University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Financial Risk and Investment Analysis

This course is for you if you wish to enter a profession in financial markets specialising either in risk or investment analysis. Employment in both these sectors is buoyant. The highly selective entry on this course ensures that students are able to meet the demands of the challenging curriculum, which prepares students for careers in financial risk management and investment analysis. The course is in the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Partnership for Risk Education. It has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience. On this accelerated-learning course all taught module assessment takes place during the autumn and spring terms. 2 projects are assessed during the first half of the summer term, after which you may be tutored for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 qualification. You can register for the CFA exam 12 months after commencing the MSc and take the CFA exam four months later.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent in a quantitative subject. Applicants with a degree in mathematics, physics or engineering are ideally suited to this course; applicants with finance- or conomics related degrees will also be considered, provided the degree contains several modules with a high quantitative modelling content (such as mathematics for economics/finance, applied statistics or econometrics), which have been passed with high marks. Applicants should also have a basic level of competence using Excel. In the induction week, students will be asked to
take tests for competency in both mathematics (to GMAT level) and Excel, and students who do not pass these tests will be advised to switch to an alternative, less quantitative finance degree.

Course modules

Autumn term: Advanced quantitative finance; equity investments and foreign exchange; essential quantitative finance; institutions in the global financial market; interest-rate sensitive instruments. Spring term: Commodities and alternative investments; market and credit risk analysis; portfolio management; swaps, futures and options. You also choose one from corporate governance and social responsibility; corporate governance; investment risk project. Summer term (first half): Risk management project; portfolio management project.

Assessment methods

All autumn- and spring-term modules are assessed by a combination of a mid-term test or coursework (which typically counts for 20 to 30 per cent of the final grade) and a formal examination after teaching has finished. The 2 summer-term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,350 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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