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Please note: This structure is available to students registered on the Postgraduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance with effect from 1 October 2018 or later.

Current students who registered before this date can find information about their programme here.

Programme summary
Programme Director:Prof Pasquale Scaramozzino
Duration:1–5 years
Programme start:November / February / April / July

Programme description

The Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

The programme can also provide a suitable route towards entering the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance). Graduates with strong previous quantitative training (such as engineers) and graduates with lower levels of previous training can both benefit from the programme by choosing appropriate modules. (The programme's Academic Director will advise on your module choices).

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk.

Modules and programme structure

You will study six modules: five core modules and one elective module from the list below:

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.

Study schedule

This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each module lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.

Entry requirements

Education and experience

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.

Language requirements

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. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.

You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.

What next?

To make an application, or to find out more about fees and our admissions procedure, please visit the Apply section of this website.