Taught course

Financial Risk and Investment Analysis

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in a quantitative subject. Applicants with a degree in finance, economics, mathematics, physics or engineering are ideally suited to this course.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique and challenging course has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience.

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter a profession specialising either in risk or investment analysis, to pass the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Financial Risk Manager exams, or to pursue a qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Our course covers most of the requirements for GARP’s professional FRM (Financial Risk Manager) certification. It also prepares you for essential components of CISI's Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification or its Diploma in Capital Markets.

You benefit from GARP scholarship opportunities and funded membership with CISI, giving you valuable access to careers events, employability training, on-campus presentations and exam booking (please note that you’ll be expected to pay for at least part of the exam sitting fees).

Our curriculum is also designed to cover 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 exam.

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term you undertake work on your projects.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of mid-term tests, coursework, and a formal examination after teaching has finished. The two summer term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Advanced Quantitative Finance
  • Commodities and Alternative Investments
  • Equity Investments and Foreign Exchange
  • Essential Quantitative Finance
  • Institutions in the Global Financial Market
  • Interest-Rate Sensitive Instruments
  • Market and Credit Risk Analysis
  • Portfolio Management
  • Swaps, Futures and Options


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance
  • Investment Risk Project

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/business-management-and-economics/financial-risk-and-investment-analysis-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872668