Master of Science (MSc) Global Investment & Finance
Transform your career with global applied knowledge
The unique feature of the programme lies in its emphasis on the role of academic theory in underpinning applied Global Capital Markets & Investments practice, with a very particular focus on helping the student to relate this to their own career developments. It is this very personal approach and contacts within industry that differentiates it from other related courses at postgraduate level.
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Designed for a specialized career in
- Investment Banking
- Global Capital Markets
- Private Equity
- Hedged Fund
- Big-4 Transaction Service
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We will stimulate your thoughts, deliver a rigorous curriculum, connect you to the industry and demand your commitment.
Our innovative teaching methods are delivered by experienced lecturers.
The knowledge and skills that the students will bring to the course, combined with the academic theory, practice-based knowledge, cognitive process and synthesis that they will access on the course make for a very powerful combination.
The MSc in global investment & finance is made up of 180 credits where first phase has 90 credits to build your specialised foundation:
Global Financial Reporting and Analysis (15 credits)
The module aims to provide you with the ability to prepare individual and group financial statements. The module will also provide students with the technical knowledge of critically analyzing financial statements prepared for both individual and group companies. You should be able to prepare and analyze real private or public listed companies after this module.
Global Fixed Income and Derivatives (15 credits)
The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of Valuation of Fixed Income Investments and Derivatives. The module is developed further by providing students with the cognitive and thinking skills for undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and integration of these securities to hedge various financial risks.
Applied Quantitative Investment Methods (15 credits)
Global Capital Market and Investment professionals must have a working knowledge of Quantitative Analysis in the respective specialist Investments analysis. This module provides the framework and anchor for value creation through Quantitative Analysis within these Markets. Students will be taught with a practical hands on approach through, problem solving and research enquiry skills within the integrated construct of time value and discounted cash flow, linear regression and multiple regression, statistical techniques, time series and multifactor models with a view to designing and delivering value through needs application of Quantitative techniques to Analysis of Global Capital Markets and Investments.
International Corporate Finance and Equity Instruments (15 credits)
Global Capital and Investment professionals must have a working knowledge of International Corporate Finance and Equity Instruments in order to carry out insightful analysis for value creation. You are taught with a practical hands on approach, problem solving and investigative enquiry skills in International Corporate Finance and Equity Instruments, and you will carry out critical analysis and evaluation with a view to designing and undertaking critical investigations into cashflow analysis and financing of business.
Banking Risk Management (15 credits)
The module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for risk managers in Global Capital Markets. The module will take you through new financial products, derivatives, Basel II and III and credit models for implementing risk management. The module will allow to apply concepts and implement tools to solve financial services risk management issues. Students will use the latest techniques and practical approaches to assess financial risk management issues such as ALM, regulation, operational risk, market risk, credit risk credit portfolios and assess how to adjust performance to reflect risk.
Research Methods and Ethics (15 credits)
Investment professionals must have a working knowledge of managing ethically challenging situations and employing procedural steps in completing quantitative and qualitative studies. The module takes you through the code and standards and GIPS of the life-cycle of a research project. You will be taught how to deal with ethical issues, pinpoint research questions and hypothesis, write a critical review of literature, identify and operationalise study variables, choose and implement appropriate research designs, use data sets in research to undertake critical investigations for value creation in Academia and Global Capital Markets and Investment.
You have to choose any two modules to build your super specialized knowledge. You should decide would be your preferred role. GBS will also guide you to choose the right career for you.
Hedge Fund Analytics and Management (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of Hedge funds and identify opportunities within Global Capital Markets for Hedge fund investment and value creation. The module is developed further by getting students to develop their cognitive and intellectual skills by practical application of using advanced investment strategies such as leveraged buy-out, merger arbitrage, long-short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the aim of generating high returns associated with hedge funds in the Global Capital Markets and Investments. Hedge fund value creation and strategies will be the focus of the module, while issues of benchmarking and return measurement will be covered. Legal and corporate issues will also be introduced to provide the students with a complete understanding of the hedge funds value creation life-cycle and strategies.
