Postgraduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance
Duration: This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each module lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
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).
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the PG Diploma Quantitative Finance section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
You will choose four core modules selected from the list below:
- Econometric Analysis & Applications
- Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
- Financial Econometrics
- Modelling Firms & Markets
- Risk Management: Principles & Applications
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the PG Diploma Quantitative Finance section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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 September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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.
Find out more by visiting the Careers section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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