Coventry University London

Global Finance MSc

This master’s course aims to provide you with a comprehensive programme of global finance, providing you with the knowledge and professional skills to develop a career in investment banking, portfolio management, corporate finance or risk management. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical career-ready skills from using our Bloomberg Trading Floor, and S&P Capital IQ computer lab. This master's course is endorsed by both the CFA Institute and GARP, offering excellent preparation for an international career in finance, banking or risk management.

This course integrates both the CFA and FRM exam curricula into a single master’s programme, specialising in traditional financial analysis, portfolio management, alternative investment and financial risk-management. This programme is highly professionally relevant, producing well-equipped, career-ready graduates.


Studying full or part-time, you’ll cover the majority of the curriculum required to pass the rigorous professional finance exams which are most in demand from global financial institutions – namely certification with the CFA Institute or the Global Association of Risk Professionals Financial Risk Manager (FRM). If you wish to sit for these qualifications on graduation, you will need to register and complete the final exams with the relevant professional bodies.

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. 

Career Prospects

Students who successfully complete the course will emerge from Coventry University London’s MSc Global Finance and MSc Global Finance with Extended Professional Practice with a set of highly employable behaviours, attitudes and competencies (technical skills: quantitative, analytical, regulatory and soft skills: problem-solving, creativity, communication, team-working, agile) which are in high demand among employers and are indispensable qualities within the Financial industry.

Typical career routes for graduates from this course can include: corporate finance, investment and credit analysts; portfolio managers; financial analysts; corporate financiers; working for international financial and government institutions and academia, including further PhD study.

Where our graduates work

Your career options will largely depend on the pathway you select on this programme:

  • CFA offers a broad-based curriculum, opening up a wide range of career opportunities in financial analysis and investment. It will prepare you for a career in investment banking, where you might manage IPOs and mergers & acquisitions, or you might work in portfolio management (asset management, mutual funds or financial planning). Alternatively, you might go into equity research, or work as a financial analyst or strategist.
  • FRM is a very much more specialist programme in financial risk assessment, suited for those who want to make a career with banks, insurance companies or rating agencies, for example. You might work as a risk manager, a credit risk analyst, a chief risk officer, or an asset liability manager.

Course Details

This is a challenging, intensive and fast-paced course which demands a great deal from its students. It simulates the operational environment of the finance sector, helping you to build the skills you need to work strategically within it.

The MSc Global Finance course offers the opportunity to develop the knowledge required for entry-level positions with leading global banks and financial services and investment firms. Whether you’ve just completed your undergraduate studies or have been working for some time, it will prepare you to sit for CFA or FRM certification – both of which are recognised as gold standards in professional finance.

The course is taught by highly qualified tutors who have solid career experience in banking, asset management and portfolio management, and who maintain strong connections with industry and with the professional associations. Your learning will be very much practical and applied, with the opportunity to meet with industry through networking, guest lectures, field trips and either an internship with an employer or a consultancy project with a real client.

The content of this course is highly technical, requiring an analytical mind and strong literacy in English and mathematics: you’ll probably have a background in science, technology, engineering and/or maths. You will study 10 modules and will receive specialist support in preparing for your professional finance examinations.

Year One

Ethics & Quantitative Methods
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Trading Economics
Global Financial Market
Valuation of Equity and Fixed Income
Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods
Portfolio Management

Optional modules
Corporate Finance (CFA)
Fixed Income, Derivatives & Alternative Investment (CFA)
Risk Analysis & Financial Modelling (FRM)
Financial Risk Management (FRM)
Dissertation
Internship
Individual or Group Consulting Project
Financial Simulation Project

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