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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Finance

Stand out from the competition with a combined degree

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

GL11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

Clearing and adjustment 2019

Seeking bright minds for 2019! We have limited places available on some of our courses.

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Today's financial firms look for those who can carry out sophisticated work with the latest tools.

This maths and finance degree provides the training you need to succeed in finance.

93% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

5th in the Russell Group

for mathematics.
Guardian University Guide 2019

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial and seminar system will support you throughout your degree.

Course content

In this three-year maths and finance degree, you'll take modules in mathematics, statistics and financial economics. There will also be opportunities to study business finance, computer programming, and other options.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

The first year develops a foundation in maths and statistics, as well as in general and financial economics.

Mathematics modules

Economics modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Your second year will consist of six core modules spread across the Department of Mathematics and Department of Economics and Related Studies. We emphasise consolidating quantitative and analytical skills, while still studying core concepts.

Mathematics modules

Economics modules

Year 3

In the final year, you will learn methods of quantitative finance. You'll use techniques to model and forecast interest rates and stock prices.

You'll take 60 credits of core modules in Economics, and 20 credits of core modules in Mathematics. You'll also choose 40 credits from a list of option modules in Mathematics.

Core modules

Economics modules
Mathematics

Option modules

Choose 40 credits from the following: 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Confidently identify those problems that can be analysed by standard mathematical techniques, and those situations in society and business where financial principles can provide insight, and be able to apply those techniques and principles successfully.
  • Recognise when an unfamiliar problem is open to pure mathematical investigation and/or mathematical modelling, and be able to adapt and/or synthesise a range of mathematical approaches (including abstraction or numerical approximation) to investigate the problem.
  • Deploy the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by finance specialists, particularly as regards risk, both to help make financial decisions and to understand formal models of market participants’ behaviour, with an appreciation of the purpose and scope of such methods and models.
  • Use logical reasoning to critically analyse statements, arguments or conjectures made by others, and be able to justify the mathematical principles they choose for such a critique.
  • Use statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data, in applying and testing models or in financial forecasting.
  • Engage with, and draw on, academic and professional research in Finance, with an ability to distinguish different themes within it, and to synthesise ideas from it.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate financial policies, of government and/or other institutions.
  • Communicate complex mathematical and financial ideas clearly, at a level appropriate for the intended audience.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. They will be updated with fees for 2020 as soon as they are available. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We're still confirming opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21. More information will be available in the autumn.

Funding 2019/20

Here are some opportunities for students joining us this September. Similar opportunities will be available next year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive online material, including a discussion forum.

  • Small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core lecture ideas, but also teach skills needed for employment after graduation.
  • Small group seminars support modules through your first and second year, along with problems classes.
  • Third-year lectures are typically smaller and usually include weekly seminars or problems classes.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars288 hours276 hours240 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Departments of Economics and Mathematics which are both on Campus West. Teaching will be at a variety of locations across Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your maths and finance degree assessments will be mainly examinations and regular homework. In your third year, you'll begin a final project that combines a final report, poster presentation, and short written assignments.

  • Feedback may be through written comments, in-class discussion, model answers, or online discussion board responses.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams91%100%100%
Coursework5%0%0%
Practical exams4%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Maths and finance degree graduates are in great demand by a wide range of employers. They value the strong analytical and problem-solving skills you'll develop over the course of the degree.

Career opportunities

  • Banking and financial services
  • Computing and IT
  • Engineering
  • Public administration
  • Logistics
  • Hospitality and sales
  • Telecommunications

Transferable skills

  • Quantitative analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Mathematics

Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85% average, including 85% in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including HL6 in Mathematics

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with no less than 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If we make you an offer, we'll invite you to visit the Department between November and April. You can meet our current students and staff, and have a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

We will offer you an interview if you present with a strong school performance and application. The interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, but if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A level grade (or equivalent).

Next steps

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Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

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Department of Economics and Related Studies, Department of Mathematics

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