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MSc Investments

Investment management is in a period of rapid change, driven by shifting investor preferences, margin compression, regulatory developments and advancing technologies. The Investments programme from University of Birmingham has been designed to help you lead on and work with those changes as part of a successful career in investments.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £31,030 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Investments programme from University of Birmingham will give you a strong theoretical grounding that draws inspiration from contemporary research and industry practices from across the globe. You will develop the critical, analytical and technical skills required to work as an investment specialist in global financial markets, along with soft skills such as teamwork, adaptability, leadership, time management, communication, work ethics, and cross-cultural awareness.

Courses included:

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation
  • Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis
  • Private Equity and Venture Finance
  • Risk Management in Financial Markets
  • Dissertation

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

  • Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK, and an important business and financial services hub, hosting global firms such as IBM, HSBC, Lloyds, KPMG and PwC.
  • You can take part in the award-winning Future Leaders Certificate. This extra-curricular programme helps you prepare for the future by giving you the chance to work on an exciting virtual live project set by a multi-national company. The certificate enables you to better understand the impact technology is having on the business world and the implications for your own career.
  • Our strong links with industry mean that rigourous academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities. For example, the Market Microstructure and Trading Techniques module is partly delivered by a world-leading firm of traders from London. Their innovative approach to capital markets training is now used by many of the world’s largest financial firms to find and develop their next market leaders. We also have good working relationship with the London Stock Exchange. You will be able to visit the Exchange and attend a training session on how trading takes place on the London Stock Exchange and other equity markets
  • This course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides a solid grounding in the CBOK and prepares you well for CFA exams


  • In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in a highly quantitative subject (such as Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Finance, Accounting or Science).
  • Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

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