Investments MSc (Singapore)

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Birmingham Business School has been delivering management education in Singapore since 1994, when its MBA programme was originally launched. The MSc Investments programme extends these activities in Singapore and is delivered in conjunction with our partners, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Trading and investing offers an exciting career path, but also demands a high level of theoretical knowledge and technical skill. The Master of Science (MSc) Investments degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to function as an investment specialist in domestic and international markets.

CFA Institute University of Recognition Programme

This programme provides a solid grounding in the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and prepares students well for CFA exams.

  • This course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Programme course of study on CBOK. 

We can confirm that EU students who are already studying at the University of Birmingham or who intend to start their studies in 2018 or 2019 will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time (may be subject to annual increases for inflation) for the duration of their course. The Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan will also be available to eligible EU students for the duration of their course. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

University academic experts teach theory and technique, whilst their application is taught by professional traders with years of experience in the industry and first-hand knowledge of current market regulations, trading techniques, customs and practices. You will also have access to simulated dealing room, where a range of trading techniques can be practised.


The MSc Investments degree will allow you to:

  • Appreciate and critically analyse current global macro factors affecting today’s financial markets
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical literatures on investments and risk management in domestic and international contexts
  • Acquire a range of tools and techniques to manage portfolios, financial securities, risk and the valuation of corporate finance, equity research, fund management, strategy consulting, etc.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  • Develop specific transferable skills in financial modelling, research design, financial analysis, investment decision making, trading and teamwork

Why study this course

Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham is a global centre of teaching and research excellence, holding the ‘Triple Crown’ of international accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB. Our Departments of Accounting and Finance are recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) as a Centre of Excellence in finance teaching.

The University is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17), and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. It is one of the Top 15 universities in the UK for Business and Management Studies (The Complete University Guide Subject Table Rankings 2017).

Strong Industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and
Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. 

Excellent career prospects

Students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, Cisco Systems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.



The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Please check the SIM website for the latest fees information.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent)
  • Applicants must have obtained good grades (Upper 2nd Class Honours grade or equivalent) in mathematical related modules at undergraduate level
  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ Level.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits

Other requirements

These are required to be submitted with your application:

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic related
  • A letter of academic interest and objective in undertaking postgraduate study

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme. No exemptions will be granted. Applicants with a work permit or employment pass can be considered for admission into the Part-time programme.

Please visit the SIM website for full details on programme admission criteria including English proficiency.

How to apply

For details of how to apply for this programme, visit the SIM website.

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students (Tier 4) who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date. The deadline for Home/EU (non-Tier 4) students is Monday 12 September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

Mode of Delivery

Classroom learning comprising:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer simulation
  • Lessons are typically 3 to 8 hours per day on weekdays and weekends, and they are delivered on a modular basis by Birmingham academics and industry specialists.

Assessment methods

  • Assignments/ Projects
  • Written Exams Assessment 

Careers and Development

Graduates may find themselves taking a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change. Major directions include jobs in business analysis and development, banking, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

Alumni can access career support and take advantage of a range of networking and development opportunities. Postgraduate alumni can also access a bespoke service from the Careers in Business service.

SIM – Liaison with Employers

There are also career development opportunities At SIM. Singapore Institute of Management has a reputation for curriculum design which is relevant to industry manpower needs. “Learn today, apply tomorrow” is the philosophy. To achieve this, SIMUniversity forges linkages and partnerships with established organisations.  This, in conjunction with your degree from the University of Birmingham, represents a powerful and valuable combination.

Alumni Services

A package of benefits including social, leisure and sports discounts and continuous professional development opportunities is available to all Birmingham Business School Alumni.

To access the benefits, log into your alumni community. If you have not yet set up an account on your.bham, you can do so by registering on the site.

Professional accreditation

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of financial centres globally. The CISI has awarded the Department of Accounting and Finance with the title of ‘Centre for excellence in Finance teaching’.

This course has also been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides a solid grounding in the CBOK and prepares you well for CFA exams.