MSc by research, or MQF by coursework?

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MSc by research, or MQF by coursework?

Postby illyni » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:50 am

Hi Mark,

I'm currently looking at postgraduate courses which I can complete while working full-time and am trying to decide between:
1. MSc (Applied Maths) by research in financial maths at USyd
2. The above degree at UTS
3. MQF at UTS

Previous quals are B Software Eng (Hons)/B Sc (Adv Pure Maths), and I'm in a retail bank's graduate programme doing a placement as a quant developer. The advice I've gotten from colleagues is to take the research option as it'll prepare me better having gone deeper into one area of the field.

Which do you think is better?

Also, do you think that a 2 year grad programme with 10 months in quant dev, 12 months C# app dev and 18 months previous C++ experience (as an intern during uni) would be enough to land me a proper quant dev role in the open market?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: MSc by research, or MQF by coursework?

Postby mj » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:00 am

I'd go for an Msc by research provided that you can find a hands on supervisor who will supervise you through solving a practical problem that is actually relevant to working quants. I'd make the choice of university on the basis of supervisor.
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