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MA in Finance and Investment (Financial Risk Management)

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

As a business grows and becomes more complex, its exposure to risk increases. The MA in Finance and Investment (Financial Risk Management) creates leaders who are able to succeed in the global business environment – where risk management is paramount. Offered in partnership with the London School of Business and Finance, the programme is flexible, both in its content and delivery. This ensures that you can study whenever and wherever you like.

It focuses on equipping you with practical skills that give you a competitive advantage in the jobs market. You will learn through diverse case studies as well as a collection of materials and tools. Throughout the programme you will gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills in core business and investment frameworks, as well as detailed knowledge in financial risk management. This includes areas such as security analysis, derivatives and alternative investment strategies, as well as effective risk management (while enhancing company value).

What are the programme learning outcomes?read more

Successful completion of the programme means you will be able to:

  • Utilise appropriate tools to prepare business and international financial statements
  • Maximise corporate value while reducing financial risks
  • Evaluate how a business should be managed and controlled
  • Functions and significance of equity and fixed income investments as well as their valuation, applications and shortcomings
  • Competencies to value derivatives and alternative investments as well as their practical uses and value creation.
  • Examination of the risks financial institutions face and means of managing them

The InterActive platform offers various resources and tools to help you succeed during your studies:

  • HD quality video sessions featuring case-studies and their solutions, allowing you to practice for problems that arise in real life situations
  • Regular live chat sessions with your tutor, mentor and classmates
  • Complete set of study materials – such as lecture notes and revision kits
  • Self-assessed mock assignments and tests to help you track your progress
  • Access to online resources including electronic libraries, journals and e-books (provided by the London School of Business and Finance)

The innovative InterActive platform helps you develop essential knowledge and skills in Financial Risk Management. 

 
 

The MA in Finance and Investment (Financial Risk Management) provides you with a thorough understanding of key areas. These include different risks and their management, equity and fixed income investments, business management and assessment, the creation and evaluation of financial statements, as well as techniques and tools used to enhance company value.

The programme consists of 3 core and 3 specialist modules, and you may study up to 2 modules together. The programme concludes with the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project module. For more detailed module descriptions, please click on the appropriate module below.

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
  • Be able to apply models derived from fundamental analysis to valuing equity and cash flow approach 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
  • Critically 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
Financial Risk Management

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Describe and critically analyse the inherent challenges and risks facing banking institutions
  • Assess 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?
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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