MSc Trading and Risk

Developed in conjunction with a leading global financial trading company, the MSc Trading and Risk interlinks theoretical aspects of trading in global markets with practical experience of trading in the realistic simulated environment of our trading floor. The objective is to prepare students for a career as a high-earning professional trader.

Students will need an interest in financial markets, together with the determination to succeed in the demanding environment of financial trading. The MSc Trading and Risk will develop expertise in accessing and analysing data using Thomson Reuters Eikon financial database. Plus, you will have the option to complete a three month internship at an OSTC trading floor.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (Atlantic House) B

To provide an understanding and application of the tools required to operate as a financial trader, you will initially study modules in Risk and Portfolio Analysis,Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis. During this period you will begin to develop expertise in accessing and analysing data using Thomson Reuters Eikon financial database.

Modules focusing on the Psychology of Trading and Financial Services Compliance and Ethics, will also enable you to study and research the issues of psychology, regulation and ethics applicable to the role of a trader. These modules will be studied at our Cardiff Campus.

All students will then undertake a two-month Practical Financial Trading module delivered on-site in Swansea by leading global trading company, OSTC .

The final stage of the MSc Trading and Risk course will be spent either completing a three month work-based learning internship at an OSTC trading floor or a written dissertation.

Course Modules:

  • Technical Analysis (20 Credits)
  • Psychology of Trading (20 Credits)
  • Financial Services Compliance and Ethics (20 Credits)
  • Fundamental Analysis (20 Credits)
  • Risk and Portfolio Analysis (20 Credits)
  • Practical Financial Trading (40 Credits)
  • Financial Trading Work-based Learning / Dissertation (40 Credits)


The MSc Trading and Risk course combines practical sessions based in our trading room for simulated trading and computer laboratory for analysis techniques using charting software and Thomson Reuters Eikon with classroom-based theoretical sessions for the study of regulation and psychology.


A variety of assessment methods are used. Students are assessed on their ability to trade in a simulated environment and on their own reflection on their experience of that simulated trading. Analysis techniques are assessed through a combination of in-class tests and extended case studies. Topics such as psychology and regulation are assessed through a combination of case study analysis and literature review.

An undergraduate finance, accounting or audit degree from a UK university, class 2:2 Honours or higher.

Alternatively, an undergraduate business degree from a UK university with an appropriate level of financial content, class 2:2 Honours or higher.

Equivalent accredited international or professional qualifications are acceptable. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with at least 5.5 in each component).

For applicants who do not possess formal qualifications, relevant professional experience may be taken into account via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply).

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Placement expenses
There is mandatory work placement which will incur travel costs but this will vary according to the placement.
Other: Textbooks £183 - £252
Copies of all core texts are available in the library, but students may wish to purchase their own copies.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The MSc Trading and Risk prepares you for a career in financial trading. Such a career requires technical skills and expertise which the course delivers, but also mental skills for which the Psychology of Trading prepares you. The appreciation of financial trading which you will have by the end of the course will also make you attractive to employers for back-office roles related to financial trading.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.