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New MSc Finance programme launched at LSE

The Department of Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has launched a new part time MSc Finance programme.

This two year part time MSc, starting in autumn 2006, has been designed to meet the needs of ambitious professionals, looking for both intellectual rigor and a solid grounding in current financial practices. It will provide a critical understanding of the finance field and is aimed at people currently thinking about moving into the finance field who want a focused, academically rigorous programme to give them a solid foundation in this area.

Professor Ron Anderson, convener of the Department of Accounting and Finance, said: 'We are very excited about the intellectual opportunities this programme will bring. What is unique about this new programme is the opportunity to confront the realities of the current financial market place with cutting edge tools incorporating the very latest of developments from both academia and practice. This is very ambitious for a programme of part time study, but we are convinced that there is cohort of really high potential people out there who are ready for this challenge."

Topics to be covered during the programme include:

  • Financial markets: from fundamental concepts to up-to-date applications in fixed-income, equity, and derivatives markets
  • Corporate finance: taking students from the firm's investment decision and the cost of capital to its financial structure and the market environment where the firm operates.
  • Derivatives and structured products: examining the theory and practice of derivatives pricing and hedging.
  • Topics in portfolio management: discussing problems of portfolio management in areas such as portfolio risk management, international diversification and asset allocation.
  • Risk management and financial institutions: exploring risk measurement, modelling and risk adjusted capital allocation
  • Applied financial valuation: examining valuation techniques for securities and projects.

More information on the MSc Finance programme is available on the MSc Finance (part-time)| webpage. 


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The Department of Accounting and Finance at LSE enjoys a pre-eminent reputation in Europe for the excellence of its teaching and research. It plays a leading role in the study of public policy issues, ranking alongside the most highly-rated departments in the subject area world-wide.

It was one of only two departments of accounting and finance in the UK to receive a 5*A rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The department is one of the oldest in the world. Accounting was introduced at LSE in 1896. It admits more than 250 graduate students and 130 undergraduate students each year.

16 November 2005