Financial Computing MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
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 computing, IT management and financial services. Partner banks include Crédit Suisse and RBS.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 30 May 2014
More details in Application section.
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 computer science, 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
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 a group 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:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2014.
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
On successful completion of this MSc our graduates are a very attractive prospect for employment in IT, IT management or financial services technology.
Top career destinations for this programme
- UBS, Application Developer, 2011
- Goldman Sachs, Technology Analyst, 2011
- Bank of America, Graduate Programme, 2011
- Barclays Capital, Technical Analyst, 2010
- RBS, Developer, 2009
This degree opens up many different career routes. Recent graduates have been employed by some of the world's leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. The entrepreneurial spirit is ignited in other students and they start their own companies or join the excitement of dynamic start-ups. Other graduates have gone onto PhD study to conduct cutting-edge research in areas that interest them.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mrs Sally Longley
T: +44 (0)20 7679 3674
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