Financial institutions rely on a functional blend of Mathematics, Technology and Finance to develop, enhance and sustain their competitive edge. The financial industry is undergoing a second wave of technological transformation related in particular to: the establishment of electronic trading platforms; improved risk management and pricing accuracy; the high performance computing implications of expanding regulatory requirements.
As a result there is increasing demand for numerate and technologically capable personnel from a wide range of top employers including investment banks, hedge funds, financial software companies, brokerage firms and consultancy firms. Other business lines are now developing similar paradigms where numerate, technologically able personnel are part of business innovation and decision-making.
The Financial Computing MSc is run jointly by the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. It is aimed at science and engineering graduates with mathematical exposure and some experience in computer programming. The content of the programme is a combination of technology and financial mathematics. It contains modules related to up-to-the-minute industry challenges such as high performance and GPU development.
The study programme consists of four compulsory and four elective modules. The modules offered by the School of Mathematical Sciences will provide a solid understanding of the principles of mathematical finance. The modules offered within the Schools of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences will focus on key aspects of technological implementation.
Full time Study
You will study eight modules in total with an even split across semesters one and two. You will complete a 10,000 word dissertation/research project during semester three.
Full time Study with Industrial Experience
You will study eight modules in total with an even split across semesters one and two. You will complete a 10,000 word dissertation/research project during semester three. Expert staff will support the arrangement of your industrial placement, which will be carried out in the second year of your programme and assessed through the completion of the Industrial Placement Project.
The industrial placement takes place from the September following the taught part of the MSc and is for a maximum of 12 months. It is a student's responsibility to secure their own placement, but the EECS Placement Team will provide support. The Placement Team source and promote suitable opportunities, assist with applications, and with interview preparation.
The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken after you have completed and passed the taught component of the degree and submitted your MSc project. The placement will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.
In the event that you are unable to secure a placement we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience. This change will also apply to any student visa you hold at the time.
Part time Study
Your programme is delivered across two academic years. You will study four modules in each year of the programme, registering upon two modules per semester to balance your workload.
Our modules are assessed by a mixture of in-term assessment and final examinations. Examinations are held between late April and early June. Dissertations are evaluated in September. Successful completion of the MSc programme will result in the award of the MSc Financial Computing (possibly with Merit or with Distinction).
Semester 1 - Compulsory
Semester 1 - Elective
Semester 2 - Compulsory
Semester 2 - Elective
Each MSc Financial Computing student is required to complete a 60 credit project dissertation. A typical MSc project dissertation consists of about 30 word-processed pages (10,000 words), securely bound, covering a specific research-level topic in financial computing, usually requiring the student to understand, explain and elaborate on results from one or more journal articles and possibly to implement some industry quality code.
Detailed outlines of each module for MSc Financial Computing are on Queen Mary University of London website.
The course provides you with a strong mathematical background with the skills necessary to apply your expertise to the solution of real finance problems. You will develop skills so that you are able to formulate a well posed problem from a description in financial language, carry out relevant mathematical analysis, develop and implement an appropriate numerical scheme and present and interpret these results.
The course lays the foundation for further research in academia or for a career as a quantitative analyst in a financial or other institution.
You will take three introductory courses in the first week. The introductory courses cover partial differential equations, probability and statistics and MATLAB.
The first term focuses on compulsory core material, offering 80 hours of lectures and 40 hours of classes/practical. The core courses are as follows:
In the second term, three streams are offered; each stream consists of 32 hours of lectures and 16 hours of classes/practical. The Tools stream is mandatory and you will also take either the Modelling stream or the Data-driven stream.
As well as the streams, the course includes a compulsory one-week (24 hours of lectures) intensive module on quantitative risk management which is to be held in/around the week before the third term.
The third term is dedicated to a dissertation project which is to be written on a topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.
The second component of the financial computing course, Financial Computing with C++ 2 (24 hours of lectures and practicals in total), is held shortly after the third term.
The examination will consist of the following elements:
MSc graduates have been recruited by prominent investment banks and hedge funds. Many past students have also progressed to PhD-level studies at leading universities in Europe and elsewhere.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations.
