Bradford University School of Management

MSc Finance and Investment


The MSc in Finance and Investment is recognised as one of the leading postgraduate qualifications for a successful career in the financial, banking and insurance sectors. This full-time programme provides rigorous training in finance and investment to develop a mix of applied skills essential for a wide range of roles in both financial and non-financial organisations.

We aim to produce responsible specialists who have a strong financial and investment perspective in areas such as corporate finance, asset pricing, portfolio management, financial derivatives analysis, macroeconomic policy and international financial markets.

Our academic excellence in this field ensures high quality teaching, which is supported by internationally recognised research delivered by our dedicated research centre, the Bradford Centre for International Business and Finance (BCIBF). We successfully balance financial theory and thought leadership with practical application to produce financial experts who can make a difference in the real world of business, finance and investment.

The programme involves extensive use of our Trading Room, including training in the use of Bloomberg Professional, which is an industry standard market information and trading platform used worldwide. Bloomberg enables students to gain exposure to "real life" financial data and get a feel for the context within which "real" investment decisions are made in industry. 

We regularly invite external experts from academia and industry as speakers in order to further enhance the relevance of classroom discussion and study, and provide a meaningful context to ongoing topical events of interest.

The Trading Room

The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment, giving a feel for “real” investment decisions made in industry and how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.

The Bradford Trading Room

Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

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+Course details

This full-time 12 month programme will help you to develop technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that will be highly relevant to your career in finance, banking or investment & asset management.

You'll study ten compulsory modules to provide a firm foundation of core skills; in finance, accounting & investment management. You have the opportunity to select two elective modules of your choice to help you specialise in an area of personal interest.

We place particular emphasis on computer-based methods of learning finance. As a Masters in Finance student at Bradford, you learn to apply to real market data the financial-software packages used most widely in practice.

You will also have the opportunity to use interactive trading simulated software packages (i.e. Market-Class simulator package) to enhance your understanding of investment analysis and portfolio management.

+Module details

Compulsory modules*

  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting
  • Financial Modelling
  • Portfolio Management
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Bond Market Analysis and Credit Risk
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Asset Pricing
  • International Financial Management

 Elective modules*

Choose two from the following options:

  • Advanced Financial Modelling
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management
  • Global  Banking Operations & Strategy
  • Financial Risk Management in European Banking**
  • Strategic Accounting

*The list of modules reflect those agreed for 2012/13 teaching and may be subject to change for 2013/14

**As part of the School's exchange agreement with the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Toulouse, students are offered the opportunity to study this module in Toulouse each year.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from the ACCA examinations - a major advantage on your journey to qualifying as a professional accountant, should you wish to.

For further information, please visit the ACCA website


Our Masters in Finance graduates are in an excellent position to compete for jobs across a wide range of financial disciplines, including corporate finance, investment banking, portfolio management, financial consultancy, fixed income and derivatives trading, risk management and financial research. 

Key Details

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12 months

Start date



Bradford, UK


Top 10 in UK


£9,500 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (Overseas)




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