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Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics  BSc (Hons) / MMath (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) / MMath (Hons) Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics provides an introduction to a range of mathematical techniques and various aspects of finance and economics.

Overview

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City's Mathematics with Finance and Economics BSc (Hons) /MMath (Hons) degree offer you the opportunity to study a broad range of topics in areas such as financial markets, corporate finance and various kinds of economics along with a range of mathematical techniques. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to embark on a wide variety of careers.

You cannot apply directly to the Mathematics with Finance and Economics MMath (Hons). There is a common entry in the first year for both the BSc (Hons) and MMath (Hons) versions of the course. To enter the MMath (Hons) course you need to obtain a 60% average in your second year.

Why study Mathematics with Finance and Economics at City University London?

  • All modules in our courses are taught by specialists in the corresponding field.
  • You have the opportunity to undertake a paid one-year placement with a salary typically between £15,000 and £22,000 pro rata per year.
  • 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 some professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points or ABB at 'A' Level, including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in Higher Mathematics
  • GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

G1L1

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points or ABB at 'A' Level, including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A.
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in Higher Mathematics.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language grade C (or equivalent).


English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall score, with at least 6.0 in each of the four sub components

INTO 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 at City, 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 this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
MMath (Hons): 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.
Duration:

Full-time:

BSc (Hons): 3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.

MMath (Hons): 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

Bsc (Hons)/ MMAth (Hons) Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics combines topics in mathematics with various aspects of finance and economics including financial markets, corporate finance, and labour economics.

 

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, students concentrate on basic mathematical techniques.

Core modules include:

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

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Vector calculus
  • Complex variable
  • Linear algebra and group theory
  • Finance and financial reporting A.

Elective modules include:

  • Dynamical systems
  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical mathematics
  • Real analysis
  • Intermediate macroeconomics 1 & 2
  • Intermediate microeconomics 1 & 2.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Mathematical methods
  • Group project.

Elective modules include:

  • Discrete mathematics
  • Differential equations for finance
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical models and modelling
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical processes for finance
  • Groups and symmetry
  • Operational research
  • Corporate finance
  • International finance
  • Financial economics
  • History of economic thought
  • Finance and financial reporting B
  • Labour economics
  • Topics in health economics
  • Development economics
  • Industrial organisation.

MMath (Hons) students study two compulsory special topics.

MMath (Hons): Year four

The MMath (Hons) in Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics is an integrated Masters degree and is a four year version of the corresponding three year degree. Students can transfer to the MMath (Hons) after obtaining a 60 per cent average in year two. The fourth year of the MMath (Hons) contains compulsory modules on special topics and a second project.

Teaching and Assessment

Excellent facilities have been developed so that lectures and tutorials are supported through PC-based laboratory sessions and web-based learning material. Tutorials give you an opportunity to discuss the content of your lectures or coursework with a member of our academic staff. A particular feature of our course is the weekly small-group tutorial for first year students, which provides intensive individual assistance in the early stages of the course.

Assessment is based on coursework, project work and examinations. Marks for the MMath (Hons) course, the marks are weighted in the ratio 1:3:6:6 for the four years. A professional placement will not contribute to the final degree classification but will be indicated on the degree certificate.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

You may take a one year placement in industry between the second and third years. During the first and especially the second year, students receive careers support to help them to identify and apply for placements.


Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team 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 a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

After this degree, you are equipped with the mathematical skills for a wide variety of careers in industry, commerce (including business, finance and accountancy), education, the Civil Service and research. Good performance in certain modules can lead to exemptions from some professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries.

Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics

UCAS code: G1L1