Computing for Financial Services is the development of money and investment-related information technology services to meet the demands of the regulators and the marketplace, at a time when banking and financial market organisations face increasing regulation and constant market change. Activities include the development of application software, and the deployment of strategic consulting, systems integration, and business process and IT services to banks, investment banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, government-sponsored enterprises, and stock brokerages.
Duration and Mode of Attendance
Postgraduate Diploma: one year
MSc: one calendar year. This includes the period of study for the postgraduate diploma.
Postgraduate Diploma: two years
MSc: two years followed by a Professional Master’s Project.
Structure and Content
This is a vocationally-based Information Technology Professional Master’s Degree course, with an emphasis on practical, industry-led project work.
There are eight core taught modules, and students are expected to complete eight successfully for the Postgraduate Diploma, and eight plus the Professional Master’s Project for the MSc award.
Core subjects include: information technology and financial services; database technologies; knowledge management; advanced human-computer interaction; mobile and pervasive computing; object-oriented information systems; interoperability and legacy systems; and network management.
Learning and teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical sessions, project preparation and implementation. Assessment methods include a combination of coursework and written examinations, project presentations, and reports.
The course aims to develop trained professionals, and to be a focus for innovative practice, so graduates who are committed to a career in applied IT within the Financial Services industry and other commercial sectors would be particularly suited to this Professional Master’s Degree course. The MSc offers an attractive postgraduate route for those with Honours Degrees in scientific, business, or engineering-related subjects with some computing content.