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Dual MSc & MA in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets)

Next intake:
  • April, July & October
Duration:
  • Minimum: 18 months 
  • Maximum: 3 years
Fees:
  • £7,500 + £2,000 for the dual degree
  • For information about our instalment plans or applying for a partial bursary please fill in the enquiry form on the right

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The online dual degree in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets) brings you the opportunity to gain both MA and MSc degrees through just one study programme.

The programme syllabus places emphasis on understanding the essential workings of capital markets, investment banking, methods of raising capital, identifying and managing risks, as well as creating value through strategic analysis. You will gain knowledge and practical skills which will help you become an expert in the investment banking and capital markets field.

Upon graduation from the programme you’ll receive an MA degree from the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and an MSc degree awarded by Geneva Business School.

Study your online dual degree programme in investment banking and capital markets with InterActive and experience a truly memorable approach to online learning, join our expanding network of online students, and receive support and guidance from proven industry professionals throughout your studies.

 

The next intake for this programme is April 2016, and you can compete your studies in a minimum of 18 months. The programme will start with core and elective/specialist modules, followed by the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project and the dissertation as a final assignment. Throughout your studies, you will be supported with comprehensive study materials and online tools made available through your InterActive account. After successful completion of the programme you will be awarded with an MA in Finance and Investment degree awarded by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and an MSc in Finance and Investment degree awarded by Geneva Business School.

To qualify for the programme, please make sure you satisfy all entry requirements and submit all necessary documentation.

Once enrolled, you will gain access to our Canvas learning management system. Each module is taught through:

  • HD-quality video lectures complete with supplementary learning materials.
  • Discussion questions allowing you to approach specific tasks related to case studies.
  • Online libraries and databases containing useful research resources.

The programme is divided into two parts – core and elective/specialist modules, as well as the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project. There are 3 core modules and you will begin by studying one at a time. After completion of the core subjects you will progress onto 3 elective/specialist modules. Successful completion of the first part will allow you to start work on the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project. You will have 20 weeks to complete this module, including a dissertation and number of formative assignments. A senior member of the academic staff will supervise and guide you through the project.

Please note: unless otherwise specified, certain course materials such as books are not included within the fee. Before registering, please review the description and contact us with any further questions.

The MSc and MA in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets) provides a blend of theoretical and practical expertise in key areas. These include business and financial analysis, quantitative methods, corporate finance markets, equity and fixed Income Investments, derivatives and alternative investments, as well as M&A and private equity.

The programme is made up of 3 core and 3 specialist modules. You may study 2 modules at once and will finish the programme with the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project module.

Postgraduate Certificate in Finance and Investment Managementread more
Business and Financial Analysis

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify rules and principles in the international accounting standards and financial regulations
  • Understand the core values in business that lead to a competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in the sphere of business and financial analysis with a view to corporate evaluation
  • Critically assess businesses and accounting data and financial information available to make investment decisions
  • Discuss the link between current theory and common practice, and be able to organise appropriate evidence and reasoning to produce balanced analysis
  • Demonstrate problem solving and analytical approaches to provide effective business and financial decision-making

Topics covered

  • Business Analysis I: Internal Analysis ;Value Chain, Audit and Competitive Advantage
  • Business Analysis II: External Analysis; PESTLE, SWOT and Five Forces
  • Business Analysis III: Competitive Strategy; Generic Strategies and SPACE Model, Stakeholder Analysis and Choices
  • The Basic Financial Statements I: The Balance Sheet
  • The Basic Financial Statements II: The Income Statement
  • The Basic Financial Statements III: The Statement of Cash Flows
  • The Basic Financial Statements IV: A Closer Look at Profits.
  • The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA.
  • The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits
  • Forecasts and Security Analysis: Forecasting Financial Statements.
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Credit
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Equity
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Design and apply quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Critically evaluate the changes that might occur if certain assumptions in the models used are changed
  • Compute basic valuation analysis for financial markets instruments
  • Evaluation of the inputs variables and their outputs in the use of quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Combine and evaluate findings and present same in a professional manner to a varied audience

Topics covered

  • An Overview of the five main financial markets (Equity, Fixed income, Derivatives, Money Markets, and Alternative Investments)
  • The Time Value of Money and its application in the financial markets
  • Discounted Cash Flow Applications and their application in the financial markets
  • Statistical Concepts and Market Returns and their application in the financial markets
  • Probability Concepts and their application in the financial markets
  • Common Probability Distributions and their applications in the financial markets
  • Sampling and Estimation and its application in the financial markets
  • Hypothesis Testing and its application in the financial markets
  • Correlation and Regression and its application in the financial markets
  • Multiple Regression and Issues in Regression Analysis and their application and management in the context of the financial markets
  • Time-Series Analysis and its application to the financial markets
  • Portfolio Concepts and their application to the financial markets
Corporate Finance

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Summarise key principles and tools for financial decision-making
  • Compare various investment decision rules and apply the process of capital budgeting
  • Analyse the concept of corporate capital structure and compute cost of capital
  • Determine and critically evaluate the economic benefit of various types of financing
  • Explain the concept of risk management and analyse the role of derivative instruments in mitigating risks

