Centre for Financial and Management Studies

MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance)

Key information

Two to five years
Start of programme
October / January / April / June
Attendance mode
Distance learning

MSc: £10,920
Single module: £1,820

Course overview

Our MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) equips with you specialist knowledge of statistical and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives. Through the course, you will examine the techniques and foundation of risk management in corporations, as well as learning how derivatives have shaped the financial markets as we known them. You will also gain wider understanding of econometric principles and data analysis. The programme is particularly suitable if you have a first degree in engineering, applied science, applied mathematics, economics or similar. 

Why study MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) at SOAS

  • ranked 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • our teaching offers you exceptional insights into financial institutions and markets in London and other major cities around the world. 
  • we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 
  • gain strong quantitative and analytical skills to undertake professional tasks such as: financial analysis, risk management, investment appraisal and portfolio allocation
  • you will be joining our community of alumni working in 160 countries in sectors including finance, government, industry and international organisations. 

Entry requirements

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training. 


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
  • Dissertation
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • International Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Microeconomic Principles and Policy
  • The IMF and Economic Policy

Teaching and learning

MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) is made up of six modules. Each module lasts 10 weeks. 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 your studies throughout the year, allowing you to fit your course around your professional, family and persona 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, you 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, you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is a web-based 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 you with access to the module's 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.

Fees and funding

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. See postgraduate funding and finance for more information.

Look through the postgraduate scholarships available.

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


As a graduate of MSc Finance (Quantitative Finance) you will be well prepared for senior research and other positions in: 

  • banking
  • fund management 
  • consultancy
  • central banks
  • international bodies

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 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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