Quants Workshop – Register Now

Kent Business School (KBS) is pleased to be able to offer an optional 1½ week refresher quantitative skills workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of your main MSc Finance programme. The workshop is offered at no extra tuition cost, however students will need to make their own accommodation arrangements and register to attend via the online booking form.

Course Details

The workshop will refresh your knowledge of the quantitative concepts and techniques needed for your Master’s studies. It is organised as a series of short lectures and practical workshops, and you will have the opportunity to go through a series of theoretical and practical exercises with staff from the School. There will be no assessment at the end of the course.

Eligible programmes

MSc Finance (Financial Markets)
MSc Finance (Financial Markets) HKBU Dual Award
MSc Finance (Finance and Management)
MSc Finance (Finance, Investment and Risk)
MSc Finance (International Banking and Finance)
MSc Finance (International Accounting)


Week 1: Mathematics

(Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September Morning Session: 9.00am – 12.00pm)

The mathematics part will be taught in the first week during the morning sessions and provides a review of the essential skills that provide background for the mathematics needed in finance. The syllabus includes algebra review, calculus, series, matrices, and numerical methods.

Week 1: Statistics

(Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September Afternoon Session: 14.00pm – 17.00pm)

The statistics part of the course will be taught in the first week during the afternoon sessions and is an introduction to statistics covering basic probability and inference. The syllabus includes measures of summarising data, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, special distributions, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals, estimation, and simple regression

Week 2: Excel

(Monday 17 September to Tuesday 18 September 9.30am – 12.00pm / 13.00pm – 15.00pm)

The Excel part of the course will be taught in the second week and is an introduction to Excel covering basic material. The syllabus includes Excel basics and producing professional spreadsheets.


For the duration of the 1½ week workshop you will be responsible for arranging and booking your own accommodation. The University does have a limited amount of rooms available in Rutherford College, which students can apply for on a first come first served basis, details of which are noted below:

  • Accommodation on campus will need to be booked via the Conference Office website
  • Campus accommodation can be booked from Sunday 02 September 2018 – Saturday 15 September 2018 only
  • Promotion Code to use when booking: PRESESSIONAL
  • Nightly rate £30.00 for bed and breakfast accommodation in Rutherford College (bedding and towels included)

In the case of any enquiries relating to accommodation, please contact the Conference Office on +44 (0)1227 828000.

Please note, all students will be required to vacate this accommodation by 10.00 on Saturday 15 September 2018. Students will be able to move to their term time accommodation (if they have been offered accommodation on campus for the duration of the academic year) from midday on Saturday 15 September 2018.


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