Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree – Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution*
  • Degree Discipline – Any degree discipline, but must have a satisfactory existing level of numeracy

*Please note that due to increasing competition for places on our Masters programmes our entry requirements may change.

We operate a rolling admissions system and you are therefore advised to apply early in order to be sure of your place on our programmes. We experience high levels of demand, and it is possible we might have to close applications to some programmes once places are filled.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Investment Management programme is among Henley’s portfolio of Flagship Masters in Finance programmes. The Masters in Finance programme is ranked No.6 in the UK by the Financial Times.

MSc Investment management at the ICMA Centre is part of our Masters in Finance Flagship Masters programmes. It is one of our longest established programmes and is affiliated with the CFA Institute. The programme is designed for those targeting a career within the asset management industry and, in particular, roles related to wealth management, investment and portfolio management, as well as investment analysis.

During this MSc programme, you will develop knowledge in a range of specialised areas including applied trading, portfolio and fund management, wealth management, alternative investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice through the use of simulations, the latest financial analysis software, case-based learning and take part in the portfolio management challenge designed for MSc Investment Management students. You will benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the global investment industry in the City of London.

Parallel with your studies, you will have the opportunity to prepare online for the CFA level 1 exam with Fitch Learning, one of the worlds' leading Financial Training providers. Access to Fitch Learning's advanced online learning platform, ‘Fitch Learning Cognition', is included in the programme tuition fees. CFA exam fees are not included in the programme fees but 15 students on the programme will be offered CFA exam scholarships on the basis of their engagement with the learning platform and performance in the mock CFA test. The ICMA Centre is a CFA University Affiliate- this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.

If you are considering a career as an investment analyst, students on our two flagship programmes will have exclusive access to a Financial Modelling module delivered by Financial Edge, the leading company training the analysts of the world’s top 3 investment banks.

As part of the programme’s international exposure, you will also have the option to undertake one month of study during the summer semester on Fintech and Digital Transformation in Athens at ALBA Graduate Business School, American College of Greece.

The Applied Wealth Management module is unique to the MSc in Investment Management. It is taught by an industry practitioner, and you will gain valuable knowledge in one of the fastest-growing areas of the Investment Management industry.

Along with a comprehensive Finance focused careers development programme available to all ICMA Centre students, you will also have exclusive access to a core module on professional career development designed to improve key employability skills and develop a bespoke career progression plan. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a summer work placement as part of your studies.

Information for international students

English requirements

Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask for evidence of proficiency. Alternatively, we may ask you to attend an English language course before you begin your studies with us.

Requirement Criteria IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0 in any sub-skills IELTS with pre-sessional English 6.5 with no component below 5.5 in each of the four sub-skills

Acceptance of LanguageCert Online and DuoLingo English qualifications

We appreciate the difficulties that some students are having with the availability of English Language tests, as the impact of the global pandemic continues. As a result of this, we are pleased to announce that we can now accept the non-SELT version of LanguageCert (which includes the online version) and DuoLingo as suitable English language qualifications. These can be accepted for direct entry onto Undergraduate (except Speech and Language Therapy), Postgraduate Taught (except Speech and Language Therapy) and Postgraduate Research programmes.

For information on individual programme requirements and other English language qualifications, please visit our English requirement equivalent page.

If you require specific advice on your qualification please contact admissions directly by e-mail  or telephone on +44 (0) 118 378 5289.

UK visa requirements

If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), you may need to obtain a UK visa. This visa will allow to live and study in the UK. See the  UK Border Agency website. Contact the University's International Office with any questions:  intoff@reading.ac.uk.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We offer a number of scholarships for UK/Home and International applicants. Please see the University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Henley Business School Recruitment Team