Global Capital Markets
MSc

2021/22 Part-time Postgraduate course

Award:

Master of Science

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Campus:

Jordanstown campus

Start dates:

September 2021

January 2022

Overview

Setting you up for success in financial and professional services.

Important notice – campus change Students will complete the next two years on the Jordanstown campus (academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21). Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses. Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus. Find out more 

Summary

The Professional Services sector is one of the biggest employers in the UK. If you are looking for a financially rewarding and professionally and personally satisfying career, the MSC Global Capital Markets course is a fantastic steppingstone to achieving this.

The fluidity and fast pace that comes with a career in the financial services industry is unparalleled. This course has been designed to ensure theory learned is relevant to the modern dynamic environment. You will explore areas such as financial theory, products and markets, corporate governance, conduct and ethics, risk management and measurement, regulation and compliance, project management, business analysis, financial technology, financial crime and more.


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About this course

About

You will develop critical awareness of the international financial and professional services environment and gain an appreciation of professional ethical standards and conduct. By learning to analyse financial problems critically, rationally and rigorously and to creatively and systematically apply knowledge and understanding of finance concepts to complex issues you will graduate ready for a diverse range of opportunities in financial services, accounting, consultancy, business or management. You will also develop a capacity for logical reasoning, creative thinking, adaptability, resilience, and effective communication; all skills employers are looking for.

Depending on meeting eligibility criteria, you may have the opportunity to take this degree as part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme. For more information contact the Course Director (see contact section).

Attendance

For the exit award of PgCert 60 credit-points (four modules) are required, PgDip 120 credit-points (eight modules) are required, and for the award of the MSc 180 credit-points (eight modules plus either the Dissertation module or Work-based Project module). Two compulsory modules must be completed, along with a selection of six optional modules.

Part-time students normally take one year to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate, two-years to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma and three-years to complete with Masters. You may take up to two-years maximum to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate, four-years maximum to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma and five-years maximum to complete with Masters.

Part-time students normally do two modules each semester, although may choose to do just one. Over the course of the 12-week semester there will be weeks that take place in the online environment and weeks that are face-to-face. The weeks that are face-to-face, typically take place in the evenings.

Start dates

  • September 2021
  • January 2022

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The programme is taught by a mix of online and in person teaching. All of the programme’s modules are 100% coursework. You will have the option to complete your Masters by dissertation or work-based project.

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    Content

    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Jordanstown campus

The largest of Ulster's campuses.


Important notice – campus change Students will complete the next two years on the Jordanstown campus (academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21). Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses. Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus. Find out more 

Accommodation

Jordanstown is our biggest campus in an idyllic setting surrounded by lush lawns and trees. It's just a few hundred metres from Loughshore Park and promenade, and just seven miles from Belfast city centre.

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Sports Facilities

At our Jordanstown Campus we have world class facilities that are open all year round to our students and members of the public.

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Student support

At Student Support we provide many services to help students through their time at Ulster University.

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Jordanstown campus location info

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Address

Ulster University
Shore Road
Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB

T: 028 7012 3456

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Financial Theory, Products and Markets

Year: 1

This module covers key financial principles and products in-depth including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives, investment funds and taxation, investment wrappers and trusts. It explores the broader economic environment in which the financial services industry operates and looks at how economics activity is determined and managed in different economies and political systems. The module offers an introduction to financial services regulation and ensures an understanding of ethical behaviour and acting with integrity.

Case Studies and Standards of Corporate Governance, Conduct and Ethics

Year: 1

Through the analysis of lessons to be learned from failures, this module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the challenges that the financial services industry face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective application of standards of best practice, conduct and ethics.

Professional and Academic Skills

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module enables students to identify the transferable skills gained through personal, social and voluntary activities and demonstrate how these are applicable to employment. The module encourages students to produce an employability skills profile and articulate their skills in an interview scenario. In addition, the module will address areas such as business acumen; professional relationships; technical capabilities; and social media.

Tools for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

Year: 1

This module is optional

Despite being technological savvy, many lack the necessary Information Technology skills to succeed in qualitative and quantitative analysis, in which there is often expected to be input, analysis and presentation of results. This lack of formal education results in increased anxiety that can result in large amounts of time using the process of 'trial and error' and affecting productivity. This module seeks to improve students' usage of software such as Excel so that they can be more effective and productive in their professional life.

