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Who is it for?. This course will appeal to you if you want to specialise in finance and economics – either immediately after completion of an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional. Read more

Who is it for?

This course will appeal to you if you want to specialise in finance and economics – either immediately after completion of an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional.

Developed to meet the increasing demand for specialists in finance and economics, you will receive rigorous training in financial economics and mathematics. It combines solid education in economic theory with exposure to the field of finance through several specialised options. As a result, this MSc will help you prepare for a range of exciting career possibilities, in roles such as financial economist or quantitative analyst.

You have the option of studying full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of two.

Objectives

The Financial Economics MSc aims to help you:

  • Gain combined exposure to the regulatory and policy aspects of finance with world-class academic training in theory and quantitative methods
  • Develop your critical and analytical abilities in mathematics and economics
  • Prepare academically for a career as a financial economist or quantitative analyst
  • Acquire an advanced understanding of modern economic theory relevant to financial topics
  • Critically interpret current research in financial economics and evaluate its relevance to financial practice
  • Recognise the roles and obligations of the major financial institutions, especially as seen from the point of view of financial regulators and policy makers
  • Understand financial markets
  • Perform routine financial calculations, using widely available computer software for the purpose of forecasting, regulation and analysis
  • Undertake empirical investigations in the field of financial economics, employing appropriate quantitative methods
  • Develop a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant empirical and theoretical research methodology.

Should you with to pursue further study, the dissertation track can also serve as a stepping stone to an Economics or Finance PhD.

Teaching and learning

The Financial Economics MSc course is delivered through a flexible combination of lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions. Lectures introduce you to the key theories, concepts and economic models. In seminars, you have the opportunity to solve applied problems, analyse case studies and make presentations of research published in leading academic journals.

The computer labs provide you with practical experience of using computer software to perform calculations and conduct realistic simulations. In addition, econometric methods are taught in lab sessions, so you have the opportunity to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations.

When appropriate, practitioner slots – such as research seminars conducted by external financial experts or presentations by invited academics – will be incorporated into module delivery.

We also offer pre-sessional induction courses on economic analysis for students who need to build up their background in the fundamental aspects of financial economics.

Teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.

Part-time students complete their modules over the course of four terms from September to June before undertaking their dissertation or literature review.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Micro-and Macroeconomics, Stata, Excel, Probability and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Financial Economics course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend.

You are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information, such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.

Assessment

Assessments are a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module).

Modules

You will take 180 credits – two 30-credit taught modules, four 15-credit taught modules and  60 extra credits through one of the following routes:

  • Dissertation: you will take a dissertation worth 60 credits (Economics Research Project).
  • Literature survey: you will take two extra elective taught modules of 15 credits each and a literature survey (Economics Literature Survey) worth 30 credits.

For each route, there are two core modules:

  • Dissertation route: you will take three core modules – Financial Markets Econometrics and Asset Pricing. You will also select three electives -  one module from group one, two module from group two.
  • Literature Survey route: you will take three core modules – Financial Markets, Quantitative Methods and Asset Pricing. You will also take five electives – one module from group one, two modules from group two, and two further electives, including possibly one from each of groups one and two.

It is not possible to give exact hours per week because these can vary from one term to the other depending on which electives the students choose.

Career prospects

On completing the Masters in Economics you will have a wide range of career options. Graduates of this course enjoy numerous employment possibilities in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and financial analysis.

On completing the Masters in Financial Economics course you will have a range of employment possibilities to explore. To some extent, your career options will be determined by the electives you choose.

For example, you may wish to work in the financial industry as a consultant, banker, quantitative analyst. Alternatively you may wish to explore options in the health industry as a financial analyst, or in any industry that requires a financial or industry analyst.

Recent graduate for this course have secured roles such as:

  • Economic Analyst, BlackRock
  • Cash Funding Analyst, Mizuho International
  • Quantitative Analyst, BNP Paribas.

The Financial Economics MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics.



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The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management. Read more
The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management.

The MSc in Quantitative Finance will equip you with a rigorous understanding of the theory behind asset pricing, fixed income securities and risk management, supported by solid knowledge of numerical analysis and programming languages; special emphasis is on econometric techniques as forecasting and market microstructure analysis.

Typical career paths of graduates from our MSc in Quantitative Finance include research positions (in both financial and academic institutions), or roles involving the assessment of market microstructure across a number of exchanges, stress testing/scenario analysis, development and improvements of asset allocation models and analysis of potential investment vehicles across different asset classes, such as Hedge Funds Risk Analyst, Financial Analyst and Asset Allocation Analyst.

