University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Software Engineering for Financial Services

This programme concentrates on architectures for building scalable financial software systems, thus preparing software engineers for a plethora of jobs in the financial industry. In particular it considers technologies and techniques that are particularly relevant for the challenges of the financial market, predominantly a need to migrate from mission-critical, monolithic legacy systems to more flexible architectures that allow speedy reaction to customer and business partner�s needs. The technical aspect must be seen in the context of the business environment, where software engineers typically interact with a world of financial jargon and departments with specialised roles and needs.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a good 2nd Class Honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing. Applications are treated on an individual basis, however, and so alternative qualifications may be considered, especially in the case of candidates with relevant work experience.

Course modules

Core modules: Corporate finance; financial information systems; service-oriented architectures; system re-engineering; personal and group skills; plus options chosen from; advanced system design; domain specific languages; game theory in computer science; generative development; international money and finance; networking and distributed computing; principles of banking; software measurements and quality assurance; analysis and design of algorithms; applied numerical mathematics; communication and concurrency; compression methods for multimedia; cryptography and information security; distribution systems and applications; financial mathematics; operations research; systems modelling; wavelets and signal processing; web technologies.

Assessment methods

Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework consists of a mixture of computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects. The compulsory personal and group skills module combines attendance of seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on topics selected for the seminars, as well as attendance at a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,715 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 5,470 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
PgDip Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

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