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MA in Finance and Investment (Retail Banking and Money Markets)

Next intake:
  • September 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 postgraduate degree develops your expertise in the field of Retail Banking and Money Markets – specifically its functions and importance in local as well as foreign markets. Graduates will be equipped with hands-on experience in assessing the profit margins of banks, value money and foreign exchange markets, as well as effective risk management techniques. Developed In partnership with the London School of Business and Finance, the course allows you to study at your own pace from any location.

You will learn through innovative teaching methodologies which focus on practical knowledge via real-life case studies, comprehensive study materials and a stimulating classroom environment. You will explore core finance and investment concepts and gain expertise in money and foreign exchange markets, evaluate difficulties and risks faced by banking institutions, as well as develop skills to identify critical issues in management of risk in financial organisations.

What are the learning outcomes of this programme?read more

Among other things, you will develop competencies such as:

  • Skills to evaluate different types of banks (considering the commercial and global nature of banking activities)
  • Knowledge of different types of risk, as well as means of managing them
  • The ability to use analytical tools in the preparation of business and international financial statements
  • Expertise to maximise corporate value while keeping financial risks low
  • How to evaluate the management of a business
  • An understanding of the money and foreign exchange markets, as well as the instruments used by banks and international companies

During the course of your studies you will benefit from:

  • The full syllabus of lectures, real-life case studies and downloadable notes all delivered via HD quality video
  • Live online chat sessions with your tutors and classmates
  • Comprehensive electronic study materials
  • Tests and self-assessed mock assignments
  • Access to online libraries, journals and e-books for research support

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Gain the essential skills and practical experience to evaluate and prepare financial statements, maximise company value while reducing risk, and manage businesses. You will also gain in-depth knowledge in specific fields through the specialisation modules, such as Money and Foreign Exchange Markets, International Retail Banking or Financial Risk Management.

The programme consists of 3 core and 3 specialist modules, and you can study up to 2 modules at once. Your studies will conclude with the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project module. Please click below for specific information on each 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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Money and Foreign Exchange Markets

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify and value foreign exchange market instruments
  • Design strategies to hedge risk using instruments identified in money and exchange markets
  • Identify clients or financing needs and recommend the right money market instruments for the clients or principals
  • Critically evaluate strategies designed around money and foreign exchange market instruments
  • Write reports on an advisory basis recommending the most appropriate strategy designed around foreign exchange and money market instruments

Topics covered

  • Money Markets I: An Overview of the Money Markets
  • Money Markets II: Systemic Risks, Moral Hazards, Treasury Bills and Discounting Treasury Bills
  • Money Markets III: US Commercial Paper and Credit Risk on USCP, Bankers’ Acceptances and The Eurocurrency Markets
  • Money Markets IV: Eurocurrency Loans and Deposits, Eurocurrency Interest and Day-Count and Eurocurrency Certificates of Deposit.
  • Money Markets V: CD Yield-to-Maturity, Euro-Commercial Paper
  • Money Markets VI: Repos and Reverses, Other Features of Repos and Repo: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market I: Market Overview and Market Structure
  • The Foreign Exchange Market II: Sterling and Euro Quotations and Factors Affecting Spot FX Rates
  • The Foreign Exchange Market III: FX Dealers and Brokers and Spot Foreign Exchange Deals.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market IV: Spot FX Trading, Spot Position Keeping and FX Risk Control
  • The Foreign Exchange Market V: Cross-Currency Rates, Outright Forward FX Rates and Outright Forward FX Hedge: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market VI: Forward FX Formula, FX or Forward Swaps and FX Swap Two-Way Quotations
International Retail Banking

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Describe and critically analyse the management challenges facing banking institutions
  • Evaluate the profitability and performance of banks during the lending cycle
  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of asset-liability techniques and hedging against risks
  • Assess the main issues and challenges facing banking groups in the management of their liquidity and capital requirements
  • Produce logical arguments that clearly explain and analyse key strategic decisions in the context of changing regulation

Topics covered

  • The financial system and the function of banks I: Economics of money, banking and financial markets
  • The financial system and the function of banks II: Organization and structure of banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry I: The impact of government policy and regulation on banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry II: The impact of Basel 2 and 3 agreements in terms of capital requirements
  • Basic Bank Business Model I: The Different Businesses with the Retail Banking
  • Basic Bank Business Model II: Performance Measurement
  • Financial analysis of banking institution I: Financial statements of banks and their closest competitors
  • Financial analysis of banking institution II:Measuring the performance of banks and managing their liquidity positions
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking I: Management of deposit and non-deposit liability - Sources of fee income
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking II: Consumer loans, credit cards and real estate lending - Lending to business firms and pricing business loans
  • Managing banks in a global market place I.M&A in financial services management
  • Managing banks in a global market place II: International banking and the future of financial services industry
Financial Risk Management

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the inherent challenges and risks facing banking institutions
  • Critically evaluate the pricing, profitability and credit risks taken during the lending cycle
  • Evaluate the nature of market and operational risk
  • Explain and compare the challenges facing banking groups in the management of assets and liabilities
  • Clearly and concisely explain, analyse and evaluate, using logical arguments, the key strategic issues in management of risk in financial institutions

Topics covered

  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure I: Interest Risk Measurement
  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure II: Funds, Hedge Funds, Financial Institutions and how they manage individual interest rate risk and portfolio approach
  • Market Risk I: Typologies of Market Risk
  • Market Risk II: Market Risk Measurement and Management
  • Credit Risk I: Retail Banking and Credit Risk Management
  • Credit Risk II: Corporate and Wholesale market approach to credit risk management
  • Operation Risk `Management I: Basel approach to Operational Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management II: Different assessment methodologies
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management I: Traditional measurement approach
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management II: New Basel requirements
  • Basel: Basel II: A Closer Examination
  • Basel: Basel III: the different approach?
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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.

 
 
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