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Designed to meet the growing demand for professionals within the finance sector, this unique, online Masters in Finance degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a qualification recognised by the financial sectors, such as Commodities, Securities, Equities and the money markets. Partnered with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), this course is also mapped against their formal teaching, with the option to achieve an additional qualification upon completion of this course. Our online Finance MSc will provide you with the technical and decision making skills necessary for this highly competitive market.
University of Derby Online Learning is the first online University degree programme in the UK to be partnered with the Chartered Institution for Securities and Investment (CISI), the largest and most widely respected professional body for the securities and investment profession in the UK, with a growing number of global financial centres. Our MSc Finance course has been closely mapped against the CISI’s Introduction to Investment foundation qualification, helping you to prepare you for its exam, which can be taken at the University of Derby campus or at one of the CISI’s global test centres.
Upon graduation from this online MBA, you will be well equipped for a successful career in managerial and leadership roles. The hands-on work-based learning elements of this programme enable you to generate immediate impact whether progressing to a new role, or advancing within your existing organisation. As an MBA, you mark yourself as having achieved the internationally recognised standard in strategic leadership and management, and your new career prospects will reflect this.
As your career within multi-national organisations advances you will typically become involved across many intricate dimensions of business management. You will be competent to implement robust theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied across any industry worldwide.
As a graduate of our online MBA you will be excellently equipped with the ability to tackle areas including, but not limited to: recruitment and training, strategic planning and decision making, financial analysis and forecasting, competitor and macro environment research, and communication with internal and external stakeholders such as directors, customers and investors.
Gaining a postgraduate degree like the MBA can also significantly boost your earning potential. Latest government statistics* show that postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates.
Commodity trading involves the trade of essential primary products such as metals, grains, oil etc. and intangibles such as interest rates, stock market indices etc. Participation in the global commodity trading business is a key mechanism used by modern organisations to accept or avoid additional risks arising due to uncertain prices of key core commodities. Given the global interconnectivity between commodity markets and capital markets, finance professionals need a sound understanding of how these markets function and the determinants of price movements and risk factors within these markets.
This module aims to critically analyse the structure and features of key commodity markets, factors which influence the prices of commodities, inherent risks associated in different commodities and the role played by key regulators in ensuring end to abusive speculation within the commodity markets.
Corporate finance examines ways in which managers can maximise the wealth of the organisation’s shareholders through selecting appropriate sources of finance consistent with its desired capital structure, managing the funds raised and investing these in appropriate value-adding investment opportunities.
The aim of this module is to give you a critical awareness of the factors which need to be considered while selecting a source of finance to satisfy the organisations operational and investment needs, managing cash flows in order maintain optimum liquidity, making capital budgeting decisions and investment decisions under uncertainty and determining the dividend policy consistent with the needs of its investors.
The aim of this module is to allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the principles and strategies used by management to maximise the wealth of its shareholders. This module will give you the opportunity to examine complex investment and risk management strategies and use valuation models to assist you in meeting the expectation of the shareholders. You will be introduced to the theoretical and empirical literature pertaining to corporate finance strategies which will enable you to address key problems faced by managers and corporate decision makers.
As a result of a range of recent corporate scandals an increased emphasis has been put on corporate social responsibility and the need for the board of directors to conform to an ethical code of conduct while managing the affairs of an entity. Corporate governance examines the system of rules, principles and procedures through which a company is run to promote the best interest of its shareholders, other stakeholders and the wider society.
The aim of this module is to give you a critical awareness of corporate governance and ethics, their relevance within modern organisations and the mechanisms which can be adopted to improve corporate governance.
Prior to the 1980s, fixed income securities were purchased by investors as investment products wherein they knew the periodic interest they will be entitled to and when their principle will be repaid. Since the 1980s, however, trade in fixed income securities has become more complex. There are features in the fixed income securities which have introduced uncertainty in the repayment time of principle and which have made it difficult to estimate the periodic interest rates. The previous hold-to-maturity investors are increasingly being replaced by institutional investors who actively trade in fixed income securities.
The aim of this module is to examine the wide range of fixed income securities and their characteristics along with the strategies used in the portfolio management of these securities. In this module you will analyse the impact of interest rate on bond prices and risk management strategies used by investors.
Independent Study normally forms a significant part of a Master’s programme. This is a major piece of independently researched work, providing an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a management problem or issue that should normally have a strategic dimension, which addresses organisational issues and provides a process for solving management problems.
Independent study will provide you with the opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during the course, by means of an extensive investigation of a significant management area. It also provides the opportunity for you to reflect on the research experience and use what you have learned to guide your future development via a reflective statement and development plan.
As a result of developing and applying an analytical framework based on a real management issue you will be able to enhance your own competencies for undertaking future management research and analysis, will be better able to evaluate the research analysis carried out by others and will be better able to plan your own development.
Businesses often evolve into multinational corporations (MNC’s) to capitalise on the opportunities offered by the international market. The directors and senior managers of these businesses need to have the capability to analyse the international environment, access suitable opportunities, formulate strategies, evaluate the risk exposure and manage these risks. The MNC’s which are effectively able to respond to the changes in the external environment will be rewarded.
In this module you will explore the functioning of the global financial system, explore international sources of finance and suitable investment opportunities, form a critical awareness of the risks associated with international trade, and examine how fluctuations in exchange rates affect a business.
Investment banking is distinctively different from commercial banking. Whereas commercial banking primarily focuses its activities on raising deposits from the public and lending them to business firms and individuals, investment banks perform a range of sophisticated financial functions such as acting as underwriting securities, providing advice on mergers, acquisitions and debt restructuring etc., offering brokerage services and managing assets of an investor.
The aim of this module is to appraise the functions performed by an investment bank. It will enable you to do an in-depth evaluation of a range of products offered by investment banks and the relevance of these products to the end customers. You will also undertake a critical review of the changing nature of investment banks in response to the financial crises, reforms in the investment banking structure and other environmental factors and examine key techniques which can be used to respond to the external changes.
This module aims to equip you with an understanding of the processes and ways in which knowledge is developed, understood, and applied. As such the module initially focuses on the social and scientific construction of knowledge from an ontological and epistemological perspective.
The module then focuses on methodological issues of a more applied nature in terms of different types of ‘research’, selection of research ‘problems’ and construction of aims, and fundamental methodological strategies such as qualitative versus quantitative data, deduction versus induction etc.
The evaluation of a range of research techniques and development of research skills in terms of data collection and analysis and the management of a planned project is the final element of the module.
About University of Derby
The University of Derby operates with a vision to offer high quality, value for money study options with a personal learner-oriented approach. Since 2001, the University has offered online distance learning to students who required more flexible study options. The online courses are designed specifically for that purpose and are delivered by professional lecturers with extensive knowledge in their subject areas. The course materials combined with the support of a responsive academic team, ensure that students receive a well-supported learning experience.
You will need one of the following qualifications:
- UK degree from any subject area or equivalent overseas qualification
- ACCA F1-F9
- CIMA Strategic Level
Entry is possible if you have HND/Level 5 and 2 years of relevant managerial experience within finance. If you have 4 years of relevant work experience without formal undergraduate qualifications you will be required to complete and pass one of the following level 6 modules: Financial Strategy; Risk Management; Strategic Management. Contact us for further information and to discuss your options.
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