The demand for recruits with strong quantitative skills has spread beyond the pure derivatives area, and graduates from the course move into a range of careers in the financial sector. Cass's proximity to the City of London helps graduates to access outstanding career opportunities, especially as Cass has close links with many City institutions.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/quantitative-finance

Course detail

There are two Induction Weeks The Quantitative Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

• an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.

• a reminder course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics and basic computing which forms a prerequisite of the core modules in term 1.

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree programme students must complete:

• eight core courses (15 credits each)
and
• two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Quantitative Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Career opportunities

Although investment and hedge funds remain the biggest users and innovators in quantitative finance, other financial sectors such as commercial banking, insurance and fund management are now keenly interested. Fund managers and hedge funds, for example, make extensive use of quantitative techniques to develop trading strategies, optimise portfolios and assess risk.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Quantitative Finance class of 2014 are working are:

• Capita Asset Services - Analyst
• RBS - Graduate Risk Analyst
• Dong MeKong Construction Manufacture and Trading - Project Assistant
• nPOWER - Quant Risk Analyst

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city

Funding

For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

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The master of science in computational finance is designed for students interested in computational or quantitative finance careers in banking, finance, and a growing number of additional industries. Read more

Program overview

The master of science in computational finance is designed for students interested in computational or quantitative finance careers in banking, finance, and a growing number of additional industries. Professionals in these fields use their strengths in business, modeling, and data analysis to understand and use complex financial models, often involving differential and stochastic calculus.

The program addresses a vital and growing career field, reaching beyond banking and finance. Typical job titles include risk analyst, research associate, quantitative analyst, quantitative structured credit analyst, credit risk analyst, quantitative investment analyst, quantitative strategist, data analyst, senior data analyst, fixed income quantitative analyst, and financial engineer. Computational finance is an excellent career option for technically-oriented professionals in the fields of business, math, engineering, economics, statistics, and computer science. Programming knowledge is highly preferred.

Plan of study

The curriculum offers an integration of finance, mathematics, and computing. The required mathematics courses have substantial financial content and the experiential computational finance course, which students take during the summer, makes use of skills learned in the mathematics, analytics, and finance courses taken up to that point. The program has a strong multidisciplinary nature and combines the expertise of four of RIT's colleges. The program is a full-time, 17-month curriculum beginning exclusively in the fall. The program ends with a required non-credit comprehensive exam based on the courses completed by the student.

Curriculum

Computational finance, MS degree, typical course sequence:
-Accounting for Decision Makers
-Survey of Finance
-Equity Analysis
-Debt Analysis
-Advanced Derivatives
-Mathematics for Finance I
-Mathematics for Finance II
-Analytics Electives
-Electives
-Computational Finance Experience

Other admission requirements

-Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred).
-Submit a personal statement (Applicants should explain why their background, please indicate mathematical and programming knowledge, and interests make them suitable for the program).
-Submit a current resume, and complete a graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org.
-Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.
-Accepted students can defer enrollment for up to one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted and will be re-evaluated based on the most current admission standards.

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The course is particularly suitable for students with a degree in Finance, Financial Economics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (see  . Read more

The course is particularly suitable for students with a degree in Finance, Financial Economics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (see  entry requirements ), as well as relevant work experience (non-compulsory). It is also suited to those wishing to gain salary enhancements, or students wishing to pursue advanced studies in quantitative finance.

  • Learn how to forecast and manage risk and return
  • Gain the skills to price any financial instrument
  • Learn how to engineer new methods and financial products
  • Build advanced knowledge of the main theoretical and applied concepts in quantitative finance, financial engineering and risk management, using current issues to stimulate your thinking
  • Prepare for careers involving the design and management of new financial instruments, the development of innovative methods for measuring, or predicting and managing risk.

CFA training

We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams.

  • MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.
  • Gain student support from Kaplan with access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, and mock exam runs. Plus tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.
  • The CFA Program builds a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
  • Take the first step to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential to prepare for the Level I exam
  • The CFA is the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Together with Amplify Trading , a global financial trading and training firm, we offer a week long Trading BootCamp for MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students.

  • experience a live trading floor provided by two experienced traders with specialist software
  • engage with contemporary financial markets and apply your classroom theory in practice
  • watch live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, and use your knowledge and skills in trading different asset classes
  • a fantastic opportunity to prepare you for successful careers after graduation.

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Special features

Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation

Our accounting and finance division courses are now affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). Every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.

  • MSc Accounting 
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Quantitative Finance

The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize . 

