Accounting and Finance and Economics

Finance (Finance, Investment and Risk) - MSc

2018

Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in finance and investment banking. The MSc in Finance (Finance, investment and Risk) pathway develops your cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and organisations.

2018

Overview

In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.

This pathway has been specially designed to develop your practical finance skills and give you real-world business knowledge. It prepares you for a career in investment banks, financial and management consultancies, auditing firms, risk management departments of financial institutions and government departments.

You gain a sound understanding of the theories that underpin modern techniques in investment and risk management. The application of the theories is demonstrated in our finance lab with the aid of Bloomberg, via case studies and the use of online databases. Regular training sessions led by experienced Bloomberg trainers help you gain valuable practice in accessing and using market data. The Bloomberg platform also provides an opportunity for virtual trading practice and competitions.

The programme is well established and attracts a substantial number of applications from over 20 countries each year. This international aspect enables you to gain a deeper and wider learning experience and to benefit from networking opportunities during your studies and after graduation.

In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.

Funding opportunities

Kent Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which includes Scholarships, Bursaries and the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School (KBS) is ranked as a top 20 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 45 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

This programme provides the training required for the Bloomberg Certificate. You will have opportunities for practical work to be carried out in the Business School’s dedicated Bloomberg Lab. The virtual trading platform allows you to access and engage with market data through practical case studies and the use of online databases. In addition, you will be invited to take part in a programme-wide case competition, which will comprise a company analysis and will be judged by experts from the industry.

Modules

The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

Modules may include Credits

The course will cover the following topics:

• Taxonomy of Risks

• Essential Financial Products

• Introduction to Regulation

• Modelling Portfolio Risk

• Market Risk and VAR

• Credit Risk

• Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures

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Global derivative markets have exhibited spectacular growth in terms of volume of trading and use by both financial and non-financial institutions. Some of the world’s large institutions-Orange County, Baring, Metallgesellschaft, Negara, AIG, and Lehman Brothers have lost billions of dollars in the financial markets. Whilst national and international authorities have agonised over the regulation of derivative markets, it generated tremendous interest on the nature, operation, working mechanism and true significance of derivative products and markets in the financial system and the economy.

Main topics:

• Forwards: No arbitrage principle

• Futures: Marking-to-market, margins call and liquidity

• Swaps: Interest rate risk and measures for risk management

• Options: Arbitrage versus speculation, options trading strategies

• Credit Default Swaps: Selling protection or printing money

• Path Dependent Products

• Exotic Options

• Real-Estate and Subprime Loans: The bubbles that always burst

• Securitization Process and Asset-Backed Securities: Derivatives as weapons from mass destruction?

The module focuses on the principles and characteristics of the main derivative markets, products and instruments, such as Futures, Forward, Options, Swaps, Credit Default Products and Structured Products. It examines the role, significance and working mechanism of various derivatives products, their valuation method and the models underpinning the pricing and hedging of derivative instruments. The module will draw from the rapidly expanding body of academic and professional literature relating to derivatives and their applications in Financial Markets.

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The module content will include:

• Statistical Concepts

• Probability Distributions

• Statistical Inference, Estimation and Hypothesis Testing

• Correlation, and General Dependence Measures

• Linear Regression

• Multiple Linear Regression

• Logistic Regression

• Monte Carlo Simulation

• Modelling in Excel

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This module assumes basic knowledge and understanding of risk-return relationship, portfolio theory, and CAPM. It considers the investment and portfolio management decision in more detail by first examining the asset allocation decision and investments in a global context. It then attempts to evaluate different types of securities (bonds and stocks) in which investments can be made using a three-step top-down approach consisting of macro- and micro-market analysis, industry analysis and finally, company analysis. It then critically examines different equity portfolio management and performance evaluation strategies.

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Introduction of default risk concept and credit risk-related securities.

Credit rankings (internal and external rating) and the role of credit rating agencies, credit migration.

Default prediction and credit scoring models.

Default dependencies.

Credit risk portfolio models (risk-adjusted performance, stress-testing portfolio losses).

Corporate bonds and yield spreads.

Default risk pricing models (structural models and reduced-form models).

Market default models: (CreditRisk+, Credit Metrics™, KMV model).

Credit derivatives and credit risks of derivatives.

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A synopsis of the curriculum

* Measures of investment risk and the assumptions underlying the investment returns.

* Assumptions of mean-variance portfolio theory and its principal results.

* Utility functions, first and second order dominance, and calculations using commonly used utility functions to compare investment opportunities.

* Single and multifactor models of asset returns.

* The various forms of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis and the evidence for and against the hypothesis.

* Asset pricing models.

* Stochastic models of the behaviour of security prices and discuss the main theoretical and practical issues in setting up such models.

* Brownian motion (or Wiener Processes).

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Fixed income markets account for a very significant part of the global financial system and are widely used by a diverse set of market participants. Fixed income markets are particularly important for governments and governmental agencies which, in contrast to corporations, can only raise external funds through bonds rather than equity.

The module focuses on the structure and the mechanics of fixed income markets. It explores the principles of valuing fixed income securities and derivative instruments. It also examines the construction of bond portfolios for investment and hedging purposes.

