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MSc Finance MSc Financial Decision Analysis

  1. 1. MSc Finance MSc Financial Decision Analysis
  2. 2. MSc Finance MSc Financial Decision Analysis These Master’s courses are designed for graduates who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of finance and financial analysis. The MSc Finance is specifically aimed at involving financial decision analysis in a areas, with many being actively engaged graduates who wish to pursue a career in variety of different organisations. In the in research. Their research informs all investment analysis, stockbroking, securities second semester a number of optional our teaching and provides an up-to-date trading, fund management, banking and units are offered, which are particularly education in an active learning environment. investment banking in financial institutions in relevant for different career paths. Students We also have regular discussions with London, Europe and overseas. The course wishing to move into similar careers to employers and professional bodies to ensure is also suitable for those aiming for careers those studying the MSc Finance are likely to that our courses are relevant to the needs of in corporate financial management in large study the finance options. Those students industry and the skills they require from our non-financial companies. wishing to move into accountancy or general graduates. management are more likely to study options The MSc Financial Decision Analysis is such as strategic management accountancy Our excellent reputation and the quality practically orientated and based on financial, and resource allocation or information of our graduates provides an excellent computational and modelling studies related strategy. springboard for a rewarding and challenging to financial decision making and analysis, career. We have a demonstrable record including investment, risk management, Portsmouth Business School of achievement in terms of graduate budgeting, finance, financial analysis, Portsmouth Business School is renowned employment, which enables our graduates planning and forecasting, and research for its friendly and supportive atmosphere, to go onto a wide range of occupations in a methods. The course is specifically designed which will encourage you to develop your variety of sectors. for those with non-financial backgrounds abilities and realise your full potential. All our who would like to move into positions teaching staff are experts in their subject MSC FINANCE • MSC FINANCIAL DECISION ANALYSIS UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH • BUSINESS SCHOOL
  3. 3. Course content and structure MSc Financial Decision Analysis Unit descriptions Information Strategy: the importance You will study five core units and three Financial Analysis will enable you to of information systems in achieving the optional units (see below). This degree can gain a critical awareness of the financial strategic objectives of an organisation is be studied over a period of 14 months full environment from both an accounting considered in this unit. It will also analyse time or 30 months part time. and finance perspective. You will learn the key issues relating to the strategic to understand and interpret company management of the information resource. Core units reports, examine the role of the regulatory • Financial Analysis environment for corporate reporting and Behavioural Finance looks at the the stock market, and explore the pricing of psychological, institutional and agency • Decision and Risk Analysis bonds and shares. theory ideas; key empirical research on the explanatory and predictive power of • Corporate Finance Decision and Risk Analysis: the key areas models on the implementation of investment of decision and risk analysis are covered in strategies; guided critical analysis of research • Business Systems and Planning this unit, alongside the process of decision and analysis of live data. making, key statistical concepts, and • Research Methods selecting and using appropriate software Derivatives will develop your knowledge of tools as aids to decision making. the theory and applications of key financial Optional units derivatives products with the emphasis on • Strategic Management Accounting and Corporate Finance will look at shareholder futures, forwards, interest rates and swaps. Resource Allocation value and the goals of the firm, corporate governance, advanced capital budgeting, Business Valuation explores particular • Information Strategy strategic analysis of capital investment issues in corporate finance practice related decisions, dividend policy, financing policy, to the important area of business valuation. • Behavioural Finance and mergers and acquisitions. This area of study is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public • Derivatives Business Systems and Planning covers offerings, litigation and forensic accounting business planning and control systems, work. • Business Valuation including issues such as budgeting, the design of management control systems, and International Banking and Finance: banks • Fixed Income Securities the design and development of spreadsheet- play a fundamental role in domestic and based decision support systems. global financial markets. This unit focuses on MSc Finance key issues in international banking, covering You will study seven core units and one