Coursework and assessment

The course teaching is shared by Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Mathematics, and delivered through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work. Assessment varies depending on course units taken. It may include a combination of course work and examination. The dissertation normally ranges between 30 and 50 double spaced pages.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. Our topics are aligned with the research interests of leading financial institutions from the City of London and internationally.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Approximation of CVA/DVA/FVA
  • FVA and MM - quantitative analysis/illustration Continuous rainbow options on commodity outputs
  • Investigating dynamics and determinants of risk-neutral PDs
  • Using hazard models to forecast corporate bankruptcy
  • Analysing asset pricing implications from real options models
  • Pricing sovereign CDS contracts
  • Estimating liquidation probabilities of hedge funds

Scholarships and bursaries

Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable. Find out more>>

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This course provides ideal preparation for a career in the finance industry specialising in designing and trading financial instruments. These financial engineers are expected to be proficient in computer programming and strong in financial mathematics. They have to be at ease with complex derivatives and creative enough to find solutions for pricing and hedging. The course also provides research skills for those who wish to pursue an academic career by studying at doctoral level.

Click here for information on our Careers Service.

Click here for the latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.



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Programme overview. The Advanced Master in Quantitative Finance offers prospective students a rich curriculum combining finance, statistics, econometrics, programming and mathematics. Read more

Programme overview

The Advanced Master in Quantitative Finance offers prospective students a rich curriculum combining finance, statistics, econometrics, programming and mathematics. This Master guarantees a full coverage of financial disciplines, such as asset and derivative pricing, numerical methods and programming skills. This advanced course work is designed for students with a quantitative background, obtained either from recent education or through professional experience.

Programme objectives

The main objective of this master is to train a new generation of quants. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge in quantitative finance and will learn how to apply it to real-life problems.

You will not only be exposed to up-to-date models, but you will also understand their advantages and limitations, both in theory and in practice.

By the end of the year, you will be able to:

• Become an analyst and/or manager in a quant group

• Price equities and bonds

• Construct and programme structured products

• Perform tail-risk analysis

• Extract information from massive databases

• Understand and trade in complex derivative products such as volatility derivatives

Job opportunities

The obvious companies for such profiles are large financial institutions, private banking, and hedge funds, seeking to fulfil positions like quant team member, risk manager, quant analyst/risk modeller, asset liability manager, derivatives specialist, financial supervisor and product structure.

Geographically, job opportunities are not only concentrated to Europe, in particular London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Zurich, but are extended to the rest of the world (e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong and New York).

However, to successfully grow in your professional life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School’s career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team will assist participants to realise their full potential. Through a full range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.

Interested? Visit http://am.solvay.edu/quantitative-finance/

Application Deadline

> Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)

> EU students: July 15th 2018



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Globally, financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. There's a demand for market-aware graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models used in these products. Read more

Why this course?

Globally, financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. There's a demand for market-aware graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models used in these products.

The MSc in Quantitative Finance – an innovative cross-faculty alliance between the Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Science – has been developed to address this need. The course has been designed so that students who have a strong aptitude for mathematics, statistics and computing but who have not studied these topics in detail in their first degree can learn the necessary skills to move into the financial industry.

This course will prepare you for a career in financial engineering and risk management. Careers include roles as a hedge fund manager or financial analyst.

You’ll gain:
- a good understanding of financial theory and analysis
- an appreciation of financial markets
- a practical understanding of numerical methods in finance
- an introduction to programming for financial applications
- an understanding of the role of computers in business processes

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/quantitativefinance/

What you’ll study

The curriculum provides a balance between finance and mathematical theory, computer implementations of this theory, and practical skills and knowledge.

Core classes are undertaken in the first semester, and address themes such as principles of finance and quantitative methods for finance, as well as foundation classes in mathematics, statistics and computing science.

Work placement

You may be able to undertake an industrial based MSc project. This takes place in the third semester of the course between June and September. The placement can be based in the UK or in another country and are typically paid internships. In 2014 we had students placed in banks in France and Malta.

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has teaching rooms which provide you with access to modern teaching equipment and access to University computing laboratories with all necessary software available.

You'll also have access to a common room facility which gives you a modern and flexible area which can be used for individual and group study work and is also a relaxing social space.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Classes are delivered by a number of teaching methods:
- lectures (using a variety of media including electronic presentations and computer demonstrations)
- tutorials
- computer laboratories
- coursework
- projects.

Teaching is student-focused, with students encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Classes are supported by web-based materials.

Assessment

The form of assessment varies from class to class. For most classes the assessment involves both coursework and examinations.

Careers

Financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated and there's a need for the finance industry to self-regulate as it witnesses unprecedented growth. Market-aware finance graduates, who understand the mathematical models used to develop these products and their computer implementations will be much in demand by international organisations.

