To be competitive in our modern financial industry, it is not enough for a scientist to know how to write software, nor is it enough that one can mathematically analyse markets based on simplifying assumption by ignoring the computation required.
Our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course give you the understanding of the specifics and the intricacies of financial and economics markets, the ability to apply advanced computing methods and the ability to design and program solutions that successfully exploit the synergy between finance, economics, and computation.
Our course will cover areas including:
Our course will give you both the theoretical and technical skills that are specific for the finance industry, as well as transferable skills such as the ability to develop and present an argument, and the ability to work independently and in groups.
The MSc Financial Technology suite of courses has three unique variants for you to explore so you can tailor your Masters in financial technology to suit your interests and goals. In addition to our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course, there is also the option of MSc Financial Technology (Finance) and MSc Financial Technology (Economics), giving you the chance to specialise in your preferred area of study.
Our course is taught in collaboration with the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA) within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) within Essex Business School, and the Department of Economics, all of which have an international reputation.
We bring together experts with both academic and industrial expertise in the financial and IT sectors. Our staff are currently researching the development of real-time trading platforms, new financial econometric models for real-time data, the use of artificially intelligent agents in the study of risk and market-based institutions, operational aspects of financial markets, financial engineering, portfolio and risk management, among others.
Key academic members of staff you are likely to have contact with:
You will acquire practical and "hands-on" experience in our labs by using:
Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
Our MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) course will equip you with the skillset at the intersection of computer science, economics and finance. You’ll gain expertise that is in high demand in the finance industry in the UK, and will become competitive in one of the primary recruiting sectors in the country and beyond.
With a skillset that combines both technical and analytical know-how from internationally known hubs within our University, our graduates will be able to find employment in very competitive financial institutions.
A minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) degree in Computer Science or a related discipline such as Engineering, Finance, Economics, Maths, Statistics, Physics. We will accept graduates of any other degree that includes modules relating to Mathematics (calculus) or Econometrics (probability, statistics).
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
You will be assessed throughout the course by means of written exams and coursework, including the dissertation towards the end of the course. You will also be asked to give presentations on your own work.
In order to complete your dissertation, you will consider and address a pertinent question in the field of financial technology. You’ll make use of the skills you’ve acquired during the course in order to tackle an important topic of practical importance. The dissertation is aimed to be of publishable quality.
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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