MSc in Fintech, Risk and Investment Analysis


Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Start date: September 2019
  • Apply by: 1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

This highly practical course is designed to meet the challenges of today’s financial markets. You have the opportunity to specialise in financial technology (fintech).

You’ll learn from academic staff who are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and extensive industry experience.

Our curriculum is designed in consultation with major professional bodies including Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).

Why choose this course?

  • Top 50 in the world for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2019).
  • 3rd in the UK for annual research income (Chartered Association of Business Schools 2016/17).

"I knew I would be taught by the best people in the industry." AJAY PANKHANIA, Financial Risk and Investment Analysis MSc

Entry requirements

UK requirements

  • Degree requirements: You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (including an average mark of at least 57%).
  • Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a quantitative subject such as finance, economics, mathematics, physics or engineering. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Application deadlines

1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you undertake work on your projects.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of mid-term tests, coursework, and a formal examination after teaching has finished. The two summer-term projects are assessed by a combination of presentations and written reports.


These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Portfolio Management
  • Empirical Research Project
  • Advanced Financial Modelling
  • Essential Quantitative Finance
  • Interest-Rate Sensitive Instruments
  • International Equity Investments
  • Market and Credit Risk Analysis


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Bank Risk Management
  • Blockchain Finance and Cryptocurrency Markets
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Commodity and Energy Markets
  • Corporate and International Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cryptography
  • Data Science Research Methods
  • Financial computing with MATLAB
  • Financial Crises and Bank Regulation
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Institutions in the Global Financial Market
  • Machine Learning
  • Monte Carlo Simulations


  • UK/EU students: £11,450 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,450 per year
  • International students: £21,850 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.


Our graduates are well prepared to enter any employment involving quantitative finance. Recruiters include banks, corporate treasury, hedge funds, investment trusts and any firm requiring in-depth and practical education.

Recent graduates have been employed by large businesses including Barclays, RBS, JP Morgan, HSBC and Deloitte as well as boutique finance and trading houses such as JDX and OSTC.

To give you a significant head start in your future career, you'll be paired with a mentor whose career path matches your own ambitions, who will share their industry expertise with you and give you career guidance.

On successful completion of this MSc, you are qualified to apply for graduate training positions as:

  • a quantitative risk analyst
  • a quantitative investment analyst
  • an asset manager in a bank, corporation, hedge fund or insurance company.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from the Department of Business and Management were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent University of Sussex Business School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • business analyst, HSBC
  • data analyst, Princes Trust
  • management graduate trainee, Lloyds Bank.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

"The MSc prepared me for a world of financial investments and economy enhancements, and gave me the experience needed for my career by developing my expertise." LAMYA ALKHOORI, HSBC

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

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