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This MSc provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as software engineers. The programme provides the opportunity to undertake a significant group software engineering project sponsored by a financial services company, allowing students to specialise in software systems engineering from a financial computing perspective.

About this degree

Students gain instruction in all aspects of software engineering needed for the development of large, complex, highly dynamic, distributed software-intensive systems. The programme covers requirements engineering, software design, validation and verification, tools for the development of software intensive systems, and provides instruction in financial information systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits), one elective module (15 credits) and a group project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Financial Institutions and Markets (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture (15 credits)
  • Software Abstractions and Systems Integration (15 credits)
  • Tools and Environments (15 credits)
  • Validation and Verification (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students are required to select 15 credits from the Option group and 15 credits from the Elective group.

Option Group

  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation (15 credits)
  • Financial Market Modelling and Analysis (15 credits)

Elective Group

  • Complex Networks and Web (15 credits)
  • Computer Security I (15 credits)
  • Computer Security II (15 credits)
  • Distributed Systems and Security (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Logic, Semantics and Verification (15 credits)
  • Language Based Security (15 credits)
  • Malware (15 credits)
  • Modal Logic and Transition Systems (15 credits)
  • Multimedia Systems (15 credits)
  • Networked Systems (15 credits)
  • People and Security (15 credits)
  • Verification and Mechanised Proofs (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary, based on your selected options.

Dissertation/report

All students participate in a group project, encompassing the full software development lifecycle and applying techniques learned, such as the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, written and laboratory exercises, and project work. Student performance is assessed through written exercises with modelling notations, laboratory exercises with tools and environments, unseen examination papers, and a significant, comprehensive group project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Financial Systems Engineering MSc

Careers

This professionally oriented programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software architect or leader of software development organisations. It also provides an excellent introduction for those who want to pursue research in software systems engineering.

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.

Graduates have found positions at global companies such as RBS and UBS.

Employability

There is, throughout the world, a strong demand for software engineers with solid foundations covering not only the programming aspects of software development, but also aspects related to requirements engineering, software architectures, system integration, and testing. Many surveys rank software engineering positions as among the best jobs in the world.

Following graduation, our students are generally hired as software engineers or software architects by large financial institutions, sometimes by institutions they have engaged with in the context of their MSc project.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations. In the recent past, students have worked on projects and coursework in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, and financial institutions such as JP Morgan, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.

Accreditation

IET - Partial CEng (Further Learning). CITPFL - Accredited by BCS. CEng (partial fulfilment) - Accreditation by the BCS.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Financial Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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