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.
To successfully complete this course, you must have a very good understanding of mathematics. You may well have studied maths, physics or engineering degrees as an undergraduate.
Or you might have a bachelor’s degree in economics or science and in particular computer science, which, coupled with your interest in stochastics, could also qualify you for this programme.
You should have a general interest in learning the more technical and mathematical techniques used in financial markets; but you don’t need to have a background in finance.
The MSc Financial Mathematics focuses on stochastics and simulation techniques, but also covers some econometrics. You’ll study core modules covering asset pricing, risk management and an introduction to key financial securities such as equities, fixed income and derivatives.
You’ll cover a wide range of elementary and advanced topics in stochastics, including Levy processes and different simulation techniques. You’ll be taught Matlab and VBA and you have the opportunity to learn other programming languages as part of our electives offering, such as Python or C++.
There are three ways to complete the third term. Either you’ll choose five electives from around 40 optional modules in your final term. Or you can choose to complete a traditional dissertation, known as a ‘business research project’, which counts for four electives, or a shorter ‘applied research project’, which is the equivalent of two elective modules.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
Assessment of modules on the MSc in Financial Mathematics, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
The Financial Mathematics course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:
The job opportunities for students from the three quants Masters programmes are very similar and students usually find employment with either large investment banks, or smaller specialist companies or financial boutique firms. Working as a quantitative analysts using stochastic, technical risk management position, pricing fixed income securities and structuring are some of the positions Financial Mathematics students are well qualified for. You will also have the skills to study for a PhD in the area of quantitative finance and financial markets.
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The MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance course has been designed to meet the growing demand for specially trained mathematicians to work in the world’s financial markets and insurance.
Despite the current volatile nature of the banking industry, many banks still have a pressing need for employees with advanced mathematical skills who can further their understanding of turbulence in financial markets.
On the Mathematics and Computing for Finance course you will study different elements of both mathematics and computing in addition to developing your communication and presentational skills through a project you will undertake. As a student of the MSc in Mathematics and Computing for Finance programme you will be fully supported to ensure that your project is best suited to support your future career plans.
Have in depth knowledge in stochastic analysis and parts of advanced real analysis. (Fourier analysis and Partial Differential Equations) as well as parts of numerical analysis which are central for applications to finance.
Have developed advanced computing skills being essential for handling problems relevant for a job on the finance markets.
Have, as a mathematician, a good understanding of finance markets.
Have developed skills needed to work in a highly inter-disciplinary profession, including advanced programming techniques and communication skills across the borders.
Please visit our website for a full description of modules for the MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance.
The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistically analysis, marketing and sales.
Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that our research environment (how the Department supports research staff and students) and the impact of our research (its value to society) were both judged to be 100% world leading or internationally excellent.
All academic staff in Mathematics are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture.
"Further to my studies at Swansea University as a Master of Science graduate in Financial Mathematics, I am currently working at Deutsche Bank in London as part of the Structured Financial Services team providing client services for corporate lending and debt portfolios. The complex nature of the course has helped me become a logical decision maker and a highly skilled problem solver. These transferable skills are very useful in the world of Finance since the role is highly challenging working towards deadlines and structured transaction targets. My studies at Swansea University have also enriched me with leadership, motivational skills and have enhanced my communication skills. I work in a close team of 10 people within a large department which encourages a culture that strives towards learning and effective teamwork. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swansea University and cherish the many fond memories. I am so pleased to be expanding my horizon within a major financial centre."
Rhian Ivey, BSc Mathematics, MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance
This programme gives you a flexible syllabus to suit the demands of employers that use modern financial tools and optimization techniques in areas such as the financial sector and energy markets.
We will give you sound knowledge in financial derivative pricing, portfolio optimization and financial risk management.
We will also provide you with the skills to solve some of today’s financial problems, which have themselves been caused by modern financial instruments. This expertise includes modern probability theory, applied statistics, stochastic analysis and optimization.
