- Applied Financial Econometrics: develops students' ability to undertake quantitative research by equipping them with econometric tools and techniques to analyse and interpret financial data.
- Advanced Corporate Finance: focuses on empirical and theoretical issues that arise in modern corporate finance.
- Banking and Finance: provides students with an in-depth knowledge and a rigorous background in the mainstream areas of modern banking and finance.
- Financial Technology: equips students with an understanding of the technology underlying FinTech by introducing advancements in blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Provides an overview of key trends and considers the impact of FinTech on financial services such as payments, investing, lending, borrowing and spending.
Students choose two optional modules, taking one in each semester.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- Advanced Financial Econometrics: further develops econometrical skills of students to implement statistical analysis in the area of banking and finance.
- Alternative Investment: provides students with an overview of investment opportunities alternative to the main equity and bond markets.
- Behavioural Finance: introduces students to key concepts in behavioural finance and distinguishes between conventional financial theory and behavioural approaches. Focuses on deviations from rational models, illuminating resulting biases that impact upon financial markets, their institutions and other participants.
- Financial Systems: outlines the fundamentals of financial systems, focusing on the influence of technology and innovation along with the challenges that these pose to regulators. This module is required for achieving Chartered Banker Status.
- International Financial Management: studies in the international monetary frameworks and the conduct of monetary policies in major developed economies.
- Risk Management: provides an insight into managing the exposure to risk and how to apply relevant theories to realistic financial decision problems. This module is required for achieving Chartered Banker Status.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
Students attend lectures throughout Semesters 1 and 2 to prepare them for conducting the research portion of the dissertation. The dissertation is normally on a specific area of banking and finance; however, at the School of Management, you will have the freedom to develop a topic of your own, which is of interest to you and will contribute towards career development or further study goals.
You will be assigned a supervisor based on your research proposal submitted in the second semester. Students will then research and write a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer to be submitted on a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for their Masters degree (MSc), there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.