MSc Investment and Financial Management

"I chose to study at Norwich Business School because of its reputation. My master’s included the academic disciplines, practical knowledge, professional field of study, key business issues and creative thinking that I particularly wanted to achieve."

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Ferhan Erdinc, Norwich Business School Graduate


“Competing for employability prizes such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) prize helps our students to develop their confidence with prospective employers.” Andrea Finegan, Lecturer in Corporate Finance

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Key facts

(REF 2014)

Prepare to make a difference in the global corporate and financial sector with our investment and financial management Master’s.

You’ll be someone who is deeply ambitious and who aspires to rise to the top in investment and finance. Om this course you’ll gain the skills and confidence to go into any number of roles, including manager, business analyst, trader, broker, market specialist or accountant. We also welcome students with family businesses they are looking to advance. And many of our students have previously studied or worked in finance abroad and are looking for the edge that studying in the UK will bring.

This is a course with an international approach – you’ll study your subject from an international perspective, learning alongside students from all over the world and studying with internationally-respected academics. This Master’s will prepare you for success on the global stage.


This is an intense and challenging course and you can expect to develop a great deal over your year with us. You will discover the intellectual and practical skills required for a successful career. You’ll also be challenged to become an independent thinker capable of questioning conventional wisdom and pushing boundaries. The course is applied in nature and highly practical. We are proud to be a member of the respected CFA Institute University Affiliation programme.

You will study the international market, learning the latest practices and studying the latest trends. You’ll discover how to combine theory and practice, how to draw on different data sets and databases, and how to analyse and compare data in order to make effective financial decisions. You’ll explore the challenges facing corporations today, analysing solutions and proposing answers of your own. And you’ll learn how to make the best use of new technologies.

In addition to your Master’s qualification you will receive support and access to online training for certification in Thomson Reuters at no extra cost, including Eikon and Datastream.

Increasingly employers are looking for candidates with environmental and social responsibility expertise. On this course you will learn to ask questions such as, How can corporations contribute to the youth of a country? And how can companies grow without sacrificing the environment? You’ll explore the impact of social and environmental issues on the future of corporations. You’ll learn how to look beyond profit as a key motivator in business. And you’ll cultivate the skills required to work with corporations that care about social and environmental concerns.

Throughout the course you’ll approach your subject from an international perspective, studying modules such as International Corporate Governance and Advanced Financial and Investment Management. This international focus means you can take insights from one region and apply them to another. For example you could take insights gained by studying a British case study and consider what might happen if they were applied to a Chinese business and vice versa. You’ll also learn first-hand how to thrive in an international environment, by working alongside students from all over the world, including the EU, Asia, Africa and America.

As you progress you will be encouraged to change the way you think and the way you approach problems. You’ll discover how to look at issues from different points of view. And you’ll graduate as an independent thinker able to come up with your own ideas and to debate and defend them.

Course Structure

Your studies will begin with our Welcome Week. Here you’ll be introduced to each of the key areas of business, as well as investment and financial management. You’ll also meet the team of academics and researchers you’ll be working with throughout your degree, and have the chance to get to know your fellow students.

Your first semester is a great chance to explore different areas of your subject, and discover the topics you might like to focus on during the rest of your studies and later career. You’ll gain a firm foundation in both your subject and other essential business functions. You’ll do this through the compulsory modules Accounting and Financial Management, Managing People and Organisations, and Strategic Marketing Management. By the end of your first semester you’ll have a solid understanding of basic concepts, functions, roles and decisions of all aspects of business.

In your second semester you’ll delve deeper into your subject with more specialist modules. You’ll learn more techniques, study more complex cases, and go into greater detail, discovering the practices expected of you when working in a corporate finance or governance team or in a leading accountancy firm. You’ll also be able to tailor your studies by choosing one optional module, from a selection that might include International Financial Reporting, Quantitative Finance, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.

In coursework you’ll learn how to critically apply what you’ve learned to corporate practice. This ensures you graduate with a high level of skill in corporate reporting and are able to critically assess corporate governance practices and corporate policies (such as debt and dividend policies).

Unlike other Master’s courses where your third semester is spent on independent study, on this Master’s you’ll benefit from a third semester of taught modules. You will spend your third semester consolidating your learning and further developing your critical thinking skills with modules such as Advanced Financial and Investment Management, and Integrated Business Decisions.

You’ll also take Management Skills and Personal Development, which runs across all three semesters. Here you will study the theory and practice of good management. You’ll also focus on developing your own personal brand. This ensures you leave equipped not only to shape businesses, but ready to shape your own career too. We’ll work together to identify your 10 key strengths and then you’ll explore ways to show evidence of these strengths. You’ll study inspiring career stories, from JK Rowling to James Dyson, discovering the principles of success and applying them to your own life and career plan.

The course has been carefully designed to ensure you graduate with in-depth knowledge and expertise of all the key areas of investment and finance. In all your modules you’ll look at issues from a domestic and international perspective. This ensures you graduate ready to excel on the international stage, with skills that are relevant and effective.

Teaching and Learning

You will benefit from research-led and industry-focused teaching, learning from highly qualified academics and researchers, as well as practitioners with experience working in industry at the highest level.

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, masterclasses and independent study. You’ll learn to scrutinise articles in the Financial Times and analyse live cases. There is no dissertation module on this Master’s, which means you’ll benefit from a greater number of taught modules.


You’ll experience a variety of assessment methods, including exams, coursework, group work and presentations.

You will be able to submit formative and summative work for assessment, and you’ll receive feedback to help you identify areas for improvement and areas of strength.

After the course

You will graduate ready to launch a highly successful career in investment and finance, in the UK and beyond.

