Postgraduate study

Advanced Technology for Financial Computing MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

This programme will provide you with a critical and practical appreciation of how data, computing and artificial intelligence technologies can be used and developed. You will learn how this deliver value in organisations with finance, risk and decision-making related digitalisation from both technology and business perspectives.

The move towards digital organisations offers great potential for small and large, public and private enterprises. Edinburgh is in the UK's second largest financial centre after London and is leading cutting-edge, data-driven innovation to become the data capital of Europe.

This programme is taught by world class researchers and educators. It is based on full-time cross-disciplinary study and has strong links to existing centres of research excellence within three world-class academic schools within the University:

  • School of Informatics
  • Edinburgh Business School
  • School of Mathematics

This MSc consists of approximately seven months of taught courses across two semesters and up to four months of project work. This leads to a dissertation focused on both academic and real-world industry challenges.

It provides a unique blend of advanced technical courses, including finance-related sectors, and digital business skills with an emphasis on finance elements (minimum 30 credits) from Edinburgh Business School.

The programme provides you with unique interdisciplinary training. Computing courses build your technical skills. Maths and finance related courses develop your ability to understand the finance system challenges associated with the development, implementation and exploitation of technical solutions.

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Programme Structure

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AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2021/22

Graduates will be equipped with the strong technology knowledge and background to keep up with developments in computing technologies and business awareness.

Typical areas in which to pursue a career might include:

  • quant developer
  • financial system architect
  • application engineer
  • financial system consultant
  • software developer
  • data scientist (in academia or industry)
  • financial system engineer in IT firms, banks, investment, or finance sectors
  • government and public sector positions

These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, physics, or other numerate degree.

Competence in programming is essential. During your degree you must have completed a programming course in at least one of the following: C/C++, Java, Python, R, Matlab, Haskell, ML.

During your degree you must have completed the equivalent to 60 credits of mathematics that have typically covered the following subjects/topics: calculus (differentiation and integration), linear algebra (vectors and multi-dimensional matrices), discrete mathematics and mathematical reasoning (e.g. induction and reasoning, graph theoretic models, proofs), and probability (concepts in discrete and continuous probabilities, Markov chains etc.)

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

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Deposit

If you receive an offer of admission you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place.

  • £1,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

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Living costs

You will be responsible for covering living costs for the duration of your studies.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

School of Informatics scholarships

You can find funding opportunities, tuition fees and costs of living for prospective UK and international postgraduate students on the University website.

You are also encouraged to undertake your own research into the range of potential scholarships and other funding outside the University for which you may be eligible.

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
  • 6th Floor
  • Appleton Tower
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LE
Programme start date Application deadline
12 September 2022 31 March 2022

Due to high demand on our programmes, the School of Informatics operates an application deadline of 31 March.

We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but will hold the majority of applications until the advertised deadline.

Decisions will be made as soon as possible once the deadline has passed. We expect to make the majority of decisions within six weeks of the deadline.

The deadline may be extended if there are any places remaining on the programme.

Selection Deadlines

Application Deadline | Expected Decision date

31 March | 15 May

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
  • 6th Floor
  • Appleton Tower
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LE