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Finance Analytics MSc

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Finance Analytics MSc at King's Business School combines a rigorous academic programme that teaches the most recent developments in data analytics with a unique practitioners’ view of how these developments are shaping the practical aspects of finance. 

With a focus on big data analytics, Finance Analytics MSc is designed to provide you with rigorous applied training in quantitative and empirical methods in Finance. Students will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and expertise needed for a broad range of careers in finance and other multinational organisations.


  • Learn about the internal workings of corporations, financial institutions and financial services firms, and their inter-relationships.
  • Become familiar with latest development in FinTech and automation, including Robo-advice and trading.
  • Located in the heart of London, King’s Business School has a strong reputation for research-led teaching and close links to the financial industry.
  • Our course is most suitable if you have a background in either Finance, Economics or Business, or have a degree with some quantitative elements.
  • Throughout your studies, you will have access to a state-of-the-art “trading room” with Bloomberg machines, and you will receive optional reinforcement classes in programming (e.g., Matlab, R, Python).

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180

Course leaders Dr Filippos Papakonstantinou

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Course detail

Description

The course consists of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September.

You will study a range of required modules in big data analytics, principles of finance, data analysis and visualisation and business risk analysis. In addition to a compulsory 15,000-word dissertation, you will choose further related modules to support your study interests. Throughout your studies, you will have access to a state-of-the-art “trading room” with Bloomberg machines, and you will receive optional reinforcement classes in programming (e.g., Matlab, R, Python).

Course purpose

Our course has been designed in close collaboration with leading financial industry practitioners and covers the fundamentals of advanced analytics in Finance. These include big data analytics techniques with a focus on applications in risk management, product origination, and trading, as well as more advanced topics such as Robo-advice and FinTech developments that are actively shaping the financial industry. Graduates will thus gain knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by financial industry firms. In addition, given the importance of analytics in a broader context, the course provides skills that can be used across a wide range of industries outside Finance, including e-commerce, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical, and media.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Big Data Analytics in Finance (15 credits)
  • Principles of Finance (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Business Risk Analytics (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules
In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from the following range of optional modules, which may typically include:
  • Big Data and Text Business and Finance Analytics (15 credits)
  • FinTech Analytics and Robo Trading (15 credits)
  • Conduct Risk Management (15 credits)

You are also require to take 30 credits from the following range of optional modukes, which may typically include:

  • Empirical Finance (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (15 credits)
  • International Finance (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
  • Portfolio Management (15 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Finance Analytics entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements

High 2:1

(65%)

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) required in a social or applied science (e.g. finance, economics, management, engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or other relevant subject) or equivalent overseas qualification. Our programme is most suitable if you have some quantitative background in either finance and/or economics or have a degree with some quantitative elements.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £80 applies. Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement  Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £14,250 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for King’s Business School Master’s students. Please visit our scholarships page for more information.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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