Drawing on expert academic input from three departments – Accounting & Finance, Mathematics & Statistics, and Computer & Information Sciences – this one-year programme has been developed to prepare participants for careers within areas such as financial engineering and risk management, and for highly quantitative roles, such as hedge fund managers and financial analysts.

We also work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Our Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your understanding of generalist finance issues. You'll also develop specialist practical skills in quantitative methodology and risk management. Read more
Our Quantitative Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your understanding of generalist finance issues. You'll also develop specialist practical skills in quantitative methodology and risk management.

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has fuelled the demand for graduates with a sound understanding of generalist finance issues, combined with specialist skills in quantitative methodology and risk management. This course meets this demand. It builds on the Business School’s established strengths in economics and finance.

The course advances your understanding of the:
-Role of finance in a modern economy
-Operation and behaviour of financial markets and investors
-It will enable you to develop a career in the financial services sector. It will also suit future quantitative analysts in economics and finance.

What you'll learn

This course will provide opportunities for you to develop relevant skills and a practical understanding of:
-The behaviour of international financial markets
-The ability to analyse the strategies of financial market investors
-The role of finance in a modern economy

Advanced software

Where possible you will have access to advanced statistical software including:
-Eviews
-SPSS
-Stata
-Gauss
-MATLAB
-SAS
-Maple
-Minitab

You will also have access to a number of financial databases including:
-Bloomberg
-Thompson Financial's DataStream
-Fame
-Amadeus
-WRDS
-Compustat
-CRSP
-Oriana

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate practical skills and the ability to:
-Deal with complex issues both systematically and analytically
-Use this analysis to make sound judgements
-Deploy advanced analytical techniques in the areas of finance and risk management
-Critically assess the quality of the analytical data generated by these techniques
-Synthesise and present relevant data, conclusions and recommendations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
-Apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained on the programme to complex issues within finance and related industries

Career focus

The course will suit those wanting to develop a career in the broad financial services sector. It is particularly relevant to a career as a quantitative analyst in the investment banking and risk management fields.

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Senior Associate Chartered Accountant
-Financial Trader
-Auditor
-Risk Analyst
-Economist
-Financial Analyst
-Investor Relations Advisor

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The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide.

Accreditation

As a CFA® Institute Program Partner, at least 70% of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA® Programme are covered and so the course is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Kevin Campbell

Course objectives

The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession.
Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts. The Stirling MSc in Investment Analysis team has an unrivaled record in the UK CFA© Institute Research Challenge. Stirling has won the UK final of this competition and reached the final in seven out of eight years. As a Programme Partner we are also able to offer on a competitive basis CFA Scholarships for the CFA level 1 exam.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

Students experience lectures, small group seminars, problem-solving classes, drop-in sessions, computer labs and group working during their studies. Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to investment analysis and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
The top student on the course receives the Walter Scott Global Investment Management Prize.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.
MSc Investment Analysis graduates work around the world and the following are examples of the organisations they are employed by:
- Aegon Asset Management
- Alliance Trust
- Andersen
- Baillie Gifford
- Barclays Global Investors
- Citibank
- Ernst & Young
- Honeywell
- HSBC
- Investec Securities
- JP Morgan
- Russell Investments
- Silk Invest Ltd
- Standard Charted Bank

Graduates entering into employment in the recent years have secured positions such as:
- Financial Consultant, e-FSW (Greece)
- Relationship Adviser (Private Banking), Royal Bank of Scotland (UK)
- Quantitative Analyst, Silk Invest Ltd (UK)
- Investment Banking Analyst, Government Savings Bank (Thailand)

Alumni of Investment Analysis who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
- Partner, Corporate Services Bureau Limited (Zambia)
- Senior Broker (Retail Sales & Trading), National Securities (Greece)
- Portfolio Manager – High Yield, Fortis Investments (UK)
- Senior Analyst, Bank of Thailand Risk Analyst, RBS Insurance (UK)
- Investment Researcher, Jiajing Investment Company (China)

Our alumni are leading and shaping the strategy of global financial organisations:
- Managing Director, Citi – Global Banking (Hong Kong)
- Head of Asset Management, Allemby Hunt (UK)
- Fund Manager, MCB Investment Management (Mauritius)
- Chief Financial Officer, Nanyang Press Holding (Malaysia)
- Vice President, MCB Bank Ltd (Pakistan)
- Senior Equity Analyst, Atlantic Investment (USA)

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This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management. Program description. The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. Read more

This program will prepare you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting, and asset management.

