MSc Mathematical Finance
Du Liu

As I studied Financial engineering at undergraduate stage, I realised it is very important to enhance my mathematical background if I want to become more competitive in the finance world. Thus I choose to continue my study at the School of Mathematics 

 Why did you choose to study this course here at the School of Mathematics? 

As I studied Financial engineering at undergraduate stage, I realised it is very important to enhance my mathematical background if I want to become more competitive in the finance world. Thus I choose to continue my study at the School of Mathematics and choose this major.

I think the University of Manchester is excellent university with attractive campus scenes and academic atmosphere. Besides, Manchester is a convenient place to live.

 

What were you doing before your MSc?

I studied the Financial Engineering at the Hunan University in China. I had three internships in commercial banks and my positions were Product Manager Assistant, Customer Manager Assistant and Financial Manager Assistant respectively. In my study and internships experience, I found I should learn more deeply about finance-related mathematical techniques which frequently used in finance and a Master degree is very important for finding employment and good job prospect in China, so I want to further my study.

 

What are your career plans after graduation?  

I hope to continue on to PhD study in UK and want to be an academic researcher. Besides, I also want to work for the financial regulator, especially in the sectors that monitor and control the credit risks in the financial market. 

  

What do you enjoy most about studying at the School of Mathematics?

The topics we learned are very useful for my career plan. The Stochastic process is an area I didn’t study systematically at undergraduate, so it is very essential for me to learn these courses.

 The Alan Turing building is a perfect place for study, as we have our own study room and the facilities in the building are very helpful. 

 

How much time to do you spend in classes and undertaking independent study? 

In the first semester, we have 12 hours lectures and tutorials every week and 4 hours support class for Latex and Unix study at week 6. Two courses required coursework and I approximately spent 4 hours each week for coursework.

 I took at least 2 hours for each course’s homework every week.

 In the second semester, we have 16 hours lectures and tutorials every week. I took at least 2 hours for each course’s homework every week and took 2 hours for the coursework of Computational Finance course.

 

How did you find the change from Undergraduate to Postgraduate level study?

The workload is heavier than before, since the homework is a not easy task to complete. This was beyond my expectations.

However, it is very easy to access to the academic resource in the library and I am free of worry the find the books in my reading lists. All the stuffs in library are very helpful and friendly. Additionally, the tutorial classes are useful too. In my undergraduate stage, I didn’t find so many books in library and we didn’t have tutorial classes so this has been a real benefit of MSc study. 

 

What is the best thing about living in Manchester?

The city center is not far from the campus, so shopping becomes very easy. I can easily buy the commodities I want including my home foods.

Besides, there are so many chinses restaurants offering delicious foods as well as other restaurants which give me the opportunity to taste other kinds of food from around the world.

Moreover, because Manchester is located in the middle of England, I do not need to travel a long time to go to the tourist cities in UK, such as York, Liverpool.

 

What advice would you give to those considering studying at the School of Mathematics?

The Turing club and other seminars that the school of Mathematics offers are very useful and interesting!

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