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The objective of the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance is . to train top level specialists.  able to advance in today’s global financial sector characterised by constant change and continuous innovation. Read more

The objective of the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance is to train top level specialists able to advance in today’s global financial sector characterised by constant change and continuous innovation.

This 12-month programme has been developed to help graduates from engineering schools and universities, possessing a strong background in mathematics, computer science, physics and similar areas of expertise, launch their career in quantitative finance. After completing this specialised programme, graduates take up various positions like Risk Manager, Financial Engineer or ‘Quant’, Asset Manager, Fund Manager and others. 

The academic courses include both the fundamentals of management as well as specialised courses like quantitative methods, economic and financial environments, life insurance and pension funds management. This academic part takes place in Paris and is complemented by a 6 month internship.

If you are looking to enter the international world of finance, and want to become part of a network of over 27,000 professionals around the globe, then the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance is the right programme for you!

Classes & Teaching Methods

The courses are taught by professors from emlyon business school and from other top higher education establishments as well as by professionals from the world of finance. What all these trainers have in common is their high technical level as demonstrated by their numerous publications in international reviews or their senior positions in the corporate world.

A unique international opportunity

Spend the first semester at Lund University in Sweden

Students of the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance have the opportunity to spend their first semester (from mid-August to December) at Lund University in Sweden.

As exchange students, they will attend courses of Advanced Econometrics, Foundations of Finance, Continuous Time Finance and Empirical Finance , which are all part of the core courses of the MSc in Finance delivered by the school of Economics and Management of Lund University.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of the largest, oldest and broadest universities in Scandinavia consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. Lund University has an excellent academic reputation with a large number of visiting professors and international students. The School of Economics and Management is located at the Holger Crafoord Centre - a modern campus area seething with activity.

Should you be interested in this opportunity, please contact our admission services during the application process as you won’t be able to apply to this semester after August 1st. 

Spend 3 months in Shanghai

emlyon business school Shanghai welcome the students of the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance who are the most motivated for 3 months, from April to July.

An experience that naturally makes your CV stand out, over the course of these three months you will learn about what makes business and finance in Asia tick as you study a variety of classes (The Financing of Innovation, Business Finance in Asia, Financial Mathematics for Bonds Markets, Life Insurance and Pensions, Advanced Corporate Finance, etc.) and meet alumni and experts.

The Programme's Strengths For Your Benefit

From September 2016 onwards, the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance will take place in Paris, one of the top european financial centers.

The courses are given by professors from emlyon business school and other top higher education establishments as well as by professionals from the world of finance. 

What all these trainers have in common is their high technical level as demonstrated by their publications in international reviews or by their senior positions in the corporate world.

emlyon business school is recognised as one of the top European management training institutions. The Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance is certified by the label Conférence des Grandes Ecoles

What you will gain from this programme

  • Triple set of skills: scientific, technical and financial focused on quantitative finance practices.
  • A programme meeting international standards of the best European and North American universities.
  • Contributions from a number of operators from trading rooms in prestigious institutions
  • A pedagogic team renowned internationally for its research qualities applied to finance and insurance.
  • Support from banking and finance companies.
  • A diploma accredited by the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”
  • An important initial professional experience
  • Opportunities to reach the best positions in the top companies
  • Access to the Alumni Network of 27,000 graduates

Helping You Manage Your Career

Applicants for the Specialised Programme in Quantitative Finance share a strong desire to work in an international environment. This passion is mirrored in a programme designed to develop those skills that will be most useful for your future career. The Careers Services Department provides continual support in identifying your career goals and developing action plans to achieve them. The 'Professional Project' creates the ideal framework for you to work in small groups and analyse your own strengths and weaknesses, while expressing and validating your preferences towards the job environment. Wide-ranging co-operation with our global partner companies and the worldwide alumni network allows students to draw on a worldwide network of influential business contacts.