Adding depth to your learning, our work placement programme puts you at the heart of financial organisations such as Moody's Analytics, Standard Life Investment and Lloyds Banking Group.
This programme involves two taught semesters of compulsory and option courses, followed by a dissertation project. You must obtain a total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc. Over semesters 1 and 2, you will take a number of compulsory courses and optional courses. Successful performance in these courses (assessed through coursework or examinations or both) allows you to start work on a three-month dissertation project worth 60 credits, possibly with one of our industry partners, for the award of the MSc degree.
We work closely with the Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA) to offer a number of short courses led by industry (part of our Research-Linked Topics) and to provide the opportunity to our best students to write their dissertations during placements with financial services companies.
At the end of this programme you will have:
Graduates have gone on to work in major financial institutions or to continue their studies by joining PhD programmes.
Designed to evolve your decision-making capabilities and awareness of best practice in investment strategies and performance evaluation, our Finance and Investment MSc will prepare you for a career in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services or financial consultancy.
This course will equip you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of economics, finance and investment. By the end of the course, you will have the skills necessary to use advanced tools and quantitative techniques to appraise financial opportunities.
As part of this course you will also have access to our real-time trading room, streaming up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.
This course is part of our Finance MSc programme. All students complete the same core finance modules, then from the end of the first term you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules and the option to specialise in one of five areas.
The other specialisms offered are:
The course is composed of three phases:
All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.
Core modules will give you practical background knowledge in key finance subjects. From term 2 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The specialisms currently offered are banking, accounting, investment, economics and risk management.
Specialism modules (choose two)
Option modules (choose one)
Completion of your final project (dissertation) takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. You submit your project in October and receive your MSc award in December.
In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and investment.
The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address a financial markets problem which will require you to undertake research leading to implementable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgment.
Alternatively, you may wish to carry out a more theoretical dissertation relating to a financial markets topic of personal interest. You will receive help from your appointed dissertation supervisor who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.
As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.
One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor.
We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.
We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities.
Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.
You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.
A postgraduate qualification from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's highly competitive job market
Many of our Finance and Investment MSc graduates go on to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking and financial consultancy.
The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.
This Masters degree provides you with knowledge of advanced finance concepts, whilst developing your quantitative, mathematical and research skills.
Taught by experienced academics based in both Leeds University Business School and the School of Mathematics, you’ll cover key topics including financial derivative pricing, discrete and continuous time models, risk management and portfolio optimisation, as well as statistical methods for finance.
You will be equipped with a rare combination of mathematical skills and the latest business finance knowledge, which is highly sought after in the financial sector by banks, investment and consultancy companies. It’s also excellent preparation if you’re interested in pursuing further academic research.
This course is ideal if you’ve previously studied finance, economics, mathematics, physics or computing, and are interested in applying your skills to financial markets.
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 Mathematics; 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.
In your first semester you’ll develop a broad understanding of corporate finance and how financial theory relates to practice in business and financial markets. This will put your mathematical studies into context while you develop your skills in applied statistics and probability, optimisation methods and discrete time finance.
You’ll build on these skills in topics such as continuous time finance, risk management and computational methods. You’ll also gain specialist knowledge in topics that suit your career ambitions such as risk and insurance, actuarial science and behavioural finance.
The programme will improve your research skills and allow you to study different research methodologies, including those employed by our own leading academics. This will prepare you for your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you’ll submit by the end of the year.
You'll also take two optional modules.
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. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.
Recent activities have included CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness events. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation. Read more about professional development activities for postgraduate finance students.
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.
You have various opportunities open to you as a Financial Mathematics graduate, including: quantitative analysis, risk management, investment banking, financial consultancy, insurance, accounting and academia.
Previous graduates have gone on to secure employment with Allianz (London), AstraZeneca, Barclays, Cathay Life Insurance, CITIC Group, Commerzbank, Deloitte, First Direct, Gaz de France, HSBC, KPMG, Moody’s, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA and UK Government Actuary’s Department.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the course. You benefit from the support of a professional development tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.
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. Find out more at the Careers website