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Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. Read more
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. It also provides a robust toolkit of advanced risk management capabilities and competencies that can be applied to enhance value at both the enterprise level and at the traditional silo risk management level. Multiple courses on business communication and interaction provide the skills required to gain the stakeholder buy-in critical for successful adoption of ERM techniques. The core coursework provides insights on how to utilize these ERM and risk management tools and techniques across a variety of formalized risk management frameworks commonly in use.

Gain Multifaceted and Practical ERM Knowledge

The program has five distinct features critical for ERM:
A focus on all aspects of ERM. Our curriculum spans all aspects of ERM, including ERM framework, risk governance, risk identification, risk quantification, risk decision-making, and risk messaging.
A focus on all risk sources. We address all sources of risk including strategic (e.g. strategy execution risk, competitor risk, etc.); operational (HR, cyber-security, etc.); financial (market risk, credit risk, etc.); and insurance risk (e.g. pricing risk).
A customizable course of study. Recognizing that ERM is a broad field with various roles, we offer flexible course options for you to select a deeper dive into the content most suited to your needs.
A balance of skills. You will supplement technical ERM skills with business communication skills required to effectively navigate the ERM landscape and gain buy-in from key internal and external stakeholders.
A practical approach. Develop practical ERM tools and techniques that have been tested and proven in the marketplace by our faculty, who are globally recognized ERM leaders.
For more information on the curriculum you can see the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/curriculum

Funding and Financial Resources

We want to make sure that the cost of your continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of your goals.
Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

For more information on funding available please visit the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

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Gain the technical and business skills required to be an effective risk practitioner. Through a mixture of study and practical activities, which include real-world consultancy, you develop an understanding of how theory underpins applications in a developing sector. Read more
Gain the technical and business skills required to be an effective risk practitioner. Through a mixture of study and practical activities, which include real-world consultancy, you develop an understanding of how theory underpins applications in a developing sector.

This course develops a distinctive blend of technical and business skills enabling you to become a risk practitioner operating effectively in the public and private sectors.

The course enables you to gain the skills and knowledge required by practitioners who cover business strategy, managing change, operations, quantitative modelling and information systems to maximise business benefits. There is the opportunity to use these skills by taking part in consultancy projects with employers while studying on this course. The course also develops your understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin the approaches and their application in the real world.

You choose to specialise as either an operational risk specialist or as an information systems risk manager. The content of the course gives you a solid understanding of the different specialist routes.

You use specialist risk software to model risk scenarios. Modelling risks using computer based applications are vital in today's corporate environment. The modules are designed to include real case studies and industry examples, the modelling work will focus on past risk scenarios. All these experiences will enhance your employability.

This course is for:
-Recent graduates in business, management, accounting, law, economics, finance, IT and computing and the natural sciences, wishing to increase their knowledge and skills before starting a career as a risk practitioner, operational risk specialist or information systems risk manager.
-Those already employed in the field who wish to strengthen their career prospects.
-It is also suitable for international students as English is the international language of risk management of systems and financial risk management.

You study:
-Enterprise systems risk management.
-Total risk management.
-Financial risk management.
-Electronic crime.
-Corporate governance and ethics.
-Consultancy project.
-International management competencies.

We give you a broad foundation for more specialised career advancement in insurance, and risk management in banks and other corporates. Opportunities for PhD research are available for those interested in a career in academia.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-risk-management

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Starts September

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Enterprise systems risk management
-Methods of enquiry: research and consultancy in finance
-Financial risk management
-Total risk management

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma
-Consultancy project
-Corporate governance and ethics
-Electronic crime
-International management competencies

Semester Three – MA
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: coursework, examinations, dissertation.

Other admission requirements

If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. A TOEFL test minimum mark, paper-based 550, computer-based 213, internet-based 79 or an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills, is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

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Course Description and Learning Objectives. Read more