Admissions

This programme welcomes recent graduates from engineering schools and universities, who have a strong background in mathematics, computer science, physics, etc… and who are looking for a career in quantitative finance. It is also aimed at students in economics and administration as well as at Business School graduates, as long as they have completed scientific courses such as econometrics, economic forecasting and/or quantitative finance.

If you would like to have the contact details of the right person to help you with any questions regarding the programme or the selection procedure, you can create your personal space and obtain full contact details on your emlyon business school dashboard.



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If you are interested in mathematics and finance and you want to learn how to use mathematics and statistics to solve real financial and actuarial problems, the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is the program for you. Read more
If you are interested in mathematics and finance and you want to learn how to use mathematics and statistics to solve real financial and actuarial problems, the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is the program for you.

The Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science takes the critical field of risk management as its central theme, examined through the lens of quantitative models. Taught by the leading international academics of Tilburg University, content reflects the forefront of world developments in which:
•Investors weigh risks against returns;
•insurers limit their risks by calculating the appropriate premiums;
•option traders balance their books by calculating the sensitivities of their positions with respect to the relevant risk factors.

Delve into these challenging worlds of continuous time finance, empirical applications, and the actuarial sciences of risk theory and asset liability management - giving you a tool-kit of highly practical skills you can apply throughout your entire financial career.

The Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science offers you:
•The best preparation for a career in the arena
With a Tilburg University Master's degree recognized for its combined academic rigour and industry relevance.

•Great career prospects
The Master’s program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Graduates find work easily, often before graduation, and they earn above average. They work as, for instance, risk management consultants, actuaries or investment analysts. More about the excellent career prospects.

•Customized learning
With a wide range of optional electives available including the possibility to follow courses from the Master's program in Finance or to customize your degree with a specialization in Pensions, Aging and Retirement.

•The possibility to become a fully qualified actuary
After graduation you are eligible to apply for the part-time Executive Master in Actuarial Science offered by TIAS Business School and the Dutch Actuarial Institute.

•Teaching by leading international academics
Giving you a tool-kit of highly practical skills you can apply throughout your entire financial career.

Ranking
#1 in the Netherlands and #10 in Europe in Economics & Econometrics - QS World University Rankings

Future jobs

Your Master's degree in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science from Tilburg University will open up extensive career opportunities for you in the private sector, as well as in the public and non-profit sectors.

Graduates of our program currently pursue successful careers at:
•Banks
•Insurance companies
•Pension funds
•Consulting agencies
•Trading firms
•Corporate treasuries and risk control departments
•Regulatory institutions and government bodies.

The Master’s program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Graduates find work easily, often before graduation, and they earn above average.

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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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Who is it for?. To successfully complete this course, you must have a good understanding of mathematics. You may well have studied finance, economics, engineering or maths or physics as an undergraduate. Read more

Who is it for?

To successfully complete this course, you must have a good understanding of mathematics. You may well have studied finance, economics, engineering or maths or physics as an undergraduate. Or you might have a bachelor’s degree in a science subject, in particular computer science.

You should have a general interest in mathematics and statistics, including the more technical and mathematical techniques used in financial markets; but you don’t need to have a background in finance.

Objectives

You’ll study core modules focusing on asset pricing, risk management and introductions to key financial securities such as equities, fixed income securities and derivatives. From there you’ll progress to specialist learning in econometrics, and cover a large amount of stochastics and numerical methods.

You’ll cover basic and advanced topics in econometrics including ARCH and GARCH models, co-integration and dealing with high frequency data. You will also have the opportunity to work with a number of different estimation techniques, including OLS, Maximum Likelihood and GMM.

You’ll work extensively with the Matlab programming language in the core modules alongside other languages such as VBA, Python or C as optional modules.  You’ll choose five from around 40 optional modules in your final term. You can also choose to complete a traditional dissertation, which counts for four optional modules, or a shorter ‘applied research project’, which is the equivalent of two optional modules.

