Mathematical Trading and Finance
- Course content
- Teaching staff
- Entry requirements
- Tuition fees and term dates
- Career opportunities
The MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance prepares you for the sophisticated new investment opportunities, risks and instruments created by financial innovation and globalisation.
The programme combines mathematical theory with practical applications, teaching you how to control risks and understand the complex structure of derivative securities. Students should be at ease with sophisticated mathematical methods and statistical techniques.
By the end of the course you will be ready to participate in derivatives markets, and many graduates have progressed directly to trading floor positions in leading banks. Cass's proximity to the City of London has done much to facilitate this progression, Cass's Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters trading rooms, which expertly simulate the trading environment, also do much to prepare you for the real world.
The Masters in Mathematical Trading and Finance was launched with the generous support of the Corporation of London.
My Masters gave me a very good set of skills that helped me find my way at work.
Renata Zinkovskaya, MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance
Renata describes more of her experiences at Cass
If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss this programme please email Donna Coombs.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Consequently, there may be some change to the detailed content of the modules and occasionally to module titles.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree programme students must complete:
- nine core courses
- five electives
- one elective and a Business Research Project
I particularly liked how the course was structured: there wasn't a single subject that could be considered as less than completely necessary to apply within the workplace. It has the right selection of subjects that make it a full-fledged and intensive programme.'
Renata Zinkovskaya, MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance
The MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance starts with two compulsory induction weeks, mainly dedicated to:
- an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.
- a refresher course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases
MSc Research Project
Students have the option of studying five specialised electives in term three to give them a breadth of subject matter. Alternatively if students would like to study one particular area of interest in depth they have the option of taking one elective and completing a Business Research Project, which in some cases may be completed in partnership with a sponsoring organisation.
The Project will be of approximately 8,000 words. This offers an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary finance topic related to students' future careers. The Project should be based on independent research either in the context of a single organisation or using third-party sources.
Students are encouraged from the start of the course to think about a topic for their Project. A member of academic staff supervises the project, and the student may choose whom they would like to work with. The Project must be submitted by the end of August. Company sponsored projects are encouraged and a number of such projects may be available.
Many students use this opportunity to complete a project in conjunction with an organisation they might want to work for. This gets their foot in the door and can lead to permanent employment post programme, whilst earning course credit. Cass Careers Service works to coordinate projects with organisations and students.
Some recent projects:
- Jump Processes in Interest Rate Modelling
- Doubly Stochastic Poisson processes
- Pricing and Hedging barrier Options
- Numerical solutions of jump diffusion labour market models
- Stochastic Volatility Vs Implied Volatility by power series technique
- An empirical comparison of Credit default Swap pricing models
- A framework for the Valuation of Basket Credit Derivatives
- Neutral Networks in the prediction of financial times series: mis-pricing between assets
- Are Hedge Funds really "Alternative Investments" - An Empirical Assessment
- Valuing and Hedging double barrier options
- Valuation Methods For Convertible Bonds
- Hedging Pricing and Compound Options
- UK Venture Capital Fund Performance, a cash flow based analysis
- Pricing and Hedging double Barrier options
- Universal Volatility Models Pricing and Risk Management of Vanilla Exotic FX Options
- Characteristics of CO2 Emission Allowances and the suitability of existing derivative pricing models for the nascent EUA options market
The teaching staff on the MSc in Mathematical Trading & have many years of practical experience working in the financial services sector and are also active researchers in their fields
This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance.
Other Module Leaders include:
- Prof. Giovanni Urga
- Dr Ioannis Kyriakou
- Dr Laura Balotta
- Dr Dirk Nitzsche
- Dr Gianluca Fusai
- Prof. Nikos Nomikos
Teaching staff on Cass Talks
Some of the lecturing staff on the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance have taken part in recent editions of Cass Talks.
Dr Dirk Nitzsche discusses the mutual fund industry and explains that success is often merely a matter of luck.
Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). We are consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world which, coupled with an established 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education, enables us to attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into our exclusive Cass network.
Documents required for decision-making
- Transcript/interim transcript
- Current module list if still studying
- Personal statement (500-600 words)
Documents which may follow at a later date
- IELTS result, if report available
- Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
- Two references
- Work experience is not a requirement of this course
- For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK
We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.
The entry requirements for the MSc Mathematical Trading & Finance are as follows:
- A UK 2.1 or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution
- Previous degree must be in a highly quantitative subject such as mathematics, physics or engineering
- Students from alternative academic backgrounds should have covered areas such as linear algebra, calculus, probability and regression analysis within their first degree
You may be requested to provide a syllabus of specific modules undertaken during your studies as part of the assessment process. This is not required at the point of submitting an application and will be requested directly by the admissions team only if required as part of the assessment.
Applicants will need to submit two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference.
- If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
- If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.
The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
Work experience is not a requirement, but please provide details of relevant experience that might enhance your profile. This information will be included in your CV which is required with all applications.
The part time MSc programme is designed for working professionals and students are expected to be in full time employment during the course of the programme. A minimum of two years of work experience is necessary in order to contribute fully to discussions in the classroom. Candidates with less than two years should speak directly with an admissions officer before applying.
Tuition fees and term dates
Tuition fees 2016/7
Application fee: Nil
Tuition fees: £23,000 Currency Converter
Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)
First instalment: Half fees less deposit (to be paid at registration)
Second instalment: Half fees (paid in January following start of programme)
Term dates 2016/7
In-Person Registration (all students must attend): Commences 12 September 2016
Compulsory Induction: 12 - 23 September 2016
26 September 2016 - 2 December 2016
Term I exams
9 January 2017 - 20 January 2017
23 January 2017 - 31st March 2017
Term II exams
24 April 2017 - 5 May 2017
8 May 2017 - 23 June 2017
Term III exams
26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
Submission deadline for Business Research Project
1 September 2017
Official Course End Date
30 September 2017
There is a continuous demand for capable postgraduate level executives in the world of finance.
Graduates from the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance move into a range of careers in the financial sector in particular careers in trading are popular with our alumni.
MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance Employability
Our Graduate Destination Survey of the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance class of 2014 shows that 75% of graduates are now either in work (71.4%) or not job seeking as they are in further study, military service etc. (3.6%)
Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance class of 2014 are working are:
- Accenture - Management Consultant
- Wipro - Business Analyst
- Regione Lombardia - Economic Consultant
- Ice Clear Europe - Junior Risk Analyst
You can also view data from our Graduate Destination Survey (pdf) from 2014.