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Description and Learning Objectives:
The main purpose of this course is to understand concepts, principles, and tools for the analysis and valuation of derivative securities such as Forwards, Futures, Swaps, and Options, which are being applied in modern corporate finance, investments, and risk management for financial institutions and enterprises. Students also will learn the application of these derivatives for financial and enterprise risk management and decision making.
Career relevance:
The basic knowledge of derivatives is necessary to understand modern finance and modern corporate management in both financial and non-financial institutions. The knowledge would be useful for managers of financial product development, fund managers, and analysts in financial institutions. The knowledge would also be useful for financial officers and risk management officers in various enterprises. Application of derivatives such as real options is also useful for managers who are decision makers. You will find how the tools and concepts are useful more broadly in finance and corporate management.
Course Context or Rationalization:
Knowledge and skills related to derivative securities would allow you to pursue many goals, which cannot be achieved only through the study of traditional securities, in investments, risk management, and management of corporations. In other words, you will extend your
knowledge of corporate finance, investments, and portfolio management into the advanced stage. This course requires basic knowledge of traditional securities such as stocks and bonds, and corporate finance, although there is no specific prerequisite course. Additionally, the derivatives market aims to provide the basic knowledge and skill in order to understand Debt Security Market (FIN4300) and Risk Management (FIN4200). Securitization, which will be taught 2 in Debt Security Market, is a sophisticated type of derivatives. Also derivatives are widely used in order to achieve both financial and enterprise risk management. Understanding the pricing of derivatives also helps to understand the insurance pricing.
Delivery methods:
Course materials consist of cases, book chapters, and various articles, exercise problem sets and homework assignments, and a final examination at the end of the term. The final is a take-home examination. Most course work is quantitative. The level of students understanding will be checked by means of case analysis, assignments, and scheduled presentations throughout the term. Full preparation and attendance are both required for all of the scheduled sessions in this course. All students are expected to be actively involved in class discussion, especially, in case discussion.

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Apply scientific methods in a real-world context on the MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk programme, and discover how to measure risk on any scale. Read more
Apply scientific methods in a real-world context on the MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk programme, and discover how to measure risk on any scale.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate Project Management, Finance and Risk programme is for those pursuing or planning a career in managing the introduction of capital goods or applying the latest project management techniques to complex projects. It is particularly suited to students with a scientific or financial engineering background as we cover quantitative risk assessment in depth, which requires an aptitude for measuring and analysing data.

Objectives

Consider the risks contained within a project such as the Euro Tunnel. Two governments sponsoring the project and nine billion pounds of finance ring-fenced through a special purpose company to complete it. Will it be finished on time and will it secure the revenues to service the debt? These are the kinds of questions we address on this programme.

MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk gives you a foundation in quantitative risk assessment and decision-making under uncertain conditions, coupled with classical engineering economics and financial engineering.

From analysing indecision within games theory to rebuilding a country’s infrastructure, we explore the drivers in which businesses operate, and the challenges and opportunities that project managers face. Bringing in expertise from the Sir John Cass Business School, together with people from industry and the banking sector, we pool diverse skill sets to solve complex problems.

Placements

There is no formal requirement to do an industry-based placement as part of the programme. However, some students arrange to undertake their final project within a company.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

As well as lectures, you learn through tutorial support, guided private study, coordinating group activities, and coursework. Not every module has an exam and in some cases you will be assessed through a module project.

Full-time students complete the programme in one year and we expect you to devote a significant part of the non-taught hours to project work, group activities, as well as your own independent study. The duration of a part-time programme is two years (this may be extended to three years in individual cases).

Modules

There are four core modules and two electives. Out of the two electives you can choose from four or five topics including games theory, perspectives on management and leadership and entrepreneurship, innovations and enterprise.

You can also take part in a rolling programme of one-day events to build your communication and team-building skills while you study. These sessions cover topics including conducting research, improving your presentation skills and dealing with people.

The course is modular and each module lasts four days. The structure has been designed in this way so that both full and part-time students can follow the programme. In addition, the course offers practical skills in management, leadership, entrepreneurship, software and communications tools.

A Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner’s Course will be offered to students in the summer term. This five-day course, paid for by the institution, is presented by an outside training agency. By successfully completing the course you will be awarded a coveted practitioner’s certificate.

Core modules
-Managing Risk and Uncertainty (20 credits)
-Optimisation and Decision Making (20 credits)
-The Project Lifecycle 20 credits)
-Financial Engineering and Project Planning (20 credits)
-Introductory mathematics (zero credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules - you will choose two elective modules
-Communication and Presentation (20 credits)
-Perspectives on Management and Leadership (20 credits)
-Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
-Entrepreneurship, Innovations and Enterprise (20 credits)
-Decision Sciences 1 - Complex Systems and Networks (20 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates completing the course will be prepared for a wide range of careers involving project management, risk management and financial planning. From banking to management and from engineering consultancies to the pharmaceuticals industry, this programme gives you diverse options when it comes to developing your career and being part of key decision-making processes.
If you want to work in infrastructure management and development, which involves management of supply chain and/or financial risks, the programme will be particularly relevant. Additionally, the course is ideal if you are planning a career in any of the following areas:
-Capital goods
-Management consultancy
-Risk analysis in the pharmaceutical industry
-Project management in the construction Industry
-Investment banking
-Banking analysis
-Financial risk analysis
-Real estate management
-Marketing management
-Aircraft engineering
-Entrepreneurship

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If you are preparing yourself for the skills and understanding that you will need to enter self- employment or to create and develop your own business idea, MA Business and Management. Read more
If you are preparing yourself for the skills and understanding that you will need to enter self- employment or to create and develop your own business idea, MA Business and Management: Enterprise will provide a framework around which you can make this a practical reality.

