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How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?. Read more
How can knowledge of trading global markets affect risk management and compliance? Will firms that have trading arms executing orders in global markets need specialist trader analytics to succeed in today's business world?

Alongside banks, a growing number of both financial firms (e.g. hedge funds) and non-financial firms (e.g. utilities) have trading arms which execute orders in the markets and deal on behalf of either the firm or outside clients. Therefore, knowledge of trading global markets is a prerequisite for your career in trading, risk management or compliance.

On this course, we prepare you for a successful career in finance and financial services by covering in-depth finance, statistical modelling and trading skills. Taught by industry experts, we offer a mix of classroom-based instruction, case study and practical trading exercise where you trade on real-time simulated global markets through the use of industry-strength proprietary trading software in our specialist trading lab.

You master areas including:
-Trading strategies
-Risk and money management
-Trader analytics
-Portfolio management and empirical methods in finance

You are given exposure to practical trading in a wide range of markets, including equities, FX, commodities and bonds.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Essex Business School employs staff from across the globe.

We’re renowned for our social science led research and are ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). As one of the largest finance groups in the country, our work has been called upon by the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, so you study at a school that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.

Our expert staff explore issues including: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

Specialist facilities

Based at our Colchester Campus, the Essex Business School building provides superb facilities for staff and students.

Not only can you practice trading stocks and securities in our virtual trading lab, our study pods and Bonds café provide ample space for group-working and preparing for lectures, our sun terrace and winter garden provide the building with a unique micro-climate, reflecting our commitment to ethical and sustainable business.

Your future

A Masters degree from Essex Business School is an investment in your future career; in 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Not only will we support you to reach your full academic potential, our Student Services Team works in partnership with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Our students progress to work in a range of careers, from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy. We’re also proud of our many graduate entrepreneurs.

Example structure

-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Trading Global Financial Markets
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Asset Pricing (optional)
-Fixed Income Securities (optional)
-Industry Expert Lectures in Finance (optional)

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This unique Finance MSc online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. Read more
This unique Finance MSc online learning degree allows you to develop the skills and insight to meet the growing demands of this ever-changing sector. This online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas like, Investment Banking, International Finance and Islamic Banking and Finance.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals within the finance sector, this unique MSc Finance online degree gives you the flexibility to achieve a recognised financial award in specialist areas such as Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance or Investment Banking.

Improve your career prospects by acquiring the financial theory and practical skills required to work within emerging finance sectors. This course is ideally suited to financial roles in areas such as corporate finance, investment banking, commodities trading or Islamic banking. By acquiring this postgraduate qualification you'll be in a stronger position when applying for senior roles as a banker, finance analyst, commodity trader or financial advisor within the corporate sector and specialised financial institutions.

What does this course cover?

You can tailor this course to your personal and professional interests. You'll study core subject areas of Corporate Finance, Ethics and Corporate Governance with a choice of five optional modules in Islamic Banking and Finance, International Finance, Investment Banking, Fixed Income Security and Commodities Trading. Finally you'll complete an Independent Scholarship Project to achieve your Masters degree.

You can start this course in September, January or May.

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The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. Read more
The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. In global exploration and production networks there is a clear need for managers who are trained in the latest techniques and practices in the field of the global oil and gas environment. The needs of the industry, technology and work practices are ever-changing. Consequently, it is vital that all their training reflects the changes in the business.

This postgraduate degree programme provides a global perspective on these issues and also a high quality of delivery from subject matter experts, from both industry and academia. The programme also features software products and computer-based training from market leaders in the relevant subject areas.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide students with an enhanced base of knowledge of current and reflective practices necessary to initiate or further a career in global oil and gas management

- To develop an advanced insight into global oil and gas management commercial environment and requirements

- To develop critical insight into management issues relating to the global oil and gas business.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/enggen/oil-mgt

What you'll study

Compulsory modules:

Strategy and management
Research methodology
Individual project

Programme specific modules

Processing, storage & transportation of oil and gas; alternative sources of energy
Energy and commodities trading: practice and legal frameworks
Maritime economics and global business management
Economics, accounting and finance for the energy sector
Environmental engineering
Supply chain management

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework and a project.

