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John Beechinor

The rise of the ‘financial sector’ is a key feature of the new global economy and I wanted to understand it more.

MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance)

I was always interested in political economy, but worked as a freelance engineer in a different field: telecomms software. Some years ago I spent a period out of work during the telecoms (dot com) bust. It forced me to think of re-skilling into a field I was interested in – finance/economics. The rise of the ‘financial sector’ is a key feature of the new global economy and I wanted to understand it more.

The CeFiMS courses appealed for the following reasons: they allowed one to ‘dip’ in via an IPC and then proceed to a more formal qualification. The structure of the courses also appealed - an 8 week course is optimal for an intense burst of studying. A lengthier course time would be difficult to sustain, given family and work commitments.

I decided upon the quantitative options, again because I wanted the technical skills to understand the new financial economics. As for the courses themselves – they steer a happy medium between the practical and the formal. The courses are in finance not mathematics and the readings are related to the real world! The two assignments per course serve to reinforce the tutorial material.