MSc Investment and Financial Management


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If your ambition is to launch a successful career in the global corporate and financial sector, this course will give you the relevant qualifications, knowledge and skill set required to help you fulfill your potential and take the next step on the path to your chosen profession.


Designed to fully prepare you for a career in the financial sector as a manager, business analyst, trader, broker, investment advisor, consultant, credit controller, treasurer, banker, market specialist or accountant, the MSc Investment and Financial Management (MIFM) is applied in nature and a proud member of the prestigious CFA Institute® University Affiliation Program.

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Course details

There are four unique characteristics to this course:

Professional relevance and employability

Academically rigorous, this course will help you develop the general, and specialist, knowledge, skills and competencies required by employers across the globe including valuable professional qualifications from Thomson Reuters (on Eikon and Datastream). Learning in applied subject areas is lab and coursework-based, employing relevant software, tools and real data.

Broad input/Global output

Building a solid understanding of basic business concepts, functions, roles and decisions, the course requires no prior knowledge of business or finance. As befits the course profile, the material, perspective and student body is truly international.

Exposure to state-of-the-art knowledge

The course introduces you to the experience, expertise and latest research findings of the dynamic Finance research group (FIN). Which means you will be taught by leading academics and professionals at the forefront of research, practice and policy in corporate and investment finance.

NBS 2x3 Learning Method

A systematic approach that structures student learning around three main pillars, namely: asking interesting questions, challenging incorrect assumptions/conventional wisdom, and better exploiting technology. These are highly effective learning methods, supported by clear teaching objectives and evaluation criteria, early feedback from formative assessment, and feed-forward provision prior to exams.

What next?

Graduates of this programme can anticipate exciting career prospects across a variety of international fields.

In the financial sector

Graduates often work as employees or independent professionals for institutions such as investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, hedge, mutual and pension funds, brokers, rating agencies, venture capitalists and regulatory bodies. Relevant job titles include traders, financial analysts and personal financial advisors, financial managers, loan counsellors and officers, securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents, marketing specialists and risk managers. 

In corporations

Graduates are well prepared for successful careers as financial managers, analysts, treasurers, capital budget analysts, credit managers and investor relations specialists. 

In consulting firms

Graduates with finance and investment expertise are often taken on as data analysts, advisors or system developers. 

In the information and technology sector

Firms developing specialised financial software, data, news and analytics frequently employ graduates of the program.

Benefits and opportunities

  • CFA Institute® University Affiliation:  The MSc in Investment and Financial Management offers up to three scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
  • Thomson Reuters Certificates: Support and access to online training for certification in Eikon and Datastream.
  • Cash prize and scholarships: £1,000 will be awarded to the best student on the MSc programme. There will also be opportunities for funded PhD studies in the School.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 160 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module examines the compilation and use of accounting and financial information. It is an introductory course for students with differing prior knowledge and backgrounds. The module focuses on the use of accounting and financial information by different users of accounts. It includes (1) financial accounting and reporting to those external to the organisation; (2) management accounting and decision-making for managers within an organisation; and (3) financial management and an introduction to governance and the role of financial markets, assets and institutions. The emphasis is on critically appraising accounting and financial information, on applying financial management tools and analysis for management decision making leading to performance improvement and on developing an awareness of the broader governance context in which the information and techniques are used. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.




This module aims to develop a critical understanding of how investors and portfolio managers operate within the global economy and financial markets. It will introduce key theories, concepts, methodologies, tools and best practices used in investment decision-making. The CFA knowledge domains covered include: Economics, Equities, Fixed Income, Alternative Investments and Portfolio Management/Wealth Planning. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS




This Module provides a solid grounding in the principles of financial management and decision-making within companies. The most important topics of this module are the following: goals and governance of the corporation, stakeholders and impact on corporate objectives, functions of financial markets, role of financial intermediaries, decisions around investment appraisal, sources of finance, cost of capital, debt and payout policy, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate control. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSc STUDENTS




The module is "delivered" as a "game" played in teams. The military has used such a game to teach strategy and tactics. It has been updated to the international business environment, so that one team (business) in each game emerges as the winner. Each team needs to use something of what has been learnt from all modules covered so far in the MSc course. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSc STUDENTS




