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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 programme will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, issues surrounding the causes and effects of financial risk and the professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. Read more
The programme will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, issues surrounding the causes and effects of financial risk and the professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. You will also have an opportunity to specialise your knowledge in additional areas through a selection of optional modules in areas such as accounting, international banking and security investment analysis.

Practical exercises and trading simulations allow you to test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios. The programme benefits from excellent links with industry and commerce, connecting you with the latest challenges in financial markets worldwide.

You will learn from highly qualified teaching staff involved in world-class research in the field of financial risk management. Leeds University Business School is internationally recognised for Masters in Finance, ranked among the world’s elite (Financial Times Masters in Finance rankings, 2014).

Careers

Graduates are equipped for an international career in financial risk management, to work for financial institutions, investment banks, regulators and standard setters, international insurers, asset managers, underwriters and investment funds. You will be able to access a range of career options within finance, including risk management, credit risk analysis, derivatives, insurance and finance research.

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

Apply now

The deadline for International applications is 31 March 2017.
The deadline for UK/EU applications is 30 June 2017.
For further guidance on how to apply, visit: http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/how-to-apply/

Online events

You can logon from anywhere to join one of these one hour events, which will include:

- Introduction to Leeds University Business School and Masters study
- Advice from one of our Professional Development Tutors, with examples of the career skills you can build and the major companies we work with
- Guidance on how to apply for postgraduate study from our admissions team
- Opportunity to ask your questions

The dates for our next online events are below:

- TBC

Open events

Our Masters Open Days are an opportunity to visit in person, learn more about our Masters degrees and meet our staff. Activities include:

- Presentations, talks and Q&A with academic directors
- Business School tour
- Speak to admissions, academic teaching teams and current Masters students

Our next Masters Open Day:

- TBC

Please visit our website for further information and to book your place: http://business.leeds.ac.uk/masters/meet-us-at-an-event/

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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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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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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). 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).

About the course:
-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 OVERVIEW

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.

EMPLOYABILITY

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.

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Get the Competitive Edge for Your Finance Career. “There is a dramatic increase in the need for experts in risk management and compliance. Read more

The Program

Get the Competitive Edge for Your Finance Career

“There is a dramatic increase in the need for experts in risk management and compliance. This program will produce the specialized talent that the finance industry demands.” - Richard Nesbitt, CEO of Global Risk Institute for Financial Services and former Chief Operating Officer of CIBC

The Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM) is designed to prepare students who excel at finance and quantitative analysis for careers in this in-demand sector. A bridge between your academic and professional life, the full-time, 8-month program allows you to fast track into the finance industry, giving you a competitive edge over applicants with just an undergraduate degree. Turn risk into reward: consider the MFRM.

- Curriculum: The curriculum will allow you to master the complex issues involved in risk management. This full-time program runs from the beginning of September to the end of the following April and includes two course terms and one integrated project.

- Globally-Renowned Faculty: Rotman’s finance faculty are ranked among the top in the world for research and for finance. They include both seasoned industry professionals and prominent academics such as John Hull, Peter Christoffersen and Alan White.

- Industry Connections: Benefit from strong ties between the school and the finance industry. Through speaking events with industry executives, an integrated project on a real-world business challenge, and exposure to faculty like Richard Nesbitt, former COO of CIBC, and Dean Tiff Macklem, former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, you’ll learn from some of the top leaders in the industry.

- Master Your Career: Our career services team is dedicated to providing you tailored support to help you reach your professional goals.

- Innovative Resources: The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab allows you to gain access to live data feeds, take part in simulations, manage your own portfolio, experiment with different trading strategies, and test your risk management ideas.

See the website https://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/Degrees/MastersPrograms/MFRM.aspx#The%20Program

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

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

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

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

Why choose this course?

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

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

Course detail

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

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

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

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

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

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

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

Capstone project

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

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

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

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

Assessment

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

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

Careers

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

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

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

Funding

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

How to apply

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

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This programme is 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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The Master of Financial Risk Management, an eight-month program, is designed to prepare students who excel at finance and quantitative analysis for careers in this in-demand sector. Read more
The Master of Financial Risk Management, an eight-month program, is designed to prepare students who excel at finance and quantitative analysis for careers in this in-demand sector.

Fast track into the finance industry

As a graduate of the MFRM program, you will be well positioned to take advantage of one of the fastest growing areas of finance. Since the financial crisis of 2007-2009, there has been a high demand for individuals who have both quantitative skills and an understanding of the risk management environment in which decisions are made. The program provides you access to a wealth of career opportunities in this exciting field.

Located just blocks from Canada's business centre and part of the University of Toronto, the Rotman School is ideally positioned to help you connect with top employers. As a student of the program, you’ll work closely with our staff to achieve your career goals, and to develop the self-marketing tools and strategies that will benefit you throughout your professional life.

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Industry-recognised and double-accredited (Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management), our programme focuses on corporate and business risk management, ensuring you have the expertise and skills to excel as a risk specialist. Read more
Industry-recognised and double-accredited (Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management), our programme focuses on corporate and business risk management, ensuring you have the expertise and skills to excel as a risk specialist.