You will engage in the advanced study of enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation management for a diverse range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You will enhance both your academic research skills and the practical management skills that you will need in order to create and manage your own business, be a freelancer or manage challenging enterprises in a dynamic and innovative manner.

The specialist pathway in Enterprise is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing as meeting the qualification criterion for entry into the Professional Diploma in Marketing. In addition to the Enterprise pathway, there are also specialist pathways available in Marketing, International Business, and Accounting.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

The programme is offered in a modular format offering you the greatest choice in tailoring your final degree content to match your academic interest and future career development. You will take a mix of taught modules in the first two trimesters (120 credits) and complete a dissertation/research project (15,000–20,000 words) in the third trimester (60 credits). To achieve the MA you will need to complete 180 credits in total.

MODULES

Trimester 1
You will study the following modules on the Enterprise pathway:
- Management in Practice
- Managing innovation, Creativity and Change

Plus one optional module from:
- Marketing Management
- Financial and Management Accounting
- Business Economics

Trimester 2
You will study one compulsory module:
- Entrepreneurship

Plus three optional modules from:
- Strategy and Governance
- Managing People
- Services and Relationship Marketing
- Marketing Communications
- Managing the Organisation
- Non-Profit Management
- Financial and Management Accounting
- International Financial Management
- International Business and Management

Trimester 3
In Trimester 3 you will work on your consultancy project or dissertation (60 credits). This is supported by a nominated supervisor. The teaching commences with a series of taught interventions designed to promote scholarly endeavour in the research context - resulting in the formulation of a clearly articulated research proposal outlining your research questions and the framing of the detailed work to be undertaken.

The consultancy project or dissertation gives you the opportunity to explain to yourself what you have learned about business and management and to demonstrate how you will apply this knowledge. Writing the consultancy project or dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to consolidate the evidence you have assembled during the course and to subject it to rigorous academic analysis and practical application. As a guide the consultancy project or dissertation will be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

TEACHING METHODS

- Lectures
- Seminar discussions, group- work, presentations
- Case studies and problem based learning
- Role plays
- Management exercises
- Field research
- Internet searches

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the time you complete the programme, you will be able to:
- Understand the major business functions - understanding markets, developing plans, understanding and improving delivery, managing relationships with people, managing finance, technology and other resources;
- Develop skills and techniques - in gathering, analysing and evaluating information, planning, applying concepts and models to the solution of problems, evaluating risk, making decisions, communicating, working in teams, thinking effectively and in flexibly managing your own work and that of others;
- Evaluate and challenge both the positive and negative effects of a range of business and management practices and be able to make judgements about their value and implications;
- Apply your learning in a variety of business contexts ranging from the experience of large multinational organisations to sole party ownership; through different industry and sector specific experience; and through analysis of enterprise at different stages of development - self- employment, start- up and small business.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This programme is designed to prepare participants for a wide range of careers in general management across all industry sectors and in the international environment. It will prepare you for entry level into management and ready you for progression to middle management positions. The advanced learning that it provides delivers practical management based skills and techniques that are directly applicable to a wide range of occupations. Study within the specialist pathways allows for further concentration of skills and techniques in marketing and in business start- up and small and medium size business management. The specialist pathway in Enterprise is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing as meeting the qualification criterion for entry into the Professional Diploma in Marketing. The content of the programme is also directly applicable to those participants who wish to work in a self- employed capacity in the creative and performing arts sectors.

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The Master of Enterprise [MEnt] is run jointly by the School of Chemistry and Manchester Enterprise Centre. The course has been designed to combine Masters level research, sound business theory and the practical enterprise skills needed to apply that knowledge in a business context. Read more

Overview

The Master of Enterprise [MEnt] is run jointly by the School of Chemistry and Manchester Enterprise Centre. The course has been designed to combine Masters level research, sound business theory and the practical enterprise skills needed to apply that knowledge in a business context.

The Master of Enterprise degree reflects the nature of knowledge-based enterprise and innovation. Students develop ideas from their discipline into new products and services. The School of Chemistry has particular strengths in biological chemistry and organic synthesis, computational and theoretical chemistry, materials chemistry (inorganic and polymer), magnetic resonance and structural chemistry, radiochemistry and environmental chemistry and nanoscience. Manchester Science Enterprise Centre provides the enterprise element of the course and support in the business development activities undertaken by students. Each student has at least one subject supervisor, an enterprise supervisor and potentially a business mentor from a relevant industry sector.

Programme Content and Assessment

Students will learn key enterprise skills such as opportunity recognition, idea generation and the ability to transform ideas into tangible business proposals. Students will also gain essential knowledge and awareness in areas such as finance, risk management and market research.

