Machine Learning Institute CertificateInfo Session: 6th September, 18.30 BST

Enhanced MLI syllabus

  • The MLI is now comprised of 2 levels
  • 3 Primers
  • 8 modules over 36 lectures
  • End of Module Online Tests
  • Practical final project and a final exam which can be taken from any global location online using our live invigilation platform.
  • Lifelong Learning, half day workshop: A Practical Guide to Customizing Large Language Models (LLMs)

Practical Examples:

Throughout the MLI, students will receive practical examples such as post-class homework, exercises, and mini-projects to enhance their understanding of the module lectures. These exercises are not mandatory and will not receive a grade. Students are encouraged to share their approaches and ideas on the forum, recommended solutions will be provided by the faculty  for comparison.

Module Tests:

Students are required to take an on-line multiple choice test at the end of each module, counting towards the final grade. After completion of Module 8 students sit the unseen written examination virtually at their own desktop. The exam is taken on the same day worldwide. The MLI is a career-enhancing professional qualification, that can be taken worldwide.

Mathematics for Machine Learning

Tuesday 26th September 2023: 09.00 – 17.00


  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Matrix Decompositions
  • Vector Calculus
  • Probability
  • Probability Distributions
  • Continuous Optimization
  • Risk and Pricing

Python for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday 3rd October 2023: 09.00 – 17.00


Python is the de factolingua franca of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Familiarity with Python is a must for modern data scientists.

The MLI Python Primers are designed to take you from the very foundations to state-of-the-art use of modern Python libraries.

You will learn the fundamentals of the Python programming language, play with Jupyter notebooks, proceed to advanced Python language features, learn to use distributed task queues (Celery), learn to work with data using NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, and Pandas, examine state-of-the-art machine learning libraries (Scikit-Learn, Keras, TensorFlow, and Theano), and complete a realistic, real-life data science lab.


  • The fundamentals of the Python programming language and Jupyter notebooks
    • Jupyter notebooks
    • The Python syntax
    • Data types, duck typing
    • Data structures: lists, sets, and dictionaries
    • Data types
  • Advanced Python features; distributed tasks queues with Celery
    • List comprehensions
    • Lambdas
    • Objects
    • The Global Interpreter Lock (GIL)
    • Multithreading and multiprocessing
    • Distributed task queues with Celery
  • Python libraries for working with data: NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, and Pandas
    • Multidimensional arrays in NumPy
    • Linear algebra and optimisation with SciPy
    • Data visualisation in Matplotlib
    • Time series data
    • Dealing with Pandas DataFrames
  • Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn; Deep Learning with Keras, TensorFlow, and Theano
    • Overview of machine learning
    • Introduction to Scikit-Learn
    • Keras and TensorFlow
    • Introduction to Theano

Advanced Python Techniques

Thursday 5th October 2023: 09.00 – 17.00

09.00 – 12.30: Advanced Python Features and Putting them to use in Practice

  • Algorithmics and graph theory
  • Prime numbers
  • Cryptography
  • Blockchain
  • Distributed Computing with Python

13.30 – 17.00: High Performance Python

 Outline syllabus 


·         Profiling 

·         The use of NumPy and SciPy over pure python 

·         The importance of optimised NumPy and SciPy 

·         The use of Cython and ctypes to integrate compiled code 

·         Just In Time Compilation using Numba  

·         Distributed computing frameworks  

·         Numerical precision and speed 

·         Using specialised instead of generalised algorithms 

·         NAG Library for Python  



Python is a superb prototyping language that allows us to develop high quality data analyses and simulations in a relatively short amount of time.  The cost we pay for this is performance.  Python is essentially an interpreted and single threaded language which puts severe limitations on its speed.  In this session we will learn a range of techniques that will allow us to discover which parts of our Python code are slow and what we can do to speed things up. 

Level 1: Machine Learning Institute Certificate in Finance (MLI)


  • Level 1 Starts: Tuesday 10th October 2023
  • Lectures Start at 18.00 UK Time

Module 1 – Supervised Learning:

In this module, the concepts related to algorithmically learning from data are introduced. The candidates are given an early taste of a supervised machine learning application before going through the fundamental building blocks starting from linear regression and classification models to kernels and the theory underpinning support vector machines and then to the powerful techniques of ensemble learning.

