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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

2017/18 entry

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (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.

Accreditation

The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Programme Partner and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.


The course is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) Programme Partner and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI).

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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

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 70 of your 100 required credits:

  1. Investment and Portfolio Management (10 credits)
  2. Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  3. Fixed Income Securities (10 credits)
  4. Applied Microeconomics 1 and Applied Microeconomics 2 (20 credits)
  5. Econometrics 1 ​and ​Econometrics 2 (20 credits) or 
    Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits) or 
    Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits) or 
    Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)

In addition, you can choose 30 credits of optional units from the following, with at least 20 credits from Group A:

Group A

  • Development and Finance (10 credits)
  • Financial Markets (10 credits)
  • Financial Risk Management (10 credits)
  • Management Decision Analysis (10 credits)
  • Project Appraisal (10 credits)
  • Theory of Finance (20 credits)
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

Group B

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Industrial Economics (10 credits)
  • International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Labour Economics (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)

A full list and descriptions of modules are available.

* 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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£8,120£22,000

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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 accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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.

Course location

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 Grade
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.

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.

Applying

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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