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Do you wish to supercharge your quantitative skills and open the door to lucrative job opportunities in the finance sector?
Finance is a broad but booming sector, working within it means you may be involved in investing money, managing it, protecting it or accounting for it. Good finance workers need a head for numbers, detail-driven organisational skills but also the ability to communicate well and be resilient pressure.
Our CFA, PRMIA and GARP accredited MSc in Finance sculpts graduates who understand financial needs and risks of enterprise and have a good handle of the systems and longstanding practices to succeed in this field. Taught by academic experts and co-designed with industry experts, our MSc develops highly employable graduates. Further, our Bloomberg Finance Lab and optional Industrial Placements allow students to apply their learnings to genuine business data.
You’ll be learning the capstones of finance such as foundations of finance , investments and portfolio management, financial risk management, financial econometrics and derivatives alongside modules on research methods and skills and in particular quantitative methods.. You will end your Master's with a detailed report, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge and skills in finance with the support of a dedicated finance expert supervisor.
“My postgraduate degree certainly helped me get into the industry, as I was able to talk with confidence about the financial world.”
~ Darren Smith, KBS Finance student
This course is accredited by CFA Institute who aim to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.
It is also accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), the leading professional body in the risk management profession. As a result of this accreditation, graduates of the programme are eligible for a number of exemptions for the Professional Risk Manager Designation (PRM) exams.
A third accreditation is offered by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), the world's leading professional organisation for risk managers. It is dedicated to the advancement of the risk profession through education, research and the promotion of best practices globally.
You are more than your grades
For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in finance, accounting, business-related disciplines, the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.
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.
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.
Duration: 1 year full-time
This flexible course is studied over one year full-time and consists of seven compulsory and two optional modules in Stage 1 with Stage 2 consisting of a piece of finance-related research.
Stage 1 aims to provide you with a broad overview of knowledge and understanding of finance including modules on financial risk management, financial econometrics and derivatives.
Stage 2 consists of one piece of finance-related research. This allows you to further develop your skills in finance theory whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.
The MSc Finance is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on the course. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You may study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you
This module covers key concepts related to financial risk management, especially market risk in financial institutions. It broadly addresses the rationale for practising risk management, followed by approaches to measuring and managing risk.
The course will cover the following indicative topics:
• Taxonomy of Risks
• Essential Financial Products
• Introduction to Regulation
• Modelling Portfolio Risk
• Market Risk and VAR
• Credit Risk
• Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures
This is an IT-oriented hands-on applied econometrics/forecasting module on research methodology. This module focuses on the financial applications of statistical and econometric techniques to develop and implement tools for financial analysis and planning models. It is designed for the post-graduate students who are interested in familiarising themselves with the traditional regression techniques as well as the most recent and ongoing modern time-series econometric and forecasting techniques in order to apply them to test models/hypotheses/topical issues.
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.
• 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.
This module will cover the following topics:
• Investment appraisal techniques and decisions
• Stock market efficiency – capital market behaviour
• Portfolio theory
• The Capital Asset Pricing Model
• Sources of finance
• Capital Structure
This module provides a general introduction to the quantitative methods used in financial applications and topics may include:
Statistical inference, estimation and hypothesis testing
Correlation, spurious correlation and general dependence measures
Multiple linear regression
Monte Carlo simulation
Modelling in Excel
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.
Employers are in search for individuals who possess logical thinking, analytical capability, leadership, communication and the ability to work under pressure. This module develops the necessary research knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a piece of research in industry or consultancy contexts or academia.
Indicative topics are:
• Choosing the topic of interest and literature review
• Research process and Ethics in in business research
• Choosing your research design
• Preparing the research proposal
• Communicating the Research
This module aims to develop the ability to analyse financial crises and bank regulation, examining the roots, consequences and remedies for the financial crises with the special emphasis on the current global financial crisis. The module also aims to understand the complexity of the financial crisis and the role of bank regulation.
The module will cover topics including the Financial Crisis, banking supervision and regulation, the Basle Accord, banking failures, rating agencies and Financial Crisis, the role of international financial institutions.
The module will develop students' understanding of corporate finance theory and its applications to the main problems faced by financial managers and corporate decision makers. The main topics that will be covered include corporate capital budgeting, investment decisions under uncertainty, cost of capital, sources of finance, capital structure, dividend policy and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) decisions.
This module provides a general introduction to various aspects of the fixed income market and its instruments. Indicative topics may include:
- The structure of fixed income markets, main instruments and pricing
- Introduction to the various types of interest rate curves, and interest rate arbitrage through the Law of One Price
- Modelling the term structure
- Interest rate risk: duration,-based measures of risk, the effect of convexity, multi-factor models and key rate durations
- Passive strategies, active strategies and liability-hedging through immunization
- Funding fixed income positions through the repo rate, liquidity risk and the practical limits to arbitrage
- Interest rate derivatives: forwards, futures and swaps
- Credit scoring, credit risk models, credit risk derivatives and their applications
This module provides a general introduction to the use of Microsoft Excel in financial applications.
Basic Financial Calculations with Excel (PV and FV, with applications to stock valuation; building loan tables)
Essential Probability and Statistics with Excel
Bond & Stock Analysis (bond pricing, duration and convexity, the yield curve, stock valuation using the DDM)
Portfolio Optimization (building efficient frontiers; constrained optimization)
Derivatives Modelling in Excel
Advanced Modelling: VBA for Financial Applications
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.
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.
This module will provide students with a core understanding of algorithmic trading, and specifically how to develop and implement quantitative trading strategies. The module will cover the following indicative topics
• High-frequency trading and tick data
• Backtesting and automated execution
• Mean reversion strategies
• Momentum strategies
• Arbitrage strategies
• Risk management
• Performance evaluation
This module will introduce students to Python, a programming language that has become the industry standard. Students will learn how to use Python in order to conduct financial and econometric analysis. Particular emphasis will be placed on programming for specific financial applications such as portfolio optimization, asset valuation, and derivatives pricing. Indicative topics include
• Data types and structures
• Input/output operations
• Data visualization
• Summary statistics
• Valuation and risk
This module will allow students to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course in order to produce an extended independent piece of work in the Finance subject area. Every student will be allocated a personal supervisor who will guide them through the research and write up process. As part of their project, students will generate a relevant research question in finance, analyse the related financial literature, and conduct their own independent research into their topic. More specifically, students will research topics in the fields of finance (MSc Finance); finance, investment and risk (MSc Finance, Investment and Risk); finance and financial management (MSc Finance and Management);; financial technology (MSc Financial Technology).
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.
Your progress on this course is assessed through a variety of means, including:
Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.
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In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 80% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The school’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of high calibre research.
Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:
Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.
Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.
Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history.
Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.
Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.
Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.
Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.
Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.
Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.
Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.
Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.
Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.
Our Finance graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:
Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.
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.
In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.
From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.
Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.
In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.
The MSc Finance programme is accredited by GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), CFA Institute and PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers Internal Association).
Kent Business School works closely with all three bodies to ensure that our Finance MSc is to the highest of standards.
Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, bought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.
Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.
The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.
The multi-award-winning Sibson Building is Kent Business School's home on our Canterbury campus. This vibrant, state-of-the-art structure includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites as well as social and breakout areas to fully enhance your learning experience.
Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you to secure access to the information you need.
Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business
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.