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MSc Quantitative Finance from the University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

Would you like a career in finance? Do you have a degree in Engineering, Science or Business? Our one-year masters in Quantitative Finance could fast-track your career…

The MSc in Quantitative Finance – a cross-faculty alliance between the Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Science, has been designed so that students who have a strong aptitude for mathematics, statistics and computing but who have not studied these topics in detail in their first degree, can learn the necessary skills to move into the financial industry.

You'll gain:

•     a good understanding of financial theory and analysis
•     an appreciation of financial markets
•     a practical understanding of numerical methods in finance
•     an introduction to programming for financial applications


Our graduates have gone on to find careers with reputable companies such as Deloitte, PWC, Bank of Ireland and BlackRock to name a few.

All of our students who secured a placement during their studies were offered a job after graduation!

Job titles include:

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

Entry Requirements

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 applying for this

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

What our students say about the course

'Our programme leader, Tony Mullholland, helps us with everything. I feel very well prepared for entering the job market when I finish.'
Julia, MSc Quantitative Finance


'The course contains a lot of maths, programming and finance which is a nice combination. I want to obtain the skills they're teaching us as I think that's what industry is looking for.'
Thomas, MSc Quantitative Finance

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 Analytics salary guide for 2016-2017.

Role                                     London                 Outside London
Big Data                               £38K                              £30K
Business Intelligence         £30K                              £25K
Insight Analyst                   £40K                               £34K
Pricing Analyst                   £37K                               £33K
Decision Science                £30K                               £25K

Professional network of graduates

We encourage Quantitative Finance students to join our closed group on LinkedIn. Benefit from having a readily built professional network to take advantage of straight away. 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.

Visit the Quantitative Finance MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Other MSc courses available from the Mathematics & Statistics Department at the University of Strathclyde:

All of our masters courses are aimed at graduates with a range of undergraduate degrees, opening up various career prospects.

MSc Actuarial Science

MSc Applied Statistics

MSc Applied Statistics in Health Sciences

Contact Us

Telephone: 0141 548 3623

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk