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
  • 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.

Other features of the course include the Amplify Trading Boot Camp, where you can get first-hand experience of real-world trading, and the Student Managed Investment Fund, which provides experience of managing actual funds through targeted investments. All these features help to enhance employability, give you practical skills, and play a part in a world-leading student experience.

Find out more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

Top reasons to study with us

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

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.

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

The course oprovides real-world experience by giving you the opportunity to participate to the Student Managed Investment Fund 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.

The Guardian University Guide 2020 ranks the University in the top 5 in Scotland for Accounting and Finance. 

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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