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  1. Hello, I have recently got my Conditional letter for MSc Financial Economics. I want to know about the potential employability of the course?

    Hello.

    Thank you for your message.

    Unfortunately, I cannot really advise on employment opportunities specifically however, the graduate destinations can be seen in the link below for this course. https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/postgraduate/pgt/dlhe-pgt.aspx

    Moz

  2. I am looking for a full scholarship to study a PhD in Economics at the University of Birmingham academic year sept 2022. Do you provide scholarships for that discipline and what are the entry requirements? I am from Uganda.

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question.

    Our funded PhDs are posted throughout the year on an ongoing basis so I recommend keeping an eye out on the link below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/findaphd.aspx

    Currently, we do not have any funded Ph.D. opportunities open at the moment in Economics however, we do have postgraduate funding opportunities that you can look into. They are dependant on a specific criterion however, you can check if any are available for your situation. If so, you may apply for our self-funded PhDs and potentially have some financial support if you meet and receive any funding from any scholarships on the postgraduate funding database. Please find the link below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Best, Moz

  3. Hi Moz,

    1. I am a first-class graduate in international business and CIMA UK passed finalist. I am currently working as a corporate finance intern at the London stock exchange group. Can you tell me which course is best suited for me MSC financial Management or MSc Investments? (I aim to be a finance analyst, analytical positions)

    2. How about the employability opportunities for international students with CIMA -UK qualifications with MSc in Finance or Investment?

    3. Did your Masters courses in finance/investment teach data visualization tools like Power Bi to Tableau?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your message.

    Regarding your queries, I would say that MSc investment is perhaps more tailored towards analytical roles than Financial Management due to the variety of modules that are included within the course. There is often a lot of overlap between the two courses and either one would be beneficial but MSc investment is more analytical based than MSc Financial Management in my opinion.

    Unfortunately I cannot really advise on employment opportunities specifically for students with CIMA however, the graduate destinations can be seen in the link below for this course.

    https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/postgraduate/pgt/dlhe-pgt.aspx

    As the course is constantly being changed every year, I would recommend getting in contact with the department who can advise more on the software programmes that they use for data visualisation. Please contact them using the link below and specify that you are interested in MSc Investments and MSc Financial Management.

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgt/register-accounting-finance

    Best, Moz

  4. Hello, I'm interested in the MSc Investments. I'm based in Shrewsbury which is close to Birmingham but i don't know if I will be able to spend 5 days a week traveling to Birmingham for lectures, especially with having a 2.5 year old child. Can you tell me how much time do you roughly spend in lectures? What percentage of the course is lecture based and what percentage is independent study/research/home based? I hope my question makes sense. Thanks.

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question.

    Usually, I would say we have about 12-15 hours of lectures a week however, it is quite difficult to say at the current moment what the format of lectures will be in going forward. Last year the majority of them were online, however, this year I believe it may start to move towards a more hybrid approach. I would recommend contacting the department for more information on this matter as they will be better able to assist you. You can contact them using the link below. Please specify that you are interested in MSc Investments.

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgt/register-accounting-finance

    Best, Moz

  5. Hi Moz. I am a Pakistani National residing in Sindh. I am currently a full time working professional for the past 2.5 years and I am looking forward to applying for the graduate programs in the area of financial technology, finance and economics. I would like to inquire if IELTS/TOEFL test scores are necessary for the admission process in graduate programs for Pakistani Nationals or I can share an equivalency certificate from my last educational institute?

    Hi,

    Regarding your query about IELTS, yes they are required for all international students unless you are exempt due to studying in the UK previously or having studied a degree taught in English.

    Best, Moz

  6. Hello, I am thinking about whether I should apply to MSc Investments or MSc Finance, but I can't make a decision yet. Unfortunately the MSc finance description doesn't give me any information on prospective jobs. I want a Master that allows me to work either in the corporate finances and also in the bursarial or investment sector as a broker or finance agent as an independent investor for clients and myself. I can see that the MSc in Investment gives me a great part of it but I am not sure if includes the corporate finances too. I am also interested in the Asian market, I see the MSc in Finance has an orientation to this market, is it the same for MSc Investments? I know I am asking too much, I appreciate your time to read my questions and answer me.

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question.

    I can help to provide some insight on the MSc Investments course. The course itself does not focus on Corporate Finance as much as MSc Finance would. Also, MSc Investment provides a broad overview without a specific focus on the Asian Market. MSc Investments is very much an applied course that gives you still and theories you can use in day-to-day life, however, it does so on a general basis.

    I hope this helps.

    Best, Moz

  7. Hey, I'm thinking of applying to the course MSc Financial Economics. Can you brief me about the current employers and other career related opportunities available at University of Birmingham? Thank you.

