University of London Quantitative Finance

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Finance – major: Quantitative Finance (MSc)

The MSc Finance enables you to deepen your understanding of financial markets, banks, and their relation to economic performance. It provides a sound platform for advancing your career in finance and policy.

Because finance is so wide ranging, the degree enables you to choose between four majors:

  • Quantitative Finance
  • Economic Policy
  • Banking
  • Financial Sector Management

The four pathways allow you to select a study path best suited to your objectives and skills. The MSc Finance (major: Quantitative Finance) equips you with the necessary statistical (particularly econometric) skills and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives.

It is designed principally for postgraduates who work in banks or financial institutions and require knowledge of statistical (particularly econometric) and quantitative approaches to risk and derivatives. It will suit graduates in engineering, applied science, applied mathematics, economics, or similar subjects with quantitative skills.

Programme details

You study Study period Cost (2017-18)
MSc 8 modules 2-5 years £10,080
Individual Professional Awards You can take up to three individual modules from this distance learning programme. Each module lasts eight weeks and you are registered for two years. The fee per individual module is £1,260.


The programme has been developed by academics at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), a postgraduate research and teaching department within SOAS, University of London. Staff at CeFiMS have international reputations and are involved in researching their subjects at the very limits of current knowledge.

Career progression

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior research and other positions in banking, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.

Comprehensive study materials and support

You will be sent all the study materials that you need to complete the programme, which may typically include:

  • A core text specially written for the course. This is the backbone of the course and is comparable to a series of lecures. It is organised into eight study units, each of which lasts one week.
  • Textbooks and collections of readings.
  • Online and multimedia tools. Some courses provide video lectures on DVD. These expand on issues that have been raised in the course and relate the material to ‘real world’ examples. The Online Learning Environment (OLE) provides instant access to course materials and also offers academic, administrative and technical support.
  • A study calendar for each course to help you organize your time. This sets out a schedule for coursework and assignment deadlines.

Your time commitment

This will depend partly on choices you make, but most students take three years to complete an MSc. The study calendar consists of five sessions per year. Each session is devoted to a specific module and lasts eight weeks (with the exception of the fifth session which runs for 10 weeks). During each session you will need to allocate between 15-20 hours per week to complete the programme.

Summary of key dates

Finance – major: Quantitative Finance
CeFiMS event Study session 1 Study session 2 Study session 3 Study session 4 Study session 5
Application deadline 11 September 2017 27 November 2017 29 January 2018 02 April 2018 28 May 2018
Enrolment deadline 25 September 2017 11 December 2017 12 February 2018 16 April 2018 11 June 2018
Start date 06 November 2017 22 January 2018 26 March 2018 28 May 2018 23 July 2018
Examinations September/October 2018