Specialist equipment/facilities

Students will have access to existing online resources such as Moodle, emails, library online resources, IEEEXplore, databases, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought for the programme. It is strongly anticipated that this programme will have a minimum of 2 accrediting professional bodies.

Career options

The oil and gas industries provide a wide range of career opportunities across the globe. Some are offshore, working directly out on the rigs drilling for oil and gas and on fixed installation oil and gas production platforms as part of the extraction process. Other roles are in commercial activities working onshore, such as in buying and selling oil and gas or as part of the legal teams setting up contracts.

Careers and employability

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
We work with employers to ensure our degrees provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the world of work. They also provide a range of work experience opportunities for undergraduates in areas such as civil engineering, manufacturing and business information technology.

Students also benefit from the services provided by the university’s Guidance and Employability Team, including ‘JobShop’, mentoring, volunteering and the student ambassador scheme.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the nature of the relationship between corporates, governments and communities has become increasingly significant as all parties become aware of the potential positive (or negative) impacts of businesses on the world beyond their immediate and obvious activities. Read more
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the nature of the relationship between corporates, governments and communities has become increasingly significant as all parties become aware of the potential positive (or negative) impacts of businesses on the world beyond their immediate and obvious activities.

This MSc is designed to enable students to apply ways of thinking about CSR to local and global industries such as telecoms, finance, commodities trading and the extractive industries. Incorporating the study of a diverse array of local to global factors, the course assists students in grasping the complexities of the contemporary issues and challenges facing a variety of sectors and their role in development alongside governments and third sector organisations.

You will learn how to:
• Identify problems facing companies under the umbrella of social responsibility;
• Draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems;
• Apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies;
• Recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests;
• Forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk;
• Demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work-and-social-sciences/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/corporate-social-responsibility-and-energy

Course detail

The course offers student two exit routes:

• MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy) or
• MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

After completion of 120 credits students can exit with:

• PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy) or
• PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

After completion of 60 credits students can exit with a PgCert Corporate Social Responsibility

Modules

Core modules on the course will cover a variety of issues connected to corporate social responsibility, including international standards and regulations, managing local content, the Global Compact, stakeholder engagement strategies and the triple bottom line in corporate sustainability. Also covered will be issues such as supply chain management, building value through value chain analysis and effective monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Modules specific to the two different exit routes will cover the following:

Those undertaking the energy route will examine the relationship of energy to issues around global and national security and conflict management. The impact of energy on health from the perspective of those both working inside the energy sector and those outside it who are affected by its operations will also be studied.

Those undertaking the sustainable development route will examine the impact of globalisation on communities, how to manage community development projects and developing leadership skills.

All students will study research design and methodology in preparation for the dissertation. This aspect of the course will focus on understanding the skills and techniques most suitable for use in the workplace and students will be encouraged to undertake a work based dissertation where appropriate.

Format

A combination of lectures, seminars, on-line discussions, webinars and self-directed study.

The flexible nature of the course means that you will be able to pursue issues relating to CSR that are relevant and appropriate to your interests, experience and future career ambitions.

Assessment

Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays, case studies and reports, contribution based assessment of online participation and a research project.

Careers

A variety of potential careers are open to students graduating from this course and former students have gone on to devise and manage the CSR strategies of national governments, to manage sustainability issues in multinational corporations, to work in corporate communications and PR and to doctoral studies to name just a few.

