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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Finance

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £6300 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £12600 pa
    Part-time international students: £9200 pa
    Full-time international students: £18400 pa

  • Last Updated

    23 August 2019

In the wake of recent financial crises, a better understanding - and application - of financial risk management is playing an increasingly critical role in the financial sector. Birkbeck's MSc Financial Risk Management has been designed to meet the demand from the financial sector for individuals with expertise in this field. The course will equip you with the broad range of statistical and mathematical tools you need to tackle practical, real-world problems in financial risk management. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the expertise to identify and manage the major sources of risk in the financial markets. You will understand the role of financial derivative products, their use (and misuse) and how they are priced, and you will be able to analyse financial data and build risk models, detect trends in data, test a given hypothesis and forecast future values. You will also understand how to build an investment portfolio (of risky assets) and carefully monitor its performance over time. 

Birkbeck's postgraduate finance courses are built around our long-running experience in research-led evening teaching. Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience. You will be taught by active researchers, working at the cutting edge in their respective fields, who are also experienced professional practitioners, giving specialist advice and in-house training to government departments and banks and firms in the City of London. This course is challenging and demanding, so you should demonstrate strong intellectual ability in your application and be willing to work hard. 

If you are unsure which of our finance courses is right for you, then read an overview of each programme

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This course combines a high level of academic rigour with a solid grounding in practical problem-solving skills.
  • We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, which includes providing training for the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • Birkbeck's Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics enjoys an international reputation and its economics and finance research groups stand among the foremost research groups in the country.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent. 

Visit the Financial Risk Management (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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