What you will study
- Microeconomics and macroeconomics
- Introductory quantitative methods for finance
- Financial markets and institutions
- Financial regulation and compliance
- Corporate finance
- Interpretation of financial statements
- Fixed income and equity investments
- Securities, futures and options
- Alternative investments
- Portfolio management
- Investment performance measurement
- Risk management in investments
- Information efficiency and asymmetry: the efficient market hypothesis and event studies
- Private wealth management and risk management for individuals
- Investment platforms, wealth management and service providers
- Ethical and professional standards for investment practitioners
- Conducting a small-scale research project on a topic in investment and wealth management.
You will be able to select any two optional courses* from the following LSFL course list to complete your qualification:
- Taxation (UK)
- International Taxation
- Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
- Forensic Accounting
- Business Valuation Methods
- Investment Appraisal Methods
- Sources of Finance for Businesses
- Economic History
- Behavioural Economics and Finance
- Economics for Investment Decision-Making
- Sustainable Finance: Major Issues in ESG and SR Investing
* The optional courses are free if taken as part of this qualification. You will be sent details about registration for the optional courses after you start your studies with us.
Key features of the course
- Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
- An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
- Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
- Illustrative practice activities with solutions, “test your understanding” activities and tutor-marked assignments, including a final report, to reinforce learning
- Advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law upon course completion
This non-credit advanced diploma is intended for finance students and practitioners who want to upgrade existing knowledge and skills in areas relevant to the investment practice, including investment management, financial risk management, financial markets regulation, taxation of investments and financial planning.
The course can be taken alongside your degree or professional qualification studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. The knowledge and skills obtained during this course will allow qualification holders to work as investment research assistants in consulting firms or financial analysts in investment companies in the UK or overseas.
Please note that completion of Investment and Wealth Management does not authorise you to offer investment advice services to the public in the UK as this activity is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and requires a higher level qualification (e.g. the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification awarded by CFA Institute or the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) awarded by CFA UK). This course is nonetheless an ideal starting point before beginning a formal training course in investment management or wealth management.
- Knowledge and understanding of core subject areas
- Independent and critical thinking
- Problem-solving and reasoning
- Practical and professional skills
- Data handling, analytical skills and overall research literacy
- Communication, team working and time management skills
- Financial management
- Investment analysis and management
- Accounting and tax advisory
- Financial law or law-related fields
- Risk management
- Business management consultancy
- Business and financial journalism
- Professional training
- Coaching, mentoring and counselling in the financial services sector
Online learning with tutor guidance and support
How long it takes
12 months (384 hours)
You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying this course.
Teaching and assessment
A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.
The course work includes online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and end-of-course assessment. The end-of-course assessment is a 20-30 page report on a topic related to investment and wealth management.
You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-course assessment.
The Pass mark for the course is 50%.
All study materials are provided on the course website.
Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.
A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this course. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.
If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.
Fees and funding
Course fees for 2023/2024 academic year: £2,160
Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.
LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.
You may be eligible for tuition funding.
Next term start date: 20 May 2024
The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of the module start. Module sessions will be opened every week or every two weeks to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.
Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.
Registration closes 10 May 2024 (places subject to availability)
Registration for current students:
Registration for new students:
You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.
Investment and Wealth Management starts three times a year – in January, May and September.
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English language requirements
There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses. If English is not your native or second language, or you would like to improve specialist language skills necessary for your profession, you may complete one of the following English language courses:
A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.