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Lancaster University: Investment Management and Financial Analysis

Institution Lancaster University View institution profile
Department Accounting and Finance
Telephone +44 (0)1524 592032
Study type Taught


The investment management and financial analysis sectors require industry professionals with advanced technical knowledge, plus practical experience with programming. Our Investment Management and Financial Analysis MSc (IMFA) programme is designed to equip you with these skills, and help you acquire your CFA Level II professional qualification.

As such, the course offers modules that are academically more advanced and, at the same time, more practice-oriented than those offered by a typical UK master's programme in finance. You will study technical and practice-oriented modules. LUMS accounting and finance specialists and expert tutors from Fitch Learning will prepare you to complete CFA Level II. Core modules embed training in financial programming languages including VBA, R and MATLAB, and provide hands-on experience with data platforms such as Thomson EIKON or FactSet.

Course outline You can elect to prepare for the February CFA Level I exam or if you already have CFA Level I, you will study alternative modules to benefit a career in Investment Management or Financial Analysis. You then prepare for the August CFA Level II exam. An alternative non-CFA pathway is available for those who do not want to acquire the CFA qualification, or those who already have the qualification but still wish to benefit from this practitioner-oriented programme.

You will study the following modules, outlined in the course structure:

Term 1 core modules: - Fund Management

  • Financial Modelling and Analysis

  • Programming and Databases for Financial Applications

Students without CFA Stage 1 will also study Topics in Professional Analysis

Students who have already attained CFA stage 1, or those on a non-CFA pathway will also study Quantitative Methods for Finance

Term 2 core modules: - Advanced Financial Markets and Investment Management

  • Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Advanced Investment Research Methods

  • Careers Skills in Finance with Applications to ESG

Students without CFA 1 will take the February examination.

Term 3 Students taking the CFA Level II examination will complete the following modules followed by the examination in August: - Advanced Topics in Fund Management and Investment Analysis

  • CFA level 2 training

  • Capstone project

Students not taking the CFA Level II examination will instead complete a dissertation.


Lancaster University

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Lancaster University is home to a dynamic postgraduate community and offers a wealth of both taught and research study options across a wide range of subject areas. Studying at Lancaster is all about broadening your horizons, finding new perspectives and discovering new experiences. By living and studying with students and staff from over 130 countries students join a global community and have the opportunity to make international connections.

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