The UK PhD Centre in Financial Computing was established at University College London (UCL) in collaboration with academic partners the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London Business School (LBS), supported by partnerships with twenty leading financial institutions. It is the first major collaboration between the financial services industry and academia.
The Centre engages academic advisors who are extremely highly regarded and experienced in the field of financial computing, allowing our PhD students to work with the best supervisors to achieve a deep knowledge of their research subject areas.
Financial Computing spans Financial IT, Computational Finance and Financial Engineering. The PhD research areas include software engineering, computational statistics and machine learning, network, high performance computing, mathematical modelling, and statistical & signal processing.
In 2007 the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) launched a £250m initiative to create 44 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK, to train over 2000 doctorate students. Awards were made to universities around the country, and UCL was particularly successful in being awarded nine centres.
CDTs are a bold new approach to training PhD students. They are an initiative widely supported by business and industry. The aim of each centre is to create a community of researchers working on current and future challenges. The multidisciplinary centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues. They also create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.