Programme Structure
Programme Structure

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."

Online MA in Finance and Investment – Programme Structure

Secure a rewarding career in financial management with this comprehensive online Master. You will cover both advanced financial theory and vital professional skills, in the context of the modern business environment. 

The programme, delivered 100% online, is comprised of three core modules, three specialist modules and a final project. As a result, you can tailor this MA in Finance and Investment to suit your career aims and interests.

The course structure and content is reviewed regularly to remain industry relevant and to develop the skills that current employers are looking for.

Stage I

Business and Financial Analysis

Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets
Corporate Finance

Research Methods

Stage II

Specialisation Module I**

Specialisation Module II**
Specialisation Module III**

Research Modules

Stage III Dissertation

Core Modules

Business and Financial Analysis

This module will teach you to analyse the internal and external factors affecting an organisation, in order to improve its competitiveness. You will develop an advanced knowledge of international financial statement analysis, as well as the ability to use specialised analytical tools.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Identify rules and principles in the international accounting standards and financial regulations, in addition to core values in business that led to competitive advantage.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in the sphere of business and financial analysis, with a view to corporate evaluation.
  • Critically assess businesses, accounting data and financial information to make investment decisions.
  • Discuss the link between current theory and common practice, with the ability to organise appropriate evidence and reasoning to reach a balanced conclusion, using business and financial analysis.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and analytical skills to facilitate effective business and financial decision-making.

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Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets

Acquire sufficient knowledge of the quantitative methods used in investment finance to apply them to financial markets. By studying quantitative methods and their application simultaneously, you will gain a crucial advantage over other candidates.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Design and apply quantitative tools to financial markets.
  • Critically evaluate the changes that might occur if certain assumptions in the models used are changed.
  • Compute basic valuation analysis for financial markets instruments.
  • Evaluate key variables and their use of quantitative tools in financial markets.
  • Synthesise and examine findings and present same in a professional manner, to a varied audience.

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Corporate Finance

Understand the crucial role played by investment and financing decisions in generating and capturing value, and in giving companies an edge over competitors. You will also study the means by which businesses raise finance and manage finance – making you an invaluable asset to any company.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Summarise key principles and tools for financial decision-making.
  • Compare various investment decision rules and apply the process of capital budgeting.
  • Analyse the concept of corporate capital structure and compute cost of capital.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the economic benefit of various types of financing.
  • Explain the concept of risk management and analyse the role of derivative instruments in mitigating risks.

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Risk Management
  • Equity and Fixed Income Investments
  • Derivatives and Alternative Investments)
  • Financial Risk Management
Accounting and Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Performance Management and Control
Investment Banking and Capital Markets
  • Equity and Fixed Income Investments
  • Derivatives and Alternative Investments
  • Financial Risk Management 
Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
Duration: 18-36 months (100% online)
Start dates: Every 12 weeks

Campus available:



£7500 for MA Finance & Investment
£9500 for Dual MSc & MA Finance and Investment
Modular Payment plan available


  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent – any subject area
  • English Levels 5.5 IELTS ( 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 (3 years management experience minimum for mature study route)

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