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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights

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

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

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

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

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

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

Part 3 optional modules

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

Learning options

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

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

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

Careers

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

Professional accreditation

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

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

Professional Risk Managers’ Association (PRMIA)

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

CISI Diploma

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

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



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

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

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

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

Academic excellence

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

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

Optional modules

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

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

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

Learning and teaching

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

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

Assessment

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

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

Careers support

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

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

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

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



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This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. Read more
This programme will look at the economic and financial determinants of financial risk including market risk and some elements of liquidity and counterpart risk. You will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent to financial risk.

Why this programme

◾You will learn about the determination of interest rates in bind markets, about risk management, bank regulation and the preventive role of financial regulation.
◾You will learn from internationally published academics in financial economics, many of whom have worked as research collaborators or consultants with the IMF, World Bank, numerous central banks and HM Treasury.
◾The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Teaching is based on lectures which also allow opportunities for class discussion. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly small tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with some issues or questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software.

Core courses
-Basic econometrics
-Economic fundamentals and financial markets
-Financial markets, securities and derivatives
-Financial risk analysis.

Students can drop Basic Econometrics and take Modelling and Forecasting Financial Markets as a core subject if they have a strong background in Econometrics.

Sample optional courses
-Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
-Applied computational finance
-C++ in Finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Corporate finance and investment
-Corporate finance theory
-Empirical asset pricing
-Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Financial market micro structure
-Financial services
-Game theory with applications in economics and finance
-Hedge fund risk management
-International finance and money
-Mathematical finance
-Modelling and forecasting financial markets
-Portfolio analysis and investment

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be qualified to work in organisations such as central banks, investment banks, the IMF and the World Bank, asset management firms and governments bodies. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Deloitte, Development Bank of China, and different banks around the world.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

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In the wake of the recent financial crises, a better understanding, and application, of financial risk management will play an extremely important role in the financial sector in the years to come. Read more
In the wake of the recent financial crises, a better understanding, and application, of financial risk management will play an extremely important role in the financial sector in the years to come.

The MSc Financial Risk Management has been designed to meet the demand from the financial sector for individuals with expertise in this field. The programme is demanding and challenging. Its intention is to equip you with the broad range of statistical and mathematical tools needed to tackle practical real-world problems in financial risk management.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have the expertise to:

Identify and manage the major sources of risk in the financial markets.
Understand the role of financial derivative products, their use (and misuse) and how they are priced.
Analyse financial data and specifically build risk models, detect trends in data, test a given hypothesis and forecast future values.
Build an investment portfolio (of risky assets) and carefully monitor its performance through time.

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The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited. Programme Overview. Read more
The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

Programme Overview

One crucial aspect of a successful organisation is its ability to manage exposures to risk. In the financial markets, the ability to manage risky positions effectively is both a fundamental skill and a regulatory requirement.

This programme will provide you with the mathematical and econometric skills and financial training necessary to address the issues related to quantifying, pricing and managing exposures to risk in the financial markets.

Upon completion of the MSc in Financial Risk Management students will be able to:

- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the fundamental theories used to price securities and derivative securities
- derive and apply these models appropriately when quantifying, pricing and managing risk
- identify, quantify and manage exposures to financial risk
- construct and manage a portfolio of risky securities
- use appropriate mathematical and econometric tools to quantify, price and manage exposure to financial risk.

Key Facts

REF 2014
27th in the UK for 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 100% impact and 88% environment at 4* and 3*.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

'Learning to make a difference'

AACSB-Accredited, the University of Liverpool Management School is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Regarded as one of the most rigorous assessments, many top global recruiters will only consider candidates from AACSB-Accredited schools – a clear signal that our programmes respond to the needs of business and meet specific standards of excellence.

The University of Liverpool Management School works with today's leaders in business and management to prepare its students to be the leaders of the future. The school's mission is 'Learning to make a difference' and there is a fundamental belief that the purpose of the School's research and teaching is to develop students who are not only good managers, but individuals who are truly committed to making a difference. We hope that our students will use the knowledge and skills they gain here in their future roles to help solve some of the most endemic problems individuals, enterprises and communities face.

