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Student experiences

Stephen Ruggiero, Derivatives Analyst, Royal London Asset Management:

"The York MSc gave me the fundamental skills in probability theory to work in a quantitative related area of finance. The numerical courses were also very useful in learning how to solve problems using a computer. York University helped me secure an internship with a company following the course, which was an important stepping stone in my career."

Yufei Zhuang, Quantitative Analyst, Shanghai Securities:

"I got a solid quantitative background from the MSc course at York, especially the ability to analyse and solve problems in a quantitative way. In addition, the programming module in this course did help me a lot. In the finance industry, if you can do programming, you have a great chance to land a good job offer."

Soon-Ho Chang, Market Risk Officer, UBS:

"Before coming to York, I spent two years in sales, trading commodity derivatives in a domestic brokerage house. Completion of my postgraduate study in Mathematical Finance helped me convert my career path to more analytical roles like market risk management, which I have pursued and am happy with. Although I studied Finance as an undergraduate, and gained some background in the derivatives industry, looking at complex mathematical formulae was like reading a language from Mars before the MSc! The MSc in Mathematical Finance helped me to overcome my fears in mathematics, and eased me in reading other financial mathematics material like notes from quants. Since there are many experts involved in the derivative world in places other than quants (trading, sales, product control, market risk, trade support, settlement, IT, business manager etc.), one should understand derivatives and risk very well in addition to one’s own area of work."

Shijie Guo, Management Trainee, HSBC:

‌"When life gives you lemons, reach for the tequila! Every time when I recall the experience of living and studying in York, I gain some strength to move forward against something difficult in present life. By saying this it does not mean the days were bitter, but the joy that comes afterwards is much stronger. It was all about balance. Mathematics could never be sophisticated enough for anyone and the computer programing was indeed a challenge in the first place. The teaching did not aim to give us the answer simply to answer those questions, but taught us an understanding of the answers themselves. We spent most of the time on the fundamental knowledge and only then proved theory by theory. Although I am not working in an area directly related to maths and financial modeling, I can manage to identify the risk in business from the understanding of the basics. And most importantly, we accept the calculated risk. Being there in York was an excellent decision and unforgettable memory."

manager etc.), one should understand derivatives and risk very well in addition to one’s own area of work."

Staff and post-docs on a day out to Pen-Y-Ghent