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N3K209 Finance (Accounting and Finance) MSc Postgraduate Taught 2012

Essentials

UCAS code N3K209
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/business
Email
pgadmissions.economics@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5295

Course Content

Description

Why a Durham Masters?

There are many reasons to study for a masters degree at Durham Business School. Here are just a few:

  • Career enhancement

A Durham Business School masters degree will help you gain a competitive edge in an over-crowded job market. If you are a recent graduate it will help you develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your employers' needs. For those already in a career it will build on existing experience to help give your career a boost, or provide you with a platform for career change.

  • Academic excellence

You will be taught by world-class faculty, who possess up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in the key areas of business, management, economics and finance. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of the School's research was rated of International Quality and above. This positions the School 19 in a total of 90 schools within the business and management sector (based on the Grade Point Average score).

By exposing students to the frontiers of the subject and training them in relevant research skills, these degrees can be used as a successful platform from which to progress to further study at both MPhil and PhD levels. Indeed around 17% of Durham Masters graduates progress to a higher degree.

A rich and rewarding study environment. Durham Business School is part of Durham University, one of the leading academic universities in the UK.

  • Wall Street at Your Fingertips

Experience investment first hand through our bespoke stock market trading simulation. The system allows you to test your skills as a portfolio manager by investing in a plethora of securities on real data of major world markets. During the 'challenge' you will build a hypothetical portfolio trading on all available securities and instruments using real time data. The student with the best performing portfolio wins £100. The system is especially helpful for those considering a career as stock brokers or in investment banking. Find out more about the Stock-Trak competition...

You will also have the opportunity to join the Investment Club. This small, self-managed group will be given £5,000 to invest over the duration of the programme. The group will elect a chair and meet regularly, working together to maximise the investment. At the end of the year the fund will be passed, along with a report on the fund's performance, to next year's Club. This exciting and new initiative will give you the chance to put your financial skills to the test, and will be an asset on your CV.

  • Diversity

We warmly welcome international students and, with over 80% non-UK postgraduate students from all over the world currently studying at Durham Business School, we are committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

  • Postgradute research

Many of our students use the MA to progress to PhD by research

Teaching and assessment details

Core and elective modules


You will study eight taught modules and a dissertation. Unlike most Masters programmes, you get to choose from a range of modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests or chosen career.

The table below sets out which modules are compulsory and which are optional for each degree route.

Note: If you are intending to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) professional qualification, you will be interested to know that all our MSc programmes have partnership status with the CFA Institute and cover more than 70 per cent of the curriculum of all three levels of the CFA Programme. Find out more.

For further information about the modules, please select one of the below options:

C = compulsory, O = optional.

Modules

Acc and Finance

Corp & Int'l Finance

Ec & Finance

Finance

Fin & Investm't

Int'l Banking & Finance

Int'l Money, Fin & Investm't 

Accounting Theory

O

O

O 

Advanced Financial Theory

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

Advanced Macroeconomics

C

Advanced Microeconomics

C

Auditing and Assurance Services

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Behavioural Finance and Economics

O

O

O

O

O

O

Corporate Finance

C

C

C

C

O

C


Corporate Governance

O

O

O

O


Corporate Reporting

C

O

O

O


Derivative Markets

O

O

O

O

C

O

C

Econometrics 1

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

Econometrics 2

C

C

Environmental Economics and Policy 

O 

Experimental Economics and Finance

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Financial Management

O







Financial Modelling & Business Forecasting

O

C

C

C

C

Financial Planning and Control

O




O



Financial Risk Management

O

O

O

O

C

O

O

Financial Statement Analysis

C







Innovation, Technology and Economic Growth

O

O 

International Economics

O

International Finance

C

O

O

C

C

International Financial Asset Management

O

O


C

Market Microstructure

O

O

O

O

O

Mergers & Acquisitions

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Monetary Economics

O

Money & Banking

C


Multinational Finance

O

C

C

Portfolio Management

O

O

O

O

C

O

C

Public Economics

O

Security Analysis

O

O

O

O

C

O

O

Dissertation and Research Methods

C

C

C

C

C

C

C 

Please note: Not all optional modules will run every year. The choice will depend on student demand and staff availability.

Dissertation

The MSc programme culminates in a 12,000 word dissertation which provides an opportunity for you to investigate in greater detail a subject that you have already studied as part of your MSc programme. The work will enable you to exercise critical judgement and illustrate how economic analysis has relevance to financial decision taking.

You will be expected to deal with your chosen topic in a competent and scholarly manner, and to display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others.

The dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of the MSc programme and a major piece of independent work.

International Opportunities

You may have the opportunity to write your dissertation at one of our international partner universities. For students doing this at one of our European partners, there is also limited funding available. There are also places available at some summer schools, given some of our international partners. This time abroad can provide you with an insight into the life, culture, language and business of another country, create new contacts and can help you stand out when seeking employment. Durham Business School has partners across the world.

You may have the opportunity to enhance your study experience by participating in an International Study Tour to a European destination, such as Geneva, which takes place at the beginning of the Easter vacation in March/April each year. This opportunity is not mandatory to your course, and is, therefore, self-funded.

City of London Tour

You will have the opportunity to take part in the City of London Tour, where you will visit several key financial organisations and experience the atmosphere and history of the financial district. This trip is not mandatory and is therefore self-funded.

Update your Maths and Statistics with our free pre-sessional course

If you feel you need to revise or update your quantitative skills in Maths and Statistics prior to your MSc, why not take advantage of our pre-sessional course. The course is free; you simply need to pay for accommodation. The week-long course consists of a mixture of lectures and workshops. See this year's programme.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

Academic: a good Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline (see How to apply for more details)

English Language: IELTS 6.5 (no element under 6.0) or TOEFL 92 (no element under 23).

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5

Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Funding

£8,500 pa for home/EU students); £16,500 pa for international students.

Please note: from 1 May 2011 an application fee of £40 will apply.

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

For information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Campus tours

Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Then why not come along to one of our Campus Tours? They run regularly at Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Wednesday afternoons. For further information, please click here.

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus/

Postgraduate Visits

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Overview

Durham University Business School is one of a small elite group of academic institutions worldwide who are accredited by all three major quality assurance bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This achievement is a testament to the quality of all our programmes, and gives you the extra assurance that they, and the School, have been rigorously tested and proven to be of high quality.

DBS was ranked 17th in Europe in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, January 2011, and our programmes are also consistently ranked among the best in the world by the Economist.

The School's diversity and international standing is reflected in our student intake, with over 100 nationalities across taught and research programmes. Academic staff are also from all over the world, making us 12th in the world for international faculty (Financial Times, January 2011).

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/business

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