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MSc Risk and Finance - 1 yr(s)

Develop the vital statistical, computational and mathematical modelling skills to analyse financial risk.

Introducing your degree

Overview

The MSc Risk and Finance at the University of Southampton has been designed to support the growing need for graduates whose training in finance is complemented by critical skill in risk management.

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding and real-world training in the application of the concepts, techniques and approaches of both finance and risk. A large portion of the programme centers around behavioural decision making, in relation to both finance and risk.

MSc Risk and Finance was created to meet growing demand for professional competence in risk and finance. The programme was created with sufficient flexibility to allow students to choose optional modules in either finance or risk-related subjects. It also has a distinctive focus on the human aspects of decision-making in order to better meet the needs of the contemporary risk and finance industries.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Accreditation

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Institute of Risk Management

Programme Structure

The full MSc programme can be taken full-time in one year. The selection of optional modules is subject to availability and timetabling constraints which may change from year to year. Allowing for these constraints, students must choose any combination of optional modules (totalling 15 ECTS points) from the list of optional modules.

Programme Leader

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study e.g. accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels.

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

•  IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

See a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

 

You should choose option modules totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS per Semester. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

 

Year 1

Semester Two

Within your Option module selection you must choose either MANG6322 Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance or MANG6129 Qualitative & Quantitative Research (Optional Core modules) totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS, and Option modules totalling 30 CATS/15 ECTS.

All Option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

Compulsory
MANG6129
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
MANG6134
Risk Taking and Decision Making
MANG6298
Management of Financial Risk
Core
MANG6095
Dissertation
Optional
MANG6054
Credit Scoring and Data Mining
MANG6071
Insurance
MANG6143
Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange Traded Derivatives
MANG6169
Credit Risk Model and Basel Accord
MANG6296
Advanced Corporate Finance

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The programme was designed for numerate graduates from a broad range of subjects seeking a more specialist knowledge of risk and finance than either the current MSc Risk Management or the current MSc Finance are designed to provide. It allows students to specialise across both risk and finance disciplines and equips them with skills that are increasingly in demand right across these important industries.

 

Learning & Assessment

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