Students are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Students take two compulsory enterprise units (30 credits in total) and two optional subject units (30 credits in total) from your academic area of interest and an Enterprise Project (120 credits). These can be selected from any of the University’s postgraduate programmes and will enable you to enhance your subject knowledge a commercial context.

Year-long enterprise research project

The project will develop a students competences in knowledge transfer and will combine enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation research from a commercial perspective.

The project must have a potential commercial application and can be based on a students own proposal for a start-up business, or it can be undertaken on behalf of an external organisation. We can source suitable projects for students if required.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

Fees for this programme are dependent upon the subject based units that you choose and the School of Chemistry tuition fees. Contact Elisa Harrocks for more details.

Manchester Science Enterprise Centre offer a limited number of scholarships for both UK and EU student.

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Increased government and international regulation of organisational risk has led to a need for more experts with specialist knowledge. Read more

Summary

Increased government and international regulation of organisational risk has led to a need for more experts with specialist knowledge. This programme emphasises the ‘human’ issues associated with corporate risk and security and a qualitative rather than a quantitative management approach. The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has awarded credits for all students holding this MSc.

Modules

Corporate Risk Management Processes; Insurance; Management of Corporate Security; Principles of Risk Management; Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods; Project Risk Management; Risk-taking and Decision-making

Optional modules: Business Ethics; Consultancy Skills; Corporate Finance; Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing; Financial Risk Management; Healthcare Modelling; Problem Structuring; Simulation

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This award winning programme was designed in partnership with academics and employers to meet the specific requirements of industry. Read more
This award winning programme was designed in partnership with academics and employers to meet the specific requirements of industry. It equips graduates with essential knowledge and skills in the fields of operations, quality, and innovation management.

The programme aims to enhance graduates’ technical and management contribution in various enterprises including manufacturing, financial services, health services, government, and many more. It invites participants from many disciplines: it is suitable for Engineering, Science, Commerce, and Arts graduates who wish to pursue a career in a high-tech environment. This conversion course aspect is of significant interest to students who may wish to change direction from their course of undergraduate study and pursue a new career path that offers them sound employment prospects in a growth area.

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) programme is highly regarded by employers and there has always been a strong demand for our graduates. Graduates of this programme have secured roles in engineering, management and IT in companies such as Accenture, Apple, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Ingersoll Rand, Pepsi Co. Kerry Group, IBM, Ericsson, Elan and Hewlett Packard.

Key features of the programme include:
• An ethos of innovation
• Engaging teaching methods
• Customised learning programme
• Multidisciplinary approach
• Extensive career opportunities.

Content

You can choose from the following courses. Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Project Management; Applied Innovation; Operations Management; Operations Strategy; Logistics and Transportation; Operations Research; Lean Systems; Quality Systems; Human Reliability; Systems Reliability; Ergonomics; Safety and Risk Management; Regulatory Affairs; Decision Systems & Business Analytics; Information Systems Strategy & Planning.

You will also prepare an industrial based research thesis on a topic to be agreed with an academic supervisor. We will provide some company specific case studies (and industrial mentors) in Med Tech, High Tech and Services organisations.

What some of our employers say

Martin Conroy | Senior Director Medtronic

The Enterprise systems programme at NUI Galway focuses on providing the necessary knowledge to be excellent systems thinkers. Graduates have the ability to understand people; process as well as technology related issues in an organisation. The programme encourages candidates to analyse problems using scientific methods and to generate innovative and effective solutions to these problems. Furthermore graduates are given real skills such as the ability to work in a team and communicate well. Such skills are essential to fast moving high tech companies like ours.

Alan Phelan | CEO Nucleus VP Group

We have engaged and recruited graduates and found them to be great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Their background in lean systems has been very applicable to a number of our companies where they have helped to implement sound systems and processes which have allowed our subsidiaries to scale rapidly.

What some of our graduates say

Paul Gleeson | Accenture

The programme is well delivered as there is a nice balance between practical and classroom based learning. I found the lecturers to be some of the most helpful and engaging people I have come across during my studies as they take a hand on approach to getting students involved in class discussions and debates. All in all, the programme is an excellent foundation for finding future employment opportunities due to the high level of personal and professional development you will obtain. It helped open up numerous career opportunities for me so it is a programme that I would highly recommend.

Sean Hehir | Marvao Medical

With a broad subject choice the Masters of Applied Science at NUI Galway allowed me to tailor the course to focus on the areas of interest to me which also complemented my science degree. Through team-oriented projects I developed better inter-personal skills and grew exponentially both professionally and personally. With a flexible course structure and forward thinking/innovative faculty the degree encourages and inspires entrepreneurship and innovation. The course is very relevant to current industrial practices as I found I had a working knowledge of the medical device industry from day one in my current job.

