Postgraduate study

Advanced Technology for Financial Computing MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

This new programme will provides you with a critical and practical appreciation of how data, computing and artificial intelligence technologies can be used and developed to 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. The University 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 – the School of Informatics, Edinburgh Business School and the School of Mathematics.

This MSc consists of approximately seven months of taught courses across two semesters and up to four months of project work leading 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. While the computing courses build up 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.

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, and data scientist (in academia or industry), as well as financial system engineers of various kinds in IT firms, banks, and the investment and finance sectors, or in government and public sector positions.

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.

Competent programming skills are 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.)

(Revised 17/01/2020 to include details on programming skills and credits in Mathematics.)

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

For 2020 entry we accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section.We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

*(Revised 21 February 2020 to remove PTE Academic from 2021 entry requirements.)

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, PTE Academic 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.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fee deposit

If you receive an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 to secure your place on the programme.* Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

*(Revised 15 January 2020 to include fee deposit information.)

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScAdvanced Technology for Financial Computing1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.*)

*(Revised 15 January 2020 to add funding information.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3266
  • Contact: ito@inf.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
  • 6th Floor
  • Appleton Tower
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LE

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 hold the majority of applications until the advertised deadline.

Decisions will be made as soon as possible once the deadline has passed. The deadline might be extended if there are any remaining places in the programme.

*(Revised 13 February 2020 to include 31 March application deadline.)

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
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3266
  • Contact: ito@inf.ed.ac.uk
  • School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
  • 6th Floor
  • Appleton Tower
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LE