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As the world’s second-largest economy, China is going through a critical period of financial deregulation and vigorous development of its financial markets. The MSc Investment Management programme aims to provide graduates with solid financial, securities and investment knowledge, enabling them to pursue careers in this exciting and rapidly evolving sector.

The programme combines investment theory, professional knowledge, and skills, enabling students to analyse practical investment problems, solve portfolio management issues in practice, and help students become familiar with and use the data, tools and platforms commonly used in the investment industry. MSc Investment Management is officially accredited by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute’s College Accreditation Program and covers the main content of CFA levels 1-3.


  • Take advantage of the IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor located on campus, which gives you access to a world of data for study and research purposes, including data feeds from the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, Bloomberg Terminal, Wind Financial Terminal, BondIQ Fixed Income Terminal, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), and CSMAR Financial Database
  • Graduate with a degree recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)’s University Recognition Program
  • Connect with industry through internship, networking and work experience opportunities
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.



IBSS is unique in China with its on-campus IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor. This trading and analytics room, created in partnership with financial institutes, contains the Thomson Reuters EIKON system, Bloomberg Terminal, Wind Financial Terminal, BondIQ Fixed Income Terminal, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), and CSMAR Financial Database, used by financial institutions around the world for both trading and analysis purposes. These sophisticated terminals and databases give students access to a wealth of data for study and research purposes. Students will be trained to use these terminals. Students may take exams to obtain certificates offered by, for example, Thomson Reuters for its EIKON certificate, a valuable skill for anyone that wants to enter the financial industry, whether in China or abroad.


The MSc Investment Management programme has been designed to map to the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and has been formally recognised under the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.


Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Investment Management programme, you will have:

  • the programming skills required to access Wharton research data and China’s stock market transaction database, as well as technical expertise in finance and securities markets;
  • a deep understanding of the intricacies of contemporary economics and financial principles, and learn how to apply these principles to financial services, savings and investment decisions;
  • been given many opportunities to take advantage of the School’s extensive industry links with companies in Suzhou and Shanghai for your research and future careers, as well as the School’s own research centres;
  • accessed and conducted research on global financial markets with the help of a highly competitive on-campus financial laboratory, which is based on the cooperation between IBSS and Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Wander, the Wharton Research Data Center and the China Stock Market Transaction Database; and
  • been given additional communication and learning opportunities at 25 top schools worldwide.
This master’s programme combines investment theories, professional knowledge and skills: allowing you to analyse real investment problems and solve portfolio management issues in practice. It helps you get familiar with the data, tools and platforms widely used in investment industries.
Xingnong Zhu
Programme director


The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. Additionally, IBSS programmes offer discipline- specific supplementary modules which will aid to broaden your knowledge in that specific field and enhance your skills. These would include opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits will be organized, and invited talks will be given by the industrial experts and professionals. All these activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall career and employability.

Prior to starting the MSc Investment Management programme, my main interests lay in financial markets. The IBSS finance lab and the ability to gain an applied certificate gave me the opportunity to combine knowledge with practice. This experience also helped me greatly in finding a fulfilling job after graduation.
Meiting Shi
Alumna, MSc Investment Management, China


After graduation, our students will not only have the skills they need to work in the financial market, but also those required to pursue doctoral studies and academic research in the future. MSc Investment Management graduates go on to work for international banks, multinational companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, and a wide range of investment management companies.

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