Investment Management - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Investment Management

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Investment Management
PGCert Investment Management

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61090 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

N321, N300

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

MASON A Dr (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec

22/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets.

Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.

Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance: Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance.

Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area

Provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals.

Provide the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

Provide a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level

Provide students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice.

The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Able to analyse potential investment assets. K
Highly developed decision making skills K
Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded K
The role of asset allocation K
Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor K
To select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on: Appropriate valuation methodology K
To select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on: Economic drivers K
To select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on: The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors K
Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice. C
Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice. C
Develop students own approach to learning C
Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process. C
Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions. C
Students gain a wide range of technical financial skills: Understand the investment process P
Students gain a wide range of technical financial skills: Develop an investment process P
Students gain a wide range of technical financial skills: Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index. P
Students gain a wide range of technical financial skills: Evaluate investment performance against a peer group P
Students gain a wide range of technical financial skills: Understand the role and use of derivative securities P
Understand the use of derivative securities P
Transferable analytical and decision making skills. T
Transferable analytical skills T
Work independently on a research topic or problem solving task T
Work independently on a problem solving task T
Data processing skills T
Forming views on incomplete data T
Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets. K
Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor K
Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors. K
The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice. C
Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process. C
Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions. C
Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also be able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index. P
Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business. T
Work independently on a research topic or problem solving task T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.