NUS Business School launches Executive Master of Science in Investments and Portfolio Risk Management

Specialised Executive Master of Science programme to transform careers by equipping graduates with the capability to harness technological disruption to solve real world problems in finance and investing

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School will be introducing a new Executive Master of Science in Investments and Portfolio Risk Management (EMIR) programme to meet the needs of the global industry for well-trained talent in harnessing technological disruption to solve real world problems in finance and investing.

The programme is developed by NUS Business School’s Centre for Asset Management Research and Investments (CAMRI) in consultation with industry partners, government agencies, faculty and practitioners. Commencing in April 2019, it is targeted at global money managers and financial analysts with at least three years’ relevant experience in the industry.  The first intake will consist of up to 40 students.

The programme will focus on a strong asset management foundation combined with progressive experiential learning. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty with practical experience drawn from Finance, Engineering, Technology, Computer Science, and Economics, EMIR will provide professionals with the necessary skills and hands-on training, through a rigorous educational curriculum, to use new financial technology and data science to solve real world problems, as well as provide cutting-edge solutions..

The practical training will take place in the world-renowned CAMRI training lab, which features over 40 workstations that offer live feeds from Bloomberg, MSCI Barra portfolio risk management solutions, and the latest trading and portfolio management software worth some US$2.7 million.

Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of CAMRI, NUS Business School, said, “Technological disruption to the finance industry is the new normal. The global pervasiveness of Fintech and its impact in all financial sectors will create a demand for specialised talent in the sector. Our goal is to groom skilful and well-intentioned professionals who are equipped and prepared to face these disruptive challenges in the coming years.”

This intensive 14-month EMIR programme will comprise six week-long in-residence sessions, including a four-day segment in Princeton, New Jersey taught by a faculty member of the Bendheim Centre for Finance at Princeton University. It will also feature a Virtual Classroom format for the Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management (APRM) segment. Please refer to Annex A for an outline of the topics covered in the EMIR curriculum.

Prof Cherian added, “Besides providing rigorous education and experiential hands-on training for the digital economy, and leveraging new and relevant innovations to produce asset managers who are future-ready, the programme will also serve as an incubator and generator of new investment research, strategies and ideas.”

 For more information on the EMIR programme, please visit:  https://bschool.nus.edu.sg/emir/

Annex A: Course Topics of the Executive Master of Science in Investments and Portfolio Risk Management (EMIR) *

1.    Financial Modelling, Data Analytics and Quantitative Investing

2.    Corporate Financial Models, Fundamental Valuation and Deep Value Investing

3.    Rates, Credits, Currencies and Alternatives: Active Risk Management and Debacles

4.    Applied Portfolio Management and Special Topics in Finance

(Includes a four-day in-residence segment taught by a faculty member of the Bendheim Centre for Finance at the Princeton University campus)

5.    Current Issues in the Global Economy Affecting Portfolio Management

6.    Behavioural Finance, Investor Psychology and Decision Heuristics

7.    Introduction to Financial Technology and Disruption in Finance

8.    Private Equity

9.    Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Data Science Cluster

(Virtual classroom format delivered via video-conferencing, with the option to convene at two global centres in Hong Kong and Singapore)

*The courses are subject to change.



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