Career prospects

The aim of this programme is to jointly prepare tomorrow’s business leaders with unique exposure to the rapidly evolving field of Big Data and the opportunities, challenges and developments associated with running or expanding digital business enterprises.

Careers Support

From the moment you start your MSc you will have access to a specialist careers team which includes a professionally qualified MSc Careers Adviser and a dedicated International Employer Engagement Officer.

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Overview. The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. Read more

Overview

The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the necessary tools required by the financial sector. Focusing on Financial Risk Analysis, Derivatives, Investments and Econometrics, this programme provides students with the quantitative skills needed by employers and thus opens up a diverse set of career opportunities both within and outside the financial sector. The emphasis is on ‘education’ with graduates encouraged to think for themselves and become proficient in problem solving.

Course Structure

The first year is an intensive and extensive introduction to the world of Economics and Finance. The aim is that by the year-end, students will be at the same level as a graduate of a BA/BBS/BSc graduate in Economics and/or Finance. Students will cover the basic concepts, empirical methods and applications in Investments, Derivatives, International Finance and Econometrics as well as choosing field courses of interest from a range of optional modules.

The second year builds upon this and is structured to be stimulating and challenging. Students take core modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Financial Economics. Students can also take specialised field modules that may include Financial Risk Analysis, Advanced Derivatives, Empirical Finance, International Finance, Corporate Finance and Market Microstructure. The programme also requires students to undertake a research thesis or a three-month Work Placement during the summer term.

Duration: 2 years Full-Time



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

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

About this degree

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

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

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

Core modules

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

Optional modules

Students choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following:

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

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

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

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and learning

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

Placement

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

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

Careers

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

Recent career destinations for this degree

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

Employability

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

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

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

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

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

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



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

Programme Information

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

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

Canary Wharf Internship

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

Career Opportunities

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

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This unique and challenging course has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience. Read more
This unique and challenging course has a focus on financial markets and is taught by faculty who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience.

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter a profession specialising either in risk or investment analysis, to pass the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Financial Risk Manager exams, or to pursue a qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Accreditation

This MSc is an academic partner of two leading financial organisations in risk and investment management:
-Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
-Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).

Our course covers most of the requirements for GARP’s professional FRM (Financial Risk Manager) certification. It also prepares you for essential components of CISI's Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification or its Diploma in Capital Markets.

You benefit from GARP scholarship opportunities and funded membership with CISI, giving you valuable access to careers events, employability training, on-campus presentations and exam booking (please note that you’ll be expected to pay for at least part of the exam sitting fees).

Our curriculum is also designed to cover 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 exam.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term you undertake work on your projects.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of mid-term tests, coursework, and a formal examination after teaching has finished. The two summer term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Increased employment in risk management is set to continue as recent regulation changes put increased focus on improving risk management standards.

There is a strong demand for investment analysis – not only from pension funds and large corporations – as private equity continues to grow in the current global economic environment.

On successful completion of this MSc you are qualified to apply for graduate training positions as:
-A quantitative risk analyst
-A quantitative investment analyst
-An asset manager in a bank, corporation, hedge fund or insurance company

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Overview. The MSc. Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. Read more

Overview

The MSc. Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It provides students with international quality training in the fundamental concepts and tools required by the financial sector. The programme emphasises ‘problem solving’ through a combination of theoretical principles and empirical tools. Successful graduates are equipped with a wide range of economic, financial, quantitative and communication skills, thus opening up a diverse set of career opportunities, both within and outside the financial sector.

Course Structure

The course is structured to be stimulating and challenging. Students take core modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Financial Economics. Students can also take specialised field modules that may include Financial Risk Analysis, Advanced Derivatives, Empirical Finance, International Finance, Corporate Finance and Market Microstructure. The programme also requires students to undertake a research thesis or a three-month Work Placement during the Summer term.

Duration: 1 year Full-time




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

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

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

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

Why choose this course?

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

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

Course detail

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

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

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

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

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

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

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

Capstone project

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

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

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

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

Assessment

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

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

Careers

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

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

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

Funding

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

How to apply

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

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Our MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk aims to equip you with the necessary analytical skills, methods and ways of thinking to tackle and analyse complex organisational problems, help make better decisions, and to become confident statistical analysts. Read more
Our MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk aims to equip you with the necessary analytical skills, methods and ways of thinking to tackle and analyse complex organisational problems, help make better decisions, and to become confident statistical analysts.