Portfolio Management (15 credits)
The Portfolio management landscape is a constant evolving arena within the Global Investment Banking and a strong technical foundation is a vital tool to create success as a Private or Institutional Portfolio Manager. Portfolio Managers must have an acceptable level of knowledge across the investment industry and have practical judgment and relationship skills and perspective in their pursuit of value creation. The module takes students through the Portfolio Management process, Investor Education, Investment Policy Statement and Capital Market Expectations. Intermediate and advanced topics include Asset Allocation, Tax and Retirement Planning.
Alternative Investments (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the Alternative Investment as an Asset Class. Alternative Investments are now being defined as an Asset Class and are a constant evolving construct moving away from the traditional store of value or hedging asset within the Global Capital Market sphere and as a result strong technical foundation is a vital tool for success as a Global Banking professional. Global Banking professionals must have a working knowledge of technical valuation fundamentals as well as have practical judgment skills and perspective in their pursuit of value creation in Alternative Investments. The module takes students through the primary valuation methodologies currently used in the market for Alternative Investments, considers contemporary issues and also focuses on new methodologies for valuing and managing Alternative Investments.
Global Capital Markets Sales and Trading (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of Global Capital Markets Sales and Trading. The module is developed further by studying Sales and Trading topics such as fundamentals of trading and the various trading markets within Global Capital Markets. Global Capital Market and Investments firms are at the forefront of Global Sales and Trading of financial securities and it is because of the high level of introduction of technology in the sector that has increased the requirement for knowledgeable Global Capital Markets Professionals. Global Capital Markets and Investment specialists in Sales and Trading must have a working knowledge of the issues surrounding trades and learn how strategies can be designed for value creation.
Financial Engineering (15 credits)
Financial Engineers break down simple and complex products into parts where the sum of the parts exceed the value of the originals in terms of value creation. A staged block approach is used in viewing financial trades and securities and valuing them as parts of the total sum. The module takes students through a structural process of the mechanics of financial markets, and the mechanics will be decomposed into common building blocks of spots(cash), forwards and futures and into any contingency values that may be derived. Once these basics have been covered, the uniformity will be used as a lever to introduce the students to difficult complex derivatives and the process of financial engineering.
Quantitative Analytics (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of Quantitative Analytics and their application in Global Capital Markets and Investments. The Quantitative Analytics Professional works closely with relevant business areas in Global Capital Markets and Investments and based on the understanding of their needs, and will propose solutions in the creation of innovative quantitative models to address critical business issues. Global Capital Markets and Investment professionals specializing in Quantitative Analytics must have a working knowledge of C++ and Visual Basic for Applications and be able to interact with traders and those designing structured finance products on pricing and risk management solutions through creation of models to proffer innovative solutions and develop new drivers of business.
Equity Research (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of Equity research intricacies. The module takes students through macroeconomic and industry analysis to fundamental analysis of targeted companies and for the preparation of value creation Equity research reports. Students will be taught how to apply cognitive and intellectual skills in designing and implementing actionable Equity research for value creation in the context of Academia and Global Capital Markets and Investments.
Islamic Banking (15 credits)
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of Islamic Banking and Finance. Islamic Banking and Finance is a new area of development and is increasingly gaining recognition in the Global Investment Banking Industry. While the basic fundamental value of Islamic Banking and Finance is rooted in the Sharia, the delivery of the module commences with a comparative study of Islamic Banking and Finance and Traditional Banking and Finance. Given the level of importance that is attributed to Islamic Banking and Finance, Global Investment Banking professionals must have a working knowledge of the basics and advanced topics of Islamic Banking and Finance. The module takes students through the various vehicles designed and interlinked with traditional finance to meet Islamic Banking and Finance requirements for investors.
This phase should help you bring everything together with the research and required applied skills for solving critical business challenges and bridging gaps in academic literature, through application of cognitive and intellectual skills for problem solving. You must write your dissertation on a business project within the subject area of applied specialization.
This allows you to engage in student led research with guidance provided by supervisors in their field of specialization within Global Investment Banking. Students will pinpoint their research questions and hypotheses, engage in a critical review of literature, identify and operationalize study variables, chose and implement an appropriate research design, use data sets in research, undertake critical investigations for value creation in Academia and Global Investment banking. The school encourages you to do internship and produce a report to complete this phase.
