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Contact details

Mrs Sally Longley

Email: mscfc-admissions@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3674

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£23,750 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Computer Science

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Financial Computing MSc

This MSc aims to increase the diversity of those pursuing careers in the financial services industry. A unique collaboration between leading investment banks and UCL, students are trained in financial IT, IT management and financial services. Partner banks include Crédit Suisse and RBS.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop the technological aspects of their career in financial services and gain a complete and up-to-date knowledge of the international financial services industry. The programme provides the grounding in IT, project management and financial systems required to pursue an IT career in financial services.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

A unique feature of this MSc is that students may, if suitable, undertake their project at a financial services organisation in the UK or abroad. This project placement is the first step towards a new career in Financial Services.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introductory Programming
  • Software Design
  • Systems Infrastructure
  • Financial Business Analysis and Project Management
  • Financial Information Systems
  • Algorithmics
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering


  • There are currently no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake a programming project which may, if suitable, be carried out during a placement at the premises of their host organisation, and culminates in an individual project report.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. The programme comprises two terms of taught material, followed by exams and then a project which may, if suitable, be undertaken with a financial service organisation such as an investment bank. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree, not containing more than three modules of computer science, in a medical sciences, mathematical or physical sciences, life sciences or engineering subject or its overseas equivalent. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate basic programming skills and show some experience of Mathematics.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 28 June 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for graduates from medical sciences, mathematical or physical sciences, life sciences or engineering. It is suitable for recent graduates and for professionals who have taken a career break, want to change their career direction, or want to gain an extra qualification to aid career progression.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Financial Computing at graduate level
  • why you want to study Financial Computing at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what programming experience you have
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


On successful completion of this MSc our graduates are a very attractive prospect for employment in IT, IT management or financial services technology.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Deutsche Bank: Analyst
  • City Bank: Sales Manager
  • Goldman Sachs: Fixed Income Software Sellers
  • Credit Suisse: Business Analyst
  • Morgan Stanley: Analyst
  • Carfs Derivative: Derivative Trader
  • Hutchinson 3GUK: Risk Analyst
  • UBS Warburg: IT Junior

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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