University of Nottingham Malaysia

Finance and Investment MSc

     
  

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Qualification: MSc
Fees: Malaysian – RM46,000 per programme, Non-Malaysian – RM55,200 per programme
Mode: 1 year full-time, 2-4 years part-time
Intake: February (part-time), September (full-time and part-time), November (part-time)
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The MSc Finance and Investment degree provides a structured programme for those seeking positions in finance and investment. The programme is based around the three main classes of capital investment activity: derivative markets, equity markets and fixed interest markets. It will allow you to focus upon advanced developments in finance and investment to meet your interests and career aspirations. The course will increase your knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines including specialist modules in specific areas of finance. It will increase your capability to undertake critical evaluation of core business and finance disciplines, developing your ability to examine and assess different aspects of the financial environment.

Career prospects

This course is ideal for those wanting a career in accountancy, auditing, business development, financial advice, investment management, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, research, risk assurance, tax consultancy and trading.

Course structure

You must complete a total of eight taught modules and an individual dissertation on an approved subject relevant to your field of study. You can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on a finance and investment topic according to your individual interests and career requirements.

Class locations

  • Classes will be held mainly in Semenyih (main campus) and occasionally at the Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) on both weekdays and weekends respectively.
  • Students staying in Semenyih campus accommodation are able to use the university bus transport provided from the main campus to attend classes in KLTC. Further details regarding the teaching schedule will be presented during the programme induction.
  • All MSc-related workshops will held in the Semenyih campus.

Intakes

  • February (part-time)
  • September (full-time and part-time)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Applicants must have a first degree in business/economics/management (with a significant quantitative finance and/or econometric component).

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)     

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Modules

Typical core modules

Capital Market Analysis

The module aims to introduce students to the characteristics of the equity asset class, to identify relevant data sources for returns from individual equities and equity markets, to explain how pattern in returns can be investigated, to show how equities can be combined in portfolios, and to show how the performance of portfolios and portfolio managers can be measured.

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of: 

  • The dynamics of the global economy and international business &/or an awareness of cultural, legal/regulatory, political, and economic differences across countries &/or an appreciation of management issues from a global perspective.
  • Markets - the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance
Corporate Finance
To highlight the key aspects of corporate finance and to identify current research issues and approaches.

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance.
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications.
Derivative Investment
  • To understand valuation models for derivative securities and the markets in which derivatives are traded.
  • The use of derivative securities in financial risk management is also examined. 

Learning outcome: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance. 
Dissertation
Develop ability to undertake independent research in the area of finance and investment either in the context of further academic research or consultancy.

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance.
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications.
Fixed Interest Investment
  • To give students a sound and up-to-date understanding of fixed-interest securities and the management of fixed-interest portfolios.
  • An understanding of the determination of bond prices, spot rates and forward rates.
  • To develop students' ability to carry out relevant bond pricing and interest rate calculations with confidence. 
  • Valuation of interest rate forwards, futures and swaps. 
  • Evaluation of the theories of the term structure of interest rates.
  • Measuring interest rate risk using measures such as duration and convexity. 
  • An understanding of the role of credit rating agencies and the factors that determine a credit rating. 
  • To inculcate an awareness of the richness of the subject, going beyond  traditional bond theory to cover fixed-interest derivatives, value-at-risk, and recent credit risk modelling techniques.

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance.
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications.
Quantitative Research Methods for Finance and Accounting
To provide a good training in applied econometrics techniques as relevant to finance and accounting.

Learning outcome: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Tools and techniques for transforming (big) data into useful information for business analysis and decision support. 

Typical optional modules*

Behavioural Economics and Decision Making
  • An understanding of behaviour in an economic context;
  • An understanding of behavioural methods; Knowledge of theoretical models of behavioural economics.
  • Knowledge of applicable behavioural tools;
  • The ability to interpret results;
  • Knowledge of how to design an experiment and collect data. 

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:  

  • The dynamics of the global economy and international business &/or an awareness of cultural, legal/regulatory, political, and economic differences across countries &/or an appreciation of management issues from a global perspective.
  • Markets - the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services. 
  • People – strategic  and operational HRM, meeting future organisational requirements, people development, HR systems.
  • The management of operations.
  • The management of projects.
  • Information systems and business intelligence - the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations•Tools and techniques for transforming (big) data into useful information for business analysis and decision support.
  • Communications – the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools. 
  • Business innovation – creativity, intrapreneurial – and entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise development, and the management and exploitation of intellectual property.
  • The importance of sustainability issues, including an understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the activities of people and organisations on the economic, social and environmental conditions of the future..
  • Leadership and management of people within organisations – leadership, organisational behaviour and motivation.
  • Strategic management - the development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment.
  • Strategic risk management and issues of compliance.
International Finance
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of international finance and financial markets.
  • To analyse risks that exist in international finance including foreign exchange, foreign trade and investment risks and to select and use appropriate techniques to manage such risks.

Learning outcomes: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:  

  • The dynamics of the global economy and international business &/or an awareness of cultural, legal/regulatory, political, and economic differences across countries &/or an appreciation of management issues from a global perspective.
  • Markets - the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services.
  • Finance - the sources, uses and management of finance.
  • Tools and techniques for transforming (big) data into useful information for business analysis and decision support.
The Economics of Strategy and Market Structure

To provide students with a background for analysing various forms of strategic interactions in imperfectly competitive markets, and to establish knowledge about the field that may motivate students to pursue further research in the field of Industrial Economics. 

Learning outcome: 

This module develops a knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Markets - the development and operation of markets for goods and services.

*Not all optional modules will necessarily run each session.

Funding

Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Contact

Nottingham University Business School Malaysia
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
fax: +6 03 8924 8005

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