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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Finance

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    2-5 years distance learning

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    02 October 2018

Course content

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.

Structure

You will study six modules: four core modules and two elective modules selected from the lists below.

Core modules

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

Elective modules

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

Find out more

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.

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.

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.


Visit the Finance (Quantitative Finance) (Distance Learning) - MSc page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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