Conversion year

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Candidates who have a good undergraduate (BSc) degree or equivalent but whose mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc programme may apply for a place on the Conversion Year for the MSc in Mathematical Finance.

A place on the Conversion Year is normally offered together with a conditional offer for the MSc in Mathematical Finance in the following year, subject to successfully completing the Conversion Year. The normal progression requirement for progression from the Conversion Year to the MSc in Mathematical Finance is a final weighted average at 2:1 level (60% or above) for the modules taken in the Conversion Year.

How to apply

One application needs to be completed to apply for both the Conversion Year and the MSc in Mathematical Finance.

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Once you are ready to apply, click the button above.

As the Conversion Year is an intensive course, potential students should be able demonstrate consistently high academic achievement in their undergraduate degree programme. Whilst applications are considered on an individual basis, intending applicants should be aware that the normal minimum academic requirement for entry to this course is at least an Upper Second Class Honours (UK 2:1) degree (or equivalent).

Programme structure

The conversion year consists of a selection of modules to the value of 120 credits which form part of the undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Finance at the University of York, with emphasis on the mathematical aspects of the course. Module choice is subject to prerequisites, timetabling constraints, availability of modules, and is subject to approval by the programme director.

The available modules may vary from year to year but are likely to include:

Term 1 (Autumn)

  • Calculus (30 credits) (continues into Spring and Summer Terms)
  • Algebra (20 credits) (continues into Spring and Summer Terms)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Statistics I (10 credits)
  • Applied Probability (10 credits)
  • Differential Equations (10 credits)
  • Mathematical Finance I (10 credits)

Terms 2 and 3 (Spring and Summer Terms)

  • Calculus (30 credits) (starts in Autumn, continues through Spring and completes in Summer Term)
  • Algebra (20 credits) (starts in Autumn, continues through Spring and completes in Summer Term)
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
  • Real Analysis (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
  • Linear Algebra (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
  • Vector Calculus (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
  • Statistics II (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
  • Numerical Analysis (10 credits) (Spring Term only)
  • Mathematical Finance II (10 credits) (Spring Term only)

Tuition fees

The standard fee for undergraduate non-laboratory science courses applies to the Conversion Year. The fee applicable to the MSc in Mathematical Finance will be payable in the second year. Please refer to the Fees and Funding page for details.

Contact details

Graduate Administrator

Tel: +44 1904 323097