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 Student in Finance? This is the award for you!

Are you currently registered for a Masters degree? 
Enter the QuantAwards competition, keep an eye on our website for details of next year's competition.

2019 QUANTAWARDS WINNERS - Congratulations!

1st PRIZE Winner: 

Sophie Emerson, University College Cork, Ireland

"Investor regime analysis using self-organising maps and hierarchical clustering"

PRIZE: €2,000 + CFA Program Exam registration 

2nd PRIZE Winner: 

Ruairí Kennedy, University College Cork, Ireland 

"Dynamic regime-based asset allocation using international equity flow data"

PRIZE: €1,000 + CFA Program Exam registration 

3rd PRIZE Winners: (Joint 3rd Prize)

Robert Sketch, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

"A deep learning approach to predicting UK stock returns"


David Luke O'Shea, University College Cork, Ireland

"Using artificial neural networks to predict returns one period ahead with market flow data"

PRIZE: €500 + ​CFA Program Exam registration

The 2019 QuantAwards were the 9th edition of QuantAwards, and the 5th European edition with the participation of CFA Society France, CFA Society Ireland and CFA Society Netherlands.

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 Schedule 2020

  • ​Registration deadline:  tba
  • Final dissertation must be submitted by: tba
  • Results will be announced end of Mid Oct
  • Award Ceremony will take place in January 2021


  • ​Dissertations should focus on a portfolio management issue.  The subject covered must include a strong practical element that has relevance to finance practitioners as well as academics
  • Marking criteria are: Presentation, Accuracy and Completeness, Applicability and Relevance, and Innovation.
  • Submissions must be between 5 and 7 pages and be written in English
  • The dissertation can be accompanied by appendices that the candidate considers appropriate
  • Entry is free​

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"The awards provide a platform for students to develop and combine quantitative, technical and theoretical skills to solve a practical problem. Students gain an understanding of the relevance of their academic research to industry practice. The skills developed working on the project provide an entry point to a career in finance, where quantitative skills are highly sought after."



Don’t try to summarize an entire thesis in five pages.

Understand what is important and focus on that.

Don’t overload the report with results.

Put the research in context – why is it useful?

It’s not just about the quant. Language, readability and format count. If you can’t explain to the judges what you have done, then they can’t award a high mark

John O'Brien, Quantitative Investment Expert, Lecturer in Finance, Director MSc Finance, Cork University Business School

University College Cork. Winner of the University Prize, 2019