This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Programme information

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including Portfolio Management, Financial Trading and Global Investment Analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:


Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Financial Reporting and Company Performance
  • Methods for Financial Data Analysis
  • Principles of Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Business Communication for Finance
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Financial Statements and Business Valuation
  • Portfolio Management

Optional Modules

  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
  • International Financial Management

Compulsory Modules

  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility
  • Financial Trading 
  • Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Student Destinations

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.


UK/EU £11,000; International £19,350

Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent overseas qualification in business, accounting, maths, physics, engineering, computing, economics or a minor in finance. Good (2:1) grades in quantitative modules are required.

Those with a major in Finance (such as Financial Management) are eligible to apply, although due to the content of this course, if suitably qualified, you are advised to consider applying for our MSc in Banking and Finance.

Good grades in quantitative modules are required regardless of degree background.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

English language requirement for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University’s pre-sessional English course. 

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