Grad.Dip. Finance (major: Quantitative Finance) (online study)

University of London

Application deadline: September; November; January; March; May
Tuition fee:
  • £ 1,260 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 1,260 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: June  2015, July  2015, November  2015, January  2016, March  2016
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time

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Gain a respected Postgraduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance by distance learning

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. 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 courses. (The Programme Director will advise on your course choices).

The programme can also provide a suitable route towards entering the MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance).

Programme aims

This programme will equip you with the necessary statistical (particularly econometric) skills and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives.


The programme has been developed by academics at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), a postgraduate research and teaching department within SOAS, University of London. Staff at CeFiMS have international reputations and are involved in researching their subjects at the very limits of current knowledge.

Career progression

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.

Comprehensive study materials and support

You will be given all of the learning materials that you need to complete each course. These will typically include:

* The Study Guide, a core text specially written for the course. This takes the form of a looseleaf binder containing eight course units. The units are carefully structured to provide the main teaching of the course, defining and exploring the main concepts and issues, locating these within current debate and introducing and linking the further assigned readings.
* Textbooks and collections of key journal articles and book extracts.
* Online and multimedia tools. You will have access to the Online Learning Environment (OLE), which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the OLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the course using discussion forums. The OLE also provides access to the course Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library. In addition, some course material will also include video lectures on DVD, CDs of case studies, and econometric software.
* A Welcome Pack is available online, which provides you with resources and tips on effective distance learning. We will also send you a Study Skills textbook to help you manage your studies.

Your time commitment

This will depend partly on choices you make, but most students take two years to complete Postgraduate Diploma. The study calendar consists of five sessions per year. Each session is devoted to a specific module and lasts eight weeks (with the exception of the first session which runs for 10 weeks). During each session you will need to allocate between 15-20 hours per week to complete the programme.


Structure and Syllabus

PG Dip: 4 modules.

Four modules from the following

* Econometric principles and data analysis
* Econometric analysis and applications
* Financial econometrics
* Risk management: principles and applications
* Derivatives
* Modelling firms and markets


Academic Requirements

In order to be considered for registration applicants must have:


A good degree in finance, economics, or other appropriate discipline, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits)


Previous education and experience without a First degree, which satisfies the University as a qualification on the same level as a First degree approved under (a) for this purpose, and which has included suitable preliminary training.

For some courses you will require a CD drive and DVD player. Also, please note that you will need to have access to a PC rather than a Mac if you are using econometric software such as EViews.

Please visit the EduGarage website [external link] to find out which browsers, plugins and operating systems best support Blackboard 8.0 for the Online Study Centre.

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

Language Requirements

All applicants must have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills equivalent to a score of 7.0 in the IELTS test, or 7 in both reading and writing; or a score of 600+ in the TOEFL paper-based test of English, 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+ in the written English test. Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programmes study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programmes Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

* a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
* screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
* sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB

and the following applications installed:

* a word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
* Adobe, or other pdf reader.

* Full mobile access is not available for all programmes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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