Structure

  • You will have gained a good understanding of the technical aspects used in financial markets, starting from the financial theory, looking at different financial instruments and showing various applications of the theoretical concepts.
  • You will gain a good understanding of stochastics, mathematical finance and econometrics as well as some programming.
  • You will also obtain a very good understanding of different financial assets, in particular derivatives, and how they can be used in different context, such as risk management, asset management or structuring
  • You will have three different possibilities to complete your degree in the third term, including writing a dissertation or an applied project. You can also opt to gain all the credits through taught electives.
  • Popular electives include Behavioural Finance, Trading and Hedging in the FOREX Market, Technical Analysis, Hedge Funds or Python.

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

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

  • nine core courses (Eight at 15 credits each, one at 10 credits)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

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.

Induction weeks

The MSc in Quantitative Finance starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:

  • 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 refresher course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases

Career pathways

The job opportunities for students from the three quants masters programmes are very similar. similar. They usually find employment with large investment banks, but also some smaller boutique finance firms, hedge funds or other specialist companies.

Working as a general or technical analysts, risk management position, working on fixed income security desks and the asset management industry including hedge funds are typical jobs which students from the MSc Quantitative Finance go into. Energy companies, such as Npower, have also recruited quants students. Students from the MSc Quantitative Finance will have covered more topics relating to forecasting and regression analysis.

You will also have the skills to study for a PhD in the area of quantitative finance and financial markets.



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Start of programme. November / February / April / June / August. Mode of Attendance. Distance Learning. Read more
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

The MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) has been created principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires a knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives. It is particularly suitable if you have a first degree in engineering, applied science, applied mathematics, economics, or similar subjects, but is also suitable for others with quantitative skills.

Find out more:
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=42).

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cefims/programmes/mscfinanceqf/

Structure

You will choose five core modules.

Derivatives
Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
Econometric Analysis & Applications
Financial Econometrics
Modelling Firms & Markets
Risk Management: Principles & Applications

You will also choose three modules from the list of elective or core modules.

Banking & Capital Markets
Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Finance in the Global Market
International Finance
Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
Microeconomic Principles & Policy
The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
Research Methods
Dissertation

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=42).

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/faqs.shtml).

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section (http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/)

Employment

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/

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The Master Quantitative Finance will provide you with an excellent academic and practical education to become an expert in financial methodology. Read more
The Master Quantitative Finance will provide you with an excellent academic and practical education to become an expert in financial methodology. It is your ideal starting point for a future career in today’s challenging and dynamic financial markets.

Visit the website: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/quantitative-finance/overview/

Course detail

The well-balanced curriculum builds strong quantitative skills combined with a solid knowledge base of the underlying theory of finance. Students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to use mathematical models to understand complex financial problems.

A special focus lies on using the software 'R', an open source implementation of the language S for data analysis and visualisation. Students benefit from the expertise of the programs' faculty, which is strongly involved in the international development community of R.

Specialize in Science or Industry

The Science Track prepares students for an academic career in the field of finance, while the Industry Track focuses on a career as quants (analysts) in the finance industry, combining financial models with computational skills. You can specialize in the second year of your studies. In both tracks you will benefit from working together with our experienced faculty and from their strong academic networks and links to the finance industry.

A truly international program

The Master Quantitative Finance attracts students from many places around the world which gives you the chance to experience a unique educational culture. The courses of the program have an international orientation and provide all the necessary knowledge and skills to start an international career.

An exclusive, high-quality post-graduate education

Only the best applicants can join the program. An important part is learning in small groups which offers many possibilities to be in contact with and get support from the faculty – both inside and outside the classroom.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master Quantitative Finance are qualified to be tomorrow's experts in the increasingly complex world of finance, e.g. in:

- asset management

- credit and market risk management

- treasury and trading

- financial engineering

- research and technical analysis

- corporate finance

Graduates also qualify for a relevant Doctoral or PhD program. Students who want to pursue an academic career are strongly encouraged to choose the Science Track to be well qualified.

