Financial & Computational Mathematics

University College Cork

Financial & Computational Mathematics

Course Outline
Our postgraduate Financial and Computational Mathematics programme equips graduates with the skills necessary to pursue a successful career in quantitative finance. Modern financial technology is based upon sophisticated computational techniques for the modelling of asset and market movements, and the valuation of financial derivatives. This course provides a solid grounding in computational finance along with machine learning techniques and includes a team-based research project with opportunities to work with our industry partners.

Course Practicalities
In Semesters 1 and 2 you can expect to attend an average of 12 hours of lectures and 6-8 hours of tutorials and lab sessions per week, which will be spread evenly throughout the working day. The remainder of your time will be spent in independent study, exercises, and assignments.

Semester 3 will be devoted to a substantial research project leading to a dissertation and a workshop where you will present your findings to your peers and the course team.
Computer labs are provided on campus with all relevant software packages, though students are also encouraged to have access to a laptop of their own.

Teaching at UCC is research-led, and the course is delivered by faculty staff from the School of Mathematical Sciences, including mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists who are internationally recognised for their research, ensuring that you will have access to up-to-date knowledge in the field. Relevance to current industry practice is ensured through our industry partners.

Subjects taught

Programme Structure

Part I (60 credits)

Core Modules (45 credits)

MF6010 Probability Theory in Finance (10 credits)
MF6011 Derivatives, Securities, and Option Pricing (5 credits)
MF6012 Computational Finance I (5 credits)
MF6013 Computational Finance II (5 credits)
MF6014 Topics in Financial Mathematics (5 credits)
MF6015 Continuous-Time Financial Models (5 credits)
AM6004 Numerical Methods and Applications (5 credits)
CS6322 Optimisation (5 credits)
Elective Modules (Choose 15 credits)

AM4062 Applied Stochastic Differential Equations (5 credits)
AM6007 Scientific Computing with Numerical Examples (5 credits)
AM6019 Partial Differential Equations (5 credits)
ST4400 Data Analysis II (5 credits)
ST6040 Machine Learning and Statistical Analytics I (5 credits)
ST6041 Machine Learning and Statistical Analytics II (5 credits)
CS6503 Introduction to Relational Databases (5 credits)

Part II (30 credits)

MF6016 Dissertation in Financial and Computational Mathematics (30 credits)
Note: Module selection must be approved by the module coordinator.

You can find the full academic content for this programme at University Calendar (Financial & Computational Mathematics).


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have obtained at least a 2.2 degree or equivalent in the mathematical sciences or another quantitative subject.

Candidates who have obtained at least a 2.2 honours degree in Engineering or Physics will be considered and should be able to demonstrate to the Course Coordinator some prior experience of probability and statistics, linear algebra, multivariate calculus, ordinary differential equations, and programming.

Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.

All candidates must be ultimately approved by the Course Coordinator.
Overseas applicants who wish to study in Ireland should consult the Department of Justice Study in Ireland webpage at:

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Assessment Info

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course. In addition to the traditional end-of-year written examinations, you will undertake a series of individual and group assignments and projects during the year in the areas of both management accounting and information systems.

In addition, an applied research project is undertaken in groups by all students during the second teaching term, culminating with a series of group presentations to leading industry experts who in turn provide invaluable feedback and advice to each student group.

The IS6215 Business Research and Communications Skills module (10 credits), which forms part of the course syllabus, is an invaluable tool for you in preparing for such presentations.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities

Past graduates of this programme have been recruited to risk management (Acadia, China Reinsurance Corporation), regulatory (FinTru, KBRA), and wealth managment/investment roles (Fidelity). They have also progressed to SFI-funded study at PhD level in the application of machine learning to finance. This programme will prepare you for a broad spectrum of roles in the financial sector and particularly in quantitative finance, risk analysis, and investment banking.

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates will be prepared for quantitative roles in the financial services sector and particularly in investment banking, including roles in financial engineering, quantitative finance, investment analysis, and fund management. The programme also serves as a route to further study in this area.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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