The provision of the trading facility is an extension of our drive to ensure the relevance of our degree programmes to industry. The trading floor provides a platform for students and external users to better engage with complex, challenging problems and real world issues relating to the financial services sector.
In the financial world trading rooms are used by asset management companies, investment banks, hedge funds, banks and central banks to analyse, price and trade, in real time, stocks, bonds, derivatives and almost every type of financial instrument. QUMS students now have the opportunity to apply theory in the same way, and using the same tools, as traders and risk managers in large financial institutions. In doing so, they are acquiring highly transferable knowledge and enhancing their employability in the process.
There will be stand alone modules for each of the undergraduate finance-related degree programmes. These modules structured around market microstructure and trading will be taught in the trading room. More advanced modules in market microstructure and trading will also be introduced into each of the MSc programmes. A new MSc in Computational Financial and Trading will be introduced in 2013 and will be taught exclusively in the trading room. Our current degrees currently have modules in financial engineering, investment analysis and fixed income securities. Each of these modules is enhanced through incorporating practical trading room based simulation exercises as part of the learning process.
Through the trading room Queen’s University Management School will also be in a position to enable our students to take additional qualifications such as the Bloomberg Certification Program. The added benefit of an online trading qualification helps prove to employers that our students have abilities in the use of market software.