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How does big data influence financial and statistical modelling? Will the future of finance be driven by our ability to apply quantitative, statistical and technical skills to analyse information?

The finance industry needs students who can understand statistical modelling in the context of the growing, and increasingly complex, data available to financial firms. Our MSc Finance and Data Analytics prepares you to work in the financial services organisations of the future, by equipping you with the quantitative, statistical and technical skills needed in a world powered by big data.

You master areas including:
-Portfolio analysis
-Empirical financial methods
-Data analytics
-Trading global markets

The University of Essex is at the forefront of the UK’s big data network.

Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is home to the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps local authorities and businesses across the UK to leverage data more effectively. Our School’s brand new virtual trading floor ensures you gain practical experience of using industry-standard terminals and real-world business information. You’re taught by academics who are actively involved in researching big data and advising businesses on how to make best use of it.

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and discounts offered by the University of Essex. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our finance group is one of the largest in the UK. Essex Business School is in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), with our research having informed debate at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. We’re also home to Essex Finance Centre, which organises research seminars and conferences.

Our expert staff ensure you experience an education at the forefront of financial research. You learn from academics and practitioners who specialise in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

Specialist facilities

Essex Business School has some of the best facilities in the country at our building in Colchester, including:
-A virtual trading floor, using industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
-Modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres
-A winter garden with group working areas
-Being in close proximity to the Parkside Office Village, offering potential networking opportunities with innovative Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
-The Student Services Desk, located close to our Bonds café
-Study skills workshops

You benefit from a truly international experience and learn in the company of academics and students from across the globe; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries.

Your future

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our graduates can analyse complex data and use this to make effective business decisions. Many work for global employers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. We’re proud of our entrepreneurial spirit; many of our graduates succeed with their own businesses.

We encourage you to enhance your CV by gaining work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and we support you throughout this process. Our dedicated employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre can provide you with support, advice and guidance.

Example structure

-Portfolio Management
-Trading Global Financial Markets
-Data Analytics in Finance
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-MSc Finance and Investment: Dissertation
-Financial Modelling (optional)
-Risk Management (optional)
-Derivative Securities (optional)

Visit the Finance and Data Analytics - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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