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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Finance/ MSc Finance and Investment/ MSc Corporate Finance 2017 entry

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Finance/ Finance and Investment/ Corporate Finance
Programme code BSPT28 MSc Corporate Finance, BSPT29 MSc Finance, BSPT27 MSc Finance and Investment
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance/

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/corporate-finance/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:38:32 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a programme informed by current developments in finance, which is practically relevant.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of finance theory and its application.
  • To enhance students’ lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work effectively and to contribute to business and society

For MSc Finance

  • To provide graduates with appropriate tools of analysis to critically evaluate complex financial issues both systematically and creatively, to improve financial practice.

For MSc Finance and Investment

  • To provide graduates with appropriate tools of analysis to critically evaluate complex investment issues both systematically and creatively, to improve the practice of risk measurement and investment management.

For MSc Corporate Finance

  • To provide graduates with appropriate tools of analysis to critically evaluate complex corporate financial issues both systematically and creatively, to improve corporate treasury management practice.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, Master’s Degrees

  • QAA Finance Subject Benchmark Statement

  • Loughborough University “Building Excellence” Strategy Document

  • School of Business and Economics Strategic Plan

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

For MSc Finance

K1  appraise the core theories of finance and assess the empirical evidence on these

K2  critically discuss the financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities

K3  evaluate the factors influencing investment behaviour

K4  demonstrate a critical awareness of how financial markets operate in different settings

K5  debate the role of finance in society and the wider economy

For MSc Finance and Investment

K1-5

K6  debate and critically assess complex investment issues including risk measurement and investment management.

For MSc Corporate Finance

K1-5

K7 debate and critically assess complex corporate finance issues in corporate treasury management and executive financial decision making.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1  analyse and solve theoretical and practical problems in finance

C2  synthesise important issues and themes from the professional and academic literature in finance

For MSc Finance

C3  critically evaluate arguments and evidence related to finance

For MSc Finance and Investment

C4  critically evaluate arguments and evidence related to investment practice.

For MSc Corporate Finance

C5 critically evaluate arguments and evidence related to the practice of treasury management.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1  prepare reports suitable for a professional audience

P2  collect and analyse relevant financial data using appropriate techniques

P3  use appropriate analytical and professional tools in complex financial scenarios

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

 T1  critically analyse and evaluate complex topics

T2  formulate key arguments from an extensive range of evidence

T3  demonstrate advanced skills in numeracy ( Interpret numerical information, reason numerically and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques)

T4  apply logical thinking and problem solving in unstructured situations

T5  use advanced information technology (e.g. handling of large data sets, multifaceted information retrieval and spread-sheet methods)

T6  demonstrate effective personal organisation including time management, independent study, self-direction, decision-making and written and oral communication

T7  use effective team-working skills including leadership, team-building and project management

4. Programme structure

4.1   MSc Finance

Module Structure

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 105)

Code         

Subject Title

Modular Weight

Semester

BSP420

Methods for Financial Data Analysis

15

1

BSP421

Principles of Finance

15

1

BSP422

Financial Markets and Institutions

15

1

BSP423

Financial Reporting and Company Performance

15

1

BSP424

Corporate Finance

15

2

BSP425

Portfolio Management

15

2

BSP429

Business Communication for Finance

15

1 & 2

 

Option Modules.

In addition to the listed compulsory modules, students will choose Five optional Modules (total modular weight 75). Two optional Modules (total modular weight 30) will be taken in Semester 2 and chosen from List A  below.   Three optional Modules (total modular weight 45) will be taken in Semester 3 and chosen from List B.

Code

Subject Title

Modular Weight

Semester

List A

BSP426

International Financial Management

15

2

BSP427

Financial Statements and Business Valuation

15

2

BSP428

Derivatives and Risk Management

15

2

BSP430

Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis

15

2

BSP024

Business Economics

15

2

BSP041

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

15

2

List B

BSP431

Corporate Financial Analysis

15

3

BSP432

Global Investment Analysis

15

3

BSP433

Advanced Corporate Finance

15

3

BSP434

Corporate Governance and Responsibility

15

3

BSP435

Financial Trading

15

3

BSP436

Financial Market Project

15

3

 

4.2    MSc Finance and Investment

 

Module Structure

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 120)

Code         

Subject Title

Modular Weight

Semester

BSP420

Methods for Financial Data Analysis

15

1

BSP421

Principles of Finance

15

1

BSP422

Financial Markets and Institutions

15

1

BSP423

Financial Reporting and Company Performance

15

1

BSP425

Portfolio Management

15

2

BSP427

Financial Statements and Business Valuation

15

2

BSP428

Derivatives and Risk Management

15

2

BSP429

Business Communication for Finance

15

1 & 2

Option Modules.

In addition to the listed compulsory modules, students will choose FOUR optional Modules, (total modular weight 60).  One module (Semester 2) to be selected from List A, 3 modules (Semester 3) to be selected from List B below. 

Code

Subject Title

Modular Weight

LIST A

 

 

BSP424

Corporate Finance

15

BSP426

International Financial Management

15

BSP430

Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis

15

BSP024

Business Economics

15

ECP256

Applied Financial Econometrics

15

LIST B

   
BSP432 Global Investment Analysis       15
BSP434 Corporate Governance and Responsibility       15
BSP435 Financial Trading       15
BSP436 Financial Market Project       15

 

 

4.3 MSc Corporate Finance

 Module Structure

 Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 165)

Code         

Subject Title

Modular Weight

Semester

BSP420

Methods for Financial Data Analysis

15

1

BSP421

Principles of Finance

15

1

BSP422

Financial Markets and Institutions

15

1

BSP423

Financial Reporting and Company Performance

15

1

BSP424

Corporate Finance

15

2

BSP426

International Financial Management

15

2

BSP427

Financial Statements and Business Valuation

15

2

BSP429

Business Communication for Finance

15

1 & 2

BSP431

Corporate Financial Analysis

15

3

BSP433

Advanced Corporate Finance

15

3

BSP434

Corporate Governance and Responsibility

15

3

Semester 2 Option Modules.

In addition to the listed compulsory modules, students will choose One optional Module, (total modular weight 15) to be chosen from the list below. 

Code

Subject Title

Modular Weight

BSP425

Portfolio Management

15

BSP430

Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis

15

BSP024

Business Economics

15

BSP041

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

15

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

 

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.   

5.2 Candidates who have a right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s Special Assessment Period. Students may choose to be re-assessed in Semester 3 modules in January of the next academic year.

5.3 All examinations must be taken at Loughborough University unless special permission is obtained in advance from the Programme Director

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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