Our ground-breaking Masters courses (MSc Computational Finance, MSc Algorithmic Trading) and the established CCFEA Doctoral programme (leading to PhDs in Computational Finance or Computational Economics) deliver rigorous training in the principles of quantitative finance and microeconomics along with computational skills for:
If you've got a quantitative background, our Masters courses give you advanced specialist training in computational finance. You'll receive practical hands-on instruction with a focus on problem-solving skills that equip you for high-flying careers.
We offer two specialist one-year taught Masters courses in computational finance. You'll study a number of taught modules and then complete a dissertation project focused on the computational implementation of financial models.
Each of our courses is highly cross-disciplinary and involves some elements of programming, statistics and mathematics with the particular emphasis depending on the course you choose. All of our Masters courses can be taken on a full or part-time basis.
We offer postgraduate research supervision in the following areas:
We offer Computational Finance as an MSD, MPhil or PhD. If you're interested in undertaking research in one of these areas and have a good Masters degree in a related subject we'd like to hear from you.
We offer summer internships to our most talented students, to work for leading fintech companies hosted by established banks such as, BNP Paribas and JP Morgan.
A number of our students have had internships with prestigious City institutions such as HSBC, Old Mutual and the Bank of England. One of the highlights is the opportunity to complete operationally relevant projects and work experience oriented Expert Lecture Series where projects are done under the supervision of industry experts.
Our PhD students are encouraged and supported to attend international conferences and summer schools.
Advisors at our Employability and Careers Centre will be available to help you with all aspects of planning your career, including application techniques and interview skills.
Studying in our intellectually challenging and socially vibrant atmosphere, you'll take away problem solving skills from practical instruction which will equip you for a high flying career.
You'll gain skills from different disciplines such as programming, statistics and maths, depending on which course you choose. Our cross-disciplinary structure gives you a wide-ranging sphere of experience during your time at Essex.
Some of the skills students gain from our courses:
Previous students have gone on to become quantitative analysts, portfolio managers and software engineers at various institutions including major investment banks such as HSBC and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.
Our extensive network of industrial contacts gives you the chance to work with leading figures from industry, as well as gaining and developing a solid set of skills for your career.
We have a private alumni group on LinkedIn, to promote mutual benefits and assistance among graduates, students and staff of the Centre. The University also runs an Alumni card which gives you access to events and benefits on and off our campuses.
We'd love to hear what you're doing now and so would our prospective students to help find out what an Essex degree might do for them. You can complete our graduate profile questionnaire or keep your alumni record up to date so you can receive the University's alumni e-newsletter.