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The module will cover the following topics:

• The Risk-Return Relationship

• The Arbitrage Pricing Theory

• Multifactor Asset Pricing Models

• Dividend Policy

• Mergers and Acquisitions

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The course will cover the following topics:

• Regression Analysis

• Univariate Time Series Modelling

• Multivariate Modelling

• Cointegration

• Volatility and Correlation

• Panel Data Analysis

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Teaching and Assessment

The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Develop students’ existing skills and knowledge and to provide students’ with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance/Financial Management
  • Provide students with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically
  • Provide students with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance
  • Provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research
  • Provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models
  • Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
  • Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of Finance/Financial Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research  or further study in the area
  • Add value to a first degree by developing in individuals an integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services
  • Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere. Develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • The advanced concepts and theory within the field of finance and their application to company’s financial decisions
  • The research methodologies to test and evaluate finance and economic models
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of key areas of finance
  • Up to date relevant empirical literature in the fields of finance
  • Financial, mathematical and economic techniques required to solve problems in investment analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management and risk management

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • Critical thinking and creativity. Including the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements, and generalise appropriately
  • Ability to solve complex problems and make decisions
  • Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
  • Analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
  • Ability to plan work and study independently and use relevant resources in a away which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
  • Plan, structure, and produce a dissertation, business report or project

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • Ability to interpret financial data and perform quantitative analysis
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate the results obtained from quantitative analysis
  • Ability to apply theories to practical and theoretical problems
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyse important issues relevant for companies’ financial decisions
  • Ability to conduct research in Finance issues
  • Ability to apply mathematical, econometric and statistical analysis on financial data

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Development of numeracy and quantitative skills
  • Communication skills; listening, oral, and written communication using a range of media   
  • Effective use of communication and Information technology
  • Ability to undertake independent and self-managed learning
  • Capacity for self-development and continuous learning
  • Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects. Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This pathway is ideal preparation for a career within finance and investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK and globally; the very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and fund management (13 May 2016, City A.M.).

Students studying finance have an excellent track record for employment and are consistently targeted by leading organisations. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank, Western Power and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

The syllabus of the programme is in line with the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) professional qualifications. We are currently seeking recognition for the MSc Finance (Finance, Investment and Risk) programme (formerly known as MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk ) from the CFA. The MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk had already obtained CFA recognition. For those students planning to take the CFA examinations, revision sessions (taught by professional tutors with industry experience ) for Level I and Level II examinations are provided.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

KBS is a signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School occupies a purpose-designed building consisting of executive learning facilities with wireless provision throughout. Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

On the Canterbury Campus, Kent Business School recently moved into a new academic building, known as The Sibson Building, a vibrant new campus destination. This state-of-the-art building includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites. These new learning and teaching spaces, as well as modern social and breakout areas, encapsulate Kent Business School’s academic values and identity.

New academic facilities and social spaces for Kent Business School at Medway have also recently opened. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet study areas, student social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources.

Postgraduate students can access a range of specialist software packages used in quantitative analysis and in finance. Most academic schools have specific study areas for postgraduates and there is also a general postgraduate common room with work area.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 40 internationally recognised academics from 23 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with a number of European institutions including Neoma Business School, Jean Moulin University Lyon III and Rennes School of Business in France; EBS University of Business and Law, Germany; IE University, Madrid and LIUC Università Carlo Cattaneo in Italy.  Our international partners include Hong Kong Baptist University where we offer dual Masters programmes in both Finance and Business Analytics; City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China and Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Applied Mathematical Finance; International Journal of Financial Economics and Econometrics; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Banking and Finance; International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a relevant subject such as finance, accounting, economics, mathematics or engineering. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country. 

English language entry requirements

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. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;

The Finance group addresses academically interesting and practical contemporary issues in finance and banking. Staff pursue research in several areas, including: derivatives pricing and risk management; financial econometrics; international banking; financial regulation; corporate finance; asset pricing and real-estate modelling.

For more information, see our Applied Research Centre:

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Antonis Alexandridis: Lecturer in Finance

Weather derivatives and weather risk management; derivatives modelling; pricing and forecasting; artificial intelligence and financial engineering; neural and wavelet networks; quantitative finance.

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Professor Radu Tunaru: Professor of Finance

Property derivatives; financial engineering; financial mathematics; MCMC applications in finance; statistical properties of risk measures; pricing and hedging of reverse mortgages; calibration of market price of risk with stochastic filtering methods; Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods for risk management in asset-backed securities market; dependence modelling for portfolio analysis.

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Dr Ekaterini Panopoulou: Reader in Finance

Financial Econometrics, Time Series (Modelling and Forecasting), Financial Economics and International Finance

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Professor Roman Matousek: Professor of Banking and Finance

Financial Institutions and Services, Banks, Financial Crises, Ratings and Ratings Agencies, Regulation, Corporate Governance, Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit.

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Dr Ortenca Kume: Lecturer in Finance

Credit risk; Mutual fund performance; Behavioural finance; Capital structure.

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Mrs Angela Ransley: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Financial management; The role of management accounting in decision making; Structures of corporate finance; Financial markets.

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Dr David Morelli: Senior Lecturer in Finance and Financial Management

Examining the behaviour of securities in the equity markets, analysing potential determinants of security price movements along with testing various pricing models. Integration of the global capital markets.

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Dr Mohammad Hasan: Senior Lecturer in Finance

Financial economics, international finance, macro and monetary economics.

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Dr Nikolaos Voukelatos: Lecturer in Finance

Econometrics; risk-neutral densities; efficiency of options markets; forecasting; conditional variance models.

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Fees

The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Finance (Finance, Investment and Risk) - MSc at Canterbury:
UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £10480 £18400

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

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