MSc Financial Risk Management 2016

Apply your analytical skills to manage and measure financial risk

Finance trading students at computer

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
Duration:
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£12,750
International fees:
£21,500
Overview

Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This Masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, the causes and effects of financial risk and professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. You can also choose optional modules allowing you to specialise in areas such as accounting, international banking and security investment analysis.

Learning from highly qualified teaching staff involved in world-class research in financial risk management, you’ll test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios during practical case study exercises and simulations. Thanks to our excellent links with industry and commerce, you’ll gain an understanding of the latest challenges in financial markets worldwide.

Academic excellence

You will be taught by leading academics and practitioners from the Business School’s Accounting and Finance department, ranked Top 50 globally in the Financial Times Masters in Finance 2015.

We have strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, connecting you to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a Masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.

As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).

Course content

The programme builds your understanding of essential topics such as corporate finance and applies financial theory to practical problems. You’ll study financial modelling, risk and insurance, managing portfolio risk and derivatives. You’ll also undertake professional skills training throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills to apply your knowledge into the workplace.

Beyond these core areas of study, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You’ll take at least one of Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance, and can choose from topics such as forensic accounting and finance, international banking and finance or information and organisation design.

You’ll also develop your knowledge of research methods in finance and submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Portfolio Risk Management
- Corporate Finance
- Applied Finance
- Financial Modelling and Analysis
- Financial Derivatives
- Critical Skills for the Finance Professional
- Dissertation
List A:
- Behavioural Finance
- Discrete Time Finance

Additional optional modules:
- Security Investment Analysis
- Information and Organisation Design
- Forensic Accounting and Finance
- International Banking and Finance
- Financial Reporting and Analysis

For more information on typical modules, read Financial Risk Management MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.

Recent activities have included field trips to various corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness events. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation. Read more about our professional skills activities for finance students.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using methods such as exams, project work, presentations, reports and essays. This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as accounting, finance, economics, mathematics, physics, or engineering. You should have a strong grounding in quantitative subjects with high scores in these subjects.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU/International: Closed for 2016 entry

Apply

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Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £12,750

International: £21,500

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped for an international career in financial risk management, to work for financial institutions, investment banks, regulators and standard setters, international insurers, asset managers, underwriters and investment funds.

You will be able to access a range of career options within finance, including risk management, credit risk analysis, derivatives, insurance and finance research.

This degree is an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue further postgraduate study.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The best part of my studies was the diverse culture. Meeting with people from different parts of the world, sharing ideas and views about the financial market across the globe.

Udoka Umeh, Nigeria
MSc Financial Risk Management
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