(a) a second class upper division degree or postgraduate diploma obtained from a university in the UK, or equivalent, in any subject. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about our international entry requirements (b) a pass mark (or a pass grade) in any quantitative subject (such as econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics, or any other relevant module) obtained on the bachelors degree programme referred to in (a) above, or any pass grade at GCE A-Level in mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics; (c) overall score of 6.5 in IELTS and not less than 6.0 in any band OR overall score of 88 in the internet based TOEFL (with 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); (d) two satisfactory references, at least one of which must be academic; and (e) a satisfactory personal statement.
Months of entry
This is a 12-month programme designed for university graduates who have some quantitative backgrounds and want to work in the finance sector but have limited knowledge of accounting, economics or finance.
The programme aims to provide such graduates with the knowledge, skills and qualification they need to work in the sector.
The finance sector is at the heart of the economy of every nation. The jobs there are interesting, challenging and highly lucrative. However, competition for the jobs is often very intense, especially in the area of financial management.
This programme will give students a broader, and deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available. Therefore, students who graduate from it will have an advantage over their competitors. The programme is also useful to students who want to acquire research training and skills for starting a PhD course.
Students will acquire critical knowledge of corporate finance and foreign exchange markets. They will also learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements, as well as how to use a wide range of financial modelling techniques to analyse data, conduct research and forecast variables.
Depending on the modules they choose in the second semester, students will also acquire critical knowledge of the literature on private equity and venture finance as well as the skills for valuing securities, managing risks, and managing treasury departments, among others.
These knowledge and skills are in high demand in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms and other industries in the finance sector. They are also in high demand in the treasury departments of many local and multinational companies.
The overall aim of the programme is to produce financial management specialists who will have a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in the organisations mentioned above.
Semester 1 (all modules are compulsory)
- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Modelling Techniques
- Financial Statement Analysis for Investors
- Foreign Exchange and International Money Markets
Students will also have seminars on research methods and techniques in Accounting and Finance during this semester, but the seminars are part of the Dissertation Module, rather than a separate module.
Optional modules - students choose THREE of the following
- Empirical Topics in Accounting and Finance
- International Treasury Management
- Private equity and venture finance
- Quantitative techniques in finance
- Risk management
- Security Analysis and valuation
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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