Research Methods: so that you are well both descriptive and explanatory aspects. option (see below). The degree can be equipped to complete your dissertation, studied over a period of 14 months full time. this unit explores research philosophy and Modern Portfolio Theory reviews key approaches, literature reviews, sampling, theoretical issues such as expected return, Core units questionnaires and interviews. volatility, the efficient frontier, the random • Financial Analysis walk hypothesis, the efficient markets Option Pricing Theory: some entrants onto hypothesis, capital assets pricing model, • Decision and Risk Analysis the programme will have had little exposure arbitrage pricing theory and multi-factor risk to derivative products. This unit will therefore models. • Modern Portfolio Theory review the basic facts and terminology about options and develop some ideas in time Fixed Incomes Security provides students • Option Pricing Theory series (non-mathematical terms). It will then with a thorough understanding of the fixed go on to develop the main option pricing income securities market and develops • Derivatives models and you will learn how to apply the analytical skills specific to valuing fixed these models in the option pricing theory income securities and the management of • Behavioural Finance quantitative methods workshops. interest rate risk. • Fixed Income Securities Strategic Management Accounting and Resource Allocation explores the Optional units relationship between strategy, strategic • International Banking and Finance management and strategic management accounting and sets the latter in the context • Business Valuation of the historical development of management accounting in general. It also critically evaluates the various tools, techniques and approaches with regard to their strengths and weakness in a variety of contextual settings. MSC FINANCE • MSC FINANCIAL DECISION ANALYSIS UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH • BUSINESS SCHOOL
  4. 4. Your learning experience Entry requirements Both courses require a good honours degree from an internationally recognised university or equivalent. For the MSc Finance, your degree should be in business, accounting or economics. Alternatively, equivalent professional qualification that includes quantitative material together with relevant work experience will also be considered. The MSc Financial Decision Analysis is designed for those who don’t necessarily have a financial background and relevant work experience will also be taken into account. International students require IELTS score Teaching methods for both degrees include There are over 10,000 electronic journals of 6.5 or TOEFL 600, computerised 240 or lectures, seminars, computer-based available, together with thousands of equivalent. workshops and case studies. Student ebooks, which can be accessed across participation is encouraged and classes campus, from home or wherever there is an Find out more are challenging, but informal and friendly, internet connection. If you are interested in studying these promoting discussion and debate. The courses, you can meet us at one of our course tutors are available to support your For international students we have a many Open Days held throughout the year. studies and you will also have a personal dedicated team of advisors to support you We are happy to answer any queries that tutor to provide help and guidance for any as you settle into life in Portsmouth and you have and tell you even more about problems that you might have. Assessment at the University. One of the team almost ourselves. Please contact us for further on most units is through a mix of certainly has direct experience of your culture details or for an invitation to our Open Days. coursework and examination. and may even speak your language. We look forward to meeting you. You will also be required to prepare a Career prospects 15,000-word research dissertation on a Past students have gained employment in subject of your own choice. A supervisor will a wide range of roles and industrial sectors. be appointed to support your study. These include accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, Our facilities and resources banking and investment banking in financial You will attend lectures in the purpose-built institutions. Both courses are also suitable Richmond Building, where the Business for students who are aiming for careers in School is located. It offers a computer drop- corporate financial management in large in and resource centre containing a wireless non-financial companies. network access area, as well as printing and photocopying facilities. Students wishing to enter the financial sector will be eligible for direct entry into The University Library is at the centre of associate membership of the Securities academic life and is only a short walk away. and Investment Institute (a UK professional Open from 8am until midnight every day body) on satisfactory completion of the during term-time, it provides a variety of MSc Finance or the MSc Financial Decision information to help with study and research. Analysis (where finance options have been It has also invested heavily in the purchase of followed). electronic resources. University of Portsmouth Business School Richmond Building T: +44 (0)23 9284 4220 Portland Street F: +44 (0)23 9284 4650 Portsmouth PO1 3DE E: United Kingdom W: MD3385 0808