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Mathematical Finance (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course content

This distance learning programme builds on the strength and success of the campus-based taught MSc Mathematical Finance at the University of York. The online MSc was launched in September 2009 to run alongside the campus-based programme.

Applications are invited for the intake of students in September or February. Candidates should submit their application at least two weeks before an intake is due to start.

A online Pre-sessional Programme is available for candidates who need to strengthen or consolidate their mathematics background before embarking on the MSc. Such candidates need to apply at least three months before an MSc intake is due to start.

Online students will be developing skills and competence in Mathematical and Quantitative Finance which are of direct relevance in the field of work, and can open up fantastic employment and progression opportunities.

The online programme has built-in flexibility to meet the needs of distance learners from diverse backgrounds:
-City and other professionals, who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree programme without disrupting their career commitments
-Individuals, companies and professional organisations seeking suitable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses
-Recent university graduates who need to support themselves or their families while continuing their studies to postgraduate level
-Students who find it difficult to attend a campus-based programme because of a variety of reasons such as family care commitments or disability
-Overseas students who seek a degree in Mathematical Finance from a leading British university but prefer to pursue their studies from their home country

Course outline

The distance learning programme is delivered online using Internet conferencing and application sharing software and a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

A distinctive feature are regular one-to-one ("Oxbridge style") online tutorials and supervisory sessions.

Interactive presentations are provided on CDs and for downloading via the VLE in lieu of lectures, supported by lecture notes, worked exercises, synchronous one-to-one online tutorials and an asynchronous discussion forum.

No presence on campus is required, but access to suitable hardware, software and a good internet connection are necessary pre-requisites.

The online MSc programme consists of three stages: Certificate, Diploma and Dissertation, preceded by a brief Induction Module. The programme structure section provides the contents and specifications for the modules comprising each of these stages.

There are two four-month teaching periods in each academic year, 1 October - 31 January and 15 March - 15 June, and two intakes per year, in September and February. Completing the online MSc can take from 18 months (Fast Stream) to 36 months (Standard Stream). Transfers between the two streams are possible between stages.

Students have remote access to electronic library resources, and full pastoral and study support including a personal supervisor and a dissertation supervisor.

Assessment is by means of written coursework submitted electronically and a recorded online Viva Voce (an oral examination) held at the end of each of the three stages (Certificate, Diploma, Dissertation) of the programme.

Visit the Mathematical Finance (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of York website for more details!

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