You could go on to work for investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, hedge, mutual or pension funds, brokers, rating agencies, venture capitalists and regulatory bodies. You might work as a financial manager, treasurer, capital budget analyst, credit manager or investor relations specialist. Or you might go on to work as a data analyst, advisor or systems developer at a consultancy firm.

You might go straight into a junior or senior role, either way this course is a common path to senior positions such as head of department roles. The international outlook of the course means you’ll be well placed to go on to an international career, working for international companies and multinational corporations.

There is a strong focus on preparing you for your future career throughout the course. You’ll learn theories and practices demanded by the most prestigious employers. You’ll also discover essential skills such as CV writing and solo and group interview techniques. And you’ll be able to take part in our annual Employability Week. Here you’ll have a chance to hear from and network with people working in industry at a high level, including NBS alumni and people working at the big four accountancy firms: KPMG, EY, PWC and Deloitte.

Career destinations

  • Financial manager
  • Capital budget analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Investor relations specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Systems developer

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 140 credits:

Name Code Credits


Do you want to be fluent in business? Accounting is the language of business and financial management is critical to the survival of businesses. If you want to become knowledgeable in two of the core areas in business such as accounting and financial management, then this module is for you. Throughout the module you will discover why accounting is considered a management information system and why managing the financial aspects of the business will contribute to business success. This is a semester long introductory module and no previous study of accounting or finance is required. The module will be divided in two parts: in the first part you will study accounting and in the second part of the module you will study financial management. In this module, individual study coupled with a series of lectures and seminars will give you a very good overview of the accounting and finance methods and concepts. In accounting you will learn how to read and interpret financial statements, you will acknowledge the importance of understanding and managing costs and the importance of liquidity. In financial management you will learn how investment appraisal and valuation works as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using different forms of equity and debt. All the knowledge gained by taking this module will put you at an advantage in any business meeting, benefiting your future career.







In this module you will explore the principles of corporate finance. The most important topics of this module are the following: goals and governance of the corporation, stakeholders and impact on corporate objectives, valuing bonds and common stocks, risk and cost of capital, corporate performance, agency problems and executive compensation packages, payout policy, capital structure, valuation, debt financing, mergers, corporate restructuring and corporate control around the world.




This is a module with a twist - building on core skills such as team-working, marketing, accounting and strategy, you'll apply your knowledge and work in teams to win different 'games' - the military has previously used such games to teach strategy and tactics. Updated to reflect the international business environment, you'll be using each game as a way to embed your knowledge and see if your team emerges as the winner!




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 re-shaping the current debate on corporate governance and the perceived failures of corporate governance will also be taken into account.




The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of people management - including topics from both Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management - and permit you to explore the question of; if people are your business, why is managing people in an organisational context so difficult? In the module, you will learn about the process and development of the so-called 'soft' management competencies as well as hard management. You will focus on the development of these skills in order to increase productivity and performance as well as develop and manage people in different business contexts. You will begin with an overview of different organisational behaviours and how these can be managed within the organisation. You will learn key frameworks from organisational behaviour and human resource management and how these concepts that for instance can include leadership, team working, motivation and diversity can be applied to business scenarios. You will realise both soft and hard aspects of management in managing individual people as well as acquiring knowledge about key HRM function and the role of line managers in managing staff. On successfully completing this module you will have gained experience of discussing differing key organisational and HRM concepts and how they can apply in different settings resulting in different outcomes. You will have gained a sensitivity to the diversity of people and organisations. You will be able to analyse organisational contexts and how people are managed to understand how you yourself would like as an individual to be managed and how this knowledge can be applied to others in a variety of different business settings.




The main objective of this module is to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the strategic marketing planning process. You will be able to apply marketing principles in a strategic context and develop both a theoretical and practical knowledge of strategic marketing. A key feature is that you'll consider approaches to strategic marketing from an international perspective.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

These modules will run in semester 2.

Name Code Credits


This module aspires to provide you with knowledge on the significance of entrepreneurship within the economy, research-led understanding of factors that affect the entrepreneurial process and small business management functions respectively.




We live in an increasingly connected and globalised world. How companies report their financial performance and position in today's economic environment? If you want to understand international accounting and how businesses communicate their profit or their loss, their assets, liabilities and equity to a wide range of users, then this module is for you. Throughout the module you will discover the techniques of financial reporting and the interesting debates that surrounds them. You will gain a firm grounding in 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 reporting requirements for single companies and groups of companies. You will begin with an overview of the regulatory framework for international financial reporting and of the efforts towards international harmonisation. You will then explore the stimulating debate of measurement and valuation in the financial accounting process. You will continue with the equally interesting issue of recognition of assets and liabilities in financial statements and conclude with the fascinating part of analysing financial statements. At the end of this module you will be able to present quantitative financial reporting data, to reflect critically on current financial reporting debates and to analyse quantitative and qualitative financial reporting data. These valuable skills will give you an advantage in your future business career.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module provides students within a comprehensive understanding of Global Business. We examine the essentials of Global Business, including - the environment, strategy, organisation and management. A central feature of the module is the emphasis on real-world scenarios and problems associated with Global Business. Teaching methods includes - case studies, in-class activities and the use of learning technologies. An example of the latter is the game-based learning platform Kahoot! Students will be encouraged to critically analyse the Global Business Environment and entry strategies in Global Business. Managing Global Business across different business functions together with the opportunities and challenges faced by management will be considered.




This module is designed to give you a solid set of management skills through which your 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 Master's 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, 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 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.




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.

Further Reading

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 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate 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 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 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

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Pre-sessional courses online from June to September 2020. Further details can be found on the INTO UEA Online Pre-Sessional English webpage.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £10,300 (full time)
  • International Students: £18,000 (full time)


Living Expenses

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


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.

To apply please use our online application form.

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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