Entry requirements

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in mathematics, finance, or a related subject. Or relevant work experience and a good knowledge of quantitative methods, statistics or financial mathematics.

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

Months of entry

September

Course content

OVERVIEW

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 grasp the complexities of contemporary economics and financial principles and how these apply to decision-making in financial intermediation, savings and investment. The programme is designed to meet the growing demand amongst banks, fund managers, regulators and other financial institutions in China and Asia. It aims to produce graduates who have specialist knowledge and an understanding of financial markets and investment management.

This is a practice-based degree with the objective of preparing you for employment in the financial markets after graduation, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study. International Business School Suzhou has partnered with Thomson Reuters to offer students on this programme privileged access to the on-campus Financial Lab and Trading Floor as well as to a wealth of analytics and data on global financial markets for both study and research purposes.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

Thomson Reuters Financial Lab

IBSS is unique in China with its on-campus IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, created in partnership with Thomson Reuters, has 25 positions and contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. This sophisticated terminal also has the data feeds from both Datastream and Thomson One, giving students access to a world of data for study and research purposes. Students 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 skill for anyone that wants to enter the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.

Recognition by the CFA Institute

The MSc Investment Management programme has been designed to map to the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. By enrolling on the MSc Investment Management programme, students will be also enrolled onto the CFA Level One exam for the following June, and receive a hard copy and e-version of the CFA Institute study material.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

By studying MSc Investment Management you will benefit from:

  • knowledge of financial markets in China and internationally
  • preparation for the CFA exam
  • training on the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, used throughout the financial markets
  • specialist, technical knowledge in financial markets and securities
  • career guidance and support in CV writing, interview skills, and other career support services.

MODULES

Core modules:

  • Financial analysis
  • Quantitative methods for finance
  • Equity: cash and derivative instruments
  • Securities operations management
  • Ethical and professional standards in finance
  • Advanced corporate finance
  • Alternative investment and strategies
  • Fixed income and derivative instruments
  • Portfolio management
  • Industry research project.

Additional learning activities:

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

In addition to the taught academic modules of the programme, all MSc Investment Management students have the opportunity to take two-day intensive, practiced-based seminars taught by industry experts in the Financial Lab. These seminars build on the taught modules but provide more in-depth and applied knowledge and practice. They cover the topics of foreign exchange, interest rate risk, credit risk, equity markets, commodity markets and securities operations management.

CAREER PROSPECTS

We are at a historic point in time as China, the world's second largest economy, deregulates and grows its financial markets. The country is short of qualified professionals, at both graduate and career levels, as financial markets are so new to the country. In the coming years we expect to see very high growth in the employment of new graduates with a solid education in financial markets and investment management. This it not just an opportunity for Chinese nationals who wish to work in Shanghai or other Chinese cities but also for international students, as banks around the world build their "China desks" and search for people with knowledge and contacts within China.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS (FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 ENTRY)

30 June 2017 for international and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Information for international students

There are a number of visas available to international students who want to study in China, depending on the duration of your intended period of study. Staff in our International Student Recruitment and Support team can advise you on the correct visa to apply for.

Please see the frequently asked questions. Students should contact us at ISRS@xjtlu.edu.cn for more information on their options.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 150,000
International students
RMB 150,000

SCHOLARSHIPS

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.

You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
PG Enquiries
Email
PGenquiries@xjtlu.edu.cn