Program description

The complex financial times we live in demand greater modelling techniques and a deeper understanding of financial data. The Master in Finance at the Barcelona GSE is designed to meet these challenges, as it is a comprehensive program that covers all the important areas of finance and prepares you for the most demanding jobs in banking, consulting and asset management.

This program is unique because it offers better training on quantitative topics than most masters in finance, and has a broader focus than the typical master in quantitative finance.

Our graduates excel in the ability to design and implement complex financial models; understand the theory and bring it to the data. They outclass their peers with a more qualitative background (like an MBA), because they can work in a wider range of positions (risk management, derivatives trading, venture capital, wealth management, etc.). At the same time, our graduates are more versatile than students with a pure quantitative background, because they can reach beyond purely technical jobs.

The program offers interactive classes, intensive use of advanced statistical and mathematical software, in-depth case studies, presentations by finance professionals, and the support of an experienced team of career services officers.

A key advantage of our Master in Finance is that students can benefit from GSE top faculty teaching in a wide range of courses in their field of expertise. In particular, students with an interest in quantitative techniques can take electives in advanced econometric methods, optimization techniques, advanced programming, and machine learning, while students who are interested in economics topics can choose among the advanced economics courses in macroeconomics, monetary policy and exchange rates.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Economics and Finance awarded jointly with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires Finance Graduates?

  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Research and Academic Institutions
  • Government and Authorities
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent Finance placements:

  • Accenture - Junior Consultant Finance and Risk Management (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Bain & Company - Associate Consultant (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Blackrock - Analyst (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Central Bank of Peru - Senior Investment Strategist (Lima)
  • Central Bank of Uruguay - Risk Analyst (Montevideo)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Financial Stability Expert (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • GCV Gaesco - Graduate Quantitative Analyst (Madrid, Spain)
  • KPMG - Junior Analyst Transfer Pricing (Barcelona)
  • Palladio Finanziaria S.P.A - M&A Intern-Investment banking (Milan, Italy)


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The ICMA Centre’s financial engineering degree is highly respected by quantitative analysts and their employers. The credit crunch and subsequent events have emphasised the need to develop better pricing and better hedging models for all complex products. Read more

The ICMA Centre’s financial engineering degree is highly respected by quantitative analysts and their employers. The credit crunch and subsequent events have emphasised the need to develop better pricing and better hedging models for all complex products. The practical and quantitative skills that you will develop on the programme will equip you to meet this challenge.

Our compulsory modules provide a firm grounding in probability theory, stochastic calculus, derivatives pricing, quantitative and numerical methods, structuring products, volatility analysis, and the modelling of credit, equity, foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. We also provide a thorough training in C++ and other programming tools.

Optional modules will allow you to focus on risk analysis, portfolio management, designing trading strategies or econometric analysis. This newly structured degree aims to further enhance the strong reputation of its precursor – the MSc in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis, which was established back in 1999. A good background in mathematics is required for acceptance to this programme (see entry requirements below).

Highlights

  • A highly technical programme for those with strong mathematical skills
  • Gain knowledge of derivatives pricing tools and methods, as well as the use of programming languages like C++ and VBA
  • Designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed
  • Graduates are able to make an early contribution through the unique combination of hands-on, practical skills and the necessary underlying finance theory
  • Benefit from the combined expertise of both the ICMA Centre and the Department of Mathematics

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

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

Many of our financial engineering graduates are now working as Quants in large London banks and other financial institutions. Others have pursued PhDs and have successful academic careers. Financial instruments are becoming ever more sophisticated, so graduates that understand complex modelling techniques are always in great demand. The high quantitative content of this programme opens many doors to a wide range of careers. You could structure and develop new debt or equity solutions to meet clients funding and hedging needs, or you could become a proprietary trader in exotic derivatives, or a software specialist or a quantitative analyst supporting the traders.

There are excellent opportunities on the buy-side, with hedge funds and investment institutions, as well as in investment banking and in software analytics. Opportunities in quantitative research, or with a rating agency, are among the many other attractive alternatives. Outside of mainstream banking and investment, you might also consider firms involved in commodity and energy trading, or the treasury divisions of leading multinationals and management consultancies.

Professional accreditation

ICMA Fixed Income Certificate

To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.



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Through its unique design, this program takes your knowledge of capital markets to a higher level. Interactive lessons by academic and industry experts provide strong technical skills in capital markets instruments, financial data, and computer programming. Read more

Through its unique design, this program takes your knowledge of capital markets to a higher level. Interactive lessons by academic and industry experts provide strong technical skills in capital markets instruments, financial data, and computer programming.

