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COMPUTING FOR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES (MSC)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4450.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

The MSc Computing for the Financial Services provides an intensive course specifically tailored for computer science graduates or graduates of related subjects with a substantial amount of programming who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of the subject, you acquire practical skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research more deeply.

If you are new to the subject, this MSc provides the foundation for a career in IT within the financial services industry, and if you already work in IT, it provides an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and update your skills specifically for finance while obtaining a formal qualification.

The programme offers a single software development pathway in Java. For more experienced students there is the opportunity to carry out project work in other languages.

The MSc Computing for the Financial Services provides an intensive course specifically tailored for computer science graduates or graduates of related subjects with a substantial amount of programming who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of the subject, you acquire practical skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain...

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Course Content

You take one compulsory 30-credit module and choose six option modules worth 15 credits each.

You also complete a project, comprising the design, development and evaluation of a major piece of software in the target application domain.

Part-time students usually take three to five modules in their first year, including the compulsory module, and choose the remainder of their option modules and complete their project in Year 2. Full-time students complete everything in one year.

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Financial Markets

OPTION MODULES

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Advances in Data Management
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Asset Management
  • Component Based Software Development
  • Corporate Finance
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining
  • Econometrics of Financial Markets
  • Fundamentals of Concurrent Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval
  • Principles of Financial Reporting
  • Software Design and Programming
  • Software Engineering in Practice

MSC COMPUTING FOR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES PROJECT

  • MSc Advanced Computing Technologies Project

You take one compulsory 30-credit module and choose six option modules worth 15 credits each. You also complete a project, comprising the design, development and evaluation of a major piece of software in the target application domain. Part-time students usually take three to five modules in their first year, including the compulsory module, and choose the remainder of...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£8900.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4450.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should have a second-class honours degree or MSc in computer science, with the syllabus containing a substantial amount of programming, preferably in an object-oriented language.

Joint honours computing graduates or graduates in related engineering and science disciplines may also be eligible, provided they have covered a substantial amount of programming, or have equivalent professional experience in the IT industry.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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