How to apply: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/quantitative-finance/application-admission/

Funding

Information on funding can be found at the following webpage: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/my-degree-program/masters-student-guide/grants-and-scholarships/

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This one-year interdisciplinary MSc programme delivered by the Management School and the Faculty of Science and Technology is designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the problems and issues in the financial sector, and enables you to develop advanced analytical, problem-solving and technical skills. Read more

This one-year interdisciplinary MSc programme delivered by the Management School and the Faculty of Science and Technology is designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the problems and issues in the financial sector, and enables you to develop advanced analytical, problem-solving and technical skills.

The programme gives you access to expertise and facilities in different but related areas, and offers a wide range of potential topics for your summer dissertation. Optional modules also allow you to develop particular specialisms.

You will acquire skills in data and financial analysis, forecasting, optimisation, and computer programming. You’ll also become proficient in various statistical and econometrics packages.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Learning Design

There is considerable variety in the teaching methods used on the MSc in Quantitative Finance. These include lectures and discussion sessions, groupwork, case studies, presentations and workshops on the use of statistical packages.

The style of teaching is often highly interactive, so you will be contributing actively to class discussions and engaging in groupwork with students from many different backgrounds. As some of the modules are shared with other faculties and Management School programmes such as Money, Banking and Finance, Management Science and Finance, you will also have an opportunity to work with Masters students from many different programmes.

Careers

The Careers Team at LUMS helps you shape your career plans and supports your job-hunting process in a variety of ways, including personalised one-to-one support and interactive workshops on areas such as career strategies, writing CVs and applications, interview skills, psychometric testing, what to expect at assessment centres, and online networking strategies.



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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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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 Master of Science in Quantitative Finance attracts numerate, competitive students seeking careers in finance that stretch their quantitative talents. Read more
The Master of Science in Quantitative Finance attracts numerate, competitive students seeking careers in finance that stretch their quantitative talents. The two-year full-time programme provides an integrated and balanced curriculum of finance and computational methods that accommodates students of diverse backgrounds.

The 4-semester programme comprises 18 courses, an internship and a major project. The curriculum gives students the knowledge and skills to develop quantitative security pricing models and trading strategies for managing portfolios of equity, fixed income and derivative securities and for managing corporate financial risk.

Programme structure
The MScQF is a small programme limited to about 20 students per year. The design of the curriculum presumes relatively little prior training in either finance or mathematics. The two-year full-time MScQF integrates the content of the one-year MBS in Finance with nearly the
equivalent of a masters in applied financial mathematics. The two-year structure affords the opportunity for a summer internship with a financial firm, a crucial component of the entire training and job-hunting process.
Assessment is by both examination and project work.

Careers
Career options for MScQF graduates include funds management, investment banking, financial engineering, and corporate treasury management. The MScQF also provides the recommended coursework component of the PhD in Finance at
UCD, leading to careers in academia as well as the finance industry.

Entry requirements
Appropriate degree fields include mathematical finance, economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering and physics. As relatively little prior formal training in mathematics is presumed, we welcome applications from quantitatively inclined graduates from a standard commerce programme. Generally, applicants must have high grades and a high score on the mathematics component of the GMAT (or an equivalent test). Work experience can partially compensate for non-competitive grades.

Ask us about our sponsorship and internship opportunities!

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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. 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 masters 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

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.

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.

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

Our graduates have gone on to find careers with reputable companies such as Deloitte, PWC, Bank of Ireland and BlackRock to name a few.

Job titles include:

  • Business Change Consultant
  • Advisor to CEO
  • Manager Transfer Pricing Economist
  • Risk Officer
  • Trainee Actuarial Analyst
  • Management Trainee

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.



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This programme offers training in the core areas of finance. It draws on recent developments in each of the subject areas with a quantitative approach to understanding the structure of financial markets and forecasting their expected movements.

