Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Trading and Financial Markets

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Business, Finance and Management

Entry requirements

We encourage applications from individuals of all disciplines who currently hold degree and/or professional qualifications. You do not need to hold an accounting and/or finance undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply. We also encourage applications from individuals with professional, leadership and managerial experience who may be admitted onto a master’s programme at the discretion of the Programme Director. Applicants must be over 21 years of age and possess one or more of the following:

  1. A recognised Honours degree or equivalent.
  2. A professional qualification.
  3. Applicants who are over 25 years of age and do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate.
  4. Applicants should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for work with OSTC.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative new programme, offered in conjunction with OSTC, a leading global trading company that specialises in exchange traded products, will prepare you for a career in financial trading and is open to undergraduates of all disciplines.

The first phase of study is the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), which is campus-based and will prepare you for work in trading and financial markets. It is designed to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the sector in preparation for work experience. You will be introduced to the Financial Derivatives industry, the mechanics of the Global Financial Markets and the Psychology of Trading.

Upon successful completion of the PG Cert, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to apply to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip). The PGDip primarily consists of a work placement with OSTC. Applicants will be required to undertake an interview with representatives of the university and OSTC. If successful, you will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth training on industry-specific simulators which will prepare you for work as a financial derivatives trader.

Throughout this phase you will be required to keep a learning log of your training activities and to submit a written assignment reflecting on your practice at the end of the placement. You will also undertake in-house assessments, managed by OSTC and UWTSD. The PGDip phase of the programme will be delivered on-site at OSTC’s offices in the Technium 2 building in SA1. The in-house training is intensive and delivered over a 2-month period, where you will be expected to attend from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you may have the opportunity to go directly into employment as a trader with OSTC (subject to their selection procedures).

Should you choose to, you can continue on to achieve the award of MSc by completing a 60-credit dissertation. This can be completed either full-time or part-time, depending on your needs. Throughout the dissertation phase you will be supported by your dissertation tutor.

OnScreen Trading Connections (OSTC)

OSTC is a major global financial market player, with a strong team of professional Traders. We currently have 16 offices in some of the world´s key cities. Each trading room is supported with industry-leading hardware and software, providing our traders with constant connectivity to the largest global derivatives exchanges, including; NYSE Euronext, LIFFE, CME, EUREX and ICE.

By investing in the training and development of our graduates as well as accessing new markets and innovating new techniques, we have developed a unique, risk averse approach to trading which provides consistent, sustainable results while making us a partner to the exchanges as one of their key liquidity providers.

Our success has changed the traditional concept of locating proprietary traders in London and Chicago. OSTC delivers a professional environment for talented traders, providing an opportunity to actively participate in global financial markets. OSTC Wales opened in 2009 and are winners of the prestigious Investors in People GOLD Award.

OSTC is not only the place to start, but also to develop your passion for trading into a successful career.

“Since our formation in 1999, we are extremely proud of the year on year growth we have achieved. From a single office in the UK, trading on one market, we now operate out of 16 locations in 9 countries across North America, Europe and the Far East trading over 120 million lots on every major global exchange. We expect this growth to continue as we proceed with our investments into new asset classes and geographies by leveraging our existing exchange relationships and partnering with key strategic partners.“ - Mark Slade, CEO

Information for international students

It is essential for this programme that applicants hold the right to work in the UK. Fees for EU students are the same as those from the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

As this is an innovative new course offered in partnership with OSTC, the fee structure differs from our other Masters programmes. In the first instance you will apply to the PG Cert which is charged at £1995. The second phase of the programme is the PG Diploma, if accepted onto this phase by OSTC and UWTSD you will be eligible for a £500 bursary from OSTC to cover the cost of the fees. Finally, should you wish to proceed to the MSc phase a further fee fo £1995 will be incurred.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc(Fin)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Ian Jackson