Paul McCormack | Allergan

I undertook the Masters of Applied Science in NUI Galway with the aim of acquiring new skills and knowledge to aid in my future career progression. The course was challenging and required high standards throughout. While striving to meet these standards I believe I have greatly improved my knowledge of business systems and gained valuable new skills. I believe the lessons learnt during the course will facilitate my personal and professional development into the future.

Wenjing Tang | Ernst and Young

The Master of Applied Science (Enterprise systems) programme offers a variety of multidisciplinary modules, which was a great conversion for me from the pure technical background. The essential knowledge and skills I gained from the course help me to work in different roles, either as a software developer in a technology company or an IT consultant in a financial service company. The programme is a great foundation to pursue wider career path.

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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
• Big Data in Finance

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This highly focused MSc explores some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems, specialising in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory. Read more
This highly focused MSc explores some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems, specialising in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory. During the course critical awareness of problems in information transmission, data compression and cryptography is raised, and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to solve these problems are explored.

The Mathematics Department at Royal Holloway is well known for its expertise in information security and cryptography and our academic staff include several leading researchers in these areas. Students on the programme have the opportunity to carry out their dissertation projects in cutting-edge research areas and to be supervised by experts.

The transferable skills gained during the MSc will open up a range of career options as well as provide a solid foundation for advanced research at PhD level.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mathematics/coursefinder/mscmathematicsofcryptographyandcommunications(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will be provided with a solid mathematical foundation and a knowledge and understanding of the subjects of cryptography and communications preparing you for research or professional employment in this area.

- The mathematical foundations needed for applications in communication theory and cryptography are covered including Algebra, Combinatorics Complexity Theory/Algorithms and Number Theory.

- You will have the opportunity to carry out your dissertation project in a cutting-edge research area; our dissertation supervisors are experts in their fields who publish regularly in internationally competitive journals and there are several joint projects with industrial partners and Royal Holloway staff.

- After completing the course former students have a good foundation for the next step of their career both inside and outside academia.

Department research and industry highlights

The members of the Mathematics Department cover a range of research areas. There are particularly strong groups in information security, number theory, quantum theory, group theory and combinatorics. The Information Security Group has particularly strong links to industry.

Course content and structure

You will study eight courses as well as complete a main project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Core courses:
Advanced Cipher Systems
Mathematical and security properties of both symmetric key cipher systems and public key cryptography are discussed as well as methods for obtaining confidentiality and authentication.

Channels
In this unit, you will investigate the problems of data compression and information transmission in both noiseless and noisy environments.

Theory of Error-Correcting Codes
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the theory of error-correcting codes employing the methods of elementary enumeration, linear algebra and finite fields.

Public Key Cryptography
This course introduces some of the mathematical ideas essential for an understanding of public key cryptography, such as discrete logarithms, lattices and elliptic curves. Several important public key cryptosystems are studied, such as RSA, Rabin, ElGamal Encryption, Schnorr signatures; and modern notions of security and attack models for public key cryptosystems are discussed.

Main project
The main project (dissertation) accounts for 25% of the assessment of the course and you will conduct this under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Additional courses:
Applications of Field Theory
You will be introduced to some of the basic theory of field extensions, with special emphasis on applications in the context of finite fields.

Quantum Information Theory
‘Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it' (Niels Bohr). The aim of this unit is to provide you with a sufficient understanding of quantum theory in the spirit of the above quote. Many applications of the novel field of quantum information theory can be studied using undergraduate mathematics.

Network Algorithms
In this unit you will be introduced to the formal idea of an algorithm, when it is a good algorithm and techniques for constructing algorithms and checking that they work; explore connectivity and colourings of graphs, from an algorithmic perspective; and study how algebraic methods such as path algebras and cycle spaces may be used to solve network problems.

Advanced Financial Mathematics
In this unit you will investigate the validity of various linear and non-linear time series occurring in finance and extend the use of stochastic calculus to interest rate movements and credit rating;

Combinatorics
The aim of this unit is to introduce some standard techniques and concepts of combinatorics, including: methods of counting including the principle of inclusion and exclusion; generating functions; probabilistic methods; and permutations, Ramsey theory.

Computational Number Theory
You will be provided with an introduction to many major methods currently used for testing/proving primality and for the factorisation of composite integers. The course will develop the mathematical theory that underlies these methods, as well as describing the methods themselves.

