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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 2016


Full time:

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



Full-time: £9,000 per year


Full-time: £13,000 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Who is it for?

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


By studying the Mathematics with Finance and Economics degree you will have the opportunity to study a broad range of topics in areas such as financial markets, corporate finance, various kinds of economics along with a range of mathematical techniques.

  • 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.
  • Upon graduation, you will be equipped to embark on a wide variety of careers.


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

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points, 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).

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

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall score, with at least 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. Find out more about:

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

UCAS code: G1L1

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
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UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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.


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

Find out more about placements.

The School's placements team and Tech City

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

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Teaching and learning

PC-based laboratory sessions

On this course you will be taught in excellent facilities ensure that lectures and tutorials are supported through PC-based laboratory sessions and web-based learning material. Tutorials give students an opportunity to discuss the content of their lectures or coursework with an academic staff member.

Small-group tutorial

A particular feature of the 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. Professional placements do not contribute to the final degree classification but are indicated on the degree certificate.

Assessment weightings by year

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


BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance and Economics combines topics in mathematics with various aspects of finance and economics including financial markets, corporate finance, and labour economics.

Year 1

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 2

Core modules include:

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

Elective modules include:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical mathematics
  • Sequences and series
  • Intermediate macroeconomics 1 and 2
  • Intermediate microeconomics 1 and 2.

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Mathematical methods
  • Group project.

Elective modules include:

  • Discrete mathematics
  • Differential equations for finance
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Dynamical systems
  • 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
  • Monetary economics
  • Economics of European integration
  • Money and banking
  • Industrial organisation.

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.

Graduate destinations

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
  • Sainsbury's.

Professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries

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

85% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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