Developed in conjunction with a leading global financial trading company, this course interlinks theoretical aspects of trading in global markets with practical experience of trading in the realistic simulated environment of our trading floor.
This develops students’ academic understanding of the trading environment as well as practical trading floor expertise. The objective is to prepare students for a career as a high-earning professional trader. Students will need an interest in financial markets, together with the determination to succeed in the demanding environment of financial trading.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
To provide an understanding and application of the tools required to operate as a financial trader, you will initially study modules in Risk and Portfolio Analysis,Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis. During this period you will begin to develop expertise in accessing and analysing data using Thomson Reuters Eikon financial database.
Modules focusing on the Psychology of Trading and Financial Services Compliance and Ethics, will also enable you to study and research the issues of psychology, regulation and ethics applicable to the role of a trader. These modules will be studied at our Cardiff Campus.
All students will then undertake a two month Practical Financial Trading module delivered on-site in Swansea by leading global trading company, OSTC .
The final stage of the course will be spent either completing a three month work-based learning internship at an OSTC trading floor or a written dissertation.
Technical Analysis (20 Credits)
Psychology of Trading (20 Credits)
Financial Services Compliance and Ethics (20 Credits)
Fundamental Analysis (20 Credits)
Risk and Portfolio Analysis (20 Credits)
Practical Financial Trading (40 Credits)
Financial Trading Work-based Learning / Dissertation (40 Credits)
Learning and teaching methods
The course combines practical sessions based in our trading room for simulated trading and computer laboratory for analysis techniques using charting software and Thomson Reuters Eikon with classroom-based theoretical sessions for the study of regulation and psychology.
The MSc Trading and Risk prepares you for a career in financial trading. Such a career requires technical skills and expertise which the course delivers, but also mental skills for which the Psychology of Trading prepares you. The appreciation of financial trading which you will have by the end of the course will also make you attractive to employers for back-office roles related to financial trading.
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