This programme is aimed at students with a strong interest in financial trading in integrated financial markets. You will focus on trading and the behaviour of global financial markets through the use of an on campus simulated trading floor, which provides practical exposure and hands-on experience in the art of trading.
In addition, you will gain career ready business skills that are sought after by employers, including teamwork, communication, presentation and leadership skills.
This course provides students with the practical skills necessary to effectively lead in the fast-paced world of the global markets.
Extended Professional Practice
This course offers the option of undertaking Extended Professional Practice. Our Extended MSc courses are delivered over 18 months instead of the usual 12 months, giving you the opportunity to undertake a longer internship* or project as part of your course.
You will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how businesses operate, how to apply theory to real-world scenarios, and how best to prepare you for the world of business with confidence.
Our Talent Team are here to support you in securing an extended placement with the right employer. Whether you are looking to join a small business or a large organisation, the team will work with you to help you achieve your internship goal.
Your placement will be full-time, with students expected to work approximately 35 hours per week.
The Extended Professional Practice course lasts 5 semesters; during semesters 1 and 2 you will undertake 120 taught credits on-campus; in semesters 3 and 4 you will undertake the placement; in the final semester, you will take a 60-credit project module in which you will write up your internship report and research findings.
*internships may be subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.
Why Coventry University London?
We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.
You’ll develop a thorough understanding of how the markets work, enabling you to make money, while understanding where the pitfalls lie and how best to avoid them.
‘Trading’ covers the selection, purchase and sale of financial securities, and is at the core of global financial markets. Its activities range from arbitrage and market-making by individual traders to proprietary trading by financial institutions. To be a successful trader, and to lead trading desks or departments, you need an understanding of trading economics, global economic fundamentals, market behaviour analysis, technical indicators and algorithmic trading.
Using our on-campus simulated trading floor, this course offers hands-on experience in the art of trading. This practical dimension is underpinned by a solid grounding in the behaviour of global financial markets, the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading and financial derivatives, stock markets in emerging economies, and proprietary trading.
Why choose this course?
This course (and this career) is ideal if you have a seriously analytical mind, thrive under pressure and can handle the lows as well as the highs of trading. You’ll be good with numbers and technology, and comfortable doing a lot of research – but pragmatic about having to make decisions quickly and without as much information as you’d like.
Traders depend heavily on technology for research, modelling, decision-support and portfolio-tracking. You’ll take full advantage of our technology-rich mock trading floor, which mirrors a top investment bank and is equipped with simulation software and industry-standard trading applications. These include Bloomberg terminals and S&P Capital IQ, which offers company data and analytical tools.
You’ll study in the one square mile which makes up the world’s top financial city (2017), since our campus is right in the heart of London’s financial district. London is a bustling hub for the trading of foreign exchange, bonds, futures, bullion and insurance. The second-oldest central bank in the world is in London (the Bank of England), as is the London Stock Exchange, the biggest of its kind in Europe. According to Forbes, “London… still ranks No.1 in our survey… the City’s unparalleled legacy as a global financial capital still underpins its pre-eminence.”
Your course is designed to provide the hands-on preparation you’ll need to work in the fast-paced but exhilarating world of global financial trading. You will learn to make trading decisions under pressure and based on incomplete information, while pulling together real-time technical and behavioural market information. You’ll learn how to set up proprietary trading, and use powerful simulation software to manage real-world scenarios faced by city traders.
This is a professionally focused programme which has been devised in close collaboration with industry experts and informed by the advice of the highest-level practitioners in this field. There is a strong focus on ethics and professional conduct. You’ll also have the opportunity to acquire a Bloomberg certificate.