MSc Investment and Financial Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science

Get ready to launch a successful career and make a difference in the global corporate and financial sector as a manager, business analyst, trader, broker, investment advisor, consultant, credit controller, treasurer, banker, market specialist or accountant.


The MSc in Investment and Financial Management (MIFM) prepares you to launch a successful career and make a difference in the global corporate and financial sector as a manager, business analyst, trader, broker, investment advisor, consultant, credit controller, treasurer, banker, market specialist or accountant. The MIFM is applied in nature and a proud member of the prestigious CFA Institute University Recognition programme.

Course details

This course has four unique characteristics:

Professional relevance and employability: It develops in an academically rigorous manner the general and specialist knowledge, skills and competencies required today by employers internationally. The course structure and resources give the opportunity and support to students to train and obtain during their studies, at no additional cost, valuable professional qualifications by Thomson Reuters (on Eikon, Datastream and Investment Banking). Learning in applied subject areas is lab and coursework-based using software, tools and real data.

Broad input - Global output: The course requires no prior knowledge of business or finance and begins by building a solid understanding of basic business concepts, functions, roles and decisions which cuts through disciplines. The material, perspective and student body is truly international.

Exposure to state-of-the-art knowledge: The course introduces you to the latest research findings, professional experiences and expertise of the members of the dynamic Accounting, Finance and Governance (AFG) research group. AFG aims at producing and disseminating world class academic research with high application impact. You are taught by leading academics and professionals that are at the forefront of research, practice and policy in corporate and investment finance.

NBS 2x3 Learning Method: This systematic approach orchestrates student learning around three main pillars which involve: asking interesting questions, challenging incorrect assumptions/conventional wisdom and better exploiting technology. These are supported from clear teaching objectives and evaluation criteria, early feedback from formative assessment and feed-forward provision prior to exams.

Graduates of the programme have wide and exciting career prospects across a variety of jobs and organisations internationally. In the financial sector they can 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 working in the financial department as financial managers, analysts, treasurers, capital budget analysts, credit managers and investor relations specialists. Consulting firms are also major employers of graduates with finance and investment expertise and use them as data analysts, advisors or system developers. In the information and technology sector graduates of the program can be employed by firms developing specialised financial software, data, news and analytics.

Benefits and opportunities

  • CFA® Institute University Recognition:  Through participation in this program, the MSc in Investment and Financial Management will offer to its students up to three scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
  • Thomson Reuters Certificates: Support and access to online training for certification in  Eikon, Datastream and Investment Banking. 
  • 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

Semester 1:

Compulsory Modules

  • Accounting, Finance and Technology Management
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Marketing and Strategy: Markets, Competitors and Customers

Semester 2:

Compulsory Modules

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • International Corporate Governance

One Option module from a choice of:

  • Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Semester 3:

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Financial and Investment Management
  • Integrated Business Decisions

Management Skills and Personal Development semester 1 to 3


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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All subjects excluding Business (unless studied in a non-UK context)
  • 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 2016/17

  • Home/EU students: £9,200
  • Overseas students: £15,300

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

Living Expenses:

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

Scholarships and Funding:

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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