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    1. 2017
    2. 2016

Mathematics with Finance and Economics

BSc (Hons) |
City's BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance and Economics provides an introduction to a range of mathematical techniques and various aspects of finance and economics.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years or 4 years including a professional placement



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 fee TBC)


Full-time: £13,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 fee TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at mathematics students with a particular interest in financial and economic theory.


This course provides students with an understanding of mathematics and aspects of financial and economic theory such as financial markets, corporate finance or micro- and macroeconomics.

  • This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of mathematics, finance and economy and focuses on the application of mathematical theory to financial and economic problems. All modules are taught by specialists from the Department of Mathematics, the Cass Business School and the Department of Economics.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a paid one year placement after your second year. You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid placement scheme. Placements are paid up to £25,000 pro rata per year, with some organisations choosing to exceed this.
  • City graduates are highly sought after in many different roles and many of our graduates secure careers in the financial sector. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to roles at Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Lloyds TSB, KPMG, Natwest, John Lewis, British Museum, UK Border Agency, Orange and Sainsbury's.


Good performance in certain modules can lead to exemptions from professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: AAB (including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics).
  • Tariff: 136 UCAS tariff points (including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • BTEC: DD with an 'A' Level grade A in Mathematics.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 34 points (including Higher Level Mathematics at grade 6).
  • Mixed qualifications: We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: DD in Applied Business, with a grade A in 'A' Level Mathematics.

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Summer internships - these can be taken every summer on completion of the academic year

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

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Teaching and learning

To ease the transition from school to university environment we provide in the first year of study weekly small-group tutorials, which provide intensive individual assistance for the topics of the core modules.

In the final year, students will carry out their own research project chosen from a wide variety of mathematical topics.

Assessment within modules is based on examination and coursework whereby marks are weighted in a ratio 1:3:6 for the three years of study to produce an overall aggregate.

Modern facilities ensure that all lectures and tutorials are taught in a stimulating learning environment and can be supported through PC-based laboratory sessions.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


This course provides students with an understanding of important aspects of mathematics and of aspects of financial and economic theory such as financial markets, corporate finance or micro- and macroeconomics.

Year 1

You will concentrate on developing basic mathematical skills and gaining knowledge in important financial and economic topics. Year one lays the foundation for any specialisation chosen in years two and three.

You will take the following core modules:

  • Algebra
  • Functions, vectors and calculus
  • Introduction to probability statistics
  • Programming and computational mathematics
  • Number theory and cryptography
  • Introduction to microeconomics
  • Introduction to macroeconomics

Year 2

You will continue to develop your mathematical skills and economic knowledge by taking advanced core modules. Additionally, you are given the opportunity to choose three modules from a pool of elective modules.

You will take the following core modules:

  • Real and complex analysis
  • Vector calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Finance and financial reporting A

You will then choose between the following groups of two modules:

  • Intermediate microeconomics I and II
  • Intermediate macroeconomics I and II

You will also choose one of the following elective modules:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Sequences and series
  • Numerical mathematics

Year 3

You will take two core modules and specialise according to your own mathematical and economic interests. You will choose five elective modules from a diverse pool of options, which allows them to gain advanced knowledge in areas such as modern applications of mathematics, modeling and applied mathematics, discrete mathematics and application and statistical processes and applications.

Additionally you will take part in a group project and undertake your own mathematical research, closely supervised by an academic member of the department.

You will take the following core modules:

  • Mathematical methods
  • Research group project

You will choose two of the following elective mathematics modules:

  • Discrete mathematics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Mathematical processes for finance
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics

You will also choose three of the following elective finance and economic modules:

  • Corporate finance
  • International finance
  • Financial economics
  • History of economic thought
  • Finance and financial reporting B
  • Monetary economics
  • Economics of European integration
  • Money and banking
  • Industrial organisation
  • Operational research

Career prospects

City graduates are equipped with a variety of mathematical skills. You will find a wide range of careers open to you. The ability to think logically and abstractly, to solve problems and to model real-world phenomena are highly sought after by employers.

Given City's location many recent graduates have been employed by large firms in the financial or industrial sector, while others have gone into education, Civil Service and research. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to roles at:

  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • Lloyds TSB
  • KPMG
  • Natwest
  • John Lewis
  • British Museum
  • UK Border Agency
  • Orange
  • Sainsbury's
85% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats

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