This postgraduate programme has been made possibile by the introduction of the First Derivatives Trading Room. The MSc Computational Finance and Trading programme will equip students with the cutting-edge quantitative and computational techniques and strategies utilised by leading financial firms. The programme's core models will be taught in the Trading Room and this means that student numbers will be capped at 24.
Today, all full-service institutional finance firms employ computational finance professionals in their banking and finance operations. There are also many other boutique firms (such as hedge funds) ranging from 20 or fewer employees to several thousand that specialise in quantitative trading alone. In addition, there are many IT software organisations which specialise in the interface between computing and finance that would be very attracted to graduates from this postgraduate degree programme.
After completion of the degree there are a wide variety of roles available for graduates, some of which will suit those with strong mathematical skills who wish to utilise cutting-edge quantitative modelling techniques and work in collaboration with traders to develop bespoke financial products. Other roles will involve becoming part of a trading team to buy, sell and manage financial assets. In addition, the skills developed as part of this programme will provide an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue a more generalist career in finance such as portfolio management.
The programme director for this course is Dr Barry Quinn.
Barry is a Lecturer in Finance in Queen's University Management School who has an interest and experience in financial trading. He currently teaches Financial Econometrics to final year BSc Finance and BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management students and will be teaching a Trading and Portfolio Management module on this masters programme.
MSc Computational Finance and Trading website
Please note: a non-refundable deposit (which will be deducted from tuition fees) of £1,000 is required upon acceptance of an offer.