Programmes

Master of Science Investments

Part-time

Programme Overview

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

Objectives

  • 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 specific transferable skills in financial modelling, research design, financial analysis, investment decision making, trading and teamwork

The two-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, and it is suitable for those 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.

CFA Institute - University Affiliation Program

The programme is recognised for embedding a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) – including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct – into the curriculum. This programme is therefore closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to prepare students for CFA exams.

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Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in October. 
 

October 2018 Intake (1st Intake)

Oct 2018 – 30 Sep 2020

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

 

Fee

Total: S$29,660.40 

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks and valid for 2018 intake).

Application

Application Closing Date for October 2018 Intake

03 Aug 2018


Events & Programme Briefings

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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 investment 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. 

Centre of Excellence 

The Department of Finance at Birmingham Business School is recognised 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  

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies 

Career Prospects

This programme offers you a springboard into employment with an investment institution, or as an investment specialist or manager. Those with existing careers may opt to accelerate their career path with existing employers, or create potential for change as an investment 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, consumer goods, professional services in audit, advisory, consulting and tax, retail, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations. 

The University of Birmingham is the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

Opportunity for Postgraduate Study

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world upon completion of this programme. 

Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics and industry specialists

Mode of Delivery 

The programme covers 10 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits).

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 at SIM’s Financial Training Centre.

Dissertation

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

Modules

  • 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 modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

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 

  • 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 

  • 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 (exclude textbooks). Fees are valid for 2018 intake and assume that students complete the programme in two years.

Exemption Eligibility

Nil

Profiles

Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:25

Progression

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.

Dissertation

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

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 degree awarded by the University of Birmingham.

Graduation

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.

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