De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Global Investment and Risk

The Global Investment and Risk MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems and bring together the major financial issues of investment and risk management.

You will study how risk is manifested, the role of the non-deposit financial institutions, corporate strategic investment decisions, techniques of asset and firm valuation and the nature and use of complex financial instruments.

The course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in investment, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.

Most students will take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive In-Company Project module, although the option of a traditional dissertation is available.

Entry requirements

You should typically hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1), or overseas equivalent, in an accounting, finance, banking or economics-related subject, or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing.

English Language requirements

Applicants are required to have gained an IELTS score of 6.5 or a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade B or above.

Exemptions from providing evidence of English language proficiency may arise if an applicant has gained an undergraduate degree from a UK university, or gained their undergraduate degree from a non-UK but English language medium recognised university, or completed a UK professional body programme of study.

Course modules

  • Research Methods introduces the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. This module can also help to define a research topic for dissertation.
  • Enterprise Risk Management emphasises risk management as a key element of strategic decision-making and explores the definition of risk and uncertainty, how to identify risk and risk management systems, strategies and processes. You will learn about influences on the risk management process, general corporate governance, continuity planning and the future of risk management.
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions guides you through the role and function of the domestic and global financial system, non-deposit financial institutions and financial markets. This will cover interest rates, debt securities, equity markets and the foreign exchange market, as well as crises and regulation in financial sectors.
  • Strategic Financial Management considers corporate strategic investment decisions and relevant financial management issues. This module will focus on the allocation of funds within business, financial appraisal techniques, sources of funds and alternative financing strategies. The module will be considered within the context of adding shareholder value. Management and treatment of risk will be a central theme of the module.
  • Econometrics introduces the theory and practice of basic econometric modelling techniques. You will examine simple linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, specification testing and misspecification testing. There will also be a focus on special cases in MLR, error-correction models, ARCH and GARCH modelling and time series forecasting.
  • Financial Derivatives gives a foundation on the nature and use of these complex financial instruments at an advanced level. You will learn about the derivative markets, the options market and the commodity, interest rate, currency and index futures. This module also covers using options on stock indexes, foreign currencies, equity securities and the swap market.
  • Investment Valuation presents various models and techniques of asset and firm valuation, measuring earnings, and estimating growth. You will also explore option pricing models, acquisitions and takeovers, valuing equities and bonds and credit analysis and modelling bankruptcy risk.
  • Behavioural Finance offers alternative explanations about why prices deviate from their fundamental values and why certain anomalies still persist in the marketplace. Psychological theories will be introduced to enhance your finance knowledge and develop models to improve predictability of stock prices.


  • Dissertation involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of accounting and finance.


  • Executive In-Company Project offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 12,500 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Castle Business School Leicester East Midlands

Get in contact

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.