In a fast-moving global financial environment, this program further explores the most recent developments in capital markets regulations and compliance. Our students graduate with a set of quantitative tools and with a solid knowledge of the regulations and ethics in banking and capital markets.

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is specifically targeted towards recent graduates in finance or business administration who want to continue the development of their technical skills and knowledge in finance.

Program Advantages:

- Development of key technical skills in quantitative methods and computer programming

- Understand how banking and capital markets regulations affect financial practices while developing professional ethics

- Learn how, and from where, to source accurate and consistent data; navigate across financial products; and acquire hands-on experience in the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

Career Opportunities:

- Quantitative Analyst

- Risk Manager

- Compliance Officer

This program is under the process of being accredited with the Université Catholique de Lille as diplôme universitaire and with the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

Program

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is offered on a full time basis. The curriculum is developed around core courses and feature a series of electives within the field of banking and capital markets. It also includes French or other foreign language courses and a professional experience

The program is made up of two semesters studying subjects such as quantitative methods, banking, ethics and regulations, capital markets, and computer programming.

An internship rounds out the program where students can apply their knowledge in professional environments.

Internship -

Students acquire real-life experience through a 4 – 6 month internship in France, or anywhere in the world.

The objective is to provide an opportunity where students learn how to approach assignments and working relationships in a professional environment. They can apply their new found knowledge in real world situations while receiving guidance and feedback from managers and colleagues. New contacts made during their internships help create their professional networks.

French language classes -

French language lessons are mandatory for non-Francophone international students. Francophone students may choose German, Italian, Chinese, or Spanish.

Admission & Fees

The Master of Science in Investment Banking and Capital Markets is for those who want to develop a deep understanding of capital markets instruments, functioning, and regulation.

Admission requirements -

The program is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration or Economics from a recognized university with good academic performance and a good command of English.

Native English speakers or students who have had two years of courses taught in English are exempt. A GMAT score is optional, not mandatory.

Application Process -

The application process is based on students’ online application available at https://application.ieseg.fr/ and review of the required documents.

Rolling admission is offered from October 2017

Checklist requirements:

- Online application form

- Transcripts and diploma translated into English or French if necessary

- English proficiency test (IELTS 6.5 TOEFL IBT 85, TOEIC 800) if required

- CV / Resume

- Copy of passport

- 80€ application fee

Application deadlines:

May 30th 2018

Tuition 2018-2019

€ 15,000 for domestic and international students.

International merit-based scholarships are available.

Funding and scholarship -

IÉSEG has a merit-based International Scholarship Program with a tuition waiver of 15 to 50% per year. Selection is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance and overall application portfolio.

The scholarship application is automatic; students do not need to apply separately.

All international students are encouraged to check with Campus France and their own government to see if there are any scholarships available. For American students please check with Sallie Mae for private loan options.



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The Financial and Actuarial Mathematics MSc incorporates all mathematical techniques, knowledge and skills required for careers in modern actuary. Read more
The Financial and Actuarial Mathematics MSc incorporates all mathematical techniques, knowledge and skills required for careers in modern actuary.

This cutting edge MSc programme is oriented towards students who want to receive a high-profile education in quantitative finance and actuarial science. The MSc will equip you with the mathematical, financial and computational skills needed to quantify and manage risk effectively in today’s finance, investment and insurance industries.

Graduates of this program are qualified to assess and solve problems in the financial and actuarial industry, to analyse and develop sophisticated mathematical models as well as to implement them in practice.


Programme Structure

Semester 1
•Stochastic Modelling in Insurance and Finance (15 credits)
•Finance and Financial Reporting (15 credits)
•Statistical Methods in Insurance and Finance (15 credits)
•Mathematical Risk Theory (15 credits)


Semester 2
•Computational Methods in Finance (15 credits)
•Interest Rate Theory (15 credits)
•Life Contingencies (15 credits)
•Quantitative Risk Management (15 credits)

Semester 3
•Dissertation (60 credits)


Careers

Actuarial Science is a growing subject area with good career opportunities within insurance companies, banks and
consultancy. This programme is designed to prepare you for a career as a quantitative analyst or an actuary, combining financial and actuarial mathematics with statistical techniques and business topics. Our MSc prepares students to be professionals who use mathematical models to analyse and solve financial problems under uncertainty. Upon successful completion of the MSc you will be ideally equipped to work in investment banks, pension or investment funds, hedge funds, consultancy and auditing firms or government regulators. Where possible, summer projects will be designed in cooperation with industry partners, offering opportunities for students to further pursue a career as an actuary in insurance, reinsurance, risk management or asset-liabilities management as well

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The course provides you with a strong mathematical background with the skills necessary to apply your expertise to the solution of real finance problems. … Read more

The course provides you with a strong mathematical background with the skills necessary to apply your expertise to the solution of real finance problems. You will develop skills so that you are able to formulate a well posed problem from a description in financial language, carry out relevant mathematical analysis, develop and implement an appropriate numerical scheme and present and interpret these results.

