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One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the . Read more

One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

The financial system has undergone major restructuring in preparation for the new regulatory frameworks, affecting existing roles and creating different skillset requirements within risk management divisions of financial institutions. 

This programme is tailored to the needs of the rapidly changing financial markets, providing graduates with an insight into the new innovations in the area of risk management. Through its long-term academic partnerships and accreditations by leading professional bodies, the MSc Financial Risk Management offers a cutting edge learning experience, aligning research excellence and current market intelligence.

The graduates benefit from exemptions to certain professional certifications from leading professional bodies worldwide. Click the ‘Careers & professional accreditation’ tab on the right for more information.                                                                                       

The MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). The degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Highlights

  • Enhance your career prospects in one of the most sought after areas of finance
  • Study one of the most recognised risk management master’s courses in the UK
  • Develop your professional skills by studying for GARP FRM Part I as part of the course and benefit from the programme’s accreditation by GARP
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as market risk, financial instruments and credit risk
  • Benefit from additional professional exam exemptions from PRMIA

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

Part 2 optional modules

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

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

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

After completion of this programme, students are well-prepared to follow a career in the challenging fields of risk management, or risk analysis with banks, regulators, portfolio managers, corporate treasuries, risk management software houses, specialist financial boutiques and hedge funds. Regulators, governments, advisors and commentators are unanimously endorsing the call for more and better qualified risk managers and analysts to join the financial industry.

Professional accreditation

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by GARP and the degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Professional Risk Managers’ Association (PRMIA)

ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management students are eligible for exemption from Exams I and II of PRM Certification. In addition MSc FRM students are provided with assistance to take PRM Exams III and IV.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).



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The world of credit management is an extremely dynamic environment demanding ever-changing skills and knowledge base in areas such as trade. Read more
The world of credit management is an extremely dynamic environment demanding ever-changing skills and knowledge base in areas such as trade. This course will help you develop both the practical and theoretical skills needed to develop your career in credit management.

More about this course

The Level 5 Diploma is the Institute’s graduate level programme and provides essential knowledge and skills for the credit manager covering business strategy, credit risk management, process improvement, leadership and legal proceedings and insolvency.

Qualification demonstrates a high level of knowledge and expertise in credit management and the ability to maximise the efficiency of the credit function. The qualification establishes the level of competency required for roles such as credit managers, credit risk managers, risk control and compliance managers, credit and legal services managers.

Assessment is carried out by the CICM via examinations held in January, June and October.

Professional accreditation

CICM Level 5 Diploma in Credit Management

Modular structure

Level 5 Diploma modules:
-Legal Proceedings and Insolvency
-Monitor and Review Business Processes
-Evaluating Compliance
-Mapping the Organisational Environment
-Developing a Customer Focused Organisation
-Leadership and Management
-Credit Risk Management

After the course

These valuable professional qualifications will enhance the career prospects of anyone wishing to move into or forward in a credit role.

They also provide a springboard to further study, such as a Diploma in Management Studies or an MBA.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2007-2009 HAS RAISED NEW ISSUES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK AND HAS CREATED NEW CHALLENGES FOR ALL PLAYERS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR. Read more
THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2007-2009 HAS RAISED NEW ISSUES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK AND HAS CREATED NEW CHALLENGES FOR ALL PLAYERS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR. BANKS, INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND OTHER FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS NEED TO GAIN BETTER CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCIAL RISKS. MARKET PARTICIPANTS AND RESEARCHERS FROM ACADEMIA NEED TO APPLY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO FINANCE AND ECONOMICS. THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE MSC IS TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

THE MSC PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO MASTER THE FINANCIAL RISK TOOLS WHICH ARE VITAL FOR FINANCING AND INVESTMENT IN BANKS AND TO FACE THE MARKET’S NEEDS.

BACKGROUND

The MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management programme is designed for those interested in working inthe financial services sector and who have an academic background in Financial Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Engineering Sciences or Physics and have graduated with an International Bachelor’s degree in the fore-mentioned subjects or with a French Master’s degree (M1). The MSc programme will provide the skills needed to master advanced analytical tools needed in modern finance.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the programme will develop the expertise to analyse and control financial risks. It covers areas such as Mathematical Finance, Risk Management, Programming and Finance, Regulation and Future Governance. The course is tailored to prepare students for jobs such as: Risk Analyst, Quantitative analyst, Structured product specialist, Compliance Officer, Auditor

BLENDED LEARNING

The pedagogical approach blends theoretical teaching with the study of real-life cases. Students will have the opportunity to work on current business problems
with financial firms. As an integral part of the programme, students will complete a 4-6 month internship. After the internship, students will prepare a dissertation using the experience gained during their time in the company under the supervision of an Internship Tutor from the company and an ESILV professor specialised in the topic of the dissertation. The first semester of the the programme can be completed at ESILV (Paris) or at the University of Padova (Italy).