Mathematical Foundations of Risk Measurement

Year: 1

This module is optional

Through application in the area of risk management and finance, this module will provide an understanding of quantitative methods such as matrix algebra, statistics, probability theory and regression analysis.

Risk Management Practices

Year: 1

This module is optional

The objective of the module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the general principles of risk in business, the key risks encountered by organisations operating within the financial services industry, the influence of corporate governance, regulation and codes of conduct, and the approaches typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk. The module will extensively assess previous risk events to both illustrate previous deficiencies and to identify the potential for future enhancements to risk management.

Year two

Regulation and Compliance

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an understanding of the regulatory compliance issues critical to a role in financial services in the 21st Century.

Project Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an understanding of project management and project management methods. The module covers four integrated components: principles; themes; processes; and project environment.

Business Analysis Foundations for Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is to address the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Business Analysis. This is to help develop skills and knowledge to support successful business change programmes within an organisation.

Financial Technology and Data Science

Year: 2

This module is optional

Through studying this module there will be an understanding of the impact of FinTech and where the future is heading for financial services. This will also provide the understanding of how data science is at the core of transformation of the financial sector.

General Data Protection Regulation

Year: 2

This module is optional

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a key piece of legislation that provides a single, harmonised privacy law for the European Union, improving the promotion and regulation of data privacy. This module provides an introduction for organisations that need to get to grips with data protection and the GDPR.

Financial Crime and Know Your Customer

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an overview of financial crime with an international focus and an emphasis on the practitioner response to financial crime. It has a focus on providing the foundation to Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) in this context.

Regulated Complaints Handling

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module, within the context of financial services, provides an understanding of the compliance and redress regime for mis-selling, administration and claims problems with an emphasis on complaint handling.

Financial Reporting and Analysis

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an understanding of financial reporting and analysis relevant to the financial services industry. The module will enhance students' knowledge of the financial reporting environment and provide students with the requisite knowledge necessary to undertake study of and work within the financial services industry. Subjects covered include income statements, balance sheets, taxation, the accounting regulatory framework, analysis of financial reports and financial reporting governance issues.

Year three

Work-based Project

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Work-based Project module integrates and further develops the knowledge and skills acquired within the taught element of the programme. The module specifically allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to undertake a project relevant to the financial services sector and of interest to the student. The project topic will vary, depending on the requirements of the financial services organisation that instigates the project.

Dissertation

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Dissertation module integrates and further develops the knowledge and skills acquired within the taught element of the programme. The module specifically allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to undertake a research-dissertation investigating a topic relevant to the financial services sector and of interest to the student. The topic will vary, depending on the interests of the student and expertise of staff.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

(i) a second class honours/non-honours degree or better from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;

and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

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Postgraduate

Typically we require applicant for taught programmes to hold the equivalent of a UK first degree (usually in a relevant subject area). Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course of study as outlined in the online prospectus. We consider students who have good grades in the following:

Typically, we require applicants for taught programmes to hold the equivalent of a UK first degree. 

Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course of study as outlined in the online prospectus.

The comparable US qualifications are as follows:

Qualification

UK 2:1 Degree - Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4

UK 2:2 Degree - Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.6 out of 4


Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

English Language

Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The course has been designed to provide you with an academically challenging and intellectually stimulating study of the subjects and disciplines associated with career opportunities across a broad range of areas, such as financial services, accounting, consultancy, business and management.

You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of the core finance principles with a practical understanding of how theory informs professional practice in preparation for a career in the wholesale financial services sector.

Whether you want to work in commercial banking doing credit analysis or compliance, be part of a consulting team advising clients on risk management or work in the public sector dealing with contract analysis and acquisitions there are a diverse range of options in this exciting and dynamic industry.

If you complete this course as an HLA it will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills in a real life organisational setting providing you with invaluable work experience.  It will enhance your employability and career prospects by building your confidence in a business environment, providing you with tangible experience and allowing you to network and showcase your skills to potential employers. 

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Start dates

  • September 2021
  • January 2022

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

Are there payment options available?

Depending on meeting eligibility requirements, funding support may be available through the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme. Contact the course director (see contact section) for more information.

Can I take this programme without the apprenticeship funding?

Yes, the MSc Global Capital Markets is available part-time.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Admissions contact regarding application process:

June Edgeworth

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6029

E: j.edgeworth@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director regarding course content:

Claire McCann

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6447

E: c.badger@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Ulster University Business School

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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