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ISMA Centre, The University of Reading

SCHOOL ADVANTAGE

Name of school:
ISMA Centre, The University of Reading

Status of the institution: Business School

Name of Director : Professor Brian Scott-Quinn

Country: United Kingdom

Address:
Whiteknights
P.O. Box 242
Reading
RG6 6BA

Telephone: +44 (0)118 931 8239
Fax:
+44 (0)118 931 4741

Web site :
http://www.ismacentre.rdg.ac.uk

The ISMA Centre is unique. Our building and its specialised facilities were provided by a US$5 million donation by the International Securities Market Association (ISMA) and its member firms; some 640 banks and securities houses worldwide. We offer a range of programmes for those interested in working in the global financial markets. Our facilities include two dealing rooms with real-time market data feeds.


ABOUT US

Mission:
Our aim is to be the premier institute in Europe for education and research in securities markets and to combine this with the provision of the highest quality service to the industry.


COURSE PROFILE

MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking (9 months)

For those seeking a career in all areas of the industry, but particularly front office sales, trading and research roles.

MSc Risk Management, Operations and Regulation (9 months)

Focuses upon two key non-trading areas of the industry; identifying, managing and controlling risk; and the legal and regulatory infrastructure of financial markets.

MSc Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis (12 months)
Develops essential skills required in mathematical, statistical and computer-based modelling, enabling in-depth analysis of complex financial instruments.


Field of Study :
Finance & Accounting


PARTICIPANT PROFILE

Total enrolment: 200

Number of students per class : 30

International students: 110

Nationalities represented: 50

Average age: 25

Age range: 21-41

Number of applicants: 900

Number of applicants admitted: 200


GETTING INTO SCHOOL

Entrance 2002 / 2003: Now accepting applications for 2002 entry.

Application deadline:
-local:
No official deadline.
-international:
No official deadline

How to apply:
Via our own application form, available direct from the Centre or on the web site at www.ismacentre.rdg.ac.uk. Two academic references, a personal statement, academic transcipts and a copy of your degree certificate must be included.

Admission criteria:
* Minimum 2.1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution
* Any degree discipline, but applicants must have an existing level of numeracy
* English - if your native language is not English, then proof of your competency is required. The two approved tests are TOEFL - 590 and IELTS - 7.
* GMAT - a score of 600 and above can enhance an application.


CAMPUS FACILITIES

Library:
There is a specialised library and an ever growing number of journals and financial papers available at the Centre.

Computer lab:
Yes

Location:
Reading, Berkshire. 20 minutes from London by train.

Housing :
There are 13 Halls of Residence available for students at The University of Reading. We recognise the need for on-campus accommodation that is peaceful and comfortable. New accommodation, close to the Centre, was completed in 2001 and all rooms will be allocated in the first instance exclusively to participants on our MSc programmes.


COST OF STUDIES

Tuition and fees per year:
2001/2002 - 11,000 (tuition fees only).

Approximate student budget:
We estimate that participants should expect to spend another 5,000 on living expenses during the course of their studies.


KEY CONTACTS

Director of admissions: Julie Stewart


COME & MEET US OTHER PROGRAM

Local : Open Days at the ISMA Centre, Reading

International locations : Fairs and exhibitions worldwide

Undergraduate:Yes

Postgraduate:Yes

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