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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    As the last few years have shown, making good decisions in finance and banking is critical to the well being of the global economy. This course provides learning in modelling techniques of Management Science which aid decision making. It also gives an understanding of how modelling techniques as used by financial and banking organisations.

    The programme will suit graduates with a numerate, but not necessarily highly mathematical background. Optional modules are shared with the MSc Operational Research and Finance offered by the School of Mathematics. Most dissertation projects involve either a placement or working closely with a financial or other external organisation.

    There is a great demand from the public and private sectors, particularly in banking and finance for numerate graduates with the broad range of skills in quantitative and qualitative modelling which this course provides.

    The dissertation is in the form of a three month project, where you will apply the skills that you have learned to a real-life business problem. A wide choice of projects is available. Most projects involve either a placement within, or else working closely with, a company or other external organisation.

    Full-time study on our MSc programmes follows a schedule of half-day teaching blocks. A single module, for example, will be taught over six half-days, usually the same half-day each week e.g. six consecutive Monday mornings and half modules are taught over three half-days. Module teaching blocks will be scheduled on different half-days so that students will study several modules during the same period.

    Teaching takes place during the autumn, spring and summer terms with a few modules scheduled for evenings and the Easter vacation. These will usually be the optional modules but this is not guaranteed. Formal examinations take place in January and May/June each year at the end of each semester. If you pass the module assessments to a satisfactory standard you are permitted to continue work until September leading to the submission of an MSc dissertation.

    Typical course content
    There are a range of compulsory and optional modules for this postgraduate degree.

    Year 1
    Semester One

    * MANG6022 Corporate Finance 1
    * MANG6046 Mathematical Programming
    * MANG6122 Simulation
    * MANG6142 Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange Traded Derivatives
    * MANG6239 Behavioural Finance


    * MATH6011 Forecasting (CRN 11954)
    * MATH6017 Financial portfolio theory (CRN 11960)
    * MATH6112 Computer analysis of data and models (CRN 14895)
    * MANG6239 Behavioural Finance

    Semester Two
    Additional comulsory module: MANG6095 Dissertation


    * MANG6008 Quantitative Research in Finance
    * MANG6054 Credit Scoring and Data Mining
    * MATH6005 Visual basic for applications (CRN 11948)


    * MANG6020 Financial Risk Management
    * MANG6023 Corporate Finance 2
    * MANG6038 Knowledge Management and Businessn Intelligence
    * MANG6100 Game Theory
    * MANG6133 Managing Resources and Operations
    * MANG6169 Credit Risk Modelling and the Basel Accord

    Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    1st or 2nd class honours degree from a UK university in an appropriate subject. Equivalent overseas/ professional qualification in an appropriate subject also welcomed.Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a degree from a UK university will be required to provide evidence of competency in English by reaching an appropriate standard in an approved text such as IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C) or the Certificate in Advance English (grades A or B). Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission. * IELTS - Overall score 6.5 or above and all sections scores 6 or above. * TOEFL (paper based test) - Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above. * TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) - Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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