This course is ideal training for those who wish to study, in greater depth, risk models, particularly for application to financial markets but also to other sectors. 

You will undertake case studies and project work which will give you the opportunity to put your skills into practice and provides valuable experience of working in the field. The dissertation project, typically undertaken with an industrial partner, will allow you to work with complex data in a creative manner and a problem-solving environment, as well as to communicate your ideas and findings effectively.

Distinctive features:

• This course will give you the opportunity to study risk models in greater depth, particularly those models used in financial markets.

• The skills you will develop are highly transferable for use within industry, business and the public sector.

• The School of Mathematics has excellent links with a number of organisations who employ Operational Researchers, Statisticians and Financial / Risk Modellers

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study or in three years by part-time study.

This full-time one year course includes a three month period working with a company on a real problem that they have identified.
You will take 110 credits of core modules and 10 credits of optional modules in the taught component of the programme. This is followed by a 60 credit summer project.

As a part-time student you will typically need to be in the University for lectures and workshops for the equivalent of one day per week over 24 weeks each year. You will usually complete the taught component of the programme over two years with up to a further year to complete the project dissertation.

The programme will prepare you with essential techniques in Operational Research and Applied Statistics, and then allow you to select from optional courses in topics such as supply chain modelling, healthcare, and Statistics and Operational Research for Government (delivered with input from the Office for National Statistics and Welsh Assembly Government).

You will have the opportunity to put the theory into practice, through case studies and project work in the ‘real-world’. An important feature of the MSc is the project dissertation, allowing you to work with an external company.


For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/operational-research,-applied-statistics-and-financial-risk-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/operational-research,-applied-statistics-and-financial-risk-msc-part-time

Teaching

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials.

You will apply the skills you develop through presentations, research assignments, case studies and the summer project.

Assessment

During the course your development will primarily be monitored via tutorial sheets, with other means where appropriate.

Written examinations, often in combination with an in-course element forms overall assessment.

Career Prospects

This programme prepares you for a career in areas such as operational research, management science, statistics, risk analysis, financial modelling, actuarial risk and credit scoring, management consultancy, business analytics, supply chain management, government operational research /statistics.

Our School of Mathematics has well established and strong links with many employers of Operational Researchers and Applied Statisticians, who regularly offer projects and/or recruit our students.

Placements

An important feature of the MSc programme is to undertake a project dissertation. This allows you to apply the methods and skills acquired in the taught programme in a real-world setting, and will typically involve working with a company on a project of importance. Some of these placements will be abroad given our strong international connections. Cardiff School of Mathematics already has well established links with many organisations that employ Operational Researchers, Statisticians and Financial Modellers including Admiral, Nationwide, ONS, Lloyds Banking Group and Ernst and Young amongst others.

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Understand the main aspects of risk management in businesses – including quantitative analysis, regulation, implementation and management structure. Read more
Understand the main aspects of risk management in businesses – including quantitative analysis, regulation, implementation and management structure.

We emphasise the application of mathematics to financial risk quantification, analysis and description. Our MSc is taught by established researchers and specialists in their fields.

You’ll benefit from training in computing and explore a range of topics from programming to statistics to management.

How will I study?

You study core modules and a range of mathematics and management options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term you write your dissertation, usually in banking risk assessment or investment risk assessment. You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, projects and a dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Our graduates have found jobs in banking (investment funds and hedge funds), financial software companies, and corporations with risk management departments.

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Understand the main aspects of risk management in businesses – including quantitative analysis, regulation, implementation and management structure. Read more
Understand the main aspects of risk management in businesses – including quantitative analysis, regulation, implementation and management structure.

We emphasise the application of mathematics to financial risk quantification, analysis and description. Our MSc is taught by established researchers and specialists in their fields.

You’ll benefit from training in computing and explore a range of topics from programming to statistics to management.

How will I study?

You study core modules and a range of mathematics and management options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term you write your dissertation, usually in banking risk assessment or investment risk assessment. You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, projects and a dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty

You’ll be taught by faculty from both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Business and Management.

Careers

Our graduates have found jobs in banking (investment funds and hedge funds), financial software companies, and corporations with risk management departments.

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