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The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents is an innovative and laboratory-based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work combining economic and financial modelling with computational implementation. We are supported by Essex?s highly rated Department of Economics, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Essex Business School.Our MSc Computational Finance equips you with the core concepts and mathematical principles of modern quantitative finance, plus the operational skills to use computational packages (mainly Matlab) for financial modelling. This course allows you to attain a high degree of competence in software development, in the area of financial software engineering, for implementation in an electronic market environment. We introduce you to information and communication technology and automation that underpins financial systems, including design issues relating to parallel and distributed networks, encryption, security and real-time constraints, especially in the context of Straight Through Processing (STP). You receive training on the structure, instruments and institutional aspects of financial markets, banking, payment and settlement systems. We also have an option for you to acquire rigorous training in quantitative finance and our case study approach will familiarise you with financial software architecture. Our MSc Financial Software Engineering should interest you if you have a good first degree in computer science or engineering, or a BSc degree that provided a high level of programming expertise such as C++ andor .NET. The rigorous training on our MSc Financial Software Engineering on software engineering for large, dynamic and automated financial systems and finance models, plus the focus software design in a number of real-world financial systems and our expert lectures, will enable you to be a leader in this field. Our taught courses run for one year on a full-time basis and consist of taught modules for the first two semesters, followed by a dissertation in the summer. We ensure your study is highly practical and involve both lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions in which you have the opportunity to analyse and model real-world financial data. Each of our taught courses is highly cross-disciplinary and involves some elements of programming, statistics and mathematics, with the particular focus depending on the course you choose. However we do not assume that you have prior formal training in finance or economics, so run an optional pre-sessional course that provides all your required foundational material.

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents is an innovative and laboratory-based teaching and research centre, with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work combining economic and...

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