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Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

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.

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To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (

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You will choose five core modules.

Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
Econometric Analysis & Applications
Financial Econometrics
Modelling Firms & Markets
Risk Management: Principles & Applications

You will also choose three modules from the list of elective or core modules.

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

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.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section (


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.

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Visit the MSc Finance (Major: Quantitative Finance) page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!





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