MSc Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance

Global financial services and capital markets industries are becoming more complex and sophisticated. Today, recruitment in the capital markets regulation and compliance area is at an all time high. This is due to the growing pressure for businesses to comply with new and existing European, US and international directives and legislation.

Offered by the ICMA Centre, the degree covers a wide range of European, US and international issues, focusing on building expertise in the regulation and compliance of the capital markets through dedicated practical courses in both those subjects and the economic functioning of markets and instruments, market mechanics and dealing knowledge.

The degree is ideal for:

  • Recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines
  • People working in the industry that would like to specialise in this fast expanding area
  • Market professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in regulation and compliance.

The regulation and compliance courses can be combined with quantitative courses or with non-quantitative courses, making the degree suitable for all of law, economics, accountancy and other graduates.


Part One

  • Securities, Futures and Options
  • Fixed Income and Equity Investments
  • Financial Markets
  • Risk Management in Financial Services (Must also take IQM for credit)
  • Introductory Quantitative Methods (not for credit)

Part Two (Compulsory)

  • Governance and Compliance in Financial Services

Part Two (Optional)

Choice of 80 credits from:

  • Bond Market Pricing and Trading Strategies
  • Commodity Derivatives
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
  • Derivatives Securities: Pricing, Hedging and Trading
  • Essentials of Financial Engineering
  • Foreign Exchange and Money Markets
  • International Securities Markets
  • International Markets
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Market Risk
  • Occupational Pensions
  • Portfolio Management
  • Research Project
  • Stock Index Futures
  • Topics in History of Finance
  • Topics in Financial Regulations

Up to 40 credits of these optional modules can be substituted by modules from the ICMA Centre annual list of Part 2 optional modules subject to satisfying any pre-requisites; or from any additional module provided by the School of Law.

Learning Options

Full-time: 9 months

Professional Development

CISI (Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment) Diploma - students are eligible for exemption from two Diploma modules:

- Financial Derivatives

- Bonds and Fixed Interest Securities.

Students who successfully complete this degree including the module International Securities Markets will be granted the ICMA International Fixed Income and Derivatives Certificate (IFID)

Our Masters in Finance Programmes

The Centre offers a range of uniquely designed Masters in Finance programmes, integrating finance theory with real investment banking practice. For more information please follow the links below:

The ICMA Centre also teaches modules in other specialist Henley Business School degrees:

  • MSc International Business and Finance
  • MSc Real Estate Finance
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Financing

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