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MSc Project Analysis, Finance and Investment

Acquire or develop analytical skills relevant to careers related to investment, finance, project appraisal and project management

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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Global employers highly value advanced analytical skills in finance and economics.

Our challenging MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment will provide you the skills you need to pursue a successful career with a financial institution, consultancy firm, government department or international agency.

If you do not have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

Five-star learning

York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course content

Our Project Analysis, Finance and Investment masters degree will provide you with a thorough training in areas including finance and investment, corporate finance and econometrics. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules

You'll take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five core modules:

You'll choose 30 credits of option modules from the following, with at least 20 credits from Group A:

Group A

Group B

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Explain and understand the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by finance professionals and researchers to formulate and solve analytical problems, such as: finding and evaluating investment projects, making financial and investment decision, pricing financial assets and assessing and managing risk.
  • Engage with the key analytical approaches and the major current research problems through formulating economic or financial models in a suitable form for data analysis, examine these models and provide robust economic and financial forecasting and counter-factual analysis to inform policy makers or private sector clients.
  • Identify the research methods and models relevant to particular problems in economics, finance and investment in learned journals and other media. Thoroughly understand the limitations of such models and how an allowance can be made for these weaknesses in practice. 
  • Read and understand important contemporary contributions in finance and investment in learned journals and be able to interpret them in a critical way, and not only grasp economics headlines but also explain them to laymen.
  • Be capable of skilfully identifying relevant literature through digital technology such as the Internet and academic research databases. 
  • Use statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data in developing and testing economic and financial models and in economic and financial forecasting and exercise judgement in describing the results. 
  • Formulate a research proposal, identify a testable hypothesis, select the methodology appropriate to test it and carry out the proposed research efficiently and to a deadline with minimal supervision, to effectively communicating persuasive findings
  • Have developed the digital literacy skills to locate, compile and present economic and financial data and demonstrate a thorough appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses. 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£9,370£23,450

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress. The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers and skills

This course will help you acquire or develop the analytical skills in economics and finance you need for a successful career as an investment analyst, financial adviser, project manager or consultant. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. These include:

  • Central and commercial banks
  • Stockbrokers and other financial institutions
  • Consultancy firms
  • Government departments
  • International agencies such as the World Bank.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics in which mathematics or statistics was a component.

If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.

Other qualifications

If you do not have a strong background in economics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, or who have been out of study for a while, may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand alone course.  

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

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You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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