Do you have a mind for clever financial decisions? Can you spot good financial opportunities and keep up to date with global markets? If you can work with clients and advise and guide them in the right direction with regards good financial decisions then this could be the area for you.
Have a look at the information below to see if a postgraduate course in Investment Management is the right option for you.
What is investment management?
Investment management refers to the management and handling of financial assets and multiple different investments including shareholdings, bonds, and assets such as real estate. Investment management helps to keep all investments on track and will help clients to achieve their investment objectives.
As an Investment Manager you will carry out many roles. These include regularly researching and keeping up to date with any changes in the UK markets, global markets and general current events. You will assess financial opportunities and work closely with clients and financial analysts. You will make clever financial decisions on behalf of your clients and use financial models to guide you correctly and wisely.
This role is a role of high responsibility and sometimes high pressure aws companies and/or clients will rely on you to make wise decisions on their behalf. An important aspect of this job is to build strong relationships with clients and build trust. This is just an example of some roles you will carry out but there are many more.
It is typically a Monday to Friday, 9-5 style of work and overtime may be an option in some cases should you want it. Work is mainly office based.
What courses are available?
There are many courses on offer in the area across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study either part time or full time. Universities may have certain restrictions in place due to Covid-19 and may offer courses online. Courses available include:
Investment and Finance
Postgraduate courses in Investment and Finance will provide you with a strong foundation and education in the area of finance. You will learn various tools, skills and qualities you can apply to practical decision making. You will gain an understanding of financial theory and analysis, an appreciation of the nature of financial markets and institutions, a working knowledge of accounting principles and financial statement analysis and much more.
A postgraduate course in Investment Management will guide you in becoming equipped with all the necessary skills and knowledge to work in this role. You will learn different tools and techniques which will help you in future decision making processes as an investment manager and show you how to apply these tools to the real world. Modules include Financial Markets Regulation and Ethics, Investment and Portfolio Management, Accounting, Statistical Analysis and Organisational Management, to name a few.
There are also courses available in Finance and Investment, Finance and Investment Management, Real Estate Investment, Risk and Investment Management and many more.
Entry requirements may differ from course to course or university to university. Therefore, it is important to research your specific course in detail to ensure you meet the entry requirements. As these courses are postgraduate courses, you will need a bachelor’s degree. Some courses may accept a 2.2 degree while others will require a 2.1 in a relevant degree. In some cases experience in the business world will be essential to apply.
Your salary will depend on a few different variables such as your experience, your employment type and sometimes location can play a role also. It is believed that the average salary in this role may range from around £52,00 to £63,000. Starting out, your salary will be lower but with experience it will rise. All figures are based on estimates and are intended to be used as a guide only.
- Investment manager
- Financial Analyst
- Fund manager
- Real Estate
- Private equity associate
- Assets manager
Potential employers in this area may include:
- Investment management companies
- Private clients
- Private companies
Skills and requirements
Skills and requirements helpful in this area include:
- Be able to work with statistics
- Analytical skills
- A business mind
- Math skills
- A critical thinker
- Interpersonal skills
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to build relationships
- Time management skills
- Organisation skills
- The ability to work under pressure
- Pay attention to detail
- Ability to work well with others