The course lays the foundation for further research in academia or for a career as a quantitative analyst in a financial or other institution.

You will take three introductory courses in the first week. The introductory courses cover partial differential equations, probability and statistics and MATLAB.

The first term focuses on compulsory core material, offering 80 hours of lectures and 40 hours of classes/practical. The core courses are as follows:

  • Stochastic Calculus
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Numerical Methods I - Monte-Carlo
  • Numerical Methods I - Finite Differences
  • Statistics and Financial Data Analysis
  • Financial Programming with C++ 1

In the second term, three streams are offered; each stream consists of 32 hours of lectures and 16 hours of classes/practical. The Tools stream is mandatory and you will also take either the Modelling stream or the Data-driven stream.

Modelling stream

  • Exotic derivatives
  • Stochastic volatility, jump diffusions
  • Commodities
  • Fixed income

Data-driven stream

  • Asset pricing and inefficiency of markets
  • Market microstructure and trading
  • Algorithmic trading
  • Advanced financial data analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Python

Tools stream

  • Numerical methods 2 - Monte Carlo methods
  • Numerical methods 2 - Finite differences
  • Calibration
  • Optimisation
  • Introduction to stochastic control

As well as the streams, the course includes a compulsory one-week (24 hours of lectures) intensive module on quantitative risk management which is to be held in/around the week before the third term.

The third term is dedicated to a dissertation project which is to be written on a topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

The second component of the financial computing course, Financial Computing with C++ 2 (24 hours of lectures and practicals in total), is held shortly after the third term.

The examination will consist of the following elements:

  • two written examinations and one take-home project, each of two hours' duration - the written examinations will cover the core courses in mathematical methods and numerical analysis
  • a written examination on the Modelling stream or a written examination and a computer-based practical examination on the Data-driven stream
  • a written examination assessing the Tools stream
  • a take-home project assessing the course in quantitative risk management
  • two practical examinations assessing two courses in financial computing with C++.

Graduate destinations

MSc graduates have been recruited by prominent investment banks and hedge funds. Many past students have also progressed to PhD-level studies at leading universities in Europe and elsewhere.



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UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC IMPACTS OF FINANCIAL DECISIONS. Read more

Objectives

UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC IMPACTS OF FINANCIAL DECISIONS

The mission of the MSc in Finance program is to provide graduates with an advanced knowledge of finance and to prepare them, through an understanding of the strategic impacts of financial decisions, for careers in banking, financial services or corporate finance with international companies at a managerial level.

The program covers the fundamentals of finance, as well as advanced topics in corporate finance, financial management, and financial markets.

DEVELOP YOUR SENSE OF THE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

Its aim is to provide students with strong technical and analytical skills in the principles and application of finance, as well as solid industry knowledge and multicultural exposure.

PREPARE YOUR CAREER IN THE SECTOR OF FINANCE

The MSc Finance prepares students for careers in the financial sector such as investment and commercial banking, asset management, financial services and consulting, or for corporate finance positions within international companies at a managerial level.

The program provides an excellent preparation for the Chartered Financial Analysts® (CFA) exams, as it is based on the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and is part of the CFA University Recognition program. It also covers related fields such as management control systems, economics, corporate governance, and private equity investment.

LOCATIONS

Students have the opportunity to follow the MSc Finance program in:

- Grenoble
- London
- Singapore

Students may also spend a semester at a campus other than the one in which they are enrolled (subject to specific conditions).

MAIN FEATURES

- A two-year program: requires full-time attendance during one academic year for coursework. The second year is dedicated solely to the Final Management Project and can be completed in parallel with a job or internship.
- Curriculum based on the CFA program.
- International perspective.
- Combined academic and 'real-world' expertise within the faculty.
- International and multi-cultural student body.
- GGSB expertise on the financing of innovative companies, given our location within a high-tech international marketplace.
- An integrative case study based on inter-campus, virtual team work
- A choice of two electives
- Exchange campus option (subject to conditions)

Program

The MSc Finance program begins in the Fall semester of each year and requires full-time attendance during one academic year for completion of coursework. The second year is dedicated solely to the Final Management Project.

