Entry requirements

Students applying for MSc Investment Management programme should normally have a good first degree in Mathematics or Finance, or a related subject, or have relevant work experience. Those that do not will need to demonstrate a good knowledge of quantitative methods, statistics or financial mathematics, and will be considered on a case by case basis only. UK: Upper Second Class Honours. China: 1st tier universities: 75% or above; 2nd tier universities: 80% or above. North America: 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme. Other regions: Equivalent academic qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Investment Management programme will provide you with a solid understanding of financial markets, securities, and investment management theories and strategies. You will also have a good understanding of contemporary economics and financial principals and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. It is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia more broadly for graduates who have a specialist knowledge and understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a “practiced-based degree” with the objective of preparing the successful candidate for employment in the financial markets after graduation though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. IBSS has partnered with UBS Delta and Thomson Reuters to offer students on this programme privileged access to an on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor and a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.


The financial industry is possibly the largest single industry in the world and investment management is a critical part of the industry. As a result, graduates of this specialised area of study are in demand by banks, fund managers, regulators and many other participants in the financial markets. In Asia, investment management is still in the early industry stage of high growth and the demand in China and Asia in general for graduates from this programme is growing quickly.

Core modules

  • Financial Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Money and Banking
  • Securities Operations Management
  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Alternative Investment and Strategies
  • Fixed Income and Derivative Instruments
  • Portfolio Management
  • Industry Research Project

View the MSc Investment Management brochure online

Recognition by the CFA Institute

This programme has been designed to map to the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and an application has been submitted to CFA Institute to have this postgraduate degree recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. In enrolling for this programme, you will be enrolled in CFA Level I exam for the following June and receive the CFA Institute Investment Series, published by Wiley. CFA Institute only recognises programmes after they are up and running. As the business school is committed to run this programme come September 2014, it is our view that it will then be formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program.[EvdS1]

Thomson Reuters financial lab

IBSS is unique in China with the IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, with 25 positions, contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. With this sophisticated terminal also comes the data feeds from both Datastream and Thomson 1, giving you access to a world of data for study and research purposes. On arrival, you will be trained to use EIKON by Thomson Reuters staff and those who successfully pass the exam at the end will get the Thomson Reuters EIKON certificate, a valuable addition to the CV of anyone that wants to enter into the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

Staff Profile: John D. Evans CFA

Director of the MSc IM, John has both a business and academic background. His teaching career started part-time in the early 1990s teaching on the CFA review programme for the CFA Society of the UK, while he was still working in the financial markets. Prior to moving to academia, John spent 24 years in the financial markets, first in Toronto and then briefly New York and then moving to London in 1991. He started his career as a credit analyst and then moved into positions of increasing responsibility related to debt capital markets, sales and trading of fixed income instruments, cash and derivatives, and spent ten years as regional manager for the Middle East covering central banks and sovereign wealth funds.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

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