    Hi, Thank you for your message. You can find the Graduate destinations for our PGT students in the link below: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/postgraduate/pgt/dlhe-pgt.aspx

    With regards to employers, the University of Birmingham often welcome hundreds of employers to career events some of which that are related to finance/economics are top banks, accountancy firms, consulting firms, and insurance firms.

    Moz

  8. Hi Moz. How was your personal experience in the MSc Investments course? How highly would you recommend the University of Birmingham for this particular course?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your message.

    I very much enjoyed my course and found it to be very useful. I come from a mathematics background and hence it was very important for me to learn more about finance and investments. I thought the course was very applied and many opportunities had become available to me upon completion of the course. The course is very diverse and has a large number of international students from all over the globe. The Business School also has a lot of career support for students and often has social events to help meet new people on the course.

    My experience at the University of Birmingham has been very positive. I have now been studying at the university for 5 years and have very much enjoyed my time here. I have had a lot of support from the university with careers and this course was very insightful for me. I would recommend this course and I find that the course is also very relevant in the industry today. I recommend having a look more into what each module covers to identify if this course meets your requirements and expectations. You can do this using the link below: https://program-and-modules-handbook.bham.ac.uk/webhandbooks/WebHandbooks-control-servlet?Action=getModuleSearchList&pgDspAllOpts=N

    Moz

  9. I hope this e-mail finds you well. I am interested in MSc Finance, Money and Banking program. My GPA is above 3, and my IELTS overall record is 7. I am an employee at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey since 2014. I am aware that some programs and universities have restricted rules about prospective students regarding age and work experience. I want to ask you if you think that my situation would be a problem? Other universities that I have applied to recommended that MBA would be more beneficial for people who have work experience. So, my other question is that what is your opinion about that assessment? Thanks in advance.

    Hi, thank you for your message.

    We are very pleased that you are considering the University of Birmingham as a potential institution for your course. We do not have any requirement age or work experience restriction for our MSC Finance, Money and Banking programme. The only requirements are as below:

    Holders of a Lisans Diplomasi with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 from a recognised university will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level.

    Also as you have mentioned, an MBA will be good to consider. Often more experienced professionals do choose an MBA over a Masters. Information about our MBA courses can be found below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/mba/index.aspx

    Moz

  10. Hello Moz, I am an undergraduate student specialising in Finance at the University of Delhi. I aspire to pursue a MSc in Investments. I would like to ask about the GMAT requirements for applying to a MSc at the University of Birmingham? Thank you so much for your time.

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question.

    For MSc Investments, the Business School will consider holders of three-year or four-year degree programmes (first-class or very good upper second class) from recognised institutions in India.

    Best, Moz

  11. I successfully submitted my application for MSc Economics and when I logged into my portal it says to submit documents, so should I upload documents again or just wait for confirmation of my application?

    Hi,

    I would recommend uploading your documents again as they may not have been uploaded correctly in the first instance. Alternatively, you can email pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk and ask them for an update on your application.

    Best, Moz

  12. Hi there, I was interested in studying the MSc Investments course. Does this course require a strong mathematical background? and in terms of the modules are they graded by exams or graded by essays & research papers (like coursework done by the individual student).

    Hi,

    It is great to hear you are interested in MSc Investments. Yes, a strong mathematical background is important as it is a very applied course and includes a lot of mathematical modelling and mathematical theory. The course is roughly 80:20 with 80% being exam based and 20% being coursework but it can depend on each module. More information can be found about the modules using the link below: https://program-and-modules-handbook.bham.ac.uk/webhandbooks/WebHandbooks-control-servlet?Action=getModuleSearchList&pgDspAllOpts=N

    Best, Moz

  13. Hi, I am from India. I am in my final year of BCOM in finance markets and I was confused about what I should do next and the Masters course in Financial Engineering kept bugging me, so I was wondering if you think I should go for it?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your message.

    I know it can be difficult to choose sometimes whether to do a Masters degree or not and also which course to do at what university. I would recommend first look at what you have already learned in your BCOM and then look at the Financial Engineering Courses and see what is similar and what is the same. Ideally, you would like to find that you will be learning new concepts and techniques but also building from your own existing knowledge. you will need to assess for yourself if the course will encourage and support you in your future career choices.

    I can only advise on my experiences and I think doing my Masters at the University of Birmingham has really helped to propel my future career opportunities.

    If you have any questions, feel free to get back to me.

    Best, Moz

  14. Hello Moz

    I am a final year Hons Degree Accounting Undergraduate at Botho University. I've always been interested in Economics and Finance and I am considering doing my Masters in Financial Engineering. Given my Accounting background do you think I'll be able to enter the Financial engineering Masters program at Birmingham?

