Postgraduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance
Duration: This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each course lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Minimum Entry Requirements: You should have a good degree with good grades in courses in economics, finance, quantitative subjects, or another appropriate subject, or a professional qualification equivalent to a first degree and suitable relevant work experience. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.
Start of programme: November / January / March / June / July
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance is designed principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives.
The programme can also provide a suitable route towards entering the MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance). Graduates with strong previous quantitative training (such as engineers) and graduates with lower levels of previous training can both benefit from the programme by choosing appropriate courses. (The programme’s Academic Director will advise on your course choices).
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050
English language requirements: You are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills. Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.
You will choose four core modules.
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.
A Student's Perspective
Doing an MSc by long distance was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.