Complexity Theory
Several classes of computational complexity are introduced. You will discuss how to recognise when different problems have different computational hardness, and be able to deduce cryptographic properties of related algorithms and protocols.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a suitable mathematical foundation for undertaking research or professional employment in cryptography and/or communications

- the appropriate background in information theory and coding theory enabling them to understand and be able to apply the theory of communication through noisy channels

- the appropriate background in algebra and number theory to develop an understanding of modern public key cryptosystems

- a critical awareness of problems in information transmission and data compression, and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to solve these problems

- a critical awareness of problems in cryptography and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to provide solutions to these problems

- a range of transferable skills including familiarity with a computer algebra package, experience with independent research and managing the writing of a dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The examinations in May/June count for 75% of the final average and the dissertation, which has to be submitted in September, counts for the remaining 25%.

Employability & career opportunities

Our students have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industries, such as information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. In recent years our graduates have entered into roles including Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security manager at London Underground.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This course covers a wide range of topics from both applied and applicable mathematics and is aimed at students who want to study the field in greater depth, in areas which are relevant to real life applications. Read more
This course covers a wide range of topics from both applied and applicable mathematics and is aimed at students who want to study the field in greater depth, in areas which are relevant to real life applications.

You will explore the mathematical techniques that are commonly used to solve problems in the real world, in particular in communication theory and in physics. As part of the course you will carry out an independent research investigation under the supervision of a member of staff. Popular dissertation topics chosen by students include projects in the areas of communication theory, mathematical physics, and financial mathematics.

The transferable skills gained on this course will open you up to a range of career options as well as provide a solid foundation for advanced research at PhD level.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mathematics/coursefinder/mscmathematicsforapplications.aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will be provided with a solid mathematical foundation and knowledge and understanding of the subjects of cryptography and communications, preparing you for research or professional employment in this area.

- The Mathematics Department at Royal Holloway is well known for its expertise in information security and cryptography. The academics who teach on this course include several leading researchers in these areas.

- The mathematical foundations needed for applications in communication theory and cryptography are covered including Algebra, Combinatorics Complexity Theory/Algorithms and Number Theory.

- You will have the opportunity to carry out your dissertation project in a cutting-edge research area; our dissertation supervisors are experts in their fields who publish regularly in internationally competitive journals and there are several joint projects with industrial partners and Royal Holloway staff.

- After completing the course students have a good foundation for the next step of their career both inside and outside academia.

Department research and industry highlights

The members of the Mathematics Department cover a range of research areas. There are particularly strong groups in information security, number theory, quantum theory, group theory and combinatorics. The Information Security Group has particularly strong links to industry.

Course content and structure

You will study eight courses and complete a main project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Core courses:
Theory of Error-Correcting Codes
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the theory of error-correcting codes employing the methods of elementary enumeration, linear algebra and finite fields.

Advanced Cipher Systems
Mathematical and security properties of both symmetric key cipher systems and public key cryptography are discussed, as well as methods for obtaining confidentiality and authentication.

Main project
The main project (dissertation) accounts for 25% of the assessment of the course and you will conduct this under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Additional courses:
Applications of Field Theory
You will be introduced to some of the basic theory of field extensions, with special emphasis on applications in the context of finite fields.

Quantum Information Theory
‘Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it' (Niels Bohr). The aim of this unit is to provide you with a sufficient understanding of quantum theory in the spirit of the above quote. Many applications of the novel field of quantum information theory can be studied using undergraduate mathematics.

Network Algorithms
In this unit you will be introduced to the formal idea of an algorithm, when it is a good algorithm and techniques for constructing algorithms and checking that they work; explore connectivity and colourings of graphs, from an algorithmic perspective; and study how algebraic methods such as path algebras and cycle spaces may be used to solve network problems.

Advanced Financial Mathematics
In this unit you will investigate the validity of various linear and non-linear time series occurring in finance and extend the use of stochastic calculus to interest rate movements and credit rating;

Combinatorics
The aim of this unit is to introduce some standard techniques and concepts of combinatorics, including: methods of counting including the principle of inclusion and exclusion; generating functions; probabilistic methods; and permutations, Ramsey theory.

Computational Number Theory
You will be provided with an introduction to many major methods currently used for testing/proving primality and for the factorisation of composite integers. The course will develop the mathematical theory that underlies these methods, as well as describing the methods themselves.

Complexity Theory
Several classes of computational complexity are introduced. You will discuss how to recognise when different problems have different computational hardness, and be able to deduce cryptographic properties of related algorithms and protocols.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- knowledge and understanding of: the principles of communication through noisy channels using coding theory; the principles of cryptography as a tool for securing data; and the role and limitations of mathematics in the solution of problems arising in the real world

- a high level of ability in subject-specific skills, such as algebra and number theory

- developed the capacity to synthesise information from a number of sources with critical awareness

- critically analysed the strengths and weaknesses of solutions to problems in applications of mathematics

- the ability to clearly formulate problems and express technical content and conclusions in written form

- personal skills of time management, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The examinations in May/June count for 75% of the final average and the dissertation, which has to be submitted in September, counts for the remaining 25%.

