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Trading and Risk (MSc)

Course Description

Developed in conjunction with a leading global financial trading company, this course interlinks theoretical aspects of trading in global markets with practical experience of trading in the realistic simulated environment of our trading floor.

This develops students’ academic understanding of the trading environment as well as practical trading floor expertise. The objective is to prepare students for a career as a high-earning professional trader. Students will need an interest in financial markets, together with the determination to succeed in the demanding environment of financial trading.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1694-msc-trading-and-risk

What you will study

To provide an understanding and application of the tools required to operate as a financial trader, you will initially study modules in Risk and Portfolio Analysis,Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis. During this period you will begin to develop expertise in accessing and analysing data using Thomson Reuters Eikon financial database.

Modules focusing on the Psychology of Trading and Financial Services Compliance and Ethics, will also enable you to study and research the issues of psychology, regulation and ethics applicable to the role of a trader. These modules will be studied at our Cardiff Campus.

All students will then undertake a two month Practical Financial Trading module delivered on-site in Swansea by leading global trading company, OSTC .

The final stage of the course will be spent either completing a three month work-based learning internship at an OSTC trading floor or a written dissertation.

Course Modules:
- Technical Analysis (20 Credits)
- Psychology of Trading (20 Credits)
- Financial Services Compliance and Ethics (20 Credits)
- Fundamental Analysis (20 Credits)
- Risk and Portfolio Analysis (20 Credits)
- Practical Financial Trading (40 Credits)
- Financial Trading Work-based Learning / Dissertation (40 Credits)

Learning and teaching methods

The course combines practical sessions based in our trading room for simulated trading and computer laboratory for analysis techniques using charting software and Thomson Reuters Eikon with classroom-based theoretical sessions for the study of regulation and psychology.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The MSc Trading and Risk prepares you for a career in financial trading. Such a career requires technical skills and expertise which the course delivers, but also mental skills for which the Psychology of Trading prepares you. The appreciation of financial trading which you will have by the end of the course will also make you attractive to employers for back-office roles related to financial trading.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used. Students are assessed on their ability to trade in a simulated environment and on their own reflection on their experience of that simulated trading. Analysis techniques are assessed through a combination of in-class tests and extended case studies. Topics such as psychology and regulation are assessed through a combination of case study analysis and literature review.

Visit the Trading and Risk (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate finance, accounting or audit degree from a UK university, class 2:2 Honours or higher. Alternatively, an undergraduate business degree from a UK university with an appropriate level of financial content, class 2:2 Honours or higher. Equivalent accredited international or professional qualifications are acceptable. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with at least 5.5 in each component).

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