With the rapid advancement of computing technology, there is an increasing demand in the dynamic and challenging environment of financial services, for a variety of technical talent to deliver business solutions on a global scale.
The MSc Financial Computing programme addresses market demand and will train you for advanced technical or managerial roles in new interdisciplinary areas of computational techniques and equip you with financial knowledge to deliver effective business solutions.
The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is equipped with specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology that will support your learning and research.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and skills
By studying MSc Financial Computing, you will gain:
- theoretical and practical knowledge of key areas of finance and computing in both industry and research
- knowledge of the latest technology and applications for the finance industry, such as big data and business analytics
- practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and evaluation of technical or research documents in financial computing.
You will undertake eight modules in the first two semesters and a dissertation project in the third semester for a total duration of 18 months. You will choose these modules based on the subject area of your first degree, such as computing, finance or other fields. The precise content of your dissertation project will be discussed and decided with your project supervisor and is subject to approval.
- Research methods
- Data mining and big data analytics/databases and data management/data mining and machine learning
- Accounting and financial management/advanced derivatives
- Cloud computing
- Computer systems security
- Interactive systems
- Machine Learning
- Object-oriented programming
- Software architecture
- Advanced corporate finance
- Advanced investments
- Alternative investments and strategies
- International finance and economics
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
MSc Financial Computing graduates can find employment as software engineers, database specialists, infrastructure managers, financial analysts, financial consultants, business analysts, system analysts, investment analysts, e-finance architects, credit managers, portfolio managers, business intelligence executives, wealth services officers, and risk management auditors amongst others.
Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 211 Project; Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
- Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update
Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 80
In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.