Developing the skills taught on this course enables graduates to help companies extend their appreciation of the environments they operate in, in order to better inform corporate decision-making and manage attendant uncertainties and risks. The student learning experience is directed towards achieving this, cultivating in students the necessary academic learning so that they graduate with employable, desirable skills and/or the ability to pursue further research opportunities within international contexts.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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The MSc in Energy Trade and Finance was launched in September 2003 and was the culmination of talks between Charles Daly, Chairman and CEO at Channoil… Read more
The MSc in Energy Trade and Finance was launched in September 2003 and was the culmination of talks between Charles Daly, Chairman and CEO at Channoil Consulting and Cass Business School about the need to provide postgraduate education to top quality recent graduates who are interested in a career in the energy and commodities sector, or young professionals who wanted to consolidate their industry experience with a focused and practical Masters qualification. Channoil Consulting Ltd is a leading Oil and Gas consultancy company which comprises a group of seasoned oil and gas industry professionals with successful career backgrounds in major and large independent companies. The company is led by its executive management team which consists of Charles Daly, Dermot Campbell, Steve Roberts and Peter Hills. Based in London, have representation in the a number of centre in Europe and the Middle East and focus on Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. It is the management team which organises the content and delivery of the core module in Oil & Energy Trading Economics & Finance, with the aid of a small number of consulting Associates who tackle specialist areas such as LNG, gas and coal. Over the last 11 years, the Channoil team have received glowing comments from Energy students for their expertise, enthusiasm and practical relevance in the delivery of their module, which is one of the cornerstones of the MSc. They also keep in touch with alumni all over the world who have found employment in the oil and gas business sectors.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/etf#courses-details=1

Course detail

This course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance.

The MSc courses offered by the Centre reflect the Cass philosophy: advanced, technically challenging programmes that incorporate applied, real-world scenarios.

Students make presentations to lecturers, visitors from the City and other members of the class. This provides you with invaluable practice in using, applying and expressing complex subject matter clearly and concisely to a business audience.

Group work, on the preparation of case studies and a business plan, consolidates the acquired knowledge and also builds the 'soft' skills essential to any future career. From a total of over 1,200 graduates to date, all have taken their place in the international business community.

The MSc is also available on a part-time basis in exceptional cases and where it is possible for the applicant to have day release from their company 2-3 times a week. All lectures are held between 9am-6pm, there are no evening lectures.

Format

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

• An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.

• a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

• eight core courses (5 - 25 credits each)
and
• five electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance hold key positions and have eminent careers in over 70 countries in fields such as commercial banking, commodity trading, government, investment banking, law, logistics management, management consultancy, manufacturing, shipping, finance, shipping operations, stockbroking, and university research and teaching, among others.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance class of 2014 are working are:

• Total - Risk Analyst
• Koch Supply and Trading - Commercial Trainee
• Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) - Associate

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city

Funding

For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

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Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world. Read more

Through in-depth study of topics such as financial risk management and stock market analysis, this highly specialised International Financial Markets Masters degree will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to forge a successful career as a trader or financial manager anywhere in the world.

Introducing your degree

This highly specialised MSc in International Financial Markets offers advanced study in the areas of international financial markets and portfolio management, with an emphasis on equity, bonds, foreign exchange and their various derivatives markets. You’ll examine effective strategies for managing portfolios of these assets and analyse the impact of world events on global financial markets. Innovative practical exercises, such as trading floor simulations and portfolio management assignments, will enhance your professional skills. And our academics’ research and sector expertise, combined with input from guest lecturers from leading financial institutions, will ensure you are up to date with the latest thinking in the sector. 

Overview

Southampton was one of the first UK universities to offer a specialised masters course in international financial markets, and remains at the leading edge of research and education in this field today. On this course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the workings of global financial markets and how they are affected by political and economic events worldwide.  

This course is ideal if you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies or gain expertise to further your career in the financial sector. It offers an advanced level of study and is therefore suitable for those who have already undertaken some quantitative study, or those with relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a career as a trader or financial manager in a wide range of settings. These include mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance funds, investment analysis and advice, trading in equities, bond, foreign exchange, commodities and a wide variety of derivatives markets, investment banking, private equity, and private wealth management. You could become an investment consultant, corporate treasurer or rating agency analyst, or choose to work in financial journalism, policy, training or regulation. Alternatively, you could further your studies by doing a PhD and become a researcher in academia. 

Former students have gone on to work for PwC, Mackenzie, HSBC and Bank of Shanghai.



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The course provides you with a strong mathematical background with the skills necessary to apply your expertise to the solution of real finance problems. … Read more

The course provides you with a strong mathematical background with the skills necessary to apply your expertise to the solution of real finance problems. You will develop skills so that you are able to formulate a well posed problem from a description in financial language, carry out relevant mathematical analysis, develop and implement an appropriate numerical scheme and present and interpret these results.

The course lays the foundation for further research in academia or for a career as a quantitative analyst in a financial or other institution.