53K€ - THE MINIMUM INTERNATIONAL STARTING SALARY OF GRADUATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

10 - LECTURERS/RESEARCHERS IN THE FINANCE LAB, THE RESEARCH LABORATORY IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

12 - BLOOMBERG TERMINALS ON CAMPUS

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

FULL-TIME 18 MONTHS PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH

::SEMESTER 1::

Model identification, calibration and data analysis
- Linear and nonlinear computational algebra : an introduction
- Model identification and calibration

Stochastic methods for finance
- Fundamentals of Stochastic methods
- Advanced Stochastic methods for finance

Stochastic differential equations
- Stochastic processes
- Stochastic differential equations

Scientific computing and programming
- Programming : an introduction to VBA and Matlab
- Object oriented programming and data mining

::SEMESTER 2::

Statistics for Risk Management
- Econometrics
- Extreme Value Theory

Risk Management
- Credit Risk
- Operational Risk
- Liquidity Risk
- Market Risk

Quantitative Finance
- Derivative Product
- Asset Management
- Bloomberg and VBA for Finance

Accounting and Regulatory
- Asset Liability Management
- Basel 3

Beyond Basel III
- Interest Rate Risk Management
- Systemic Risk Modelisation

Bank of the future
- History of money and banking system
- International Finance andsystemic risk
- Bank and monetary policy

Language
- French as a Foreign Language

::SEMESTER 3::

Internship

Professional Dissertation

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

OUR COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA FOR THE MSC IN INVESTMENT BANKING AND RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME WILL GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT TO BOTH ESILV’S AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA’S EXTENSIVE NETWORK AND TO GAIN EXPERTISE FROM THE PROFESSORS FROM BOTH SCHOOLS

::IN PARIS::

We offer an excellent work environment with state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the largest financial district in Europe, La Défense – you will be where all the action is. ESILV is located in the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, which offers students a highly-secure study environment where you will find up-to-date technology and equipment necessary for your studies. The Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci has dedicated spaces for the comfort andwell-being of the students – including a choice of cafeterias, a sports center and lounge areas. From day one, when the international relations department meets you at the airport and helps you settle into Paris, you will get support from administrative and academic staff to make your learning experience in Paris a remarkable one.

::IN PADOVA::

If you choose to do the first semester at the University of Padova, you will get the opportunity to study in an institution with an incredible history. Not only does the University have the oldest University Botanical Garden in the world, you can also discover the ancient Palazzos, Astrological Observatory and historical collections in the museums. With about 65 000 students, the University of Padova is ranked as the leading Italian University, as well as being in the top 300 worldwide in the Shanghai rankings.

::PARTNERSHIP::

The following companies have shown their interest in the MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management. As well as being members of the Scientific Comitee,
they will contribute to the taught-part of the programme and propose Internship offers in their companies: Société Générale (Risk and Capital Models Department), BRED (Department of Capital Markets), Blackridge Bank (President and CEO), Monte dei Paschi Siena (Head of Global Markets), DanskeBank (Head of Front Office Quantitative Applications), CONSOB (The Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa).

::BLOOMBERG TRADING ROOM::

The Pôle Léonard de Vinci has 12 Bloomberg terminals where you can simulate being a trader. The Bloomberg Trading room gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the markets and its financial products, with the aim of becoming almost fully operational for your future employer. You will create
a network of contacts with the help of the Bloomberg Chat tool, where you can contact professionals and send them your CV.

USEFUL INFORMATION

::DURATION::

12 months of classes
4-6 months Company Mission/ Internship (you can do this anywhere in the world)

Intake : February

Tuition fees : 15 000 €

::ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS::

To apply for the MSc in Investment Banking and Risk Management the pre-requisites are as follows:

- A French Masters 1 Level Degree in Financial Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics or Engineering Sciences
- An international Bachelor’s degree in one of the above-mentioned subjects
- An international Bachelor’s degree in Physics

::HOUSING AND COST OF LIVING::

The cost of living will vary significantly dependent on your lifestyle. This is estimated to be between 1 000 and 1 500 € per month (housing, food, electricity…). The International Relations Department will provide you with housing options offered by our housing partners.