Employability & career opportunities

Our students have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industries, such as information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. In recent years our graduates have entered into roles including Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security Manager at London Underground.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain. Read more
Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain.

Organisations are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs, shorten production and distribution times and better manage risk. This allows them to develop and maintain a competitive advantage.

The course will suit those who wish to pursue a career in either operations or general management including:
-Operations, distribution and supply chain management
-Consultancy
-Logistics and transport management
-Engineering, purchasing or quality management
-Manufacturing management
-Management accounting

What you'll learn

You will improve your knowledge and understanding of how an integrated approach to operations management can impact on business performance.

You will learn how to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations. You will do this by applying the knowledge you develop in a thorough, systematic, informed and creative way.

This course will shape your understanding of:
-Quantitative analysis approaches in logistics and supply chain management
-How the mainstream supply chain information systems work
-How information technology can improve the efficiency of supply chain management
-How an integrated approach to operations and supply chain management can impact on businesses

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Critically evaluate, synthesise and apply theories and concepts in operations and supply chain in a national and international context
-Demonstrate analytical and evaluative skills in the application of operations and supply chain
-Use reflective skills to enable you to become a lifelong learner and problem solver
-Critically apply relevant theory and concepts to a range to complex, open-ended problems
-Provide technical, commercial and managerial leadership
-Communicate effectively and possess good interpersonal skills

Course accreditation

This course has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course leads to associate membership of this premier global organisation.

Career focus

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Head of Operations
-Enterprise Risk Manager
-Resource Delivery Manager

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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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Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. Read more

Overview

Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. The first level, the Core Technical (CT) subjects, are taught in our BSc or MSc in Actuarial Science and lead to exemptions from CT1 to CT8.

Leading on from this, our established and successful MSc in Actuarial Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/ ) covers the more advanced actuarial subjects and offers exemptions from the syllabuses of the Core Application subjects CA1 and CA3 and Specialist Technical subjects ST2, ST4, ST5, ST6 and ST9.

Students will typically study CA1, CA3 and up to three ST subjects (two ST subjects are needed to satisfy the profession's requirements).

Taking our MSc in Actuarial Management is a great way to speed your progress to this most prestigious of careers - it's designed to take you almost all of the way to qualification. A student who graduates with a full set of exemptions from Heriot-Watt (CT, CA and ST subjects) will only have three more examinations to pass, as well as gaining the necessary work experience, to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme duration

The PG Diploma comprises the taught coursework component leading to exemptions from CA1 and the ST professional subjects and takes 9 months to complete. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.

The programme is also available to be studied on a part-time basis, over a maximum of 4 years.

Teaching Excellence and Student Satisfaction

30% of our teaching staff are qualified actuaries, the others are leading Mathematicians, Financial Mathematicians and Statisticians, who are nationally and internationally recognised for their research. This expertise ensures that what we teach you is current, applicable to the real workplace and current economy. Our National Student Survey results are consistently high for overall student satisfaction.

Results from the National Student Survey for 2011 reveal that 88% of our Mathematics and Statistics (including Actuarial Science) graduates are employed with a graduate position and/or undertaking further study. Our graduates go on to work for companies such as Swiss Re, Standard Life, Towers Watson, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays Capital, Scottish Widows, Ernst & Young and many more. Graduates are employed locally in Edinburgh, London and throughout the world.

Student Actuarial Society

Heriot-Watt has a very active Students' Actuarial Society (See http://hwsas.com/ ) which won several awards at a recent Heriot-Watt 'Oscars' ceremony. This body is completely managed, enthusiastically and professionally, by our students.

Professional recognition

The programme is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme content

In the taught element of the programme each student takes eight semester-long courses. These are linked in pairs, one per semester. One pair of courses – covering Actuarial Risk Management – is compulsory and corresponds to subject CA1. It applies the principles of actuarial mathematics to a wide range of financial and insurance settings. Students choose a minimum of two pairs of courses from a list including Life Office Management (subject ST2), Pensions (subject ST4), Investment and Finance (subject ST5), Derivatives (subject ST6) and Enterprise Risk Management (subject ST9).

The choice of courses may depend on the coverage of actuarial subjects in the student’s first degree. Depending on individual circumstances, other optional courses may be made available, for example courses from the MSc in Actuarial Science or in other disciplines. However, students choosing to take three pairs of courses, potentially leading to exemptions from three ST subjects, will have an exceptionally broad range of employment opportunities.

Students may graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma at the end of the 2nd semester, after completing the taught coursework component leading to exemptions form CA1 and the ST professional subjects. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.The dissertation is an extended research project, with regular supervision, undertaken in the summer. The diploma takes 9 months and the MSc takes 1 year full time and part time options are available.

