This degree has been developed to help you explore the different aspects of modern mathematics, economic theory and financial structures.
To help you prepare for your future career ambitions, this course places an emphasis on applied mathematics. It has been designed to help you develop the ability to cast and solve real-world problems and develop the highly valued problem-solving and communication skills that are required in a range sectors, such as finance and business.
Taught by specialists from the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Economics and City’s Cass Business School, the Mathematics with Finance and Economics BSc (Hons) at City will prepare you for a rewarding future career in a range of sectors or a variety of postgraduate study options.
The course will provide you with an understanding of mathematical methods – including computing and computational mathematics, statistics and probability – and how to apply them to real-world problems.
You will also develop your knowledge of financial and economic theory, such as financial markets, corporate finance, and micro- and macroeconomics.
As well as giving you a sound theoretical foundation, the course also has a practical and vocational edge, offering an exciting opportunity to find a paid, one-year placement after your second year. Placements are paid up to £25,000 pro rata per year, with some organisations choosing to exceeding this.
Our Mathematics with Finance and Economics BSc (Hons) graduates are in high demand, especially in the financial sector.
Good performance in certain modules can lead to exemption recommendations from professional examinations of the Insitute and Faculty of Actuaries.
In addition, the following is required:
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.
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics and International Foundation in Actuarial Science.
City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of 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.
International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
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 or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 15th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2021 will be considered only at City’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.
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.
* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.
** The fee for this course is £16,320 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
With a wide range of funding sources available, our award-winning Student Centre is on hand to provide you with all the financial advice and support you need for funding your Mathematics with Finance and Economics course at City.
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.
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At City, you have the option to complete a work placement of 9-15 months between your second and third year, enabling you to gain professional experience. If you complete a placement, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance and Economics with Placement degree upon successfully completing the programme. Students that complete a placement year have been found to be more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.
Placements can offer the opportunity to contribute to real-world projects. Our students have previously secured placements and internships at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, EY, GE Capital, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music.
The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has its own dedicated placements team, the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU). While placements are not guaranteed, we do have longstanding relationships with a diverse range of companies. In addition, the PLU provides students with specialised placement support and guidance to increase their chances of securing a relevant placement. When applying for placements students receive one-to-one PLU support tailored to the individual needs of students. In addition, the PLU also collaborates with our Careers Service to support you if you wish to take a summer internship at the end of an academic year.
At the heart of cosmopolitan London, City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be a Mathematics student and take your first steps towards an exciting future.
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.
The Mathematics with Finance and Economics BSc (Hons) at City is a multi-disciplined degree, where learning takes place in a highly energised, supportive environment with experienced academic staff from the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Economics and City’s Cass Business School.
Throughout your degree, teaching and learning at City is focused on developing your knowledge and enthusiasm for mathematics, finance and economics. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and offered all the support you need to develop your academic self-confidence.
To ensure a smooth transition from secondary education to undergraduate study, small weekly group tutorials are held in the first year. These provide you with intensive individual assistance for the core module topics. In your final year, you will carry out your own research project, choosing from a wide variety of topics that suit your particular interests and career ambitions.
For around 30 hours per week, private study enables you to spend time on background reading, note revision, tutorial problems, coursework and individual or group work on projects.
You will be assigned your own personal tutor. They will provide small group tutorials throughout your first year, and will be available to help you throughout your time at City. Your tutor will also provide support for course topics and other matters, and serve as a link with other resources within City and elsewhere.
All lectures and tutorials are taught in a stimulating learning environment, supported through PC-based laboratory sessions.
Assessment is based on examination and coursework. Marks are weighted in a 1:3:6 ratio for the three years of study to produce an overall aggregate.
In the third year of your degree, a core module consists of a group project. The group is assessed by a group written report and an individual presentation on the project. Also, a small number of modules require students to give presentations.
You will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include a provisional grade or mark. For end-of-module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end of module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks.
The timescale for feedback on final-year projects or dissertations may be longer.
Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy.
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
In the first year of your course you will focus on the core material, including basic programming, economics and statistics that will set a solid foundation for your studies in mathematics, finance and economics. You will learn the underlying concepts and principles of mathematics, programming, economics and statistics and how to apply these to specific problems.
In the second year, you can choose from an increasing range of options, as you begin to pursue your interests further. You will master more advanced mathematical techniques and learn how to apply these to real-life problem-solving.
In the third year, most modules are optional and a variety of mathematics, finance, statistics and economics options are available for you to choose from. You will further develop a systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of advanced mathematics, finance and economics. You will have access to modules that draw on current mathematics research and will be exposed to new areas of mathematics with applications to finance, biology and physics.
In year one, you will concentrate on developing basic mathematical skills and gaining knowledge in important financial and economic topics. Your first year will lay the foundation for any specialisation chosen in years two and three.
You will take the following core modules:
In year two, you will continue to develop your mathematical skills and economic knowledge by taking advanced core modules. Additionally, you are given the opportunity to choose some elective modules.
You will take the following core modules:
You will then choose between the following groups of two modules:
You will also choose a mathematics elective module. Options currently include (15 credits each):
In year three, you will take two core modules and five elective modules specialising according to your own mathematical and economic interests. You will also take part in a group project and undertake your own mathematical research, closely supervised by an academic member of the department.
Year three consists of 120 credits. You will take 45 credits from core modules and 75 from a wide range of elective modules.
You will choose five elective modules, two mathematics, two finance related and one other elective module. All third year electives are 15 credits each.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
At City, the Mathematics with Finance and Economics degree prepares you for future employment by providing you with vital, transferable skills highly valued by employers in the financial and business sectors. As a result, you will find a wide range of career avenues open to you.
Many of our graduates secure jobs in the financial sector, going on to work in roles such as financial consultant, investment banker, and customer service officer for organisations such as:
If you are interested in further study, you may wish to explore postgraduate study options, such as an MSc or a PhD in a Mathematics-related area, or specialist training for particular professions. Many of our graduates go onto specialist training, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Chartered Financial Analyst or Chartered Accountant training.
Our Careers Service offers the advice, information and skills you need to make a smooth transition into the world of work.