::FOR MORE INFORMATION::

Vaghé LUDINARD
International Programmes Manager
Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci
Tel : +33 (0)1 41 16 70 86


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Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets. Read more

Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, the causes and effects of financial risk and professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. You can also choose optional modules allowing you to specialise in areas such as accounting, international banking and security investment analysis.

Learning from highly qualified teaching staff involved in world-class research in financial risk management, you’ll test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios during practical case study exercises and simulations. Thanks to our excellent links with industry and commerce, you’ll gain an understanding of the latest challenges in financial markets worldwide.

Academic excellence

As a student you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Financial Risk Management; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

Course content

The course builds your understanding of essential topics such as corporate finance and applies financial theory to practical problems. You’ll study financial modelling, risk and insurance, managing portfolio risk and derivatives. You’ll also undertake professional skills training throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills to apply your knowledge into the workplace.

Beyond these core areas of study, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You’ll take at least one of Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance, and can choose from topics such as forensic accounting and finance, international banking and finance or information and organisation design.

You’ll also develop your knowledge of research methods in finance and by the end of the year, you’ll be prepared to design and carry out your own research dissertation on a related topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Portfolio Risk Management 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Applied Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Modelling and Analysis 15 credits
  • Financial Derivatives 15 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 45 credits
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

Optional modules

You’ll also take two optional modules. One of these must be either Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance.

  • Security Investment Analysis 15 credits
  • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits
  • Discrete Time Finance 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Financial Risk Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about our professional skills activities for finance students.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of career options within finance, including risk management, credit risk analysis, derivatives, insurance and finance research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for a variety of financial institutions, investment banks, regulators and standard setters, international insurers, asset managers, underwriters and investment funds.

This degree is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue further postgraduate research.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from the support of a Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

We’re committed to offering a wide range of development and training opportunities. Recent activities have included field trips to corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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This programme is designed for students with a quantitative background who want to explore how financial tools can be used to mitigate risk for corporations and society. Read more
This programme is designed for students with a quantitative background who want to explore how financial tools can be used to mitigate risk for corporations and society. Students learn how to interpret and assess the risk of individual financial instruments and assets, while critiquing modern finance from a risk perspective.

Programme Information

Industry professionals, practitioners and consultants from around the world teach students how to forecast, react and minimalise risk within their chosen field. Throughout the programme, students will learn about the three pillars of risk that influence industries across the globe: Market Risk, Credit Risk andd Operational Risk. Students will also be trained on Bloomberg to achieve certification.

The programme also prepares students for the FRM examinations. FRM is the globally recognised professional designation for financial risk managers, giving students a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Trinity College is also a partner of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, one of the world’s leading risk management bodies.

Canary Wharf Internship

The highest performing student in behavioural trading will earn a trip to Canary Wharf in London, where they will learn from trading practitioners in a live environment and gain unprecedented experience to move forward in their career.

Career Opportunities

Our MSc Financial Risk Management students are in high demand after graduation. Many students build professional connections during their studies and go on to work in global companies such as Accenture, Deloitte, JP Morgan and Google. Many of our graduates also find their niche in smaller organisations and start-ups.

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Risk is the BIG topic that dominates the financial industry, from complying with banking or insurance regulation to making sure the whizz-kids don't blow a hole in the balance sheet with their automated trading strategies. Read more
Risk is the BIG topic that dominates the financial industry, from complying with banking or insurance regulation to making sure the whizz-kids don't blow a hole in the balance sheet with their automated trading strategies.

The MSc in Quantitative Financial Risk Management (QFRM) develops the mathematical skills needed to make sound risk management decisions in the ever-changing financial markets. Graduates with such skills are highly desirable to employers who, typically, have developed their "rocket-science" based pricing systems and now want to focus on managing the risks of using them.

The QFRM MSc is mathematical, and a good degree in mathematics, or a mathematically based subject, is a pre-requisite. Practical, the emphasis is on the use of mathematics rather than the theory.

Heriot-Watt boasts a leading international research group in financial and actuarial mathematics. Lectures will be given by highly experienced staff at our campus which is set in pleasant grounds in Edinburgh, Scotland's vibrant capital city.

