Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment

MSc Finance, Investment & Risk - overview

Logo reading CFA® Recognised Program

This unique programme is offered by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science and provides the essential knowledge base in quantitative finance, investment analysis and portfolio management with financial risk analysis playing an important role.

By virtue of our CFA® Recognised Programme status, five student Scholarships per year for the CFA® programme are awarded to eligible students on the MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is a good degree in a relevant subject, such as accounting, finance, economics, business, engineering or other sciences. Graduates in degrees without mathematical content, may be advised to attend a preparatory course in mathematics and statistics prior to the start of the programme in September.

International students should note that the University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree.

There are several ways of certificating proficiency in English, including:

  1. TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language and it evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting. See http://www.ets.org/toefl/.
  2. IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, an international standardised test of English language proficiency. See http://www.ielts.org/.

Details of the qualifying grades needed.


Mathematics and statistics are the engines driving applied finance and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at Kent is excellently placed to provide the rigorous yet practical training that a modern finance professional needs. The programme has international orientation and has attracted students from over 40 countries. This international aspect enables our students to gain a deeper and wider learning experience and to benefit from networking opportunities after graduation.



The MSc Finance, Investment and Risk programme draws on specialisations within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science in the areas of Finance, Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science. The School has an excellent research reputation (RAE 2008) and many members of staff are professionally qualified with practitioner experience.

Academic Staff

The key courses in the programme are taught by CFA qualified members of staff with extensive investment banking experience. Programme director Loba van der Bijl trained at the London School of Economics, later specialising in finance before joining industry.

Loba van der Bijl (programme director)

Dr Antonis Alexandridis
Roger Bevan IFA
Andrew Jackson, IFA
Andrew James IFA
Dr Jaideep Oberoi
Dr Pradip Tapadar IFA
Jane Vessey CFA
Cristiano Villa ACCA
Dr Huamao Wang
Nick Wood IFA

Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI), Cornwallis Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF.

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Last Updated: 23/09/2013