each year.

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Age range: 21-28
Nationalities: 5

Career prospects

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Access to more than 4,500 UK and global employers
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