There are strong links between the QFRM MSc and Edinburgh's significant investment industry, with one of the modules actually being taught by industry personnel. The degree is in the process of becoming accredited by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association and some of the courses are also approved by the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

In addition, through the Scottish Financial Risk Academy, there are opportunities to do a variety of projects, including dissertations, with risk management professionals working in banking, investment and insurance. Recent industry-lead dissertations include projects with J.P. Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Aegon Asset Management in such topics as portfolio, credit, liquidity and insurance risk management.

Programme content

Core modules

Enterprise Risk Management
Derivative Markets and Pricing
Credit Risk Modelling
Financial Markets
Financial Econometrics
Time Series Analysis
Economic Scenario Generation
"Special Topics", some delivered by risk management professionals

Options

Statistical Methods
Corporate Finance

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Programme description. The aim of the MSc in Banking and Risk is to give students the knowledge, understanding and key skills that will enable them to be effective Managers in financial institutions, especially banks, in any country in the world. Read more

Programme description

The aim of the MSc in Banking and Risk is to give students the knowledge, understanding and key skills that will enable them to be effective Managers in financial institutions, especially banks, in any country in the world.

Recent events demonstrate that the successful management of banks is of crucial importance to western economies. Banking is an industry rather than an academic discipline and the study of the management of banks is multidisciplinary. The approach of this programme is to consider the structural, financial and risk and asset management functions of banks.

Whilst there are many masters degrees involving banking offered in the UK, the vast majority provide descriptive material about what banks actually do. The Edinburgh Masters differs from the majority in that it has a major emphasis on what decisions Managers in banks should make and how to make them. The course has been designed by asking the question ‘what skills do Managers in risk functions need to be technically excellent at their job.’ This approach is unique and has shaped the content of modules and the structure of the programme.

The MSc in Banking and Risk utilises knowledge and skills gained through the research carried out by members of the Credit Research Centre (CRC) in the Business School. This is a leading international research centre that specialises in research into credit risk modelling.

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international cohort will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The school has widespread industry links and students will have exposure to a range of guest speakers.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain:

  • a knowledge of the economic roles and structure of banks in in different economies
  • knowledge and understanding of the different types of risks that banks face and how to measure them
  • knowledge and understanding of company financial statements
  • knowledge and understanding of statistical and econometric concepts
  • knowledge and understanding of risk models
  • knowledge of the economic and financial environments in which banks operate
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of credit scoring


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The ability to understand and manage risk is vital for businesses to operate successfully and compete on a global scale. Read more
The ability to understand and manage risk is vital for businesses to operate successfully and compete on a global scale.

Through a combination of academic study and working with industry on real business problems, you will gain advanced knowledge of how financial markets operate together with risk management practices, and develop the personal and professional skills you need to be a key player in this global, knowledge-based economy.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Why choose this course?

• Study the related areas of financial markets and portfolio management, management accounting and financial planning, financial regulations and fraud management and strategic management
• Gain advanced knowledge of financial organisations and institutions as well as of government and corporate policies and the critical capabilities to apply theory to complex issues.
• Explore how finance professionals assess and manage risk in order to protect shareholders and other stakeholders from the adverse impact of unforeseen events.
• Develop your employability by undertaking a work placement with the opportunity to work on a live project
• Study with a Business School that has partners across the world enabling you to examine the cross culture perspectives essential to organisations in the global markets

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/financial-risk-management

Course detail

On this course you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.

Our courses are designed engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace. The six entry points through the year allow you to start when it is most suitable.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

• Management Accounting and Financial Planning
• Financial Regulation and Fraud Management
• Financial Markets and Portfolio Management
• Strategic Management

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with our commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand Financial Risk Management in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.

Careers

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:

• Risk Management
• Credit Risk Analysis
• Derivatives
• Insurance
• Finance Research

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This programme is now closed but you may want to consider other courses such as the . Mathematics MSc. . . Read more

This programme is now closed but you may want to consider other courses such as the Mathematics MSc

The Financial Mathematics MSc programme enables graduates and professionals with a strong mathematical background to research, develop and apply quantitative and computational techniques to investment and risk management. Based in the Department of Mathematics, this course has a superb reputation for research-led teaching and strong links to industry.

