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Birkbeck, University of London: Quantitative Finance with Data Science

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Birkbeck Business School
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


This MSc Quantitative Finance with Data Science provides you with training in advanced mathematical finance and the skills in data science needed for a career in modern financial institutions.

The range of topics covered includes:

  • statistical analysis

  • numerical mathematics

  • machine learning

  • computer programming with applications of focused on real world problems in finance.

This Master's degree provides you with substantial knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques that are commonly used in the finance industry including derivative pricing, risk quantification and portfolio management, as well as the statistical tools that are commonly used, such as forecasting, hypothesis testing, volatility models and financial time series.

You will acquire expertise in the areas of option pricing, risk management, numerical implementation, applications of machine learning and coding skills in Python, R, Matlab and C++.


  • 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.

  • Our teaching is informed by the latest research and by the needs of employers, so you'll be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance.

  • Our teaching is renowned for its high quality and we provide in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.

  • Birkbeck was ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK for its Economics and Econometrics research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

  • We bring together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.

  • We offer a range of postgraduate courses in finance.

Careers and employability

You will find quantitative finance and data science graduates in the following quantitative analyst/developer roles across a range of financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds and insurance firms:

  • Analyst/adviser in the risk management sector

  • Portfolio management

  • Financial data scientist

  • Machine learning engineer

  • Analyst within the Bank of England and Treasury

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics are active in research, and …

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