Master of Science Investments


Programme Overview

Developed, fully taught and awarded by Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.

The University is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17), and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The two-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, suitable for working professionals and executives who aspire to accelerate their career with existing employers, or create potential for change in the investments field.

Prospective students with a work permit or employment pass can be considered for admission into this part-time programme.


  • Appreciate and critically analyse current global macro factors affecting today’s financial markets
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical literatures on investments and risk management in domestic and international contexts
  • Acquire a range of tools and techniques to manage portfolios, financial securities, risk and the valuation of corporate finance, equity research, fund management, strategy consulting, etc
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  • Develop skills in research, data processing, critical analysis, etc

CFA Institute University of Recognition Programme

This programme provides a solid grounding in the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and prepares students well for CFA exams.


  • CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst
  • This course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Programme course of study on CBOK.


Awarded by:

Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in October. 

October 2017 Intake (1st Intake)

01 Oct 2017 – 30 Sep 2019

Note: Date & period is subject to change by the University



Total: S$29,660.40

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks and valid for 2017 intake).


Application Closing Date for Oct 2017 Intake: 

30 June 2017

Bull or bear. Outwit the markets with your Global Edge. 

Trading and investing offers an exciting career path, but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. The programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to function as an investments specialist in domestic and international markets.

University academic experts teach theory and technique, whilst their application is taught by professional traders with years of experience in the industry and first-hand knowledge of current market regulations, trading techniques, customs and practices. You will also have access to simulated dealing room, where a range of trading techniques can be practised. 

Birmingham Business School’s Department of Accounting and Finance holds the gold standard of recognition as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Reasons to study Birmingham’s postgraduate degrees at SIM 

  • The degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Taught by Birmingham academics and industry specialists
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation 

Career Prospects

This programme offers you a springboard into employment in the investments field, banks, financial institutions, stock markets, multinational corporations, governments and non-profit organisations. Those with existing careers may opt to accelerate their career path with existing employers, or create potential for change as an investments specialist or manager in other corporate entities.

Graduates from the UK programme have gone on to work in a wide range of industries such as automotive manufacturing, professional services in audit and assurance; consulting; strategy; operations; tax and advisory services, retail, consumer goods manufacturing, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.

Opportunity for Postgraduate Study

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world. 

Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics and industry specialists

Mode of Delivery 

Taught Modules

Taught modules are delivered one at a time through lectures. A 10-credit module is equivalent to one week of lectures, and a 20-credit module is equivalent to two weeks of lectures.

Lessons are conducted intensively on weekdays and weekends of 3 to 8 hours per day on SIM’s campus. 

Typical Weekly Schedule (30 contact hours)

Mon – Tue: No classes
Wed – Thu: 7:00pm to 10:15pm*
Fri – Sun: 9:00am to 6:00pm (include one hour lunch break)

*include 15 minutes break interval

Note: Working professionals are expected to set aside 12 days of leave over two years to attend Friday full-day lessons. However, they will not be penalised if they are unable to attend the Friday lessons in full due to work commitments.

Computer Simulation

Practise a range of trading techniques through simulated dealing room.


There will be workshops, consultation sessions and supervisors assigned to students on dissertation guidance.


  • Financial Modelling and Forecasting Techniques (20 credits)
  • Foreign Exchange and International Money Markets (20 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Investors (10 credits)
  • Fund Management (10 credits)
  • Investment Mathematics, Concepts and Markets (10 credits)
  • Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis (10 credits)
  • Private Equity and Venture Finance (10 credits)
  • Risk Management (10 credits)
  • Security Analysis and Valuation (10 credits)
  • Trading Techniques (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK. 

Module Synopses (including dissertation)

Duration & Candidature Period

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 25 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement.


Entry Requirements  

Academic Qualification Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent); and
  • applicants must have obtained good grades (Upper 2nd Class Honours grade or equivalent) in mathematical related modules at undergraduate level.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 88 (with no less than 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): a minimum of 59 in all four skills.

Other Requirements 

These are to be submitted with your application:

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and
  • a letter of academic interest and objective in undertaking postgraduate study.

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme. 

Applicants with a work permit or employment pass can be considered for admission into this part-time programme.


Course Fee

Total: S$29,660.40, payable on a per taught module basis 

Per 10 credits fee: S$2,471.70

Per 20 credits fee: S$4,943.40

Note: Taught modules are denoted in 10 or 20 credits respectively

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before each taught module’s commencement. Fees are valid for 2017 intake and exclude textbooks.

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:25


Students will be allowed to progress through each module upon the completion of its assessments and/or exams.

Assessments & Exams  

Taught Modules

Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion and before the next module commences. Exams will be held on weekday evenings or Saturdays on SIM’s campus.

Re-assessment will be advised by the University for students who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including in-course tests, essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group based.


Students will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 word dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in end-August or early September.

Note: The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Attendance Requirement

Expected to attend all lessons.

Note: Working professionals are expected to set aside 12 days of leave over two years to attend Friday full-day lessons. However, they will not be penalised if they are unable to attend the Friday lessons in full due to work commitments.

Award of Degree 

Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science Investments awarded by the University of Birmingham.


A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM’s campus. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.