Will doing a master in Financial Computing help with developing and trading algorithmic strategies as a retail trader? (not financial math but financial computing, course with focus on the computing) Course is one year. Fee is expensive but I cannot use that money for trading. So the only opportunity cost is time (study time that could be spent developing/backtesting strategies). I have two choices: option 1) - do a master in financial computing, and continue with phd (or get a full time job), hopefully with research topic that around using various techniques such as ML to predict time series in the financial market (I am not sure how applicable such research would be to trading my own account) + on my spare time (if I have any) continue working on my own strategies (I would not need any job during my studies) option 2) get a part time job + work on my own strategies Hopefully either option would lead to becoming a self sufficient independent (systematic) trader, but which will be the faster or more reliable route? Suppose for each week, option 1 would require 40 hours of working on my studies/research and 14 hours working on my own trading strategies. If 40% of the former is directly applicable to my own trading, then this sums to total of 30hours a week. Option 2 will require 20 hours per week for a part time job. If I have 4 hours per day to spare, then I will have total of 28 hours per week for my own trading, which is still less then option 1. Thanks for any advice in advance.