Kingston University
Investment and Financial Risk Management MSc
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston – This course is taught by research active staff and provides cutting-edge knowledge regarding the latest developments in the financial investment sector. – The course offers exemptions from the professional exams of the ACT. There is also the chance to gain qualifications such as Bloomberg certification, or prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential (many aspects are covered by the course). – We are one of the few UK universities with a Bloomberg trading room, offering hands-on skills. You may also use Thomson DataStream Advance.

About this course This course has been developed with input from professionals at RBS, Commerzbank, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest.

Using real-life examples, live data and the latest research and theories, you will create and manage investment portfolios and present the results.

You will use industry standard databases, learning to analyse and explore topics using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Example modules – Financial Modelling and Research Methods – Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis – Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking

Career opportunities You will be ready to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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A 2:2 or above honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with non-standard qualifications but with relevant experience are welcome to apply.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Kingston University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Investment and Financial Risk Management MSc

EU £17000 year 1
England UK £11800 year 1
Northern Ireland £11800 year 1
Scotland £11800 year 1
Wales £11800 year 1
International £17000 year 1

Additional fee information

Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs.

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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Where is this programme taught

Kingston Hill
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