MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance)
Programme Director: Prof. Pasquale Scaramozzino
The MSc Finance enables you to deepen your understanding of financial markets, banks, and their relation to economic performance. It provides a sound platform for advancing your career in finance and policy. Because finance is so wide ranging, the degree enables you to choose between three majors:
The MSc Finance programme's three alternative Major pathways enable you to select a study path best suited to your objectives and skills.
The MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance) is designed principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires 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 also suitable for others with quantitative skills.
If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email Dr.P.Scaramozzino@soas.ac.uk.
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.
You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics, or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.
If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7 in both reading and writing. For the TOEFL paper-based test, you will need a score of 600+, with at least 5.0 in the Test of Written English; and in the TOEFL internet-based test, you will need a score of 100+, with 25+ the written English test.
Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.
You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.
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This programme takes a minimum of two years to complete. Each module lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Programme structureYou will study five core modules listed below plus you will choose three other modules from the list of electives.
- Econometric Analysis & Applications
- Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
- Financial Econometrics
- Modelling Firms & Markets
- Risk Management: Principles & Applications
- 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