Master of Financial Engineering
Financial engineering is a cross-disciplinary field combining financial and economic theory with the mathematical and computational tools needed to design and develop financial products, portfolios, markets, and regulations. Financial engineers manage financial risk, identify market opportunities, design and value financial or actuarial products, and optimise investment strategies.
For students with a good background in mathematics and statistics, this new Master of Financial Engineering (MFEng) will equip you with industry-level skills and knowledge, and provide opportunities to apply those skills. By directly linking real-world problems in financial engineering to an underlying theoretical framework, graduates will be capable of high-level performance in the financial industry.
The MFEng is part of a suite of qualifications for students who want to gain a breadth and depth of technical skills and knowledge across the key disciplines of finance and economics, mathematics and statistics, and computer science and software engineering.
Every student enrolling in the Master of Financial Engineering should have:
- qualified for a university degree with a B+ Grade Point Average in 300-level courses; and
- completed specified 200-level MATH and STAT courses (or equivalent courses); and
- been approved by the Academic Dean of Science.
Students who have minimal statistics and finance backgrounds may be required to take FIEC 601 Quantitative Finance and Economics in January–February before enrolling.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Financial Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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Students are required to complete 180 points, made up of coursework and an applied research project.
The programme is taught over two semesters, followed by the project work. It can take 1 year to complete, or up to 3 years part-time.
UC Master of Financial Engineering graduates will be ready for the international workplace in the finance industry and related fields. They will also be well prepared for further study in Financial Engineering in order to attain positions at higher technical levels.
Employers range from private industries, such as banking, investment, capital industries, security, data analysis, risk management, and insurance, to the public sector (eg, Te Pūtea Matua | Reserve Bank, Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa | Treasury, or regulatory bodies).
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Financial Engineering.
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