You will take three introductory courses in the first week. The introductory courses cover partial differential equations, probability and statistics and MATLAB.

The first term focuses on compulsory core material, offering 80 hours of lectures and 40 hours of classes/practical. The core courses are as follows:

  • Stochastic Calculus
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Numerical Methods I - Monte-Carlo
  • Numerical Methods I - Finite Differences
  • Statistics and Financial Data Analysis
  • Financial Programming with C++ 1

In the second term, three streams are offered; each stream consists of 32 hours of lectures and 16 hours of classes/practical. The Tools stream is mandatory and you will also take either the Modelling stream or the Data-driven stream.

Modelling stream

  • Exotic derivatives
  • Stochastic volatility, jump diffusions
  • Commodities
  • Fixed income

Data-driven stream

  • Asset pricing and inefficiency of markets
  • Market microstructure and trading
  • Algorithmic trading
  • Advanced financial data analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Python

Tools stream

  • Numerical methods 2 - Monte Carlo methods
  • Numerical methods 2 - Finite differences
  • Calibration
  • Optimisation
  • Introduction to stochastic control

As well as the streams, the course includes a compulsory one-week (24 hours of lectures) intensive module on quantitative risk management which is to be held in/around the week before the third term.

The third term is dedicated to a dissertation project which is to be written on a topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

The second component of the financial computing course, Financial Computing with C++ 2 (24 hours of lectures and practicals in total), is held shortly after the third term.

The examination will consist of the following elements:

  • two written examinations and one take-home project, each of two hours' duration - the written examinations will cover the core courses in mathematical methods and numerical analysis
  • a written examination on the Modelling stream or a written examination and a computer-based practical examination on the Data-driven stream
  • a written examination assessing the Tools stream
  • a take-home project assessing the course in quantitative risk management
  • two practical examinations assessing two courses in financial computing with C++.

Graduate destinations

MSc graduates have been recruited by prominent investment banks and hedge funds. Many past students have also progressed to PhD-level studies at leading universities in Europe and elsewhere.



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The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice. Read more

The primary aim of the MSc in International Shipping and Finance (ISF) is to address the educational needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital intensive shipping industry, by bridging the gap between academic theory and business practice.

The programme is designed to provide a unique educational experience that combines research-led, technically advanced teaching by world-renowned academic faculty and senior industry practitioners. The shipping industry itself is highly involved in shaping its structure and contributing to its delivery as well as the career development of its participants. The delivery of this programme is based on a practice centred, hands-on approach. The ultimate objective is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, technical expertise and skills required by major employers in the sector. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the shipping and financial markets interact and complement each other. You will specialise in the analysis of shipping markets and cycles, maritime trade patterns and commodities carried by sea, chartering and ship-broking practices, maritime logistics systems, legal aspects in shipping, the selection of alternative shipping finance and investment methods as well as the development, implementation and appraisal of shipping related risk management strategies. You will also gain exposure to securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation, investment strategies and quantitative techniques.

Students on the MSc ISF programme also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global as well as memberships of Maritime London and the Baltic Exchange offering them the opportunity to register as associate members during their study.

Highlights

  • Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes specialised workshops, distinguished guest speakers, bespoke simulations and company visits.
  • Receive a Dual Degree Award, with two full time MSc degrees in International Shipping and Finance from both the ICMA Centre and ALBA Graduate Business School
  • Gain international experience with one month’s study in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping and the largest merchant fleet in the world
  • Utilise our industry links to access unique work-experience placement opportunities, whilst benefitting from our in-house career development programme and partnership with leading shipping recruitment company Spinnaker Global
  • Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

At ICMA centre

At ALBA

Part 2 optional modules (at ICMA centre)

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers in International Shipping and Finance

After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector.

On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation.

Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.

Internships/Placements

Internship opportunities with leading companies in the shipping industry are available to outstanding MSc ISF graduates. A number of companies have joined our work placement scheme and offer work experience placements to some of our excellent graduates (subject to successful interviews and work permits where applicable). Additional placement and full time opportunities in the shipping industry are also made available to our students on an ad-hoc basis .