This module provides the knowledge required to understand the critical role that corporate governance plays in helping to ensure confidence in financial markets. It will cover the following topics: the main corporate governance issues and the two dominant approaches to corporate governance (i.e. concentrated versus dispersed ownership structures and their related agency problems, shareholders and stakeholders view); roles of institutional investors, individual investors and stakeholders; shareholder activism; board structures including board independence and board diversity; the remuneration of CEOs and other board directors including stock option plans; regulatory aspects of corporate governance; practice and effectiveness of corporate governance both in the UK and in other selected countries; the debate on the convergence or divergence of corporate governance national systems (including the role of supra-national economic institutions as driving forces towards a convergence process). The effect of the global financial crisis in reshaping the current debate on corporate governance and the perceived failures of corporate governance will also be taken into account. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSc STUDENTS




This module is designed to give participants a solid set of management skills through which their learning from across all modules develops into a coherent whole. The focus will be on developing management skills recognised as important for securing meaningful employment in the global marketplace appropriate to the Masters level of qualification. This is an applied vision and skill development module; focusing on the development of the new skill sets for managers of the 21st century. It is designed as a learning environment and a management trainee program that focuses on the development of knowledge and skills for global leaders. A core belief underlying our approach, demonstrated in interactive sessions, stems from the Chinese proverb, "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." A variety of methods will be used to simulate a real-world business environment such as collaborative learning, lectures, management training videos, presentations, films, discussions, role plays, guest speakers, and workshops. This module is one of the few management courses in the UK that builds on unique features such as individual customization, creative skill development, project based learning, and positive change. We will have intensive brainstorming sessions, problem based learning plus facilitated and self-directed action learning to help you and your colleagues to develop and apply management skills for your career in the 21st century. In today's global, rapidly changing knowledge based economy, learning and experimenting with management skills and personal development is one of the smartest investments you can make for your career. The module draws from a new and exciting paradigm for managerial practice called Positive Organizational Scholarship ( The core premise of this paradigm is that management and leadership excellence is fundamentally tied to creating/enabling organizational contexts that build human strengths and unlock the positive and generative dynamics of vibrant human communities. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILALBE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.




The module provides an overview of how to manage the people in the organisation. It will raise awareness of the dynamics involved at work and how effective management of employees can lead to improved organisational performance. It focuses on the area of human behaviour in the workplace, covering both the individual and how individuals interact at work. In addition, the module provides an overview of how the Human Resource Department supports managers and the organisation in managing their workforce. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSc STUDENTS.




We live or die by the decisions of the market. If we are good we thrive, if not#.well, we don't want to go there. The two connected disciplines that we use to determine our fate are strategy and marketing. Strategy for it is about creating the future and managing our future development and marketing for whatever we do it must be grounded in the reality of our chosen markets. Further is it not the best products or services that usually win, but it is the best marketed products or services. Drawing on theories, models, case studies and experience this module develops strategists and marketeers to lead firms in their future development. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

These modules will run in semester 2.

Name Code Credits


This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the significance of entrepreneurship within the economy, and research-led understanding of the factors that affect entrepreneurship trends and the entrepreneurial process. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.




The aim of this module is to study the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting especially as it relates to limited liability companies. The module entails the study of international accounting standards which have begun to dominate financial reporting networks throughout the world. The module includes an examination of current professional financial reporting requirements together with an introduction to the concept of theory, and competing theories, in financial accounting. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS




This module aims to introduce the conceptual and practical aspects of designing, implementing and evaluating financial models focusing on their application to investment and valuation analysis. The student will become familiar with some of the most widely used methodologies, models, tools and systems used in financial practice. Most of the applications of the module will use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets but other add-ons or standalone systems will also be discussed along with sources of financial information and data. The first part of the module will present the main statistical tools used in investment practice, such as descriptive statistics, estimation, regression analysis, time series analysis and simulation analysis. The second part will develop models for the analysis and valuation of equity and fixed income securities and apply them in a variety of investment scenarios. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All subjects* (excluding UK degrees in a business-related subject, for which our Academic & Professional Courses are more suitable) *Degrees in dance, drama, music, sport, art, and art and design will be considered on a case by case basis and are reviewed closely for their academic content.
  • Degree Classification Good 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas in disciplines other than business or management. Applicants from overseas may hold a non-UK degree in any discipline.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all components
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 with a minimum of 55 in all components

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Business

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,750
  • International Students: £15,900

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.


Scholarships may be offered to Home/EU and Overseas students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. You can apply online.

Further Information:

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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