MSc Investments (Singapore)

Start date
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
For 2020/21: S$29,660.40

Delivered with our partners, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to excel as an investment specialist.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

Why study this course?

  • You will study at one of the handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Your employability options are vast and varied, our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.
  • You will join a University that is amongst the top three in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.
  • 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. We have 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.

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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.


Please check the SIM website for the latest fees information.

How To Apply

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

Applications will reopen for 2021 entry in early October 2020.

Our Standard 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.

International Requirements

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

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 

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.

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.


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