  • A rigorous approach to quantitative finance taught entirely by the Department of Mathematics.
  • In-depth coverage of the skills needed for working in the financial, actuarial or related industry: probability theory, optimisation, statistics and computer implementation.
  • Unrivalled facilities in central London with City of London's financial centre close by, and with access to live market data in our Bloomberg Data Laboratory.
  • Flexible study programme offering the opportunity to study part-time.
  • King’s is a member of the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance which provides advanced courses for students who wish to push beyond the MSc core syllabus.
  • Lecturers on the programme have extensive experience in consulting and work for financial companies and institutions such as Bank of Finland, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, ION Trading, Standard Chartered Bank and Winton Capital Management.

Description

Financial Mathematics studies problems of optimal investment and risk management, and this course covers a diverse range of topics, from classical options pricing to post-crisis investment and risk management

Like any branch of applied mathematics, financial mathematics analyses a given problem by first building a mathematical model for it and then examining the model. Both steps require detailed knowledge in different areas of mathematics, including probability, statistics, optimisation, computer science and many more traditional fields of mathematics.

Our Financial Mathematics MSc course is a unique study pathway that encompasses the essential skills required for successful risk management, trading and research in quantitative finance: probability, statistics, optimisation, computing and financial markets. You will explore probability theories, risk neutral valuation, stochastic analysis as well as interest rate and credit risk modules. We also offer you the opportunity to study an additional zero-credit supportive module called mathematical analysis for financial mathematics.

The Financial Mathematics MSc programme offers you the choice to study either full or part-time and is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete, you will study the required modules in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules including the 60-credit financial mathematics report module in your second year.

Bloomberg terminal laboratory

King’s is one of only a few academic departments in the UK that offers full access to Bloomberg terminals. These terminals will provide you access to live financial data. They are heavily used within the financial industry, and the data they provide is critical in assisting traders in making investment decisions and for risk managers monitoring investment probabilities. We have 13 Bloomberg terminals available for exclusive use by the Financial Mathematics MSc programme.

You will use the Bloomberg terminals to:

  • Gain an intuition for the conduct of real financial markets
  • Develop potential investment strategies
  • Experience using real-world investment and risk management software and obtain data for research.

The skills you will learn from using the terminals are highly valued by employers. King’s is part of a strong network of financial mathematics in London with connections both in academia and in the industry.

We are also members of the University of London and by arrangement, you can enrol in optional modules at other institutions within the University of London, which includes Birkbeck, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University College London and many others.

Course purpose

This programme is suitable for students or professionals with a strong mathematical background. It covers the principles and techniques of quantitative finance to prepare students for advanced work in the financial sector or research in mathematical finance.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Average per week: Three hours for 11 weeks per each 15 credit module.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours of effort for each credit (so for a typical module of 15 credits this means 150 hours of effort).

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations.  

Career destinations

Our graduates are highly sought after by investment banks, corporate risk management units, insurance companies, fund management institutions, financial regulatory bodies, brokerage firms, and trading companies. Recent employers of our graduates include, Capital Investment, Credit Suisse, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, Fitch Ratings, HSBC and Morgan & Stanley. Some graduates have pursued research degrees in financial mathematics.

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MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering. is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes. Read more

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes.

The programme is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and the School offers students on this programme the opportunity to attend PRMIA events, have access to its resources and receive considerable discounts on PRMIA exams.

The programme

In September you will study five foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:

• Markets and Securities

• Financial Modelling

• Application of Matlab to Finance

• Data Structures and Algorithms using Python

• The Finance Industry

You’ll take eight core modules which are the backbone of our programme, providing you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. These include:

• Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications

• Financial Engineering

• Financial Statistics

• Investments and Portfolio Management

• Risk Management and Valuation

• Stochastic Calculus

You will also receive training in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives include:

• Advanced Options Theory

• Credit Risk

• Advanced Financial Statistics

• Enterprise Risk Management

• Fixed Income Securities

• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners

• International Finance

• Insurance

• Structured Credit and Equity Products

• Private Equity and Venture Capital

• Wealth Management and Alternative Investments

• Topics in FinTech Innovation



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This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Read more

This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Students gain core competencies in risk analysis and have the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own interests and needs through the wide variety of options available.

