MSc Investment and Financial Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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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 Recognition programme.

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, Datastream and Investment Banking). 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 Accounting, Finance and Governance (AFG) research group. 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 Recognition:  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, 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

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.




The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of how modern corporations and managers operate within the global economy and financial markets. It will introduce key theories, methodologies, tools, best practices and evidence used by managers in financial and investment decision making. Emphasis will be placed on discussing the different types, functions and participants of financial markets along with how financial assets and portfolios are created, traded and priced.




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.




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 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 designed to give students a solid set of personal skills and management skills (skilful practice) recognised as important for securing meaningful employment in the global marketplace appropriate to the Masters level of qualification. The format of the module will be of workshops, and the underlying pedagogic approach will be of experiential learning and action research.




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.




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.



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.




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 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.




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 2017/18

  • Home/EU students: £9,400
  • Overseas students: £15,600

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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