MSc Global Financial Trading

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Year of Entry 2024/25

Global Financial Trading

Carve out a career as a successful financial markets trader, taught by experienced academics and professional traders using industry standard tools.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £13,095 for the course
International/EU: £19,130 for the course
How long will I study? 16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024
January 2025

Course summary

  • Develop analytical and digital skills necessary for a successful career within financial trading.
  • Gain an additional Financial Trading qualification alongside your degree.
  • Build an eye-catching CV with project opportunities from a range of Financial Services firms.

Learn how financial markets work and apply your knowledge on this varied course delivered in conjunction with a global proprietary trading firm. This course will equip you with knowledge of both traditional and contemporary assets classes including cryptocurrencies and blockchain. You’ll learn how to trade both futures and options on major exchanges and how algorithms can be used to automate trading, preparing you for a successful career within the industry.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our teaching staff include experienced academics, many of which have also had senior careers in Finance and have worked in the global financial markets. Their industry knowledge and expertise feeds into the learning and teaching for this course. This is reinforced with expert lecturers and regular industry guests, who will help you tackle both theoretical concepts and practical challenges. In addition, the course includes a standalone trading qualification delivered by a global proprietary trading firm.

You learn through

  • live market trading
  • portfolio management simulations
  • case studies/scenarios
  • lectures and seminars
  • guest lectures and employability workshops
  • interactive sessions
  • real-life corporate projects and activities
  • timetabled contact sessions on campus and online
  • screencasts

Our students can also, through an online assessment, gain the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Certificate, completely free of charge to demonstrate their mastery of Bloomberg data manipulation. This certificate adds value to your CV and makes you stand out in the job market.

This course is delivered face-to-face over three semesters - teaching is scheduled based on the length of your course and the academic calendar.

Course leaders and tutors

Damion Taylor
Damion Taylor

Damion is both course leader and recruitment leader for finance courses at undergraduate level. He teaches a range of modules in the financial management subject are … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

The ways in which you learn on this course are extremely applied in nature. We make the course come to life by incorporating real world projects, and get you trading real markets with live data on tier 1 trading platforms.  You will experience first-hand how fast paced financial markets are and gain the experiences necessary for a future career or your own start-up.

The course also puts your learning into practice through its dissertation or applied business project. These projects put your acquired skills to the test of solving real world business problems and undertake leading research in this field. 

You will have the opportunity to work individually on a 'live' project in conjunction with a client sourced by specialist teams at the university who work alongside private, public and third sector organisations. Alternatively, you can pursue a dissertation route working alongside our research supervisors to produce high quality industry focussed research.

Networking opportunities

With guest lectures from the likes of industry leaders, professional traders and academics from other institutions, there is ample opportunity to make lasting industry contacts.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • futures trading
  • options trading
  • market making
  • financial markets analysis
  • risk management
  • investment banking
  • compliance roles
  • fund management

Previous graduates of a similar course have gone on to work for:

  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Lloyds Bank Plc
  • SAB Miller
  • Morgan Stanley
  • KPMG
  • HSBC
  • Investec
  • Redmayne Bentley
  • Numis Securities

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • A dedicated Bloomberg Suite with 24/7 access
  • Trading Technologies, whom the university has partnered with, to provide you with access to an industry leading trading platform with real-time pricing.

Entry requirements

All students

You typically need one of the following: • 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject • recognised professional qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject Relevant subjects include • business management • finance • accounting • economics • banking • law • the natural sciences • IT and computing. We consider applicants without these academic qualifications’ dependant on personal, professional and work experience and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English, such as an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Financial Trading Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation Or Applied Business Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Derivatives And Risk Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Regulation And Sustainability Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fund Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Financial Markets Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Statistics And Data Modelling Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Trading Algorithms Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Financial Trading Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £13,095 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £19,130 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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