About this degree

Students will be educated to an advanced level in programming and computing and will gain mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills. They will have a clear appreciation of different types of risk within the industry, and of the managerial and psychological issues related to risk control.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

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

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

Core modules

  • Financial Data and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Financial Engineering (15 credits)
  • Market Risk, Measures and Portfolio Theory (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Processes for Finance (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following:

  • Applied Computational Finance (15 credits)
  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation (15 credits)
  • Equities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Modelling (15 credits)
  • Financial Institutions and Markets (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning with Applications in Finance (15 credits)
  • Market Microstructure (15 credits)
  • Networks and Systemic Risk (15 credits)
  • Numerical Analysis for Finance (15 credits)
  • Operational Risk Measurement for Financial Institutions (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

With permission, a student may substitute up to two optional modules with electives. A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

Students undertake modelling, research and data analysis which takes place over the summer placement. This forms the basis of the 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Modules are assessed by written papers and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by a written report and (optional) oral examination.

Placement

Students undertake a summer work placement in an industry environment organised by the department.

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

Careers

Many students have gone on to careers in financial services in the City of London or in their home countries; a number of graduates have proceeded to PhD-level study.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Associate Risk Manager, China Development Bank
  • Business Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Risk Analyst, Unspecified Financial Institution
  • Senior Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • PhD Computer Science, UCL

Employability

Students acquire mathematical, statistical and computational skills which are highly sought after by the financial industry to assess, quantify, model, simulate and edge risk.

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?

The Bank of England (BoE), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the financial services industry place great emphasis on raising the level of quantitative analytics used in risk management and compliance. UCL, in collaboration with the BoE/FCA, aims to set a new benchmark in this area, based on training students to become risk professionals who are good scientists in the area of risk management.

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

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: Computer Science

96% 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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This masters programme covers the advanced mathematics that has revolutionised finance since the works of Black, Scholes and Merton in the early seventies. Read more
This masters programme covers the advanced mathematics that has revolutionised finance since the works of Black, Scholes and Merton in the early seventies. This programme is aimed at those students who are passionate about mathematics and driven to make a career amongst the many and varied financial institutions throughout the world.

The programme, which is part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the joint research institute of mathematical sciences at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University, provides an intensive training in the mathematical ideas and tools vital to the finance industry. By developing essential new mathematical concepts, especially in stochastic calculus, and placing the mathematics in the contexts of financial markets, derivative pricing and credit risk, the programme equips students for a range of exciting and potentially lucrative career opportunities.

The programme is delivered jointly between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. This means you will be enrolled as a student at both univerities and benefit from access to all the services and facilities each university has to offer.

Teaching is delivered by renowned academics from both Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh - some classes will therefore take place at Heriot-Watt's campus and others at the University of Edinburgh campus. Successful students will graduate with a degree awarded jointly by Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh and both names will appear on the graduation certificate.

Programme content

Core courses

Derivatives Markets
Derivative Pricing and Financial Modelling
Financial Markets
Discrete-Time Finance
Stochastic Analysis in finance
Credit Risk Modelling
Special Topics, including industry lead projects

Options

Statistical Methods
Financial Econometrics
Time Series Analysis
Modern Portfolio Theory
Optimisation Methods in Finance
Numerical Methods for PDEs
Simulation in Finance
Deterministic Optimisation Methods in Finance

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The demand for finance professionals with a competent grasp of risk management principles has never been greater. Read more

The demand for finance professionals with a competent grasp of risk management principles has never been greater. This course is ideal for you if you have a good first degree and a high level of academic ability, and want to benefit from unique skills and knowledge that will enhance your employment and personal development opportunities.

Course detail

The rising volatility of financial markets, sovereign debt crises and geopolitical uncertainty place significant demands on businesses and other organisations, as they strive to manage the potential impact of these risks on the strategic functions of the organisation - especially in its financial management. This course will improve your skills as a practising professional, helping you play a senior role in financial and risk management.

Modules

• Corporate Financial Management

• Capital Markets and Decisions Under Risk

• Corporate Responsibility

• Financial Risk Management

• Managing Credit Risk

• Global Financial Crises

• Research Methods and Dissertation.

Career and study progression

Developed in consultation with industry professionals, this course equips you with competitive skills that will make you highly employable in this field. You will learn using live industry simulations, through which you will be exposed to systems and problems that real world professionals encounter - and with this experience, you will be proficient as well as employable.