Further industry preparation for your role
CFA Exam Preparation (Optional):
GBS is known for preparing candidate for investment banking, private equity and hedge funds roles. We recommend you to do CFA Level I when you are working on your postgraduate degree to further deepen your knowledge. The MBA curriculum should also help you to prepare for your CFA exam. We do have limited scholarships for CFA tuition so please always request further information and availability in your Admission stage.
Career Development and Employability:
GBS takes your career very seriously. We start assisting your career opportunities from day 1. You will be having one to one session with your career advisor to identify your strengths and weakness against the top roles you want to achieve after your degree. There are various steps you have to go through:
Customizing your pitch:
In you first term, we will help you customize your CV according to the industry and your preferred role. We will guide you to build your personal brand on social media.
We would assist you with case studies, mock interviews and psychometric tests.
You will be encouraged to be involved in organization team for industry conferences on various topics.
GBS will suggest you to take volunteer role in various finance and investment societies to connect with industry professionals.
GBS organizes each year Valuation Olympiad Competition and teams from various parts of world participate in it. You will be invited to participate in it and benchmark yourself against your competition.
GBS trains professionals in investment banks, private equities, hedge funds, consulting firms and corporates globally. You might have good chances to meet corporate team and ask for the culture of the firm before you start introducing yourself to these firms.
GBS will push you to develop your extra-curricular skills. You should actively organize and participate on debates to master your communication skills.
Our greatest asset is our alumni network:
We encourage you to participate in alumni networking events in different cities and find mentors who share the common vision with you.
Global Investment Banking Analyst Programme:
GBS together with its Training Consulting Company, Global Banking Training, train employees of investment banks, private equity and hedge funds globally. GBS has created this intense training programme to apply your academic knowledge on real companies to prepare you for your jobs on day 1. The curriculum of the training programme are:
- Application on London stock exchange (LSE), NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies
- Global investment banking process and pitch preparation, presentation and writing confidential investment memo and teasers
- Fundamentals of valuation, trading comparables valuation and Financial Modeling of Trading Comps
- Discounted Cash Flow valuation (DCF) and Financial Modeling from scratch
- Determining Transaction Premium (Transaction Comps), Leveraged/Management Buyout (LBO) and Financial Modeling
- Excel Financial Modeling and valuation of public listed companies by using “Comparable comps” method
- Excel Financial Modeling and valuation of public listed companies by using “Discounted cash flow” method
- Excel Financial Modeling and determination of the premium paid by buyer of the business by using “Transaction comps” method
- Excel Financial Modeling and leveraged buyout of the company by a Private Equity sponsor
- Board presentation of the investment banking transaction
- Discussion on frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this topic by Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Private Equity firms
Minimum of 2 academic or industry references
A bachelor degree or equivalent in your country (certificate + transcripts)
CEFR B2 / IELTS -6
Statement of Purpose
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A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £25,000 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.
If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £25,000. For more information please visit gov.uk/studentfinance.
Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.
New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.
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Intakes : September/January/May
Duration : 1 year
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Location: London, Birmingham or your Corporate Office
Delivery: Weekdays or Weekends or Live Online
Live Online Web-Conferencing
This live Online provides you exactly the same experience as you would receive in the real class.
Upon enrolment you will receive a link to download all necessary software and join our Live Online class.
Through our portal you can join the class which is held in London from anywhere in the world in real time.
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All MBA and MSc Courses at GBS are held in our London and Birmingham Campuses, and students must attend classes Live online in GMT Time Zone.
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Attend the live class from any location.
Our Master of Science (MSc) Global Investment & Finance is offered in-house in London and online instructor-led globally.
Switch between group and one-to-one sessions with the lecturer.
Our innovative teaching methods are delivered by experienced lectures
You will be able to see your lecturer and classmates and they will see you.
You will be able to ask and answer questions, demonstrate your work, communicate with your fellow delegates exactly the same way as you would do it in the real class.
Your career development programme will also be held in the Online Portal in a one-to-one mode.
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