Global Financial Trading MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

LONT031
LONT048 (with Professional Practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:

£14,250
£15,450 (with Professional Practice)

Find out more

Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LONT031
LONT048 (with Professional Practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LONT031
LONT048 (with Professional Practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:

£17,900
£18,950 (with Professional Practice)

Find out more

Faculty:

Coventry University London


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 20 7247 3666


ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This programme is aimed at students with a strong interest in financial trading in integrated financial markets. You will focus on trading and the behaviour of global financial markets through the use of an on campus simulated trading floor, which provides practical exposure and hands-on experience in the art of trading.

In addition, you will gain career ready business skills that are sought after by employers, including teamwork, communication, presentation and leadership skills.

This course provides students with the practical skills necessary to effectively lead in the fast-paced world of the global markets.

Extended Professional Practice

This course offers the option of undertaking Extended Professional Practice. Our Extended MSc courses are delivered over 18 months instead of the usual 12 months, giving you the opportunity to undertake a longer internship* or project as part of your course.
You will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how businesses operate, how to apply theory to real-world scenarios, and how best to prepare you for the world of business with confidence.

Our Talent Team are here to support you in securing an extended placement with the right employer. Whether you are looking to join a small business or a large organisation, the team will work with you to help you achieve your internship goal.
Your placement will be full-time, with students expected to work approximately 35 hours per week.

The Extended Professional Practice course lasts 5 semesters; during semesters 1 and 2 you will undertake 120 taught credits on-campus; in semesters 3 and 4 you will undertake the placement; in the final semester, you will take a 60-credit project module in which you will write up your internship report and research findings.

*internships may be subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

What our graduates say

The teaching has real contextual relevance in the field of business studies and finance, immediately transferable into a professional career within financial trading. I now work in Abu Dhabi for one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations.

Aleksandar Kling, MSc Global Financial Trading graduate in 2015, quote received in 2015

Course information

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of how the markets work, enabling you to make money, while understanding where the pitfalls lie and how best to avoid them.

‘Trading’ covers the selection, purchase and sale of financial securities, and is at the core of global financial markets. Its activities range from arbitrage and market-making by individual traders to proprietary trading by financial institutions. To be a successful trader, and to lead trading desks or departments, you need an understanding of trading economics, global economic fundamentals, market behaviour analysis, technical indicators and algorithmic trading.

Using our on-campus simulated trading floor, this course offers hands-on experience in the art of trading. This practical dimension is underpinned by a solid grounding in the behaviour of global financial markets, the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading and financial derivatives, stock markets in emerging economies, and proprietary trading.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course aims to offer hands-on experience in the art of trading. This practical dimension is underpinned by a solid grounding in the behaviour of global financial markets, the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading and financial derivatives, stock markets in emerging economies, and proprietary trading.

Modules

  • Quantitative Methods and Research Methods (core)

    This module aims to provide students with the necessary qualitative and quantitative skills to pursue empirical research in the areas of finance and economics. It provides the opportunity to study and reflect upon a range of quantitative techniques, statistics inference, econometrics skills and research methodologies to interpret, evaluate and perform an empirical finance research.

  • Risk Analysis and Financial Modelling (core)

    This module aims to develop the relevant knowledge and understanding of risk measurement practices in finance. It examines a number of econometrics techniques that are relevant for financial applications and covers important modern topics such as time series forecasting, volatility modeling and simulation methods.

  • Trading Economics (core)

    Explore the key economic and market metrics behind trends in the financial market.

  • Global Financial Markets (core)

    Experience an overview of the roles that the financial system plays in the economy; the main players in the system, the instruments they trade, and core concepts of capital markets and methods behind valuation and investment analysis.

  • Valuation of Securities and Equity Trading

    This module focuses on a wide range of up-to-date financial instruments for financing and investment in today’s financial markets. It also introduces trading mechanisms in the markets and the investment process in the securities markets.

  • Stochastic Finance (core)

    The module introduces students to basic and stochastic calculus. From this foundation, it implements basic probabilistic and stochastic models and introduces students to discrete-time and continuous-time stochastic processes. Stochastic models are then used to study the underlying parameters of analytical valuation models such as the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model.

  • Algorithmic Trading (core)

    The module introduces key elements of algorithmic trading to the students of global financial trading. Three aspects of algorithmic trading are explored in this course, in terms of (1) strategy design, (2) execution and (3) backtesting.

  • Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods

    Learn to use financial economics and econometrics and the most relevant research techniques for accounting and finance.

  • Financial Derivatives Trading: Options, Futures and Swaps (core)

    The purpose of this module is to provide students with the theory and practice of pricing and hedging derivative securities. These include forward and futures contracts, swaps, and many different types of options.

  • Final Term Project Options (without Extended Professional Practice)

    Choose one from the following:

    • Dissertation
    • Internship
    • FinTech Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Traiding Simulation Project

  • Extended Professional Practice

    • Postgraduate Professional Practice 1 ( in Term 3 – internship or internal project)
    • Postgraduate Professional Practice 2 (in Term 4 – internship or internal project)
    • Postgraduate Professional Practice Project (in Term 5 – research project based on term 3 and 4)

In more detail...

  • This course has very high levels of student satisfaction
  • You’ll develop your trading skills using the same financial trading and analysis software as is used in the industry, helping you to be workplace-ready when you graduate
  • Your learning will cover the most up-to-date, advanced skills which are in high demand among employers, including stochastic finance, computational trading and algorithmic trading (in fact, this is the only master’s course in the UK to teach algorithmic trading)
  • Extra free self-learning resources. You will be given free access to Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC). BMC is a library of e-learning courses that provides an introduction to the financial markets. By taking BMC, you will learn about the financial markets via 35 learning outcomes, familiarize yourself with over 100 Bloomberg terminal functions, and solidify your knowledge with over 160 interactive questions. To earn the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate you must complete all online learning resources (around 8 hours)
  • There are opportunities for internships, live consultancy projects, fields trips (including to leading London institutions plus financial centres overseas), contact with City-based strategic business partners, business networking, and guest lectures from high-flying traders
  • You’ll have the chance to participate in national and international financial trading competitions
  • You’ll be taught by tutors with extensive experience in global financial trading and who are highly qualified both academically and professionally – for instance, as chartered accountants, chartered financial analysts and financial risk managers
  • Should you wish to start your own business, we offer business start-up advice and support during the course.

Your main study themes are:

  • Change – The recent financial crisis has led to fundamental economic, social, technological and geo-political changes, and the emergence of new and different realities in the markets. To respond effectively, traders, managers and leaders must develop very different patterns of thinking and behaviour.
  • Decision support – Successful trading depends on making the right decisions at the right time – which depends, in turn, on being able to access and analyse the right information.
  • Managing risk – Risk and reward are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, to achieve rewards, you must identify, assess, model and mitigate risk – and you must also master the various tools, including technology, which will help you.
  • Ethics – The crisis has also led to greater ethical scrutiny of trading in order to avoid a repeat of the morally dubious/illegal conduct which came to light; for example, trading sub-prime mortgages bundled into securities; trading financial instruments too complex to understand; and banks rigging interest rates in their favour.

Coventry University has been awarded ‘Gold’ in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, so you can expect to benefit from exceptional teaching here at our London campus. Your tutors are all experienced and highly qualified, both as academics and in industry, and will mercilessly exploit their ‘little black books’ of contacts in order to create learning opportunities for their students.

Although your studies will be underpinned by solid academic theory, this course has been designed to provide every opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to real business contexts. You’ll use the industry-standard technologies of the trading desk to research and analyse market information and to execute simulated trades. You’ll also have the option to do work experience, an internship, a live consultancy project for a real client, or a realistic business simulation.

Your tutors will arrange a variety of exposures to the world of trading, both within and beyond the classroom. You’ll have opportunities to enjoy field trips, tours, guest lectures and visits to businesses and institutions in the UK and overseas. For example, you might visit the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange – or even Wall Street.

You’ll also be expected be a highly motivated independent learner. You’ll be encouraged to make the most of all the opportunities afforded by London’s financial districts, including the City of London and Canary Wharf. You could take advantage of tours, museums, exhibitions and conferences. Since this is an intensive programme, a significant proportion of your time should be dedicated to personal study, a lifelong skill which will serve you well throughout your career.

Teaching methods may include:<br> Lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans, online collaborations

Your performance will be assessed continually throughout the course. This helps to ensure that both you and your tutors understand your particular talents while recognising where you might need extra support.

Besides sitting exams, you’ll experience highly applied and practical assessments which reflect the kind of work which goes on in the workplace. You’ll have opportunities to work on software simulations, consultancy projects, group projects and debates, presentations, business reports and even work experience placements. Assessments will include the use of Excel and its many data analysis tools and integration interfaces.

