As a student of the UCL MSc FM Program, I will share my personal experience, but before I do so I had several questions to ask, regarding what you want, 1. wouldn't it be easier if you shifted/transfer to your desired department within your current IB ?2. assuming you worked for a "top tier" bank the experience on your cv may outweigh the university brand, (I was always under the impression that the university brand was to get you interviews etc, but the brand of your top tier IB may do a better job than a universitiy's, if that may be the case then what's in the course program is far more important than what university you choose, some may beg to differ, BRAND= gets the interview, what/WHO you know= gets you the job. IMO.now about the UCL MSc FM program. Source:Student on the programI think that it would probably NOT recommend it to anyone yet, the course is still to early it's stage to be any good. (but it's the one to look out for in the years to come, but it will be quite some time)There are only a few good modules out of the ones that are currently available. (that's just a optimistic way of saying there are some really BAD ones, which there are).Now I'll do you the favour of when I was in your shoes that I wished some one had done for me. might be slightly off topic.From what I am aware the best Financial Mathematics/ Mathematical Finance course available in the UK, is...... Source: I know 2 members of staff, whom are/were affiliated with the course. The one at OXFORD, MSc Mathematical Finance (part time)/ MSc Mathematical and Computational Finance (Full Time) plus this course seems to meet your requirement of Maths and Computing. You are required to do an admission test. (I did not have the time back then, but I regret not taking the time to do so.) If you are patient then I would recommend applying for this the following academic year as for the current year of 2013 is closed.QuoteOriginally posted by: ArthurDentThe problem with terminal finance degrees like MFE, MSc FM, etc is that it is no longer 2006 and not many places need derivative pricing nowadays...I would do some informational interviews first to see what the market is like, ie ask people for some time when you visit their office to chat about their jobs and firms, but don't ask for a job for yourself.People who enroll of those programs don't enroll for just deriv pricing, "don't need derivative pricing", it's an essential part in understanding derivative and their properties. off topic: alot of people deal with these instruments (just an example but this can applying to modelling too), but not all of whom fully understand their properties, and can/will lead to problems.there was this clip see last link in thread , which I found quite amusing. watch it first before reading on.http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm? ... =94764para
phrasing, the media portrays mathematics as the reason of financial crisis, I personally don't think the maths is to blame, Its just the people who use it. Mathematics is just a tool, like a Gun, it depends on who's using it. If i recall correctly (I may be mistaken), What I've already mentioned, Willmott had already said something similar in a documentary.If could impose that people study mathematical finance I would, (and I wouldn't only because I don't want people taking my loaf of bread ). If you wish to talk more drop me your skype via private message (Saw your Student room post), Now I have to get back to reading ironically, one of Avellaneda papers.