QUANTITATIVE FINANCE

The CPTEC- Davids Graduate School of Finance Degree in Quantitative Finance (BQFin) or a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance for highly motivated individuals that will like to equip themselves with the current development in finance and data sciences; as a Quant analyst or Financial Data Analyst. The aim of the CPTEC- Davids Graduate School of Finance Degree in Quantitative Finance (BQFin) teaching curriculum is to develop several core intermediate competencies in majoring students. Quantitative Finance majors should develop a basic understanding of business and financial opportunities, and risks that drive the capital markets. Students should graduate with a strong foundation of mathematical and computing skills that enable access to difficult modelling and analytical problems, and provide adequate background to pursue graduate studies in advanced topics in the area. Finally, the programme fosters a financial entrepreneurial perspective through regular industry seminars and workshops in derivatives, structured products, trading, risk management, risk analytics, portfolio and funds management, and software solutions.

Our BQFin programme is designed for students with strong mathematical background who seek a vigorous finance training that prepares them to take on challenging professional positions in the industry or to pursue higher graduate studies. Successful Graduates from the programme can move into a wide range of intermediate careers in the financial sector: Asset/Liability Officer, Financial Researchers, Corporate Treasury Staff, Fund Manager, Compliance Manager, Investment Banker, Derivates Specialist, Portfolio Manager, Financial Product Developer, Risk Control Manager Etc.

STRATEGIC ALLIANCES AND PRACTICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP (PEP) INITIATIVES

  • Capital Issues and Investment Banking Certification
    • Investment Banks and Companies
    • Securities & Exchange Commission
    • Nigeria Stock Exchange
    • Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers
    • Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria
    • Strategic Offer Parties- Reporting Accountants, Solicitors to Issues etc.
  • Corporate Reporting for Investment Companies Certificates
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
    • Financial Controllers of Investment Companies
    • Nigerian Accounting Standard Board
  • Financial Compliance and Risk Management
    • Risk Management Institute
    • Securities & Exchange Commission
    • Nigeria Stock Exchange
    • Compliance and Risk Officers
  • Investment Operational & Relationship Management
    • Investment and Finance Companies
    • Securities & Exchange Commission
    • Nigeria Stock Exchange
    • Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers
    • Registrars and CSCS

At the completion of the programme the students will have developed a capability to accomplish the following:

  • handle financial market data and information systems in theory and practice; work well in teams and participate actively in problem-solving processes; make effective use of the relevant academic literature.
  • grasp, analyze and discuss current scientific publications in the field of finance;
  • research, write and present academic papers; further deepen and broaden their specialized
  • Ø Basic financial structures in the region and other developed markets
  • Ø Understanding of the Foundation of financial and capital markets dynamics
  • Ø Basic valuations for debt, equity and money markets instruments
  • Ø Through practical study and seminars the current practices and situation analysis of the markets
  • Ø The behavioural pattern of finance among stakeholders to the business
  • Ø Corporate governance, financial ethics and professional standards with appropriate corporate governance and code of conducts affecting the finance and investment industry will be given an in depth evaluation.
  • Ø Ability to perform a financial statement analysis and reporting functions at the basic level to organisations in strategic investment sectors of the economy including complex multinationals across the globe. Ability to perform independent accounting and financial reporting services;
  • Ø Coverage of the principles of operational and financial risk management as it applies to banking and financing capabilities. The asset management creation and relationship to the management of banking crises, coupled with current innovations and reforms within the industry;
  • Ø Understanding of alternative investments with the coverage of alternates such as venture capital and private equities, hedge funds, commodities, real estate etc
  • Ø Strategic understanding and knowledge of corporate finance and wealth management with case studies and scenarios developed to address significant issues in the financial industry with global outlook.
  • Ø Basic understanding of estate and trust administration and insolvency practice management to address corporate restructuring and reorganization decision- making process of organisation.
  • Ø Understanding of the workings in the global alternative markets dynamics and products
  • Ø A number of carefully designed BQFin courses will tend to achieve the application of quantitative techniques to:enhance investment performance
    • identify profit opportunities in assets trading
    • develop structured financial products
    • hedge against risks from financial market volatility
    • establish corporate policies to comply with regulations

The programme shall last for a minimum of four sessions of eight strategic semesters or four years and a maximum period of 6years. A total number of 4,500 of contact hours must be covered before graduation. Though, due to the structures of the programme, modular certificate(s) are awarded at the end of each of the first 4 sessions before the graduation.

Entry requirements are flexible and vary, but we generally demand:

Diploma- International General Entry Requirements. Entry requirements are flexible and vary, but we generally demand:

  • By University Matriculation Entry Mode
    • At least S.S.S. Certificate or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credit passes in five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics (Though, mathematics can be waived for some courses) obtained at not more than two sittings; or
  • Pass in appropriate Foundation / Certificate programme; or
  • A distinction or credit pass in the Certificate in Law programme from a recognized university or any other professional or Training in a relevant field from a credited professional or training institution
  • Other similar qualifications; or
  • Mature Entry Route (MER) Minimum age of 30 plus work experience (2 years min) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • Achieved a grade C6 or better in English language O level; or
  • All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their linguistic ability by gaining a minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, prior to receiving an offer for the course.
  • Selection criteria
    • Academic merits based on the academic credits and grades will be used as well;
    • A pass in the entry examination, which forms the crust of the selection to the programme
    • Also, minimum class population admission will also form part of other secondary selection criteri

 

For entry into Year 3 (Advanced Diploma):

  • CPTEC Diploma
  • CIS/ CISI and other Finance Professional Certificate and Part Professional Qualifications
  • OND/BTEC;
  • Certificate from internationally recognised professional body;
  • transfer credits from an internationally accredited university in a relevant field, subject to approval

 

For entry into Year 4 (B.Sc.):

  • Advanced Diploma from CPTEC; OR
  • CIS/ CISI and other Finance Professional Certificate and Final Professional Qualifications
  • HND/BTEC; OR transfer credits from an internationally accredited university in a relevant field, subject to approval; OR
  • Membership of internationally recognized professional body. Subject to approval of the Senate and Board

 

One of our distinguishing features is that at the end of each year of our four-year Bachelor programmes, we award separate certificates issued by CPTEC University:

On successful completion of Year 1, you will be awarded the Certificate

On successful completion of Year 2, you will be awarded the Diploma

On successful completion of Year 3, you will be awarded the Advanced Diploma

Finally, upon successful completion of Year 4, you will be awarded the Bachelor.

 

This offers students more flexibility and the freedom to start a degree without committing to the entire length of the course.

  • The study mode will be both full and part time with lectures, practical and seminars taking place from morning, afternoon, evening and weekends.
  • The mode of study will be class face to face lectures, while the core of lectures will hold in the laboratory where the practical of each lecture will be delivered and experimentation carried out.
  • Periodic seminars and external lecture series from industry professionals and foreign academics

The programme has an inbuilt of a minimum internship placement which forms part of the assessment, this internship will commence and conclude in the respective semester to be communicated with various organisations with pre- arranged MOU. Also, students already in employment in finance and related area capacity in their current employment can be assessed in the current employment according to the format developed for this programme.

There will appropriate exemptions based on credits and further recognitions for the course with exemption in some of the courses on a credit basis. This programme is fully accredited and the accreditation is valid and the Board has commenced the process of further recognition for the programme from various tertiary institutions and professional bodies locally and abroad.

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