The course has been in existence since 1999 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing educational needs of the investment and risk finance professional. It's delivered by qualified academics and professionals who have worked many years in the industry and are actively engaged in research and consultancy. The course consists of core modules which help you acquire the ability to perform quantitative investment and risk analyses on a variety of financial instruments and structured products. You'll also learn how to use capital market products in both investment and risk finance applications. As a result you will develop good transferable skills and solve financial problems in a group setting. Integrated within the course is a research module and a project that provides skills for development in research, creating opportunities for students to explore finance subject areas of their own interest in more depth. This study will enable you to apply the analytical and technical management skills you will encounter to real-life situations.
Through this module you will cover a range of data analysis methods and concepts.
This module develops your theoretical understanding of financial derivatives markets. You will price and value financial derivatives from first principles and explore how financial derivative products can be used effectively in risk and investment management applications.
Modern Portfolio Management
You will develop your understanding of contemporary portfolio theory and investment management principles in order to actively manage a range of investment funds used by professional institutional investors and the private wealth management industry.
An 8-10,000-word dissertation in the area of finance.
Research Methods in Finance and Accounting
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of investment and risk finance.
International Risk Management
This module provides you with the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about risk management.
Choose two or three of the following:
Contemporary International Financial Management
The study is grounded in the case study method and provides the basic numerical toolkit required to analyse a range of listed companies that are pursuing value-based growth strategies. Thus, students will be able to apply a range of equity valuation methods to contemporary stocks, including those companies where growth is focused on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring events.
Financial Markets and Institutions
This module offers detailed coverage and analysis of global financial markets and institutions. Theory delivered in class is underpinned by real-life case examples. Students will gain hands-on training and exposure to the Bloomberg system in the Financial Market Suite.
Fixed Income Analysis and Trading
This module provides the fundamental ideas and tools for thinking about traditional fixed income securities.
Forecasting Markets and Risk Modelling
This module explores advanced ideas and applications of econometrics in forecasting financial markets and risk modelling.
If you take two sub-core modules, you then need to choose one from the following:
Financial Accounting Policy
You will be able to prepare financial statements up to consolidation with consideration of some of the main accounting standards underlying international financial reports. This module also explores the issues, principles and theories underlying current developments in financial accounting and reporting.
Financial Information Systems
You will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and practical skills required by finance professionals as users, evaluators, designers and managers of computer-based financial information systems.
International Financial Reporting
This module will develop your systematic understanding of the principles underlying, and policy issues inherent in, the study of international financial reporting, with particular reference to multinational groups.
Through the exploration of practical applications, critical appraisal, contemporary approaches and international perspectives, this module explores the role of accounting in the management of organisations, and the development and application of managerial accounting concepts and techniques.
You will gain an overview of fundamental topics in the field of finance, including capital structure, corporate value, cost of capital, dividend policy, financial instruments, investment and modern portfolio theory.
You may also take any another module from the Westminster Business School postgraduate portfolio, at the Course Leader's discretion.
All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.
Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.
Dr Harry Thapar, Course leader
Dr Sheeja Sivaprasad, Senior Lecturer in Finance
Dr Ka Kei Chan, Senior Lecturer in Finance