Career Advisory Partnership

Along with a full range of career advisory and professional development services available to our students from our dedicated Henley Careers team, students will also benefit from our partnership with Spinnaker Global, the leading shipping recruitment consultancy. As part of our collaboration Spinnaker provides career advice and support to our students and promotes their profiles internationally for internship and full time opportunities. 

Professional Accreditation

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Professional Qualification

The programme is accredited by ICS and our students are eligible for 3 exam exemptions from the ICS qualification, which is the maximum number of exemptions offered by the institute. The 3 exemptions offered are for the ICS modules:

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Shipping Finance

Our successful graduates have to take only 4 out of the 7 ICS exams to qualify for the ICS membership. 

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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The financial services industry place great emphasis on raising the level of mathematics used in banks in applications to pricing, hedging and risk management. Read more

The financial services industry place great emphasis on raising the level of mathematics used in banks in applications to pricing, hedging and risk management. This MSc provides students with the skills necessary in mathematics, statistics and computation for a career in this fast-developing field.

About this degree

Students will develop a detailed understanding of the application of mathematics, statistics and computation to problems in finance, and will gain the necessary practical tools for the pricing, hedging and risk management of a diverse range of financial products in several asset classes.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered to the students that have completed 8 taught modules (120 UCL credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate will be offered to the students that have completed 4 taught modules (60 UCL credits).

Core modules

  • Asset Pricing in Continuous Time
  • Forecasting
  • Interest Rates and Credit Modelling
  • Quantitative and Computational Finance

Optional modules

Four modules must be chosen from the following list.

  • Applied Computational Finance
  • Equities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Modelling
  • Market Risk, Measures and Portfolio Theory
  • Mathematics and Statistics of Algorithmic Trading
  • Numerical Analysis for Finance
  • Probability
  • Statistical Inference
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a research report of approximately 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and problem-solving exercises. Assessment is through written papers, coursework, examinations and the research report and presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Financial Mathematics MSc

Careers

Many students have progressed to careers in financial services in the City of London or in their home country; a number of graduates have proceeded to a PhD.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Structurer, BNP Paribas
  • PhD in Mathematics, University College London (UCL)
  • University Teacher, Chechen State University
  • CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), Quartic Training
  • MSc Financial Mathematics, UCL

Employability

The financial services industry requires quantitative finance professionals who are able to analyse data, to program, and who are expert in mathematics and computational statistics. Career prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mathematics is an internationally renowned department which carries out excellent individual and group research applying modelling techniques to problems in financial, industrial, biological and environmental areas.

The department hosts a stream of distinguished international visitors. In recent years four staff members have been elected fellows of the Royal Society, and the department publishes the highly regarded research journal Mathematika.

A notable aspect of this applied Master's programme is that students will be educated to an advanced level in statistics and computing.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mathematics

82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Are you looking to start a career in the financial sector? Paris School of Business School’s Msc in International Finance will provide you with necessary skills and know-how to achieve this goal. Read more
Are you looking to start a career in the financial sector? Paris School of Business School’s Msc in International Finance will provide you with necessary skills and know-how to achieve this goal.

Paris is a major international and dynamic financial center, home of many financial institutions or subsidiaries, so the the city of Paris provides a convenient environment to study an MSc in International Finance.

Paris School of Business is dedicated to teach its students concrete professional skills. This is why the Msc in International Finance includes trainings in financial software such as Excel, VBA and Bloomberg. Students are also trained for financial certification such as CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or PRM (Professional Risk Manager).

Business Core:
• Strategic Management
• International Business
• Financial Management
• Managerial Accounting
• International Business Environment
• Corporate Strategy
Leadership & Professional Skills Modules:
• Leadership & Management: Cours Florent Seminar
• Career Management
• Business Game
• Research Methodology
• Advanced Productivity Digital Tools
• Business Tours

Advanced Core Component:

• Project Management
• International Business Law
• Fixed Income Securities Management
• Professional Standards: Compliance and Control
• Banking & Financial Regulations
• Risk Management
• Derivative & Commodities
• Collective Funds Management
• Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Job opportunities

• Career in businesses related to the trading room (mainly in the front and middle offices)
• Credit Risk Analyst
• Financial Analyst
• Bank Risk Manager
• Originator of Securities
• Portfolio Manager
• Fund Manager

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