Mathematical Finance MSc

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Degree awarded: Master of Science

Duration: 12 Months. [Full-Time]

Entry requirements:

Applicants should be on track for at least a good upper second class honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in mathematics, including evidence of performance at that level in key areas such as probability, analysis and differential equations. Offers may include specific grades in particular modules. Exceptional applicants taking degrees such as physics or computer science may be considered provided there is a substantial mathematical component covering the key areas.

Contact email: pgt-maths@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 0161 275 0174

How to apply: Apply online

Course options

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Course description

The School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester have combined their academic strength and practical expertise to deliver the  MSc in Mathematical Finance  (UK 1 year), ensuring that students can experience both the mathematical and economic perspective of the subject.

This is also supported by invited lectures from senior staff members of leading financial institutions and outstanding mathematicians who are internationally recognised for contributions to Mathematical Finance. Past lectures include:

Professor M. Schweizer (ETH Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute) An overview of quadratic hedging and related topics

Professor H. Follmer (Humboldt University of Berlin) Monetary valuation of cash flows under Knightian uncertainty

Professor M. H. A. Davis (Imperial College London) Contagion models in credit risk

The course provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in Mathematical Finance delivered from a genuinely international and multi-cultural perspective with a current issues approach to teaching. The focus is on mathematical theory and modelling, drawing from the disciplines of probability theory, scientific computing and partial differential equations to derive relations between asset prices and interest rates, and to develop models for pricing, risk management and financial product development.

The finance industry demands recruits with strong quantitative skills and the course is intended to prepare students for careers in this area. The course provides training for those who seek a career in the finance industry specialising in derivative securities, investment, risk management and hedge funds. It also provides research skills for those who subsequently wish to pursue research and/or an academic career (e.g. university lecturer) or continue the study at doctoral level, particularly those wishing to pursue further/advanced studies in Mathematical Finance.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £12,500
    International students (per annum): £21,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships:  Information on possible scholarships/ sponsorships is available  here .

Academic entry qualification overview:

Applicants should be on track for at least a good upper second class honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in mathematics, including evidence of performance at that level in key areas such as probability, analysis and differential equations. Offers may include specific grades in particular modules. Exceptional applicants taking degrees such as physics or computer science may be considered provided there is a substantial mathematical component covering the key areas.

English language:

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in each other component, or 90 for the internet based TOEFL with no component score lower than 23.

Good English language skills are vital for successful completion of the course, particularly the dissertation element, which involves sophisticated concepts and the precise use and understanding of technical language. We reserve the right to make the final decision concerning your English language ability, taking into consideration your test scores and any other relevant information from the admission process.

If your English score is only slightly below the minimum requirement and you have a strong application, we may decide to offer you a place subject to attending an academic English course at the University of Manchester prior to the start of the course. 

English language test validity: Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

How your application is considered

Applications cannot be processed without the following:
  • up-to-date English language score outlining individual element scores (where applicable)
  • academic transcript
  • two academic references
  • statement of purpose

Scanned copies will be accepted at the time of application.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester have combined their academic strength and practical expertise to deliver the  MSc in Mathematical Finance  (UK 1 year), ensuring that students can experience both the mathematical and economic perspective of the subject.

This is also supported by invited lectures from senior staff members of leading financial institutions and outstanding mathematicians who are internationally recognised for contributions to Mathematical Finance. Past lectures include:

Professor M. Schweizer (ETH Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute) An overview of quadratic hedging and related topics

Professor H. Follmer (Humboldt University of Berlin) Monetary valuation of cash flows under Knightian uncertainty

Professor M. H. A. Davis (Imperial College London) Contagion models in credit risk

The course provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in Mathematical Finance delivered from a genuinely international and multi-cultural perspective with a current issues approach to teaching. The focus is on mathematical theory and modelling, drawing from the disciplines of probability theory, scientific computing and partial differential equations to derive relations between asset prices and interest rates, and to develop models for pricing, risk management and financial product development.

The finance industry demands recruits with strong quantitative skills and the course is intended to prepare students for careers in this area. The course provides training for those who seek a career in the finance industry specialising in derivative securities, investment, risk management and hedge funds. It also provides research skills for those who subsequently wish to pursue research and/or an academic career (e.g. university lecturer) or continue the study at doctoral level, particularly those wishing to pursue further/advanced studies in Mathematical Finance.

Progression and assessment

Teaching is shared by the School of Mathematics and Alliance Manchester Business School, and delivered through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work.

Course units overview

There are (i) eight course units to attend over two academic terms and (ii) a dissertation project to be completed in the summer term. Teaching of the course units is shared by the School of Mathematics and the Manchester Business School and delivered through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work.

First term course units (autumn): Derivative Securities; Foundations of Finance Theory; Martingales with Applications to Finance; Stochastic Calculus.

Second term course units (spring): Brownian Motion; Computational Finance; Time Series Analysis and Forecasting in Finance; Stochastic Modelling in Finance.

Third term dissertation project (summer): In this term students will conduct an original study of a topic relating to the programme and write an MSc dissertation.

Additional fee information

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit:  postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Facilities

The School of Mathematics is one of the largest integrated departments of mathematical sciences in the UK with an outstanding reputation and superb  facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The finance industry demands recruits with strong quantitative skills and the course is intended to prepare students for careers in this area. The course provides training for those who seek a career in the finance industry specialising in derivative securities, investment, risk management and hedge funds. It also provides research skills for those who subsequently wish to pursue research and/or an academic career (e.g. university lecturer) or continue the study at doctoral level, particularly those wishing to pursue further/advanced studies in Mathematical Finance.

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