Nottingham University Business School has been welcomed into a worldwide professional body which promotes the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence in the world of finance and investments.
The School’s MSc Finance and Investment course has been accepted onto the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. The Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter.
The MSc Finance and Investment course has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the programme. This positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world. (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute and within the programme.
Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Nottingham University Business School’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this programme, Nottingham University Business School is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Programme each year.
Dean of Nottingham University Business School, Professor Martin Binks, said: “We are delighted that our MSc in Finance and Investment has been granted membership of the prestigious CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This recognition testifies to the academic rigour and relevance to professional practice that characterises this popular course."
'Strong foundation for a career in finance'
Charles Appeadu, PhD, CFA, Head of University Relations at CFA Institute said: “Students in these programmes study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice. By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Programme as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute community dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”
Nottingham’s MSc Finance and Investment is taught by one of the largest groups of finance experts in the UK who offer students some of the most up to date knowledge and techniques in their fields.
The course provides a solid foundation in modern finance and investment and prepares students for a career in investment banking, financial management, or further postgraduate study in a related subject.
The one-year, full time course is designed for students who have studied a quantitative subject or management, business studies or economics at undergraduate level.
In 2013, the Financial Times ranked the course as one of the top Masters in Finance programmes in the UK.
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About CFA Institute CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 110,000 members in 139 countries and territories, including 100,000 CFA charterholders. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.
About the CFA Programme
The CFA Programme sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing programme. Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the programme successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals.