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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (2:2 or better) in a numerate, business or scientific-related discipline, with a level of computing content approximating to one third of the course, or have gained an equivalent standard in a postgraduate qualification. Applicants from other disciplines may be considered if they can demonstrate a professional level of experience in computing. All applicants will also be required to pass a professionally-prescribed Information Technology aptitude test.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Computing for Financial Services
  • Course description
    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

    Full-time
    Postgraduate Diploma: one year
    MSc: one calendar year. This includes the period of study for the postgraduate diploma.

    Part-time
    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.

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