MSc Investment Analysis

This programme is ideal for graduates who have some experience in finance, economics or a mathematical subject but have not majored in finance. It will provide students with knowledge, understanding and the skills appropriate for careers in the financial sector or a related industry. It is also an excellent qualification for those wishing to enter a career in financial management. 

Why choose this course? 

  • The programme has a strong focus on practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting
  • Gives you access to the most innovative tools available including a dedicated Reuters dealing room facility, asset market trading simulations and a range of databases
  • Expands your understanding of markets and organisations and the financial frameworks in which they operate

This programme will provide students with knowledge, understanding and the skills appropriate for careers in the financial sector particularly in banking or investment management. The programme has a strong focus on practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. In the summer term, students have the option of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA Level One programme.

This culminates students undertaking a financial analyst evaluation of a live company for their project.  The facilities and equipment used on the programme are of the highest standard, giving MSc finance students access to the most innovative tools available.  This includes a dedicated Reuters dealing room facility, asset market trading simulations and a range of databases.

Students will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors.  They will discover how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.  The knowledge and skills from the taught modules will be blended together for the investment analysis projects. Students are encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – a recognised professional qualification.

Core Modules :

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

The modules together with the optional CFA revision sessions (free to Aston MSc Investment Analysis students) will support students also undertaking the CFA level 1 programme.

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

Course director

Mr Colin Chapman

Prior to an academic career Colin worked in various financial services roles and ran his own FCA regulated advisory firm. His interests lie in the area of personal finance, and his chartered status from the CISI demonstrates his commitment to raising standards of knowledge, capability and ethical practice.

Colin is joined on the teaching side by a team of professors and lecturers, all of whom come with a strong background in both teaching and research.

Teaching staff

Many of the academics teaching on the programme have previously worked in the finance industry such as in hedge funds, in portfolio management, at The Bank of England or undertaking financial consultancy. 

The MSc Investment Analysis at Aston has been recognised as having equivalence to the CISI Diploma; Aston Business School supports students in gaining full membership of the CISI as part of their studies. The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry both in the UK and in a growing number of financial centres globally.

This programme provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to careers in the financial, insurance and corporate sector, such as financial and investment analysis, stockbroking, market trading, investment and commercial banking and corporate finance.

For information on sector opportunities see the Banking, Investment and Insurance overview on the Prospects website.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

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

On successful completion of the programme students 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.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • In 2010 an investment of £150,000 was made to provide an interactive "Reuters" dealing room

  • Training in the use of leading financial databases such as Datastream, Reuters, Fame, Trade and Quotes, Compustat and CRSP

  • Participation in bespoke asset market trading simulations.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have quantitative and analytical skills.  Applicants will have 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 programme: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

UK/EU:          £11,650 (2015 fee) 
International:  £17,000 (2015 fee)  

For scholarships up to £3,500 for 
MSc Investment Analysis see here. 

Contact details:

Aston Business School postgraduate admissions office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

Aston student wins prestigious finance award

Aston student wins prestigious finance award

Aston MSc Investment Analysis student was one of the eleven elite Masters students who won a CISI Educational Trust Award 2014. Find out more here.

Funding your study

Funding your study

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research