Trading and Financial Markets MSc

Course Overview

The first phase of study is the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), which is campus-based and will prepare you for work in trading and financial markets. It is designed to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the sector in preparation for work experience. Upon successful completion of the PG Cert, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to apply to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip).

The PGDip primarily consists of a work placement with OSTC. Applicants will be required to undertake an interview with representatives of the university and OSTC. If successful, you will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth training on industryspecific simulators which will prepare you for work as a financial derivatives trader. Throughout this phase you will be required to keep a learning log of your training activities and to submit a written assignment reflecting on your practice at the end of the placement. You will also undertake in-house assessments, managed by OSTC and UWTSD.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you may have the opportunity to go directly into employment as a trader with OSTC, subject to their selection procedures. You will also have the opportunity to continue your study to Master's Level by completing a 60-credit dissertation.

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Key Features

This is a unique course which offers graduates of all disciplines the opportunity to gain a Master's qualification alongside practical, industry-focused experience. Whether you've previously studied geography or computer game design, maths or visual communication, if you are ambitious, hard-working and anayltical then you may have what it takes to succeed in the financial trading sector.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you may have the opportunity to go straight into employment with OSTC, allowing you to start work as a trader without having to re-locate to London.


PG Cert:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Behavioural Finance

PG Dip:

In-house training provided by OSTC using the latest state-of-the-art onscreen trading simulators.

Students that choose to progress to the MSc stage will be required to complete a 60-credit dissertation.


Due to the nature of the work placement portion of the programme. Participation in this course requires that the applicant holds the right to work in the UK. EU/EEA nationals with the right to work in the UK and a high level of proficiency in the English are welcome to apply.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme can expect to go into trading roles within the financial derivatives sector. Alternatively, the knowledge gained through the industry-specific trading would also enable graduates to work in other roles such as project management or administration, within the financial trading industry.

MSc Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

For entry to the PG Cert, applicants should hold a 2:2 Honours degree in any discipline. Entry to the PG Dip is subject to the successful completion of the PG Cert and an interview with OSTC. Applicants to the MSc programme should have successfully completed both the PG Cert and PG Dip.

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