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MSc Wealth Management

This course is recognised for its innovative practice-based teaching and development of applied knowledge and skills. Designed with input from professional bodies and employers, it aims to develop students’ analytical skills and knowledge of key products, strategies and risks. Ideal for individuals wishing to work in financial markets, wealth management and investment to rapidly progress their career, the course teaches suitable skills to meet these needs and fulfils the professional development of graduates in advisory roles, investment banking, insurance and wealth management, whilst meeting the needs of qualified professionals in financial services, financial consultancy, financial regulation, supervision and compliance.

Course length 12 Months
Location City Campus

Course description

The course is suitable for individuals who want to begin work or rapidly progress their career in financial markets, investment banking, fund management or wealth management.

It develops your knowledge of appropriate investment strategies and financial products, together with your understanding of the risks associated with these products and financial markets. You address issues of risk management, regulation, wealth management and fund management, focussing on both individuals and organisations.

We have consulted both industry practitioners and professional bodies to ensure the course prepares you for a career in a variety of roles within the financial services industry. You are taught by University staff with extensive work experience in the banking and finance industry, who regularly complete consultancy work with banks and banking organisations. The financial services industry is a fast paced and dynamic area to work in, with a strong and identifiable career path.

This course is linked with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and during the course you benefit from student membership. The CII works with regulators, educational and trade bodies together with major corporate organisations across the globe to help raise professional standards. You are encouraged to take professional exams during your time on the course in order to maximise your potential for progression within your chosen career path. The cost of sitting professional exams is in addition to your normal course fees.

Sheffield Business School has a diverse mix of cultures which includes students from the UK, Asia, India, Pakistan, Africa, the EU and North and Central America. This multicultural environment provides the opportunity for networking and developing a group of future international business contacts.

A major element of the course is the dissertation. This allows you to focus on a subject that interests you, which is valuable in contributing to career development and helping you build a strong CV to impress potential employers.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You typically need one of the following

• 2.2 honours degree or above in a relevant subject

• recognised professional qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject

Relevant subjects include • business management • finance • accounting • economics • banking • law • the natural sciences • IT and computing.

We will consider applicants without these academic qualifications dependant on personal, professional and work experience and other formal qualifications.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English, such as an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English standard.

If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – typically 12 months

Starts September 2017.

Typical modules may include

Semester one modules

Methods of enquiry
You gain analytical and technical research and consultancy skills. You develop knowledge and a reflective understanding of methodological and philosophical issues in research and consultancy with specific reference to finance. You also make use of financial data bases such as Bloomberg.

In this module you develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of finance and the way in which financial decisions are reflected in financial statements. You develop the ability to critically evaluate and choose between alternative sources of finance, and enhance your appreciation of the role and application of investment appraisal techniques for companies making investment decisions.

Banking and financial markets
This module provides a critical understanding of the functions of banking and financial markets, the factors affecting their development, and key issues in the management of financial institutions and their use of financial markets.

Financial risk management
You gain a critical understanding of the identification, measurement and management of financial risk in organisations, together with an appreciation that risk management must always be related to corporate objectives. You apply concepts and theories from relevant literature to practical situations, developing cost-effective solutions and recognising the need for an enterprise-wide approach.

Semester two modules

Wealth management and investing
This module explores the complexity of investing and wealth management. You develop the critical, theoretical and practical skills needed to understand the problems encountered in managing the wealth of individuals. You identify the problems of wealth management and the solutions available to minimise risk and maximise returns to both individuals and organisations

Financial regulation and supervision

During this module you develop an extensive knowledge of the purpose, broad nature and underlying principles of financial regulation and supervision and the associated theoretical and practical controversies.

Advanced portfolio management

You develop skills to • critically evaluate key concepts and theories of portfolio management • investigate complex investment risks, their measurement and management and the relationship between risk and investment • investigate the use of derivatives for hedging and speculation • explore new institutional investment products and techniques.

Option modules
One from a selection including • corporate governance & ethics • financial analysis • fund management • consultancy project 1

Semester three modules

Research methods
This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and appraise published research and develop your own research skills. It develops understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. On completion of the module you formulate and undertake your own research project.

The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your future career or your academic interest. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained during the course and to develop research skills.

Assessment Assessment methods include phase tests, individual assignments and group work tasks


Possible progression or career routes include • a wide range of opportunities globally within the finance, investment, investment banking, retail financial services, government and regulatory organisations • careers in Fund Management, Stockbroking, Wealth Management and Investment Banking • opportunities in financial analysis and management consultancy • further professional study opportunities with organisations such as the Chartered Insurance Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the Society of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Previous graduates are working for companies such as • Deloitte • J P Morgan • HSBC • Investec • Royal Bank of Scotland • Aviva • Fidelity • Barclays • Scottish Widows • plus banks, national and smaller IFA firms, whilst others have chosen to start their own businesses.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,300 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

This course is recruiting for September 2017 only.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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