Postgraduate study2016


Finance and Investment

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.


Finance and Investment

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time

This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Programme information

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It 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 faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.


Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Entry qualifications

Minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1) 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.

Those with a major in Finance (such as Financial Management) are eligible to apply, although due to the content of this course, if suitably qualified, you are advised to consider applying for our MSc in Banking and Finance.

Good grades in quantitative modules are required regardless of degree background.

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 requirement for international students

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. 

Find out more information on English Language Requirements

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

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.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.

Programme modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Financial Reporting and Company Performance
  • Methods for Financial Data Analysis
  • Principles of Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Business Communication for Finance
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Financial Statements and Business Valuation
  • Portfolio Management

Optional Modules

  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
  • International Financial Management

Compulsory Modules

  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility
  • Financial Trading 
  • Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

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. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 4 (Premium) £11,000 £19,350

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.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.