MSc Quantitative Finance

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • Placements: industry placement possible during semester 3

Study with us

  • gain an understanding of financial theory and analysis, financial markets, numerical methods in finance, and programming for financial applications
  • designed with input from the finance industry
  • opportunity to undertake industry-based project
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Why this course?

The MSc in Quantitative Finance has been developed to address the demand for market-aware graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models used in financial tools, products and software.

The course is an innovative cross-faculty alliance between Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Science. It's been designed for those with a strong aptitude for mathematics, statistics and computing who haven't studied these topics in detail in their undergraduate degree. The course allows students with different degree backgrounds to learn the necessary skills to move into the financial industry.

The programme will prepare you for a career in financial engineering and risk management leading to roles as a hedge fund manager or financial analyst.

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What you’ll study

The curriculum provides a balance between finance and mathematical theory, computer implementations of this theory, and practical skills and knowledge.

Core classes in Semester 1 address themes such as principles of finance and quantitative methods for finance, as well as foundation classes in mathematics, statistics and computing science. In Semester 2, you choose three optional classes.

On the programme you'll gain:

  • good understanding of financial theory and analysis
  • appreciation of financial markets
  • practical understanding of numerical methods in finance
  • introduction to programming for financial applications
  • understanding of the role of computers in business processes

Work placement

You may be able to undertake an industrial-based MSc project between June and September. The placement can be based in the UK or in another country and are typically paid internships.

Undertaking an industrial MSc project was the highlight of my postgraduate course. It provided a great opportunity to apply the technical skills I learned in my first 2 semesters into solving real-world problems. Furthermore, not only did it provide an internationally renowned company on my CV, I was also offered a full-time position which I will begin after the project's completion. Overall, I would suggest this scheme to any future students of the course.

MSc Quantitative Finance Student

The industrial project really helped me with developing new skills and gave me exposure to knowledge and topics which are very relevant in the industry currently. Overall, this experience has been beneficial and contributed to preparing me for the job market.

MSc Quantitative Finance student

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Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Learning & teaching

Teaching is student-focused – we encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and development. Classes are supported by web-based materials. We ensure class sizes allow for good contact between students and teaching staff.

Classes are delivered by a number of teaching methods:

  • lectures (using a variety of media including electronic presentations and computer demonstrations)
  • tutorials
  • computer laboratories
  • coursework
  • projects


The form of assessment varies from class to class and normally involves both coursework and examinations.


The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has teaching rooms which provide you with access to modern teaching equipment and access to University computing laboratories with all necessary software available.

You'll also have access to a common room which can be used for individual and group study work and is also a relaxing social space.  

Mohammud Foondun giving a lecture to students
Students appreciate the fact that the cohort is small enough so that each of them receive a good service from our staff. They're also very happy with the facilities provided by the University.
Mohammud Foondun
Lecturer, Quantitative Finance
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Course content

Compulsory classes

Foundations of Mathematical & Statistical Finance

20 credits

The educational intention of this class is to bring all of the students up to the same level of mathematical and statistical training so that they can then undertake the financial theory classes in semester 2.

Principles of Finance

20 credits

This class will provide an introduction to financial decision-making, and much of the relevant analysis will be developed from the standpoint of corporate finance. It'll explain how a company should decide on the investments to be undertaken to meet its objectives, generally assumed to be the maximisation of its value. It will be demonstrated that this will require a rate of return on its investments in excess of the return available in the capital market on equally risky financial investments. As a result, it will be necessary to develop an understanding of the capital market risk-return relationship. This will require an appreciation of the nature of risk and how this can be managed by the development of portfolios.

Even though the focus of the class will be on corporate finance, it'll also require an appreciation of how the risk-return tradeoff is determined in the capital market.

Find out more in the class outline for Principles of Finance.

International Financial Markets & Banking

20 credits

The aim of the class is to provide you with an understanding of the financial system and the roles and functions of financial markets and institutions. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of intermediaries such as banks and investment firms.

You'll develop an understanding of the various characteristics and roles of fixed income, equity, and foreign exchange markets. While some attention will be given to the UK financial markets, the global nature of financial markets will be widely discussed. This class aims to equip you with an awareness and understanding of financial markets and institutions in the context of the global economy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role and contribution of the banking sector.

This class covers the reasons for, and nature of, of financial markets and institutions with a particular focus on banking, the global nature of these markets and their regulation.

Find out more in the course outline for International Financial Markets & Banking.

Big Data Technologies

20 credits

In this module you will learn to: 

  • understand the fundamentals of Python to enable the use of various big data technologies
  • understand how classical statistical techniques are applied in modern data analysis
  • understand the potential application of data analysis tools for various problems and appreciate their limitations
  • be familiar with a number of different cloud NoSQL systems and their design and implementation, showing how they can achieve efficiency and scalability while also addressing design trade-offs and their impacts
  • be familiar with the Map-Reduce programming paradigm

Elective classes

You're required to take 60 credits of optional classes from those listed below – 20 credits from each list.

List A

Behavioural Finance

10 credits

The aim of the class is to provide you with an understanding of the main ideas of behavioural finance. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of non-rational actions and the development of new financial models that incorporate these ideas.

You'll engage with up to date research and develop a critical view of existing and new finance theories and models. It aims to introduce you to the rapidly evolving area of behavioural finance. You'll develop an understanding of behavioural finance and an appreciation of its possible implications and applications.

