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MSc Finance and Investment

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

Our students will be able to:

i. Identify, summarise and critically evaluate key theories and relevant empirical research evidence in finance and investment to provide a professional insight into the operations of complex businesses, including financial institutions and other investment organisations (PA 1, 3.)
ii. Apply high-level numerical, statistical and econometric skills to analyse the financial consequences of finance and investment decisions, using current communication and information technology (PA 1)
iii. Identify relevant information and define solutions to complex and unpredictable finance and investment situations, using financial and non-financial data (PA 2.)
iv. Demonstrate advanced independent research skills and analytical abilities in the field of finance and investment (PA 3.)
v. Understand the importance and relevance of ethical issues as they relate to corporate performance and investment decision making (PA 4.)
vi. Critically evaluate arguments, data and information from multiple sources, including the academic literature, in relation to financial and investment decision making in a global context (PA 5.)
vii. Structure and communicate quantitative information, ideas, analysis, argument and commentary in the form of academic essays and professional quality business reports and presentations (PA 6.)
viii. Confidently operate as a group member in a professional context (PA 6.)

Transferable (key) skills

Graduates of this programme will be able to evidence learning of the following transferable skills and attributes as defined in the programme aims and programme learning outcomes:
- The ability to contribute as a citizen in a global business environment through awareness and understanding of international perspectives (LO vi) and ethical considerations (LO v)
- Enhanced employability skills and attributes in:
Critical thinking and analysis (LO i, vi)
Numeracy and quantitative skills, including data analysis and interpretation (LO ii,vi)
Effective problem solving and decision making (LO i, iii)
Effective use of communication and information technology (LO ii)
Written and oral communication skills (LO vii)
Undertaking independent research (LO iv)
Teamwork and collaboration (LO viii)


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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