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Investment and Portfolio Management

6 months
2305 GBP/module
1690 GBP/module
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This Investment and Portfolio Management module from The Open University UK covers the field of investment. It describes the main participants, their objectives and constraints, and the major investment markets. 


The Investment and Portfolio Management module from The Open University UK covers investment strategies for bonds, equities, and structured products including the use of derivatives in managing risk. Portfolio optimisation and asset allocation are covered, as well as how to measure portfolio performance. Ethical investment, the role of taxation, and behavioural investment biases are also explored in this module. By the end of the module you will be able to evaluate individual securities, investment strategies and portfolio performance in the context of investor objectives, constraints and behavioural biases.

Vocational relevance

Investment and portfolio management is of particular relevance to those working, or intending to work, in the investment management sector, whether as an investment intermediary or in a banking or fund management role. The module will also provide you with skills you will use in obtaining professional qualifications and may allow you exemptions from part of such qualifications. The module is also of general interest to those wishing to learn how portfolio and investment management is carried out in practice.

Programme Structure

The following are the main topics covered in this module:

  • investment objectives and constraints
  • the investment market and its participants
  • managing bond and equity portfolios
  • alternative asset classes, including currency
  • the use of derivatives in investment management.
  • asset allocation
  • evaluation of portfolios (mutual funds, pension funds and other institutionally managed funds)
  • international diversification; investing in emerging markets
  • behavioural finance

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All entrants must hold a BA/BSc degree awarded by a recognised university, or equivalent.

  • Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to a degree. If you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK degree you should contact us. The Open University Business School Masters Programme Committee is responsible for judging whether applicants’ qualifications meet the requirements for admission.
  • You will also need an appropriate facility in English language, sufficient to be able to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2305 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2305 GBP per module during 6 months.
  • National

    1690 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1690 GBP per module during 6 months.


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