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to The MLI / Linear regression and regularization
  • Lecture 2: Ensemble methods
  • Lecture 3: Kernel methods
  • Lecture 4: Introduction to Bayesian modelling

Mock Module Test:

Module 1 deals with the fundamentals of machine learning. Practical exercises, examples and projects will follow in later modules. Module 1 will include a mock test, to assist students with the end of module online tests.

End of Module 1 Online Test

Module 2 – Deep Learning:

  • Lecture 5: Machine learning: Origins and Challenges
  • Lecture 6: Neural Networks
  • Lecture 7: Building Neural Networks
  • Lecture 8: Deep learning, machine intelligence and consciousness
  • Lecture 9: Deep learning volatility

Module 2 Optional Practical Mini Projects:

  • Simulate a “Conscious” Computer

The main intent is to see if students can simulate a conscious computer and have it respond to a few basic questions. More complicated functions are welcome.

  • Predict Corporate Bond Spread Changes

The purpose of this project is to provide students with intuition regarding linear regression, non-linear regression and neural networks.

End of Module 2 Online Test

Module 3 – Unsupervised Learning and Alternative Data

  • Lecture 10: Introduction and dimensionality reduction
  • Lecture 11:  Clustering algorithms
  • Lecture 12: PCA and autoencoders
  • Lecture 13: Alternative data

End of Module 3 Online Test

Module 4 – Practitioner’s Approach to Machine Learning:

  • Lecture 14: Hardware of machine learning
  • Lecture 15: Reproducibility and Deployment of Data Science Workflows
  • Lecture 16: Feature engineering and model tuning
  • Lecture 17: Differential machine learning

End of Module 4 Online Test.

End of MLI Level 1

Level 1 Faculty Q&A Sessions: 18.00 GMT & 18.00 EST

Level 2: Machine Learning Institute Certificate in Finance (MLI)


  • Level 2 Starts: Tuesday 6th February 2024
  • Lectures Start at 18.00 UK Time

Module 5 – Reinforcement Learning

  • Lecture 18: Reinforcement Learning: introduction
  • Lecture 19: Reinforcement Learning: implementation
  • Lecture 20: Reinforcement learning for market making and wealth management
  • Lecture 21: Reinforcement learning for optimal order execution

End of Module 5 Online Test

Module 6 – Time Series:

  • Lecture 22: Financial time series data
  • Lecture 23: Time series analysis
  • Lecture 24: Practical lab session
  • Lecture 25: Introduction to time series signatures

End of Module 6 Quizzes.

Module 7 – NLP, Generative AI & Large Language Models

  • Lecture 26: Training LLMs for Quant Finance
  • Lecture 27:  GPT-3: Key Concepts & Use Cases
  • Lecture 28: Deep learning for text
  • Lecture 29: Foundation NLP Models for ESG data extraction
  • Lecture 30: Attention, transformers, and BERT
  • Lecture 31: Generative modelling, variational autoencoders, and GANs
  • Lecture 32: A data-driven market simulator for small data environments

End of Module 7 Online Test

Module 8 – Quantum Machine Learning     

  • Lecture 33: Introduction to quantum computing
  • Lecture 34: Variational circuits as machine learning methods
  • Lecture 35: Quantum models as kernel methods
  • Lecture 36: Potential quantum advantages

End of Module 8 Online Test

Level 2 Faculty Q&A Sessions: 18.00 GMT & 18.00 EST

Lifelong Learning Workshop: Monday 22nd April: 13.00 – 17.00

  • A Practical Guide to Customizing Large Language Models (LLMs)

Examination & Final Project

Final Examination: 

Examination Preparation Session: Tuesday 30th April 2024

Examination Date: Tuesday 14th May 2024

  • Candidates will sit a formal examination on a computer. The exam is taken online by students globally.

Final Project:

Hand in Date: Friday 28th June 2024

At the end of the programme, candidates apply the theoretical and practical skills acquired to a real world application within the financial services industry.

The assessment will take into account the quality and the originality of the work as well as the clarity of its presentation.

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