Coventry University London

Global Financial Trading MSc

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.

Entry Requirements

The course is subject to the Coventry University London’s admission procedures and access policies. To be accepted for the course students must normally possess:

  • 2:2 classification UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Economics, Accounting and Economics, Finance, Engineering
  • Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study e.g. accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. 
    Other subjects considered if quantitative ability can be demonstrated.

It is recognised that some applicants may possess more than one of the above. Students with strong quantitative background through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are particularly encouraged to apply.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent

Career Prospects

This course will help you to become a smart and agile trader, able to make fast decisions leading to well-informed and well-executed trades which adhere to the relevant ethical and regulatory frameworks.

On successful completion of the course, you will graduate with a set of highly practical and well-applied skills which are in great demand within the global financial markets. You will demonstrate well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, and effective research and communication skills.

You’ll be well-versed in the principles of equity trading and evaluation, bond trading, and financial derivatives, with a good understanding of the economic, financial, social and technological contexts of trading. Successfully completing this course means you’ll have unrivalled competitive advantage in the global finance employment market.

Where our graduates work

When you graduate, you might go to work for a hedge fund, an investment bank, a brokerage or an insurer, working in trading, investments, passing to market, risk-consulting or data analytics.

If you work as a trader, you might specialise in a particular area – such as shares, fixed-interest bonds or forex markets. You could work as a flow trader, buying and selling securities, futures, options and commodities on behalf of clients. You might instead work in proprietary trading, on behalf of the organisation you work for (or yourself). Or you might be a sales trader, placing orders for clients.

Other options will also be open to you; you might be interested in working for a company which doesn’t trade but which supports, analyses or supplies those that do; for example, a technology company, a publisher, or a research, media or news outlet. Alternatively, you might want to start your own business.

Course Details

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.

This course aims to offer 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.

Quantitative Methods and Research Methods (core)
Risk Analysis and Financial Modelling (core)
Trading Economics (core)
Global Financial Markets (core)
Valuation of Securities and Equity Trading
Stochastic Finance (core)
Algorithmic Trading (core)
Empirical Finance and Accounting Research Methods
Financial Derivatives Trading: Options, Futures and Swaps (core)

Final Term Project Options (without Extended Professional Practice)
Dissertation
Internship
FinTech Entrepreneurship
Financial Traiding Simulation Project

Extended Professional Practice

Postgraduate Professional Practice 1 ( in Term 3 – internship or internal project)Postgraduate Professional Practice 2 (in Term 4 – internship or internal project)Postgraduate Professional Practice Project (in Term 5 – research project based on term 3 and 4)

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