For more detailed course descriptions, please visit the current student website http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/ams/teach/courses1314/index.php

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/

Find videos of students and graduates from the department here http://www.youtube.com/user/HWActuarial?blend=3&ob=5#p/a

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Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems. Read more
Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems.

Qualifying as an actuary is a passport to a wide variety of careers in insurance companies, investments, pensions, health care and banking – not just in the UK, but throughout the world. Kent is one of a very few universities in the UK to teach the subject.

Our MSc in Applied Actuarial Science is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; it also provides a fast-track route to qualifying as an actuary, because students who achieve a high enough overall mark in this programme can obtain exemptions from the professional examinations included within their studies.

The MSc is available as a full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year) programme and is suitable for those who have completed a first degree or postgraduate diploma in Actuarial Science, or those who have studied the majority of the earlier subjects in the Core Technical Stage subjects.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/174/applied-actuarial-science

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills.

In 2010, the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI) was set up within SMSAS to reflect the widening scope of the teaching and research of the staff. Areas of research interest include economic capital and risk management for financial services firms, mortality and longevity modelling, longevity indices and markets. Other research topics include genetics and insurance, insurance economics, pensions and corporate reporting.

The Centre includes 13 professionally qualified actuaries with many years’ practical experience in insurance and pensions, and who maintain excellent links with the actuarial profession.

Course structure

The course is based on a ‘core modules plus options’ structure and exemptions can be gained from the following professional examinations in the Core Applications Stage and Specialist Technical Stage: CA1, CA3, ST2, ST4 to ST9. You can also choose the optional Financial Modelling modules, which prepare you for subject CA2 in the Core Applications Stage. Find out more about accreditation for this programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/casri/Accreditation/index.html) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries examinations (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/students/pages/our-exams-explained).

You must take 180 credits in order to pass the MSc. If you take fewer than 180 credits, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Actuarial Science.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

MA909 - Enterprise Risk Management (30 credits)
MA912 - Life Insurance (30 credits)
MA914 - Pensions and Other Benefits (30 credits)
MA915 - Finance and Investment (30 credits)
MA916 - Derivative Securities (30 credits)
MA917 - General Insurance - Reserving and Capital Modelling (30 credits)
MA918 - General Insurance - Premium Rating (30 credits)
MA950 - Prophet (15 credits)
MA951 - Prophet 2 (15 credits)
MA952 - Financial Modelling (15 credits)
MA953 - Communications (15 credits)
MA921 - Actuarial Risk Management 1 (30 credits)
MA922 - Actuarial Risk Management 2 (30 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is usually by a mixture of coursework and examination; exact weightings vary from module to module.

- Accreditation
Students who are considered to have performed sufficiently well in the programme (both in examinations and coursework), as determined by an examiner appointed by the UK Actuarial Profession, will be exempt from subjects CA1, CA3 and the Specialist Technical subjects studied within the programme.

If you fail to achieve a suitable overall standard, you might still be awarded individual module exemptions as recommended by the Profession’s examiner. Please note that individual exemptions are granted based on the final written examinations only.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide successful students with eligibility for subject exemptions from the Core Application and Specialist Technical series of examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. This means obtaining a thorough knowledge of core actuarial applications, developing the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical situation and gaining current knowledge and understanding of the practice of major areas in which actuaries are involved.

- develop your understanding, knowledge and awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of current professional practice.

- ensure you are competent in the use of information technology, and are familiar with computers, together with the relevant software.

Careers

The UK Actuarial Profession

The UK Actuarial Profession is small, but influential and well rewarded. There are more than 6,500 actuaries currently employed in the UK, the majority of whom work in insurance companies and consultancy practices.

Survey results published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/becoming-actuary/pages/what-can-actuary-earn) suggest that the average basic salary for a student actuary is £36,842 with pay and bonuses increasingly sharply as you become more experienced. The average basic salary of a Chief Actuary is £209,292.

As an actuary, your work is extremely varied and can include: advising companies on the amount of funds to set aside for employee pension payments; designing new insurance policies and setting premium rates; pricing financial derivatives and working in fund management and quantitative investment research; advising life insurance companies on he distribution of surplus funds; and estimating the effects of possible major disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, and setting premium rates for insurance against such disasters. For more information about the actuarial profession, see http://www.actuaries.org.uk

- Employability support

Helping our students to develop strong employability skills is a key objective within the School and the University. We provide a wide range of services and support to equip you with transferable vocational skills that enable you to secure appropriate professional positions within industry. Within the School we run specialist seminars and provide advice on creating a strong CV, making job applications and successfully attending interviews and assessment centres.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the actuarial, finance, insurance and risk sectors.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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