Why this programme

-◾This programme will develop both your understanding of theory in lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs, allowing you to develop real-life skills, such as pricing financial derivatives and forecasting exchange rates.
◾The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10% worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
◾The 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.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Financial derivatives
◾Mathematical finance
◾Modelling and forecasting financial markets.

Optional courses
◾Advanced portfolio analysis
◾Applied computational finance
◾C++ in finance
◾Empirical asset pricing
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Financial market micro structure
◾Game theory with applications in economics and finance
◾Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite for Advanced portfolio analysis).

Career prospects

In addition to providing a strong foundation for PhD research, particularly for our PhD in Quantitative Finance, this programme will prepare you for a career in financial institutions, government organisations and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

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

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Careers

A Master specialisation in Quantitative Finance comes with excellent career prospects, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Despite the recent turmoil in financial markets, the demand for well-trained quantitative financial economists is still as high as ever and has in several areas even increased. Typically, your future lies with:

  • banks
  • asset management firms
  • hedge funds
  • insurance companies
  • pension funds
  • private equity houses
  • consulting firms
  • regulatory bodies like central banks

"Not only the theoretical side is covered, the practical application is considered as well"

Are you well-trained in statistics, maths and econometrics? Do you have a strong and active interest in finance? Do you want to learn how to use quantitative methods in the context of financial applications? Meet your future fellow students here.

Download the brochure here.



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Program Structure

The Master of Quantitative Finance and Risk Management is completely held in English and taught by a highly qualified faculty, which includes teaching and research staff from Università Bocconi and other top universities.The learning process has a practical orientation and takes the form of structured lectures backed up by practical applications through case studies and visiting speakers as well as project works and individual research.The program is completed in 10 months full-time. To qualify for the Master degree participants must successfully complete 16 courses (fundamentals, core and electives) and an individual project or an internship report. The fundamentals are compulsory and will be taken by everyone. The 5 core courses are selected out of the 6 offered. The electives are selected from an extensive list and will reflect each student's individual choices and interests.

7 fundamentals (I term);
5 core courses (II term);
4 electives, from a list of about ten courses (III term);
individual project/internship report.
The first term covers mainly introductory courses with the aim of establishing a common language between the faculty and the participants and to smooth out the differences in academic and working backgrounds.

The second term is intended to enphasize different fields of finance, combining quantitative and risk management subjects. It focuses on the most technical aspects of asset pricing and hedging while stressing the institutional, organizational and regulatory aspects.

The third term offers a number of optional courses, each dedicated to some specific aspects of applied finance.

A final project or an internship concludes the program.

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Following the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009 there has been a shift in the practice of mathematical finance. The emphasis is now on possessing a broad range of skills that can be applied to practical problems. The aim is to understand, both quantitatively and qualitatively, risks and uncertainty involved.

The MSc focuses on practical computational and applied mathematics aspects of finance and uncertainty, and students graduating from the programme will have excellent employment prospects that are not restricted to any one narrow sector of financial services.

We have a practical applied approach to the material. This will provide you with relevant and modern skills, in demand in the UK and internationally, relating to structured finance.

Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer. A typical distribution for this programme is as follows:

Core Courses

Modelling and Tools;
Derivative Markets, Pricing and Financial Modelling;
Statistical Methods (recommended);
Stochastic Simulation;
Modern Portfolio Theory.

Optional Courses

Optimization;
Enterprise Risk Management;
Data mining and Machine Learning;
Financial Markets;
Software Engineering Foundations;
Bayesian Inference and Computational Methods;
Financial Engineering;
Numerical Analysis (PDEs);
Advanced Derivative Pricing;
Numerical Techniques for PDE's with either Time Series or Financial Econometrics;
Advanced Software Engineering.

Progression to the MSc project phase is dependent on assessed performance.

Typical project topics may include

Applications of multilevel Monte-Carlo sampling in finance;
An investigation of new numerical methods for stochastic interest rate models;
Space time adaptivity for Fokker—Planck equations.

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