M.Sc. Finance (major: Quantitative Finance) (online study)

University of London

Application deadline: November 16( January start); March 30 (June start )
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,196 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,196 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: June  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 60 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Full-time

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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:

* Economic Policy
* Financial Sector Management
* Quantitative Finance

The three alternative pathways of the MSc Finance programme 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.

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 senior research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.


Programme Structure

Five courses from the following:

* Econometric principles and data analysis [C330]
* Econometric analysis and applications [C332]
* Financial econometrics (currently under development)
* Risk management: principles and applications [C323]
* Derivatives [C333]
* Modelling firms and markets [C358]

PLUS three courses from the following:

* Quantitative methods for financial management [C319]
* Corporate finance [C321]
* Corporate governance [C344]
* Banking and capital markets [C326]
* Finance in the global market [C342]
* Bank regulation and resolution in banking crises [C356]
* Bank financial management [C322]
* Macroeconomic policy and financial markets [C325]
* International finance [C329]
* The International Monetary Fund and economic policy [C313]
* Microeconomic principles and policy [C357]
* Public financial management: planning and performance [C301]
* Public financial management: revenue [C305]
* Project appraisal and impact analysis [C307]
* Research methods [C353]
* Dissertation [C354] (prerequisite C353 Research methods)

How you study

Without leaving your job or home you can study, write and submit assignments, receive expert guidance from your CeFiMS tutor and advice from the student support team. In addition to printed study materials, the Online Study Centre allows students to work with course materials, send queries to tutors and submit assignments via the Internet.

When you take a CeFiMS distance learning course you will be sent everything you need to complete your studies. A typical set of course learning materials would include:

* Core text. All courses centre on a specially written core text analogous to a series of lectures.
* Textbooks and collections of readings. Most courses also include one or more textbooks and a collection of recent or classic articles of importance to the subject.
* Study calendar. Students are provided with a study calendar for each course which sets out the schedule for your coursework and assignment deadlines.
* Student handbook. Contains advice on how to tackle assignments and written examinations. There is also a 'Study Skills' textbook and an audio CD offering suggestions on distance learning.

Online Study Centre

Created by CefiMS to provide additional resources and support, the Online Study Centre allows students to:

* access study materials that complement printed texts
* submit assignments
* communicate with tutors
* contact support staff regarding administrative queries
* access online resources provided by the Univeristy of London Library including full-text journal databases of JSTOR and EBSCO.

Note: Students who are eligible to use the OSC are automatically contacted by CeFiMS staff and given information about how to access the system for their course.


With the exception of 'Research methods' all modules are assessed by two assignments (of about 2,500 words each) and one three-hour unseen written examination. 'Research methods' is assessed by a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (excluding the bibliography and appendices).

The grade awarded on each individual module will be based on the mark obtained in the written examination and on the combined mark for the assignments. The examination mark and the combined mark of the assignments will be weighted on the scale 70:30. If you fail an examination at the first sitting, you will be allowed one further attempt after which your registration will cease.

Exams, both overseas and in the UK, take place once a year in September/October. They are normally held in a student's country of residence, using the existing system of overseas examinations authorities which the University of London operates for all its External students. Exams for students in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland are normally held in London.



In order to be considered for registration applicants must have:
EITHER (a) 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)
OR (b) 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.


English language

For all applicants 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 a score of 640 in the TOEFL test of English is required. Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.

Minimum computer specification

Notice is hereby given that students registering for this programme on or after 1 January 2005 will be required to have access to the Internet in order to participate fully in the learning process.

Minimum / recommended PC specification

* Processor: Pentium 266 (Pentium 500 recommended)
* Memory (RAM): 64Mb (128Mb recommended)
* Operating system: Windows 98 (Windows XP recommended)
* Free space on hard disk: 100Mb (200Mb recommended)
* Screen resolution: 800 x 600 colour (1024 x 786 colour recommended)
* CD/DVD-ROM drive: CD-ROM (24 x CD-ROM recommended)
* Modem speed: 56kbps (Broadband recommended)
* Browser: Internet Explorer 5.5 (Internet Explorer 6 recommended)

Minimum / recommended Mac specification * Processor: G3 (G4 recommended)
* Memory (RAM): 64Mb (128Mb recommended)
* Operating system: OS 9 (OS X recommended)
* Free space on hard disk: 100Mb (200Mb)
* Screen resolution: 800 x 600 colour (1024 x 786 colour recommended)
* CD/DVD-ROM drive: CD-ROM (24 x CD-ROM recommended)
* Modem speed: 56kbps (Broadband recommended)
* Browser: Internet Explorer 5

Note: The VLE may work with other browsers such as Netscape 7 but the preferred browser is Internet Explorer.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 640

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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