Coventry University: Global Financial Trading

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department Coventry University London
Study type Taught


This course (and this career) is ideal if you have a seriously analytical mind, thrive under pressure and can handle the lows as well as the highs of trading. You’ll be good with numbers and technology, and comfortable doing a lot of research – but pragmatic about having to make decisions quickly and without as much information as you’d like.

Traders depend heavily on technology for research, modelling, decision-support and portfolio-tracking. You’ll take full advantage of our technology-rich mock trading floor, which mirrors a top investment bank and is equipped with simulation software and industry-standard trading applications. These include Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ, which offers company data and analytical tools.

You’ll study in the one square mile which makes up the world’s top financial city (2017), since our campus is right in the heart of London’s financial district. London is a bustling hub for the trading of foreign exchange, bonds, futures, bullion and insurance. The second-oldest central bank in the world is in London (the Bank of England), as is the London Stock Exchange, the biggest of its kind in Europe. According to Forbes, “London… still ranks No.1 in our survey… the City’s unparalleled legacy as a global financial capital still underpins its pre-eminence.”

Your course is designed to provide the hands-on preparation you’ll need to work in the fast-paced but exhilarating world of global financial trading. You will learn to make trading decisions under pressure and based on incomplete information, while pulling together real-time technical and behavioural market information. You’ll learn how to set up proprietary trading, and use powerful simulation software to manage real-world scenarios faced by city traders.

This is a professionally focused programme which has been devised in close collaboration with industry experts and informed by the advice of the highest-level practitioners in this field. There is a strong focus on ethics and professional conduct. You’ll also have the opportunity to acquire a Bloomberg certificate.

Key course benefits;

+ This course has very high levels of student satisfaction

+ You’ll develop your trading skills using the same financial trading and analysis software as is used in the industry, helping you to be workplace-ready when you graduate

+ Your learning will cover the most up-to-date, advanced skills which are in high demand among employers, including stochastic finance, computational trading and algorithmic trading (in fact, this is the only master’s course in the UK to teach algorithmic trading)

+ There are opportunities for internships, live consultancy projects, fields trips (including to leading London institutions plus financial centres overseas), contact with City-based strategic business partners, business networking, and guest lectures from high-flying traders

+ You’ll have the chance to participate in national and international financial trading competitions

+ You’ll be taught by tutors with extensive experience in global financial trading and who are highly qualified both academically and professionally – for instance, as chartered accountants, chartered financial analysts and financial risk managers

+ Should you wish to start your own business, we offer business start-up advice and support during the course.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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