Big data streams influence financial and statistical modelling daily and on an ever-increasing scale. It’s not just financial data that impacts investment decisions, even data streams from social networks and search engine analytics can change how an investment matures.
The finance and investments industry needs practitioners who have a fundamental understanding of financial markets who can also apply statistical modelling in the context of the growing, and increasingly complex, data available to financial firms.
This course is perfect for those with an interest in big data and data analysis who want to work in specialist roles within the finance and investments sector.
Our MSc Finance and Data Analytics prepares you for the financial services sector by equipping you with the quantitative, statistical and technical skills needed in a world powered by big data.
You master areas including:
The University of Essex is uniquely placed to offer a Masters in Finance and Data Analytics. The University is home to the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps local authorities and businesses across the UK to leverage data more effectively, as well as the UK Data Service who provide access to quality economic and social data to organisations across the UK.
Studying MSc Finance and Data Analytics at Essex Business School, where this course is taught, means that you have access to some of the most unique financial research in the UK, supported by these two large big data centres of excellence.
Our virtual trading floor ensures you gain practical experience of using industry-standard terminals and real-world business information.
By joining MSc Finance and Data Analytics you join one of the UK’s largest finance groups, with a team of experts in an enormous range specialisms. You will be exposed to disciplines including: data analytics, global trading, risk management, investment banking, financial management, and more. Even if these are not part of your core programme, you will benefit from the diversity of interests that reflect the breadth of contemporary banking and finance issues facing organisations today.
Our lecturers have presented their work at the likes of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve and are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
Not only are you taught by experts with both academic and industry experience, input from City-based industry leaders gives this course a thorough grounding in contemporary financial practice. Our school is also home to Essex Finance Centre.
You benefit from a truly international experience and learn in the company of academics and students from across the globe; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries.
In 2017, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE 2017).
Our graduates can analyse complex data and use this to make effective business decisions. Many work for global employers and dynamic SMEs in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, such as:
Many now also run their own growing businesses, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
MSc Finance and Data Analytics students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.
“Big data is becoming increasingly important to businesses, so I chose this course so I can work in data analysis after graduation. I’ve also joined the University’s swimming team and hold the men’s record for the 4 x100 relay.”
Zhou Wei, MSc Finance and Data Analytics (2016)
A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent, in a numerate discipline such as: Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Engineering.
Your Degree should contain at least one module relating to Economics or Finance for example: Mathematics (calculus), quantitative finance/methods or Econometrics (probability, statistics). With a score of 50% in this module.
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