The practical nature of these assessments means you will develop increasingly critical awareness of your own performance, and that of others – a vital career skill.

In a typical week you will have up to 12 contact hours, with a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact +44 (0) 20 7247 3666 or ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk for more information about studying this course part-time.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.”

This course takes a global perspective across the syllabus. You’ll study subjects such as ethics, economics, price-setting, raising capital and investment within their global context. You’ll build experience of busy, internationalised workplaces and of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

You may have the opportunity to do an internship or live consultancy in your final term, which you could arrange to do overseas. Studying as part of an international cohort should not be underestimated: you will learn from the global perspectives which each student brings, and from learning to work effectively across cultures.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any internships or international experience opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

What our graduates say

The teaching has real contextual relevance in the field of business studies and finance, immediately transferable into a professional career within financial trading. I now work in Abu Dhabi for one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations.

Aleksandar Kling, MSc Global Financial Trading graduate 2014/15, quoted in 2015

Entry Requirements

The course is subject to the Coventry University London’s admission procedures and access policies. To be accepted for the course students must normally possess:

  • 2:2 classification UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Economics, Accounting and Economics, Finance, Engineering
  • Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study e.g. accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering.
    Other subjects considered if quantitative ability can be demonstrated.

It is recognised that some applicants may possess more than one of the above. Students with strong quantitative background through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are particularly encouraged to apply.

The course is subject to the Coventry University London’s admission procedures and access policies. To be accepted for the course students must normally possess:

  • 2:2 classification UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Economics, Accounting and Economics, Finance, Engineering
  • Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study e.g. accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering.
    Other subjects considered if quantitative ability can be demonstrated.

It is recognised that some applicants may possess more than one of the above. Students with strong quantitative background through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The course is subject to the Coventry University London’s admission procedures and access policies. To be accepted for the course students must normally possess:

  • 2:2 classification UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Economics, Accounting and Economics, Finance, Engineering
  • Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study e.g. accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering.
    Other subjects considered if quantitative ability can be demonstrated.

It is recognised that some applicants may possess more than one of the above. Students with strong quantitative background through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are particularly encouraged to apply.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Aleksandar Kling, graduate

“The teaching has real contextual relevance in the field of business studies and finance, immediately transferable into a professional career within financial trading. I now work in Abu Dhabi for one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations.”

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£14,250
£15,450 (with Professional Practice)


January 2022

£14,250
£15,450 (with Professional Practice)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

TBC


January 2022

TBC


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£17,900
£18,950 (with Professional Practice)


January 2022

£17,900
£18,950 (with Professional Practice)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Additional costs not included in the fees: You may have the opportunity to participate in non-mandatory field trips in the UK and abroad. These visits are not included in the programme fee and prices will vary depending on the location of the field trip.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Aleksandar Kling, graduate

“The teaching has real contextual relevance in the field of business studies and finance, immediately transferable into a professional career within financial trading. I now work in Abu Dhabi for one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations.”

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

This course will help you to become a smart and agile trader, able to make fast decisions leading to well-informed and well-executed trades which adhere to the relevant ethical and regulatory frameworks.

On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with a set of highly practical and well-applied skills which are in great demand within the global financial markets. You will demonstrate well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, and effective research and communication skills.

You’ll be well-versed in the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading, and financial derivatives, with a good understanding of the economic, financial, social and technological contexts of trading. Successfully completing this course means you’ll have unrivalled competitive advantage in the global finance employment market.

Where our graduates work

When you graduate, you might go to work for a hedge fund, an investment bank, a brokerage or an insurer, working in trading, investments, passing to market, risk-consulting or data analytics.

If you work as a trader, you might specialise in a particular area – such as shares, fixed-interest bonds or forex markets. You could work as a flow trader, buying and selling securities, futures, options and commodities on behalf of clients. You might instead work in proprietary trading, on behalf of the organisation you work for (or yourself). Or you might be a sales trader, placing orders for clients.

Other options will also be open to you; you might be interested in working for a company which doesn’t trade but which supports, analyses or supplies those that do; for example, a technology company, a publisher, or a research, media or news outlet. Alternatively, you might want to start your own business.

What our alumni say

“I wanted to work for Bloomberg when I graduated, and the university’s Employability Team gave me a lot of support with my application. I’ve now been with Bloomberg for three years! I’d recommend this course to anyone.”

Agathe Silvagni, Data Analyst at Bloomberg
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.