This class introduces you to behavioural finance and provides you with an understanding of the main flaws of 'traditional' finance theory from a behavioural finance viewpoint. It will allow you to develop the ability to discuss issues arising from violations of the rationality assumption and will enable you to evaluate new theoretical models based on research in psychology.

The course will allow you to appreciate the role of new developments in finance and their possible implications for established views of the functioning of financial markets.

Find out more in the class outline for Behavioural Finance.

Security Analysis

10 credits

The class aims to develop an appreciation of the investment characteristics of different types of securities, particularly bonds and shares, and to develop an understanding of how such securities are valued. This class will build on the analysis developed in the Semester 1 class, Principles of Finance. It will consider the determination of interest rates, the valuation of bonds, the management of bond portfolios, and the valuation of equities.

Find out more in the class outline for Security Analysis.

Portfolio Theory & Management

10 credits

The class aims to examine the Markowitz (1952) approach to optimal portfolio selection. The class explores issues relating to optimal portfolio choice and issues in passive and active fund management through the lens of the nature of variance, covariance, risk and return. The class introduces practical applications and an extension of basic theory.

Find out more in the class outline for Portfolio Theory & Management.

Derivatives & Treasury Management

20 credits

The aim of this class are to provide a strong grounding in derivatives that may be used to manage the financial risks faced by individuals, financial institutions and business corporations. It places an emphasis on corporate treasury management and the role of derivatives in managing treasury risk.

Find out more in the class outline for Derivatives & Treasury Management.

List B

Database & Web Systems Development

20 credits

This module aims to provide conceptual and practical understanding of data modelling, database design and database technology. It also aims to give practical experience of developing web-based applications that integrate database server interaction.

Machine Learning for Data Analytics

20 credits

The aim of this class is to equip students with a sound understanding of the principles of machine learning and a range of popular approaches, along with the knowledge of how and when to apply the techniques. On completion of this class students will:

  • understand the aims and fundamental principles of machine learning
  • understand a range of the key algorithms and approaches to machine learning
  • be able to apply the algorithms covered and interpret the outcomes
  • understand the applicability of the algorithms to different types of data and problems along with their strengths and limitations

Evolutionary Computation for Finance

20 credits

This module will help you to understand (a) nature of evolutionary computing (b) suitability of evolutionary computing for financial applications. It will provide practical experience in developing and operating evolutionary computing approaches for financial applications.

List C

Financial Stochastic Processes

10 credits

This module aims to expose you to a number of diverse topics in stochastic processes that can be used to model real systems, with an emphasis on the valuation of financial derivatives. In additional to theoretical analysis, appropriate computational algorithms using R are introduced.

Topics covered will include:

  • how stochastic models arise
  • financial options
  • the Black-Scholes equation
  • simulation of financial mathematical models

Financial Econometrics

10 credits

You'll be exposed to a number of diverse topics in econometrics that can be used to model real financial data, with an emphasis on the analysis of financial time series. The statistical software R is introduced for financial modelling.

Topics covered will include:

  • basic statistics in finance
  • Time Series modelling
  • financial volatility modelling
  • forecasting

Compulsory module for students enrolled on the MSc.

Research Project

40 credits

You'll undertake a research project.

There is a focus on application, and the course was formed with inputs from the industry, so you know that you’re working on subject matters that are relevant to you and what is currently demanded by the industry.
Miriam Laura Fernandes
MSc Quantitative Finance student
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements / experience

Minimum second-class Honours degree or international equivalent in:

  • engineering
  • science subjects (eg physics, chemistry or computing science)
  • business subjects (eg business studies, accounting or economics)

Mathematics/statistics graduates should contact the course director to discuss their application.

Prospective students with relevant experience or appropriate professional qualifications are also welcome to apply.

For Australia and Canada, normal degrees in relevant disciplines are accepted.

Mathematical knowledge 

This MSc requires some prior mathematical knowledge for example:

  • A Level or equivalent or undergraduate classes in:
    • Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential equations
    • Probability
    • Statistics

If possible, please provide evidence of this in your application  (eg transcript, certificate, etc)

Any queries, please email us:

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Course materials

All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources). However you may wish to purchase your own copies.

International students

If you are an international student, you may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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We work closely with the University's Careers Service, which offers advice and guidance on career planning, and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition, they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Our graduates

Our graduates have gone on to find careers with companies such as Deloitte, PWC, Bank of Ireland and BlackRock, among others.

Job titles include:

  • Business Change Consultant
  • Advisor to CEO
  • Manager Transfer Pricing Economist
  • Risk Officer
  • Trainee Actuarial Analyst
  • Management Trainee

Entry level salaries for potential graduate roles

The table below shows average entry level salaries for potential graduate roles. Salaries shown are based on permanent roles and taken from analysis in the Harnham annual UK Data and AI salary guide for 2023.

RoleLondonOutside London
Big Data Engineering £40K £38K
Business Intelligence £30K £38K
Insight Analyst £40K £32K
Pricing Analyst £37K £30K
Decision Science £36K £32K

Professional network of graduates

We encourage Quantitative Finance students to join our closed group on LinkedIn. Graduates who are part of this group are able to take advantage of a read-made a professional network. We post jobs on the page, encourage interactions within the group and keep them up-to-date with relevant industry news.

This is a fantastic platform for someone starting out in the finance industry, with advice and networking opportunities from like-minded, established professionals at their fingertips. It's also a great way for you to keep in contact with others from your course. 

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Start date: Sep 2024

Quantitative Finance

Start date: Sep 2024

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