Taught course

Financial Engineering

Birkbeck, University of London · Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

A good upper second-class degree or above (usually in a quantitative discipline, such as physics, engineering, statistics or mathematics), or an equivalent qualification. If you have completed a highly quantitative economics degrees, you will also be eligible. Substantial relevant work experience may be taken into account. You will need to have a strong background in mathematics and statistics, although we will provide additional instruction in necessary mathematical material. Demonstrable qualities, such as good time management and the ability to cope under pressure, are vital.

Months of entry


Course content

This Master's degree in financial engineering offers advanced training in the quantitative skills used in modern financial institutions, including, most notably, valuation of securities and the measurement and management of portfolio risks. Training is provided in programming, numerical methods and statistics, and you will be given a grounding in pricing and risk management techniques.

A key feature is our emphasis on computational methods and the practical implementation of the pricing and risk management techniques you will learn. You will complete modules in programming, numerical methods and financial statistics, and most of the modules are illustrated by computer examples.

Economics and finance at Birkbeck have acquired an excellent reputation, not only for our research but also for the high quality of our professional training. Employers recognise the calibre of Birkbeck graduates in economics and finance. We take students who are determined to succeed and are prepared to undergo the rigours of a first-class training, whether they are studying full-time or part-time. We aim to produce world-class graduates who have a proven record of success in a challenging learning environment.

Information for international students

Non-EU students are encouraged to submit GRE or GMAT results. The admissions tutor may request these results in order to make a decision on your application. In that case, you should upload your score report to the online application system as if it were an additional transcript page.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 9500 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 18975 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 10000 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 19975 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6429
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6416