MSc Finance and Data Analytics

Meet the growing demand for finance professionals with big data skills by studying our innovative Masters in Finance and Data Analytics.

Finance and Data Analytics

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

As the modern financial industry increasingly turns to big data to inform investment decisions, there is a growing demand for professionals with a specialisation in data analytics. This course equips you with data analysis skills that are in short supply and can be utilised in algorithmic trading, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

As you study, you’ll develop core skills in finance, investments and data analytics – all of which can be applied in a final dissertation on a finance-related topic of your choice. You’ll also be taught how to use programming languages (e.g. Python, R) to analyse data and get a thorough understanding of core financial theory and investment practices. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to use professional financial databases, such as Bloomberg, Eikon and S&P Capital IQ.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes our week-long Amplify Trading Boot Camp. This won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to participate in highly realistic computer-based simulations that replicate the experience of trading in financial markets. By letting you trade in a simulated environment with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles of responsible investment, including the use of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria when selecting stocks. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

All these features help to enhance employability, give you practical skills, and play a part in a world-leading student experience.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

Over the course of your studies on this Masters course you will:

  • Gain deep understanding of finance theories
  • Acquire skills in programming languages
  • Develop knowledge and skills in analysing data to inform investment decisions
  • Enhance your critical and analytical skills

Professional accreditation

The course offers students the opportunity to cover the prerequisite material of the Financial Data Professional (FDP) programme from the FDP Institute, using the DataCamp route. It thus helps you progress towards obtaining the FDP credential.

Faculty facilities

You'll have access to professional financial databases including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and S&P Capital IQ.

The course provides real-world experience by giving you the opportunity to participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

The SMIF is a student-led project, aiming to provide students with the experience of managing actual funds through targeted investments with diversification according to agreed rules and procedures. Find out more about SMIF.

Amplify is a global financial trading and training company, which provides training to some of the largest global financial institutions, including HSBC and Bank of America. During the Spring semester’s reading week, Amplify delivers a Boot Camp to our students, helping them to gain practical experience to financial markets driving factors. Learn more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

Research overview

64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations. 

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