Finance and Investment MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



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Our MSc Finance and Investment programme is designed to fast-track the careers of graduates from non-finance backgrounds who want to pursue a career in financial management for commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Studying investments raises some interesting issues, such as; why do companies trade so much? Is the best investment strategy to simply track the stock market index? How should risk be measured? How should assets be priced?

Our MSc Finance and Investment programme will provide you with tools to evaluate issues facing financial market participants and to improve the practice of investment and risk management. It focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance and has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including portfolio management, financial trading and global investment analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our School staff.

You will be taught by internationally renowned academics who are able to bring fresh insights into their teaching; both from their research, and their advisory roles on government policy and in industry. Research strengths include Corporate Finance, Accounting, Financial Markets and Corporate Governance. Teaching is academically rigorous and strong emphasis is placed on practical relevance. MSc Finance and Investment shares a common taught first semester with MSc Finance and MSc Finance & Investment before specializing in Corporate Finance in semesters two and three.

MSc Finance and Investment is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); the world's largest body of management accountants. It offers at least 6 exemptions from CIMA's professional examinations. This is strong recognition of the professional relevance of this programme for students wishing to work in the Finance function of a business or multinational organisation.


Our Trading Room, which incorporates Thomson- Reuters Eikon financial trading software, is integrated into the programme and will provide the platform for many of the computer lab sessions, enabling you to practically apply concepts you have learned during the programme. Currently students have access to the Trading Room in the evenings and at weekends. Students can work independently towards a certificate of competency in EIKON which is awarded by Thomson-Reuters.

What makes this programme different?

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Finance and Investment programme is ideal for graduates with ambitions to work in investment management, investment banking and related sectors. You learn about trading, portfolio management and global investment analysis and have exposure to key financial trading software throughout the course. 

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in business, accounting, maths, physics, engineering, computing, economics or a minor in finance. Good (2:1) grades in quantitative modules are required.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required. 

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each

What you'll study

Our Finance and Investment MSc is designed to equip you with the appropriate tools of analysis to critically evaluate complex investment issues both systematically and creatively, to improve the practice of risk measurement and investment management.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Principles of Finance

Develop a broad understanding of the core issues in finance including both investments (such as asset pricing and efficient markets hypothesis) and corporate finance (such as capital budgeting and weighted average cost of capital).

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Financial Markets and Institutions

Acquire an overview of the financial system, get a grasp of how the financial markets operate, the economic problems that face financial institutions and the impact that technology and regulation has had on the industry.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Financial Reporting and Company Performance

Analyse the nature of financial reporting in theory and practice. Develop a broad grasp of financial reporting and develop an ability to interpret corporate financial performance.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam. 

Methods for Financial Data Analysis

Gain a solid foundation in mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques which will be useful both in later modules and in the financial industry.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Semester 2

Portfolio Management

Apply knowledge and understanding to complex issues in portfolio management such as how to reduce risk of bond portfolios, how to assess portfolio performance and which strategies should equity portfolio managers follow.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Derivatives and Risk Management

Familiarise yourself with the rapidly growing derivative markets and the derivative instruments (e.g. options, swaps, futures) which can be used for risk management.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam. 

Financial Statements and Business Valuation

Deepen your understanding of financial reporting and financial management through real life examples. Advance your skills of analysis for firms’ financial reports and valuations.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Optional modules

Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis

This module will equip you with the skills to analyse the causes and responses to the recent global financial crisis.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Corporate Finance

Evaluate key issues in corporate finance in depth and assess the financing decisions of companies. Investigate when capital structure can affect firm value, whether there is an optimal corporate payout policy, does M&A activity ever create value for the bidder and how you can best manage corporate cash holdings.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam. 

International Financial Management

This module gives students and overview of international financial environment including the foreign exchange theory and the management of foreign exchange exposure and political risk. Students would also benefit from learning applying financing, cost of capital and capital structure decision in the international business context.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Applied Financial Econometrics

Gain an deeper understanding of how statistical models and quantitative techniques can be applied to empirical work in finance.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 40% coursework / 60% exam. 

Business Economics

Gain an understanding of economic concepts and models for business decision making.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam. 

Summer period (choose three)

Financial Trading

Become familiar with the application of tools of financial analysis to trading operations in foreign exchange, security and derivative markets. Includes trading strategies, valuation of trading positions and managing market risk.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam. 

Global Investment Analysis

Analyse and critically evaluate global investment phenomenon including international portfolio diversification, market integration and global investment strategies.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam

Corporate Governance and Responsibility

Explore different mechanisms of governance and topical issues relating to ownership, control, executive compensation and accountability.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam. 

Financial Market Project

An opportunity for original investigation on an aspect of financial markets. Develop research skills which can be applied either in industry or in further study. The project could be a critical literature review, a focused empirical project or an essay on a topical issue.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework. 

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based coursework. In general, the weight on examinations is higher than on coursework.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Loughborough finance graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of finance roles. Indicative positions include roles with many of the major global banks and large business as well as the Big Four Accounting firms;

  • HSBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JP Morgan
  • Chase
  • UBS
  • Standard Chartered
  • DHL
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Virgin

Graduate destinations

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

Expected destinations for MSc Finance graduates include Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Financial Risk Analyst and Private Client Wealth Manager.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to support you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

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

  • Appraise the core theories of finance and assess the empirical evidence on these
  • Critically evaluate arguments and evidence related to investment practice.
  • Critically discuss the financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities
  • Evaluate the factors influencing investment behaviour
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of how financial markets operate in different setting
  • Debate the role of finance in society and the wider economy

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

Our MSc programmes are informed by the experiences and research of our expert staff, many of whom have first-hand experience in business, finance and management, or government advisory roles.