The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has partnered with Middlesex University to open doors to financial services careers for Masters’ students.
Middlesex will be introducing one of the CISI’s professional qualifications as a core element of its revalidated MSc Financial Mathematics programme.
From September 2021, students on the MSc will be required to study for the CISI L3 Introduction to Investment qualification and sit the exam as part of their course.
This exam is a foundation for many higher level CISI qualifications and offers a comprehensive introduction to the financial services sector, with a specific focus on investment.
Students will have access to CISI events, networking and training, offering a potential gateway to a financial career.
Kevin Moore, CISI global business development director, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Middlesex University on this important initiative.
“This programme will unlock access for students to our professional body resources and learning, offering them a competitive edge in our fast moving, exciting global financial services profession.”
Graduates will be entitled to become CISI affiliates to continue their professional development after leaving university.
Middlesex students can also take part in the CISI Educational Trust Awards where the top entry from the university will receive a £500 cash prize and an invitation to enter the national competition.
The partnership with CISI is one of a number of changes to Middlesex’s undergraduate and postgraduate Mathematics programmes in light of the experience of the pandemic.
Core modules and most options are now 100 per cent coursework assessed to allow students to deal with problems they might realistically encounter in the workplace.
The Middlesex BSc Mathematics and BSc Mathematics and Data Science degree programmes now also offer options on financial subjects.
“We’ve used what we learned while teaching online during the Covid-19 pandemic to design a blended learning approach,” said head of learning, teaching and student experience at Middlesex’s Faculty of Science & Technology, Dr Alison Megeney.
“We’re combining live sessions on-campus, live sessions online and videos and recordings, to give a varied, efficient and flexible learning experience for our students”.
Earlier this week, the Personal Finance Society teamed up with ITN to produce a news-style programme exploring the importance of financial planning in a post-pandemic world.
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