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MA in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets)

Next intake:
  • December 2014
Duration:
  • Minimum: 18 months 
  • Maximum: 3 years
Fees:
  • £7500
  • For information about our instalment plans or applying for a partial bursary please fill in the enquiry form on the right

This online MA in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets) programme prepares skilful professionals for understanding the essential workings of capital markets, investment banking, ways to raise capital, identifying and managing risks, as well as creating value though appropriate analysis. As a result, the degree will equip you with the expertise to succeed in the complex and challenging field of Investment Banking and Capital markets. It is offered in partnership with the London School of Business and Finance.

There is an emphasis on effective decision-making, as well as the maximisation of corporate value and reduction of business risk. Learning is through progressive teaching methods that focus on applied learning (via a wide range of study materials). You will gain knowledge and practical skills while utilising appropriate tools and techniques, which will help you become an expert in Investment Banking and Capital Markets field.

What are the learning outcomes?read more

This programme will equip you to:

  • Develop both interpersonal and professional business skills to deal with international financial statements
  • Acquire expertise to maximise corporate value while lowering financial risks
  • Critically evaluate quantitative methods and financial decisions
  • Understand the role and functions of equity and fixed income securities in portfolio investment
  • Create value through the conducting of security analysis models
  • Gain knowledge of derivatives and alternative investments, both as risk management tools and assets classes
  • Design and develop financial models
  • Interpret, evaluate and manage different types of risk
  • Manage the assets (e.g. loans) and liabilities (e.g. deposits) of banks

InterActive offers high quality course content through a wide range of comprehensive learning resources:

  • HD-quality video lectures with case studies and their solutions
  • Discuss problems and share ideas via live online chat forums with tutors and other postgraduate students
  • Lecture notes and revision kits to help you revisit key concepts
  • Quizzes and mock assignments designed to fill gaps in your knowledge
  • Online libraries (containing books, journals, research papers and other publications) providing valuable information

Join our growing community of students and tutors from over 150 countries. Take the next major step in your education and career through the Investment Banking and Capital Markets programme with InterActive and respected academic partners.

 
 

The 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
Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Managementread more
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
Master of Arts in Finance and Investment Managementread more
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.

 
 
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