2020 applicants

Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA)

Part of School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

We are an innovative, laboratory-based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for cutting-edge work combining economic and financial modelling with computational implementation.

Get a head start in financial services with our specialist postgraduate courses in computational finance. As an interdisciplinary centre we bring together leading academics in the field from our University's departments of economics, computer science and business.

Our Strengths

  • Cross-disciplinary syllabus incorporating the latest research
  • Practical hands-on instruction across all courses
  • Strong emphasis on skills and knowledge required by the industry
  • Hosting advanced workshops and seminars
  • Excellent links with government and industry

Blending computation, economics and finance

We are an innovative and laboratory based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work combining economic and financial modelling with computational implementation.

Outstanding research-led teaching

With very practical hands-on instruction from approachable, friendly lecturers and a highly cross-disciplinary syllabus, we place a strong emphasis on empirical work and make use of high-frequency data in both our research and our teaching.

Strong links with industry

Our focus on skills required by industry is backed up by our extensive network of industrial contacts, through our City Associates Board, our alumni and advanced workshops and seminars from industry experts. We are supported by our highly rated School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Department of Economics, and Essex Business School.

Real-world research

Our group focuses on research in several different interdisciplinary areas, including algorithmic game theory, algorithmic trading and pricing derivatives. Our ultimate goal is to explore the synergy between computation, economics and finance.

Our research is geared towards practical applications, and many of our academic staff have experience of applying their research both in industry and in advising the UK government.

Networking opportunities

CCFEA academics are internationally known experts in the field of computational finance and economics. They are members of the IEEE Computational Finance and Economics Technical Committee (TC), which consists of around 40 people from academia and industry worldwide. PhD students joining our Centre will be encouraged to become members of the TC and actively participate in it by organising events, such as international conferences and workshops. This offers unique networking opportunities, where our students could meet and collaborate with computational finance and economics experts from around the world.

Get in touch
Postgraduate enquiries (Masters and PhD) and Admissions Claire Harvey
CCFEA studies and research collaboration Dr John O'Hara