Study is available full-time or by distance learning. For more information about the different start dates and study methods for this course, please view the relevant web-pages:
SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02280-1PTL-1718/Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02681-1PTLB-1617/Risk_Management_(Jan_-_PT)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Full Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02574-1FTLB-1617/Risk_Management_(Jan)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02574-1FTLB-1718/Risk_Management?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02680-1PTLB-1718/Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

The MSc Risk Management programme provides an in depth understanding of risk and their application in practice both for financial and non-financial organisations. Students will learn both theoretical and practical understanding of risk including risk measurement and modelling using computer software (e.g. Palisade Decision Tools). In addition, we subscribe to several industry linked databases (e.g. Thomson Reuters EIKON) that students can use in their study and research.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in a role as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or clinical risk manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

Why Choose This Programme?

Unlike other Risk courses available across the UK, our Risk Management degree is unique as it takes a holistic and enterprise-wide view on risk covering both management and financial aspects of uncertainty and vulnerability.

GCU is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than twenty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world. Working closely with colleagues in industry and commerce, as well as the main professional and trade bodies, the university developed the first undergraduate degree in Risk Management in Europe.

Additionally, we arrange study tours for the students in several key locations in London (e.g., Lloyd’s of London, Bloomberg, etc.). Furthermore, the students will get the opportunity to attend several industry conferences and seminars held in London.

Placement

As GCU London is situated in the centre of the world’s leading financial hub there exists ample scope to secure placement opportunities with financial, non-financial and service oriented organisations. Successful students will be introduced with the organisations who regularly hire young graduates for risk related jobs.

Working with Industry

Students will get the scope to attend the lectures and masterclasses delivered by the London based industry professionals. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the innovative thinking and build a network with leading industry professionals.

Programme Leader

Dr Madhu Acharyya teaches several risk management modules including enterprise risk and modelling, global risk management, managing strategic and operational risk, and insurance and risk management at the post graduate level.

Employment Details

The focus of the degree is on equipping the professional ‘risk manager’. This role neither sets strategy nor runs operations - the professional risk manager (whether in private manufacturing or service industries, local government, healthcare, or non-profit sector) facilitates the risk management process, educates, informs and motivates others to manage risk, and provides expert advice and input on the tools of modern risk management. Job titles vary (risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst, risk co-ordinator, clinical risk manager) and the emphasis varies from organisation to organisation, sector to sector.

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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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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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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.

Degree information

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 options (60 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered to the students that have completed 8 taught modules (120 UCL credits). A Postgraduate Certificate will be offered to the students that have completed 4 taught modules (60 UCL credits).

Core modules
-Financial Data and Statistics
-Market Risk, Measures and Portfolio Theory
-Financial Engineering
-Stochastic Processes for Finance

Optional modules - four modules must be chosen from the following list:
-Applied Computational Finance
-Asset Pricing in Continuous Time
-Equities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Modelling
-Financial Institutions and Markets
-Forecasting
-Networks and Systemic Risk
-Numerical Analysis for Finance
-Operational Risk Measurement for Financial Institutions
-Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics
-Market Microstructure
-Compliance, Risk and Regulation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. Read more
Investment and financial risk is a highly competitive sector – and this course will give you the IT and research skills employers demand. This rigorous and intensive masters course is designed to produce high-calibre, analytical graduates with practical skills who are ready to slot in to a specialised role. As a graduate, you will be ready to work in investment, trading, financial analysis, fund management, banking, financial services, finance and financial consultancy.

-An extremely practical programme using real examples, the latest research and theories, and live data.
-Kingston Business School is one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
-Get additional qualifications while you study: you can apply for Bloomberg certification. You can also prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, since you will cover so many aspects of it in your coursework.
-Programme developed with advice from finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank.
-Lectures by sector experts, as well as Kingston Business School's own teaching staff, who have been awarded an 'excellent' rating for the quality of their teaching.
-Suitable for students who have not studied economics, finance or accountancy at bachelors level, as well as those with previous qualifications and experience.
-Meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures, who add international insight to class discussions and working groups, giving you a global alumni network.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK ... it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

When you arrive, we will introduce you to the Business School and its expectations and ethos, alongside a personal development programme, then you will start work on individual modules. Each module is designed to develop the skills valued by employers, such as presentation, team work, problem solving and communication skills.

We teach an extremely practical programme using real-life examples, live data and the latest research and theories. Students get the opportunity to create and manage investment portfolios and present the results, learn to use a Bloomberg trading room and industry standard databases, and undertake a research project.

You will examine the key issues in investment banking and trading. You will also learn to apply various different techniques in practice. We will show you how to analyse and explore a number of different topics using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Assessment

You will be assessed through assignments, case studies, formal examination and a dissertation. Our assessment methods mirror real-life practices - for example, students are asked to construct and manage investment portfolios and present the results.

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