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Sumit Ahuja

MA in Finance and Investment Graduate, Equity Derivatives Analyst, Citi Group

"The programme was designed with a global approach and focused on finance in an international environment."

MA in Finance and Investment (Investment Banking and Capital Markets)

Gain the skills you need to make sound financial decisions and manage risks in the high-stakes world of investments.

Given recent economic problems, major organisations in this industry are changing how they work and who they work with. This has created great opportunities to launch an exciting career in investment banking.

You will cover major types of investments, the challenges you might face in their valuation and the role of capital markets. This includes the analysis and valuation of equity and fixed income investments as well as relevant knowledge of derivatives and alternative investments.

Qualification: MA in Finance and Investment
Duration: Full-time 15 months (12 months on campus, 3 months online dissertation)
Part-time 24 months (12-24 months on campus, 3-6 months online dissertation)
Online 15-36 months (100% online with optional blended study on campus)
Start dates: February, June, September
Campus available: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Online
Fees: Click for fees
  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent – any subject area
  • English Levels 5.5 IELTS (5.5.in all bands) – or equivalent
  • No work experience required, but is considered an asset

Students who fail to meet academic requirements can be assessed on their relevant work experience (5 years management experience minimum for mature study route)

Stage I Business and Financial Analysis (15 credits)
Corporate Finance (15 credits)
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets (15 credits)
Research Methods
Stage II Equity and Fixed Income Investments (15 credits)
Derivatives and Alternative Investments (15 credits)
Financial Risk Management (15 credits)
Research Methods
Stage III Online Dissertation and Research Methods (30 credits)

The MA in Finance and Investment programme has been designed by London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) and is validated and awarded by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO.

Specialisation Modules **


You will be introduced to the characteristics of equity and fixed income investments. It covers the analytical issues in their valuation, the commonly used models of securities valuation, as well as their applications and shortcomings.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply concepts and techniques to the valuation of equity and fixed income investments.
  • Identify and appraise the impact of the current global financial environment on equity valuation.
  • Perform appropriate valuation analysis of private companies.
  • Critically evaluate the issues involved in valuing private and public companies.
  • Assess the use of fixed income securities in the investment process.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.


The Derivatives and Alternative Investment module is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge of derivatives (as risk management tools) and alternative investments (as assets classes).

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Value derivative and alternative investment instruments.
  • Demonstrate how investment instruments are used to create, enhance or destroy value.
  • Critically evaluate the applicable strategies in derivatives and alternative investments, while showing evidence of insights.
  • Analyse derivatives and alternative investment strategies, and offer alternative strategies considering the various pay-offs.
  • Write and present “senior management level” reports on their findings, in an advisory position.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.


This module teaches you how to apply advanced analytical techniques to the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). You will build on knowledge from previous modules involving the analysis of financial statements and data, in both hypothetical and real life case studies.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse the relative importance of different types of M&A and private equity drivers.
  • Identify value creation and critically assess the success or otherwise of a range of M&A transactions and private equity.
  • Examine the current M&A and private equity strategies of a selected global organisation and recommend improvements for current practices.
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions.
  • Perform critical analyses of comparative issues in M&A and private equity.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

**All specialisations are subject to student demand

Core Modules

Detailed information about the core modules can be found on the MA in Finance and Investment Programme Structure page.

Career Direction:

The programme focuses on a balance of academic and practical skills, which employers find very desirable. On graduating, you will be equipped to move into a number of exciting roles, including as an Investment Banker, Financial Advisor or Financial Risk Analyst.

You can take advantage of our dedicated careers service and global corporate partners in your search for suitable employment.

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