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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: 2022 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2022 (term dates)

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

Gain the skills you need to pursue a successful career with a financial institution, consultancy firm, government department or international agency.

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.

Accreditation

The MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Successfully completing this course will qualify you to begin training to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and can help you prepare for CFA exams.

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Course content

Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes a combination of taught modules - some core and some optional - and a dissertation.

Modules

You will take core modules which may include:

Core modules

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Group A
Group B

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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, 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.

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 2022/23

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £11,150£26,930

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

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

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

Funding opportunities

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.

Teaching format

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

  • 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 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

  • Audit associate
  • Business analyst
  • Banker
  • Economist
  • Financial adviser
  • Teacher in higher education

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

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in Economics, Finance or a related discipline, with evidence on your degree transcript of strong grades in economics, mathematics and statistics modules at an intermediate (2nd year) level.
International pre-masters programme Pre-masters from our International Pathway College
Other qualifications and experience If you have been out of study for a while, or do not have a strong background in economics or mathematics and statistics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of your offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand-alone course.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Additional requirements

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

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
Duolingo 110, minimum 100 in all other components
LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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