INTRODUCTION WEEK (E-LEARNING MODULES)

- Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
- Fundamentals of Excel and Statistics

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES FOUR STAGES*:

- Fundamentals of Finance - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-1-fundamentals-finance
- Mastering Financial Management - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-2-mastering-financial-management
- Advanced Finance - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-3-advanced-finance
- Electives - http://en.grenoble-em.com/modules-4-electives
- Followed by a Capstone course - http://en.grenoble-em.com/module-5-capstone-course
- and Final Management Project on a finance-related topic or based on an internship in a company in France or abroad - http://en.grenoble-em.com/final-project

*Content subject to change.

The program is taught entirely in English by both academics and professionals, all with extensive experience in finance. The teaching style is very interactive and emphasis is placed on group work.

CAREER PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE MSC PROGRAM

- Job market presentations
- Access and training on the international job platform (TopMBA)
- CV writing workshop
- Workshops on job search and networking techniques
- Mock interview sessions with alumni, business leaders and international headhunters
- Personal coaching to clarify career goals, CV and cover letters, and development gaps

CNCP RECOGNITION

MSc Finance graduates are also awarded a certificate conferring the title of Manager Financier. This title is recognized by the CNCP*, an agency of the French Ministry of Labor. It is a recognition that the graduate’s core financial management skills conform to the standards established by the Ministry of Labor for managers of financial activities.

*Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle

Careers

SOME OF OUR MSC FINANCE GRADUATE JOB TITLES:

- Financial Controller
- Cash Manager
- Hedge Fund Analyst
- Internal Auditor
- Investment Banking Manager
- Portfolio Manager
- Sales Manager in Asset Management
- Commodity Markets Manager
- M&A Financial Analyst
- Debt Capital Markets Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Buy-side/Sell-side Analyst
- Financial Auditor
- Credit Analyst

EMPLOYERS OF OUR MSC FINANCE GRADUATES:

- Airbus
- Amazon
- Barclays Capital
- BNP Paribas
- Cadbury
- Deloitte
- Ernst & Young
- General Electric
- HSBC
- Hewlett-Packard
- JP Morgan
- KPMG
- PWC
- Schneider Electric
- Société Générale
- Thyssenkrupp
- Tyco Electronics

Admission

Junior professionals already working in the financial services sector will enhance their experience with the formal training provided through the MSc Finance program.

This program is also suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, such as management or engineering, who would be well served by a formal finance credential.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- Bachelor-level undergraduate degree.
- Work experience is not compulsory.
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below.
- Quantitative proficiency is required for this program. This can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A prior degree from a recognized institution in a quantitative major showing good academic performance (Mathematics, Finance, Engineering, Economics…)
- CFA level 1
- GMAT
- GRE

This quantitative aptitude test requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MSc Finance Admissions Board for candidates that exhibit previous academic excellence from top ranked universities or business schools, especially in quantitative subjects.

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This programme aims to. -Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide students with an intellectually challenging programme of study leading to an awareness of issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and investment management and associated subject fields, such as economics/international economics
-Provide students with a programme of study which develops the academic skills and theoretical and empirical underpinnings appropriate to the study of finance, economics and investment management at Masters level
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify suitable tools for the investigation of issues in areas such as investment analysis, fund/asset management, economics analysis and financial reporting
-Provide students with the necessary IT analytical skills which reinforce the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the programme. The students will learn quantitative methodology, to carry out quantitative analyses of relevant financial and economic problems

Why choose this course?

Enhance your career prospects with this unique Master's which will develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment management.

The programme provides a coherent and intellectual learning experience, and supports the development of your critical understanding of the subject, allowing you to employ the tools of analysis used within that subject area.

Future career paths could include financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager. Alternatively, this programme offers a sound platform and preparation for doctoral research in the areas of accounting, finance and economics.

Additionally the programme echoes the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA®) examinations, level one and level two, providing students with the opportunity to sit that body’s examinations on completion.

Careers

The programme will not only appeal to those who wish to pursue a professional qualification relevant to corporate analysis and financial intermediation, but also those wishing to enter the field of accounting, banking, economics and finance and corporate regulation.

Specific careers that may be appropriate include those of financial analyst, investment manager, securities’ analyst and portfolio manager.

It also facilitates the transition to a doctoral degree.

Structure

Core Modules
-Asset Valuation
-Dissertation: MSc Finance and Investment Management
-Financial Data Analysis
-Financial Economics 1
-Financial Economics 2
-Financial Markets (FIM)
-Financial Statement Analysis 1
-Financial Statement Analysis 2
-Quantitative Analysis
-Research Methods: MSc Finance and Investment Management

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