The usual requirement is a first-class or good second-class degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university, or an overseas university qualification of an equivalent standard, in a quantitative subject, such as mathematics, physics, statistics, economics or engineering.
Months of entry
In the wake of recent financial crises, a better understanding - and application - of financial risk management is playing an increasingly critical role in the financial sector. Birkbeck's MSc Financial Risk Management has been designed to meet the demand from the financial sector for individuals with expertise in this field. The course will equip you with the broad range of statistical and mathematical tools you need to tackle practical, real-world problems in financial risk management.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the expertise to identify and manage the major sources of risk in the financial markets. You will understand the role of financial derivative products, their use (and misuse) and how they are priced, and you will be able to analyse financial data and build risk models, detect trends in data, test a given hypothesis and forecast future values. You will also understand how to build an investment portfolio (of risky assets) and carefully monitor its performance over time.
Birkbeck's postgraduate finance courses are built around our long-running experience in research-led evening teaching. Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience. You will be taught by active researchers, working at the cutting-edge in their respective fields, who are also experienced professional practitioners, giving specialist advice and in-house training to government departments and banks and firms in the City of London. This course is challenging and demanding, so you should demonstrate strong intellectual ability in your application and be willing to work hard.
If you are unsure which of our finance courses is right for you, then read an overview of each programme.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
- +44(0) 20 3907 0700