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Global Finance Analytics MSc, PG Dip

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Overview

The finance industry is evolving at a rapid rate with transformations coming from big data analytics and digital techniques. The 100% online Global Finance Analytics MSc/PG Dip ties together the key principles of finance with the cutting-edge analytical concepts needed to thrive in today’s financial world. Building on financial foundations, you will explore contemporary aspects including artificial intelligence, investment analysis, big data, machine learning, and fintech developments.  

Studying this course will enable you to apply highly desirable learnt skills and knowledge to real-world financial situations, relevant today and in the future. Finance analytics provides a promising job landscape globally with fast-growing demand for employees with these skills. As technology continues to reach new heights, knowledge from this course will be essential well into the years ahead of us.  

Why study with King’s Business School? 

  • King’s College London has been ranked number one in London for Business & Management Studies (The Complete University Guide 2020). 

  • Study cutting-edge topics in finance needed for data-driven financial careers. From the key principles of finance to advanced concepts such as big data and artificial intelligence. 

  • King’s Business School provides a highly stimulating intellectual environment, where students access unparalleled academic excellence and study alongside international peers from over 50 countries. 

  • Take control of your learning with our Masterclasses – ungraded modules giving you the chance to explore areas of interest and expand your opportunities. 

  • Become part of a large and active community of alumni worldwide. 

Benefits of online learning: 

  • Access world-class teaching and outstanding student support, from anywhere in the world, without leaving home. King’s online courses offer the same rigour as on-campus courses. 

  • Six intakes a year for maximum flexibility. 

  • Small class sizes allow close instructor interaction and collaboration with other professionals from across the globe. 

  • Online learning is a flexible way to study and achieve your aspirations alongside work and life commitments. 

King’s College London also offer a campus based Finance Analytics MSc if the online route is not for you.

Key information

Duration

MSc: minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years 

PG Dip: minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years 

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates Intake dates: January, March, May, June, September, October

Contacts

Programme Director: Dr Fotis Papailias 

For further information please contact an Enrolment Advisor at onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk  


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Description

Finance experts are essential across a range of industries, but companies are placing importance on data, searching out employees who can offer forward-thinking, predictive insights to shape the business practices of today and in the future. This course unlocks these skills, addressing the growing demand for analytics professionals.  

Global Finance Analytics MSc/PG Dip has been designed in close collaboration with leading financial industry practitioners and covers the fundamentals of advanced analytics in finance. Topics covered include big data techniques with a focus on applications in business and conduct risk management, as well as product origination and trading decision making. You will also explore more advanced topics such as robo-advice and fintech developments.  

A focus for teaching will be placed on reflective skills that not only enable students to assimilate methods but also allow them to identify their appropriate utility in a variety of real-world situations. This will be possible via real-world case studies, simulation exercises (including R and Python coding opportunities) and more. The modular design of the course provides both core topics and the chance for you to choose from a range of optional modules, depending on your own goals. 

Studying the online Global Finance Analytics programme is suitable for: 

  • Finance professionals looking for career progression. 

  • Finance professionals with a desire to specialise in the analytical elements of finance, such as big data or programming. 

  • Professionals looking to change career. 

  • Finance professionals wanting to work in academia. 

  • Graduates seeking further education. 

In addition, the skills developed on this course are highly transferable to any other industry or sector benefiting from big data analytics such as e-commerce, hospitality or retail.  

Teaching 

This course has been designed specifically for a 100% online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning, including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures, videos, and online tutorials. 

Students are expected to undertake approximately 22 hours of study per week. In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this programme, students will have access to King’s College London’s Library Services, electronic resources, supportive online tutors, and student support services. 

Assessment 

Students are assessed through a combination of written coursework and online examinations. The assessment methods may vary between modules, but each module will include one or more of these methods. 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the programme modules change. 

Structure

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Courses are divided into modules. 

You will normally take: 

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits. 
  • PG Dip – modules totalling 120 credits. 

PG Dip

Core modules: 

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Investments 
  • Introduction to Statistical Programming 
  • Empirical Finance 
  • Computational Finance 
  • Introduction to Big Data Analytics 

 

Optional modules: 

  • Financial Statements 
  • Corporate Finance  
  • Behavioural Finance 
  • Financial Derivatives 
  • Financial Econometrics 

MSc

Core modules: 

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance 
  • Investments 
  • Introduction to Statistical Programming 
  • Empirical Finance 
  • Computational Finance 
  • Introduction to Big Data Analytics 
  • Big Data & Deep Learning 
  • Global Tactical Asset Allocation 

 

Optional modules: 

  • Financial Statements  
  • Corporate Finance  
  • Behavioural Science 
  • Financial Derivatives 
  • Financial Econometrics 
  • Applied Risk Management for Banking 
  • Wealth Management  
  • Text Analytics & Fintech 

Entry requirements

Global Finance Analytics Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree that includes a mathematical component (e.g. management, economics, finance, engineering, mathematics or another relevant subject) with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme – or international equivalent. Candidates could also have a master’s degree in a subject-related area, and evidence of taking mathematical modules at master’s or undergraduate level.

Non Standard: Candidates who did not achieve a 2:1 but have professional experience may be considered. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 documents and supporting information

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

Document checklist
Personal Statement No A personal statement is not required as part of your application.
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 No References are not required as part of your application.
 Other Yes Please submit a full CV of your professional experience as part of your application.

Fees and funding

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course.  From now until September 2021, you will be charged £1,875 per module.  

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:   

PG Diploma: 8 modules (£15,000)

MSc: 12 modules (£22,500)

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2021 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,922 per module. 

Additional Fees Information

When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place.  This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module.  Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods. 

The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,875) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2021, the deposit cost will be £1,922 plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. 

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award.  Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.   

Additional Requirements & Costs 

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course. 

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers. 

Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum). 

We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies. 

This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for: 

  •  Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)  
  • King’s campus Library fees and fines  

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

  • Graduation costs 

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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