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MSc Investment Analysis

Maria Stoyneva

Aston has a unique position: its walking distance from the centre of the second largest city in the UK and simultaneously a small campus where you can get to lectures in five minutes."

Maria Stoyneva
Asset Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.2 minimum)

MSc Investment Analysis provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. Our graduates go on to work across the financial, insurance and corporate sectors in companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young.

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Ranked 53rd in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Finance.
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Gain additional qualifications while you study including Reuters Certification, CFA Level One and CISI Diploma.
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Learn by doing with the dedicated Reuters Trading Room where you can gain hands-on experience of ThomsonOne.
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Preparation and study classes for the Chartered Financial Analyst programme.

MSc Investment Analysis will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project.

 You will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.

At Aston Business School we focus on Learning by Doing. With a dedicated Reuters Trading Room facility, you can get ahead of the competition by practising your trading skills in a life-like environment. It also gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Reuters' database, ThomsonOne.

You will be encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

Core Modules

  • Valuation of Investments (A)
  • Valuation of Investments (B)
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Trading Techniques
  • Security Analysis
  • Investment Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.

Assessment

The taught modules are assessed predominantly through examinations complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the valuation project.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

On successful completion of the course you are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of valuation techniques used in financial markets
  • Understand how to trade financial securities
  • Understand strategic decision-making within a financial context
  • Be able to employ risk management techniques
  • Use financial statements to analyse financial performance
  • Understand the international influences of finance.

Course Director

Dr Antonios Kassanis
Antonios joined Aston Business School in September 2012, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham for a number of years. His teaching experience within the Finance curriculum includes courses in International Finance, Foreign Exchange Markets, International Investments and Econometrics with Financial Applications. His research interests currently lie in the fields of Financial Economics and International Finance.

We will support you in your studies for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI) Diploma Papers and in the summer term you will have the opportunity to attend preparation and revision classes for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level One course. CFA Institute is a global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for excellence in the industry.

This course provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career in the financial, insurance and corporate sectors. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Auditor – PricewaterhouseCoopers (Italy)
  • Financial Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
  • Investment Manager – Bank of China (China)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst – Ernst & Young (Russia)
  • Risk Capital Manager – Kazikorn Bank (Thailand).

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

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Trading room

At Aston we're different. That's why we focus on putting theory into practice. We're proud to offer a dedicated Reuters Trading Room facility where you can test out what you learn on the course and gain real practical experience of what it is like to be in a trading room. It also gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Reuters' database, ThomsonOne.

This real-life experience will give you the edge over other candidates in this competitive industry as you are already prepared and ready to work in a busy trading environment and will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques you need to succeed.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard MSc entry requirements, you must demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills, by having studied some finance, economics or other quantitative modules at undergraduate level.

Plus one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)
  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee
  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date
  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements 
  • Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

Fees: 
UK/EU:          £11,950 
International:  £17,650   

Scholarships:
Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here.  


Interested? I'd love to hear more from you

Antonios Kassanis
Dr Antonios Kassanis

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