How do traders operate in global markets that are still feeling the after-effects of the 2008 financial meltdown? With an increased focus on risk management and compliance, global traders need to be agile, analytic and adaptive in order to succeed.
There is no doubt that successful traders earn the highest wages in the already well-salaried financial sector, so traders need to be ruthless in order to prove their worth to their bank, hedge-fund or utilities employer. A detailed knowledge of global markets, an ability to negotiate risk and an eye for a trade are therefore essential skills and talents for a trader.
MSc Finance and Global Trading aims to develop future traders and prepare you for a successful career in the financial services sector. This specialist course will equip you with the skills to take on a trading floor by exposing you to financial modelling, risk management systems and big data analytics.
You will be able to put your skills into practice by simulating what you learn in the classroom on our virtual trading floor, which feeds industry standard Bloomberg financial data, allowing you to execute commands to develop your understanding of financial trades before you start to build your own trading portfolio.
You will master areas such as:
MSc Finance and Global Trading is taught at Essex Business School, ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019). Our students and staff join us from all over the world and our teaching is grounded in contemporary issues and professional practice, supported by industry-standard facilities.
By joining MSc Finance and Global Trading 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, but 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.
Our Colchester home is an example of our dedication to sustainable and ethical business practices. Its design is both environmentally friendly and architecturally stunning, with a winter garden and sun terrace contributing to the building’s own micro-climate and providing a tranquil environment for group working and socialising. Our Bonds café is located on site, making a great space for reviewing course notes before lectures.
Our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, enables you to practise dealing stocks and securities using industry-standard equipment. You can also benefit from our study skills workshops, designed to help you excel in your academic work.
Our building is also located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, providing potential opportunities to network with inspiring SMEs who locate their businesses on our Colchester Campus.
Essex Business School is helping to create the business leaders of the future; those who are creative, innovative and ethically aware. In 2017, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).
Many of our graduates enjoy careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy at some of the world’s most well-known organisations and exciting SMEs, including:
Many now also run their own growing businesses, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
MSc Finance and Global Trading students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.
The firm in which I work is a hedge fund company, based in London and New York. My position is a junior position and, since the company is a small firm, I have the great advantage to work closely with my supervisor and the COO.
I work in the operation and finance sectors of the company so my tasks are different and vary from small logistic tasks to more complex and finance-related ones like planning the cash forecast dealing with the leverage facility. Of course, not all of the tasks I do are fully under my responsibility since I have been working there for a month and a half but my supervisor has started to give me the entire responsibility for some relevant tasks. For example, the first task I do autonomously in the morning is the cash check, whereby monitoring that the custodian on our bank accounts do correctly what we asked to do and also that all of the changes and fees we pay are scheduled and executed smoothly and, in case they don't, sort the issue out.
I can honestly state that my MSc in Financial Engineering and Risk Management at the University of Essex gave me all the knowledge and tools I needed and I still need to face the quite complex word of the hedge funds.
Ludovico Luce, MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management 2019 graduate
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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