University of Essex

University of Essex

Financial Computing

This course provides rigorous training in software engineering for large, dynamic and automated financial systems and finance models. It also focuses on software design in a number of real-world financial systems.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Big data for computational finance; cloud technologies and systems; high performance computing; introduction to financial market analysis; professional practice and research methodology; quantitative methods in finance and trading; dissertation. Optional modules include: Computer security; creating and growing a new business venture; digital signal processing; e-commerce programming; financial engineering and risk management; high frequency finance and empirical market microstructure; industry expert lectures in finance; IP networking and applications; learning and computational intelligence in economics and finance; mathematical research techniques using Matlab; mobile and social application programming; programming in Java.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,815 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 5,250 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 7,475 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Telephone number: 
01206 872719