After completing your studies, you will be eligible to apply for a doctoral course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Read more

Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Changes in customer requirements, technology, competitive conditions and regulation create the need for managers, traders and analysts to make rapid and often far-reaching decisions about their short term operations and long term strategies. The MSc and MA in Banking and Finance degree courses at Bangor offer you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to financial services, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in this vitally important and dynamic sector of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MA/MSc Banking and Finance degree programme include:

Why are the banking systems in different countries (such as the UK, Germany, Japan and the US) so diverse?

What determines the structure, performance and efficiency of banking and financial markets?

Why do banks and financial intermediaries exist?

What are the main theories of the banking firm?

How relevant are financial intermediaries in a world of increasing securitization and with the evolution of virtual banking?

How do banks optimally allocate capital?

Does bank regulation increase or decrease risks?

How do we measure the risks undertaken by banks?

Can regulators reduce the likelihood of systemic (system-wide) risk?

What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?

Can market risk be priced accurately? Can credit risk be priced accurately?

How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?

How can we assess the investment performance of pension funds, insurance companies and unit trusts?

How do banks use futures, options, derivatives and swaps to manage their balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?

What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?

How do banks manage their business so as to maintain customer relationships, improve operational efficiency and add shareholder value?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Banking and Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to banking, finance and capital markets. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of financial techniques in a real-world setting.

The availability of parallel MSc and MA degrees in Banking and Finance allows you to choose between registering for a more technical MSc degree (including a compulsory element in Financial Econometrics), and a less technical MA degree (for which Financial Econometrics is optional). The MSc degree may be more suitable for applicants with some previous background in mathematics, statistics or econometrics, while the MA degree is more suitable for applicants who prefer to adopt a predominantly non-quantitative approach to their studies. However, both degrees include a compulsory module in Research Methods, which includes coverage of both quantitative and non-quantitative research techniques.

ESRC Recognition

The MA Banking and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first year of a 1+3 PhD training programme.

Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules

Research Methods: This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Bank Financial Management: This module provides a grounding in the nature, strategic context and managerial functions of financial management in banks, and other financial services firms.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

International Banking: This module examines the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

Optional modules

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

Islamic Banking: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business.



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This course is suitable for those who are currently working within Risk Management wishing to gain qualifications in the area and also to those just starting out on a career in risk and need to develop your knowledge and skills. Read more
This course is suitable for those who are currently working within Risk Management wishing to gain qualifications in the area and also to those just starting out on a career in risk and need to develop your knowledge and skills.

You will be provided with practical problem solving skills as well as a deep theoretical knowledge of the risk environment, making you highly desirable in the job market.

What's covered in the course?

The course is taught entirely online allowing you to tailor your study hours around your lifestyle. You will also find a tutor available as required to provide additional support.

You will be encouraged to use your own experiences to apply techniques and develop solutions to issues, thereby offering immediate benefit to your work environment.

The course closely aligns to the Institute of Risk Managers International Diploma in Risk Management and we are seeking exemptions from their examinations.

Why Choose Us?

-We are an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering risk based courses.
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
-The Distance Learning route is delivered entirely off campus, the only attendance requirement being for examinations.
-The lecture team has a long history of running distance learning courses, using appropriate communication methods to ensure a sense of belonging is developed.
-We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or can signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support.
-We use real life international case studies as part of our teaching and encourage students to bring forward their own experiences to facilitate learning.
-Though this is a Distance Learning course, students are more than welcome to come to Birmingham City University and take advantage of all of our facilities to aid in their learning.

Course structure

Our course is available to study as a distance learning course, ensuring you have access to study regardless of your global location

Distance Learning
This course is offered as a distance learning course, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via email.

Interim awards are available should you decide to leave the course prior to completion. These are:-
-Year One – Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
-Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
-Year Three – Masters (MSc) (180 credits)

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination

Three-Hour Examination
-Risk Management Concepts
-Risk Response
-Building a Risk Resilient Organisation (case study based)

Coursework and Reflective Diary
-Application of Risk Management
-Risk Analysis
-Risk Leadership & Culture

Reflective Learning Journal and Presentation
-Innovation and Professional Development

Literature Review and Research Output
-Risk Research Project

Enhancing Employability Skills

All assignments are grounded in real working organisations, allowing you to apply your knowledge into a real working environment. The majority of students enrolling on this course will already be in employment, although not necessarily in the area of risk management.

You will be encouraged to use your own organisations in the consideration of topic areas, thus increasing your profile within that organisation. Should this prove difficult, the team has a strong track record of working with individual students to provide case studies and / or internships.

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