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A combination of the latest research, practical application and a broad range of topics, makes the MSc Investment & Wealth Management a unique and challenging experience. Highly relevant to the current world of finance, this programme builds on the strong corporate connections we have established with the city.

Students who complete the MSc Investment & Wealth Management programme successfully will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental finance theories and models and their use and context in real financial markets.

  • Apply mathematical tools to complex financial problems including the management and matching of financial risks.

  • Strong knowledge of the economics, legal and regulatory framework of the money management industry, and understanding of how the different institutions cater for the different financial needs of their respective client base.

  • Use a range of programming tools to develop live implementations of financial models and use these implementations in practical simulations.

  • Have an understanding of the most widely used investment strategies, and be able to both design a strategy on similar lines as well as to analyse its performance.

  • Conduct financial statement analysis and valuation exercises; analyse and evaluate investment corporate decisions.

Programme structure

Pre-study modules

These online modules will give you basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

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Foundation module

This foundation module will introduce you to the modern tools of finance.

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Core modules

Develop your financial base with core modules covering topics such as Derivatives, Investment and Portfolio Management and Macroeconomics.

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Customise your degree to meet your personal career ambitions through your electives.

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In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between two types of research projects, in order to develop specialist skills and subject knowledge to benefit your future career.

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International experience

MSc Investment & Wealth Management gives you the opportunity to gain international experience as part of the programme with the chance to join the optional international electives: Macro and Finance for Practitioners and Introduction to Algorithmic Trading.


The MSc Investment & Wealth Management is a one year, full-time intensive programme. The normal working week is Monday to Friday. Classes will be scheduled between 08.30 and 21.00 and students should expect to attend one evening class per week, and other optional activities such as guest lectures or alumni and careers events may be scheduled in the evening.

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Software facilities

MSc Investment & Wealth Management students have access to the following software facilities:

  • Bloomberg*: 12 Bloomberg terminals are provided across two computer rooms. Bloomberg is the main source of real-time data for traders and asset managers in the world’s leading financial organisations. Bloomberg provides very detailed information on a range of cash equities and bonds as well as derivatives.  The historical range of data is limited but data services such as Datastream are a good complement for this purpose.
  • Reuters Eikon: Reuters Eikon is similar to Bloomberg in that it provides real-time data for a very large number of cash securities and derivatives. ICBS provides a small number of licenses for students that require this service. Reuters Eikon is particularly comprehensive in the area of foreign exchange data but contains very useful information on all other asset classes as well as inclined bonds, equities and commodities
  • Datastream*: Datastream is one of the best sources for long-term historical data for cash securities and derivatives as well as detailed company information. It contains longer time-series than many of the real-time data services.

*Accessible to on-campus students only

Candidates that fail to successfully complete this degree are not entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

There are many aspects I took into consideration when choosing what postgraduate programme to study; location, alumni, teaching, and the university community. I decided to apply at Imperial because the Business School has the perfect location for networking and it’s convenient to attend company events and interviews. Imperial also has amazing alumni connections - I can always reach out to alumni for help with assessment centre preparations. In terms of programme specifics, MSc Investment & Wealth Management is very quantitative and programming-focused, which were areas of study I wanted to focus on.
MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2020
Yunyi Zhu, MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School