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Cranfield University

Investment Management MSc

The Investment Management MSc will provide you with advanced knowledge of the various functional dimensions of the complex world of investment management. It is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of both investment and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations globally.

Who is it for?

  • Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in investment management before seeking their first professional role
  • Professionals with work experience in the investment industry who are seeking to take their career to the next level
  • Individuals who want to be taught by faculty who have experience of business and industry and can bring their knowledge to the programme

Class profile 2018/19*

  • Gender: Male 58% - Female 42%
  • Age Range: 20 - 41 years
  • Average Age: 24 years
  • Number of Nationalities: 18
  • Nationality: UK/EU: 16% - International: 84%
  • Cohort Size: 90
  • Average Class Size: 45

*The above data combines the 2017/18 class profiles for the two Cranfield Finance MSc courses.

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our Investment Management MSc is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of investment management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting, economics, international financial markets, statistical analysis, financial modelling, investment and portfolio management and derivatives and financial risk management.

The programme of study is distinct and unique in the way that it provides a link between the School and the business community. You will be taught by faculty with experience of the real world of finance and business, together with practitioners from different areas of finance.

Modules focus on real-world challenges, and include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures and group projects. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and get ready to face the professional world through attendance at regular seminars and speeches.

Our classes are small and each academic tutor has no more than five students in any one cohort, ensuring close contact continuous interaction.

The course will prepare you for roles in the investment industry such as portfolio management, hedge-fund specialist, investment specialist, trader, fund management, risk management, security analyst, broker or corporate treasurer. High standard content and fruitful discussions about its application within different cultures and geographical areas prepares you for working in every part of our increasingly globalised world.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline, or
  • international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered if they have a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) together with 5 years' post-qualification relevant work experience. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements for further study at Cranfield School of Management.

Exposure to quantitative subjects

  • Exposure to quantitative subjects (mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics etc.) from previous studies or work experience is essential for this course.

Course modules

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Corporate Finance
  • Statistical Analysis for Finance
  • Accounting
  • Organisational Management
  • Economics for Financial Markets
  • Valuation and Financial Modelling
  • Financial Markets Regulation and Ethics
  • Research Methods in Finance
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Derivatives and Financial Risk Management

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Applied Financial Econometrics
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Fund Management
  • Fixed Interest Securities
  • Technical Analysis and Trading Systems
  • International Investment and Emerging Markets
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Strategic Management Accounting and Control
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts
  • Big Data Management and Cybersecurity

Assessment methods

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full time September 2019 £ 23,000 (Academic year) EU 12 Months
MSc Full time September 2019 £ 25,000 (Academic year) International 12 Months

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