Aston Business School

Aston University

Investment Analysis

MSc Investment Analysis provides students with the knowledge, understanding and the skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Studies culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for their final project. Students study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders. In addition, students are encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification, an industry-recognised professional qualification.

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours degree (minimum lower 2nd Class) or equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University; 2 professional references (at least 1 must be from an academic referee); a completed application form (if sufficient evidence of analytical and quantitative skills is not recieved within the application a minimum GMAT score of 550 may be requested to support the application); for international students: an official academic transcript of grades (in English); international students who have not completed their full degree in a native English speaking country also need to satisfy the English language requirements with 1 of the following: IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading; TOEFL (internet based test) score of 100 overall, with a minimum score of 23 in writing and speaking and 22 in listening and reading; Pearson Academic score of 61 overall with a minimum of 61 in all 4 sections.

Course modules

Modules include: valuation of investments (double module); quantitative methods for finance; trading techniques; security analysis; investment management; business finance; international finance; project.

Assessment methods

The 7 taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework; the taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 11,800 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,350 per Whole course (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 11,800 per Whole course (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

Key information

ABS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0121 204 3200