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Finance

Overview
You have an interest in financial decision making and financial institutions. You want a career in the financial services sector or in academia. You want to be taught and supervised by leading academics.

This programme offers graduates, whose backgrounds may not necessarily be in finance, an opportunity to gain a comprehensive foundation and subsequent depth of knowledge in financial decision making and the operation of financial markets. Students have access to leading academics with a broad range of research specialisms, as well access to a wide range of software necessary for data collection and analysis.

Entry requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Finance, Mathematics, Economics, or other relevant quantitative subject. Science and Engineering disciplines will be considered where there is a significant mathematical component.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
Successful students will have the necessary skills to have career opportunities with various financial institutions including investment banks, commercial banks, financial consultancies and asset management firms. The programme also provides a strong foundation for PhD research.

For recent examples of where our alumni have secured employment, please see the School website.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Mrs Aine Gallagher
Lecturer (Education)
Email: Aine.Gallagher@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Corporate Finance
• Market Microstructure
• Research Methods in Finance

Semester 2
• Derivatives
• International Finance
• Time-Series Financial Econometrics

And choose from:
• Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analytics or;
• Trading Places

Semester 3
• Dissertation

Comment

Finance highlights
MSc Finance at Queen's Management School is CFA affiliated.

Professional Accreditations
• The programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program showing that the programme aligns with the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) - the core knowledge, skills, and abilities that are generally accepted and applied by investment professionals throughout the world.

Career Development
• Students may wish to join the Student Managed Fund, which seeks to achieve positive returns through superior stock selection using quantitative and qualitative fundamental analysis. This is a real money student managed investment fund. The goal is to achieve consistent long term positive returns by optimally managing downside risk. The Fund seeks to mitigate risk through sufficient diversification and through a series of strict rules and procedures.

World Class Facilities
• Certain classes are held in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions. The Trading Room allows for an interactive and exciting learning environment which brings textbook theory to life.

Internationally Renowned Experts
• Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures. Students have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Student Experience
• Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.

Assessment method

Two thirds of the programme is assessed by written examination and continuous assessment. The other third is a dissertation (14,000 – 17,000 words or equivalent).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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