UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Computational Finance

This programme aims to increase the diversity of those pursuing careers in the financial services industry; students are trained in financial computing, information technology management and financial services; students develop the technological aspects of their career in financial services and gain a complete and up-to-date knowledge of the international financial services industry; the programme provides the grounding in computer science, project management and financial systems required to pursue an information technology career in financial services.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd class UK Honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering or a similarly quantitative subject. Programming experience is an advantage but is not mandatory. Relevant work experience is also taken into account.

Course modules

Core modules: programming and mathematical methods for machine learning or introductory programming, depending on entry qualification; stochastic processes for finance; financial data and statistics; financial market modelling and analysis. Options: algorithmics; applied computational finance; database systems; financial institutions and markets; forecasting; market risk measures and portfolio theory; networks and systemic risk; numerical analysis for finance; operational risk measurement for financial institutions; programming and mathematical methods for machine learning; quantitative and computational finance; software engineering.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and project work. It comprises two terms of teaching, followed by examinations an a dissertation. Assessment is through coursework, unseen examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 17,190 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 26,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7679 7937