SOAS University of London

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance)

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

Our MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) has been created principally for postgraduates whose work in banks and other financial institutions requires a knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives.

It is particularly suitable if you have a first degree in engineering, applied science, applied mathematics, economics, or similar subjects, but is also suitable for others with quantitative skills.

Students will also become acquainted with the main issues and methods in Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Financial Engineering, and Financial Econometrics. The programme will present Finance as a scientific discipline with a rigorous methodology, but at the same time will describe the way financial markets and institutions actually work in a variety of contexts.

Our teaching offers you exceptional insights into financial institutions and markets in London and other major cities in the world.

In addition, we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East – something that will set you apart from graduates of other universities that normally focus on the analysis of Europe and the Americas.

You will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy in a global financial environment.

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Why study MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) at SOAS

Learn from world-class financial experts
  • we are 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • we have the Centre for Global Finance (CGF), a world-leading research centre in finance, which hosts cutting-edge research projects that involve students and a global network of experts in generating innovative solution to real-time challenges
Obtain real-world skills in the global financial hub – London
  • you will be equipped with strong quantitative and analytical skills to undertake professional tasks such as: financial analysis, risk management, investment appraisal and portfolio allocation
  • SOAS is in close proximity to the City of London, a leading financial centre in the world with 75% of the top global companies based in the city, 100% of leading financial institutions represented, and 200 + foreign banks
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Study Quantitative Finance by Online Learning at SOAS University of London

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

Start of programme: October / January / April / June

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Entry requirements

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duration:
2–5 years

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Structure

Structure

You will study six modules: four core modules and two elective modules selected from the lists below.

Core modules

  • Econometric Principles and Data Analysis
  • Econometric Analysis and Applications
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Modelling Firms and Markets
  • Risk Management: Principles and Applications

Elective modules

  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • International Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Microeconomic Principles and Policy
  • The International Monetary Fund and Economic Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Find out more

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight 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.

Online academic tutor

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.

For each module, students will be provided with access to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.

Virtual Learning Environment

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.

Exams 

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.

Fees and funding

£10,080

MSc Single Module
£10,920 £1,820

Pay as you learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Learn more

Scholarships

See our list of postgraduate scholarships

Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

  • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
  • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts
Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

Graduates from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) will leave SOAS with advanced skills in communication, analysis, problem solving, and technical proficiencies required in the finance sector.

Our programmes are respected by employers all over the world, who value graduates’ knowledge and understanding of how the finance sector is tackling the major challenges facing global business.

Recent CeFiMS graduates have been hired by:

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Financial Times
  • HM Treasury
  • Huaxia Bank, China
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan, Chase & Co
  • KPMG
  • Nomura
  • Oxfam
  • Publicis Media
  • Santander
  • UBS
  • University of Oxford
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • White & Case LLP
  • World Food Programme

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A Student's Perspective

I have been inspired by the rigorous and empirical nature of the programme.

Srivatsan Lakshminarayan

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