Topics covered

  • Corporate Governance and its impact on firm value
  • Capital Structure: The MM and other relevant theories
  • Measures of Leverage: Internal and External
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases Basics
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases: Analysis
  • Working Capital Management: Different approaches
  • Introduction to Portfolio Theory
  • Sources and Cost of Capital I:
  • Sources and Cost of Capital II:
  • Capital Budgeting I: Traditional Methods and Discounted Cash flow I
  • Capital Budgeting II: Discounted Cash flow approaches II
  • Capital Budgeting III: Advanced Approaches
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Equity and Fixed Income Investments

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply concepts and techniques to the valuation of equity and fixed income investment
  • Apply models derived from fundamental analysis to valuing equity and cash flow approaches to valuing fixed income investments
  • Identify and critically appraise the impact of the current global financial environment on equity valuation
  • Perform appropriate valuation analysis of private companies and identify and critically evaluate the relevance of issues in valuing private and public companies
  • Critically assess the use of fixed income securities in the investment process

Topics covered

  • Asset Valuation I: Equity Valuation Application and Processes
  • Asset Valuation II: Equity Markets and Instruments and Return Concepts
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach I: Equity Concepts and Techniques
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach II: The Five Forces that Shape Industry Competitions and its application to Equity Investments and Sustainability of returns
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model I: Present Value Models and The Dividend Discount model
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model II: The Gordon Growth Model and the Multi Stage Dividend Discount Model
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques I: Free Cash Flow Models and Market Based Valuation Models
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques II: Residual Income Valuation Models and Private Company Valuation
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility I: Credit Rating Agencies; What they do and The Traditional means of credit analysis
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility II: Historical and Contemporary review of the yield curve and Theories of the term structure of Interest rates and their practical applications
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds I: Valuation of Bonds without embedded Options
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds II: Valuation of Bonds with Embedded Options
Derivatives and Alternative Investments

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Value derivative and alternative investment instruments
  • Demonstrate through an application of various strategies how these instruments are used to create or enhance value (or in some case destroy value) on a strategy basis
  • Evaluate the applicable strategies in derivatives and alternative investments showing evidence of insights
  • Critically analyse derivatives and alternative investment strategies and proffer alternative strategies considering the various pay-offs
  • Write and present “senior management level” report on their findings in an advisory position status

Topics covered

  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types, Pricing and Valuation of forwards
  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Types, Pricing and valuation of futures instruments in the futures markets
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Options
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Pricing and valuation of swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets II: Pricing and valuing swaps
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return I: Interest Rate Futures, Interest Rate Options, Interest Rate Swaps, Caps and Floors
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return II: Credit Derivative Strategies
  • Alternative Investments I: Open and close ended funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFS)
  • Alternative Investments I: Hedge Funds
  • Alternative Investments I: Real Estate Investments
  • Alternative Investments I: Commodities and Metals Investments
M&A and Private Equity

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse the relative importance of different types of drivers of M&A and private equity
  • Identify value creation and critically assess the success or otherwise of a range of M&A transactions and private equity
  • Analyse the current M&A and private equity strategies of a selected global organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions
  • Perform critical analysis of comparative issues in M&A and private equity

Topics covered

  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 1
  • &A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 2
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 1
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 2
  • Leveraged Buy Outs I: Leveraged Buy Out Process
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 1
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 2
  • Mergers and Acquisitions I: Basics
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Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  2. Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  3. Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  4. Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report

Please note: you can only graduate with one award (the highest level achieved), and it will only be issued once you have formally completed your studies.

Academic entry requirements:

  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (any class, any subject are).
  • Applicants who do not meet the stated entry requirements may apply via our Mature Route. You will be asked to provide evidence of three year’s managerial work experience, plus transcripts of your highest qualifications achieved to date. Applications via this route are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent or
  • high school in English or
  • bachelors completed in English or
  • ACCA/CIMA 14 papers completed
  • 2 years of work experience in an English speaking environment (upon approval by admissions board)

List of documents required on registration:

  1. Application form
  2. Authentic copies of your qualifications, certificates and complete transcripts for all years of studies
  3. A copy of your passport
  4. An English copy of your CV/résumé
  5. Two reference letters (academic / professional); please ensure that reference letters are on letterhead paper, stamped and dated (no older than 6 months)
  6. A scanned copy of a recent passport sized colour photograph (jpeg, 150*150 pixels)
  7. Proof of English proficiency

Reference letters

Reference letters submitted for admissions board review should be as per the below format and contain the information listed:

  • Student’s full name
  • The student’s position, and title within the company (at least two years relevant work experience at management level)
  • The exact period over which student worked for the company, and details about responsibilities held (including how many people the candidate was responsible for)
  • Details about the candidate’s personal qualities
  • The name, signature and position of the referee and their contact details (the referee must be somebody with a high position in the company such as director, manager etc.)
  • Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper, stamped and dated (no older than six months)

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