    Hi,

    Thanks for your message.

    The Financial Engineering course requires strong mathematical capabilities. The admissions tutor will look for evidence of advanced mathematical skills so please make sure you are able to demonstrate this.

    You can find out more about the entry requirements in the link below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/maths/financial-engineering.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    I would encourage you to apply as you have a strong Accounting background.

    Best, Moz

  15. Hi, I want to pursue a MSc in Financial Economics at the University of Birmingham. I wanted to know about the career prospects and what kind of roles I could apply for after graduating with this degree?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your message.

    Unfortunately, we cannot put you in contact with any alumni, however, you can find the Graduate destinations for our PGT students in the link below: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/postgraduate/pgt/dlhe-pgt.aspx

    Moz

  16. Hello,

    I'm a final year Computer Science Undergraduate at the University of Westminster. I've always been interested in Economics and Finance and am considering doing my Masters in Economics.

    Given my Computer Science background do you think I'll be able to enter the Economics Masters program at Birmingham?

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question.

    The requirements for MSc Economics are as below: A 2:1 bachelor’s Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have received good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have taken at a minimum: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics or Statistics, and Mathematics or a Quantitative module at bachelor’s level. It seems to me that it will be very much dependant on your current economics knowledge. As your Computer Science background will possess a strong mathematical background, I would advise contacting the admissions team using the link below. They will be able to help clarify your question. https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgt/register-economics-finance-and-statistics

    Best, Moz

  17. Hi, how are you? I'm from Iran. I studied a Master of Structural Engineering in my country but I work in the stock markets. I want to improve my skills and study MSc Investment at the University of Birmingham. My first question is, is it ok if I want to study in this major, with my previous Masters in Civil Engineering? Second question, is this major, I mean investment, practical to improve my skills in financial markets? and third, could you tell me about the job opportunities in the UK, for a person who graduated in a Master of Investment from the University of Birmingham please? Thanks a lot.

    Hi,

    I am okay thank you!

    Regarding your query, yes you are still eligible to apply for the MSc Investments programme as alongside you Structural Engineering Masters which is quite mathematical, you also have additional experience within the finance area: However please check that you meet the requirement below:

    "A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in a relevant subject and/or applicants must have obtained good grades in mathematically related modules at the undergraduate level. Holders of a bachelor's degree from a recognised university in Iran with a minimum of 14/20 or 70% will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate taught programmes."

    The Investments course is a very applied course and does give you the theoretical knowledge of proven methods and models to invest, trade, build portfolios and analyse returns to name a few. It will help to gain further skills in the Investment sector.

    Job opportunities depend on each individual and the current financial situation. I am aware of many people (both UK and international students) who have received offers from large financial companies. I would recommend that if you do decide to study the course them I strongly urge you to apply for jobs at a very early stage and understand the application process.

  18. I’d like to ask if I’m eligible for the MSc Investment without an honours degree, yet with a bachelors degree in Management Studies with a Finance major?

    Hi there,

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    The entry requirements vary depending on UK/International requirements. Please find more details below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/business/investments-msc.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    Although it states an honours degree, I would encourage you to apply as depending on the demand for the course, you may still be considered by the admissions tutor.

  19. Hi there, I’m wondering if I should apply for a MSc in International Politics Economy. I’ve concluded my degrees in Accounting and I am currently studying for Business Administration in Brazil. Besides that I’m about to get a professional MBA certification in Finance Management. I’d like to know if all of the certificates above would be considered in the admission process and if there are other requirements needed? Birmingham seems to be a nice place to live and the university history made me such interested. Thanks for your time.

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question.

    The requirements for Brazil are below? A Licenciatura or Bacharelado degree from a recognised Brazilian university

    A grade of 7.5/10 for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement A grade of 6.5/10for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement

    The admissions tutor will largely focus on the requirement above however, having additional degrees can help with the admissions process.

    Feel free to get back to me if you have any other questions.

  20. Hi. Am I eligible to apply for the integrated Masters and pre Masters in Economics if I have a Bachelor of Commerce?

    Hi,

    As you already have an undergraduate degree, you can apply for a postgraduate degree in Economics depending on if you meet the entry requirement.

    The general entry requirements are a 2:1 bachelor’s Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or a related discipline. You are expected to have received good training in economics, to at least intermediate level, and to have taken at a minimum: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics or Statistics, and Mathematics or a Quantitative module at bachelor’s level.

    You can find more information about the entry requirements below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/econ/economics.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    Best, Moz

  21. Hi, I am interested in the Economics MPhil. Can you give me some advice on how to apply for this course?

    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting me.

    Just for clarity, are you referring to MSc Economics or PhD Economics?

    Best regards, Moz