MSci Mathematics with Finance
G2N3 - with Year in Industry
|Duration||4 years / 5 years with Year in Industry|
|Typical offer||A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD|
- MSci Mathematics with Finance (UCAS code G1N8)
- MSci Mathematics with Finance and a Year in Industry (UCAS code G2N3)
Mathematics with Finance utilises the expertise from both the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and The Business School.
This programme provides invaluable mathematics skills alongside a theoretical background in finance. It introduces advanced financial techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management and portfolio management. Our graduates find employment with financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment and unit trusts, as well as stock-broking and financial advisory work.
This combination of skills makes graduates from this programme very attractive to a wide range of employers. This course is designed to be relevant, innovative and challenging. You will receive research-led teaching, meaning that you will study and learn with the experts - those who are shaping the field of study.
Choosing Mathematics at Exeter gives you:
- The flexibility and freedom to choose a wide range of optional modules - enabling you to sample various disciplines and specialise if desired.
- Research led teaching - all academic staff are active, internationally recognised researchers across a wide range of mathematical topics.
- First-class equipment and excellent facilities - a £2.8 million investment including a major expansion of computer facilities and completely refitted lecture theatres.
- Staff committed to helping you make the best mathematics career choices - you'll be guided at every step to help you choose the best mathematics option for you.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
In addition to taking core modules in Mathematics, you will learn about the operation of financial markets, and will gain an understanding of the role of economics in business and in public and private decision making.
You will take a range of core and optional modules in Mathematics. The available options include areas relevant to Business, such as statistics and statistical modelling. In the Finance modules, you will gain a deeper understanding of the tools used in microeconomic analysis.
Year in industry
If you choose the ‘with Year in Industry’ variant of this degree, your placement will take place in your third year. During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. You will then take the modules listed below in your fourth and fifth years of study.
In Mathematics, you will be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules. In the Finance modules, you will learn about the theory of decision-making
Your 4th year will involve further advanced modules relevant to your pathway, and a substantial research led M-level project supervised by a staff member in the appropriate research group
Entry requirements 2020
A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD
GCE AL Maths grade A
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB Maths HL6 and/or Analysis and Approaches
BTEC Extended Diploma (2010 and 2016)
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A
International students should check details of our English language requirements
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
A research- and practice-led culture
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you would typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module every week and example classes every fortnight, except for modules involving computing or project work. Thus in the first year you would typically have around 16 contact hours per week.
In addition to this, you are expected to spend about 20 hours per week in private study. The tutorials and exercise classes enable you to discuss the lecture material and coursework problems. Further support is available at lunchtime mathematics surgeries run by postgraduate students. You are encouraged to discuss any mathematical problems or questions that may arise with the lecturer. All lecturers have advertised office hours when they are available to provide help. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics so coursework is set in each module.
Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the assessed coursework will help you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically from fairly simple beginnings. Written examinations for mathematics modules are held in January and May/June of the first and second years and in May/June of each subsequent year. Most modules also have either a mid-term test or coursework contributing to the assessment.
Coursework typically contributes 20 per cent to the assessment of all modules except in the final year of the MMath and MSci programmes. In the third and fourth years several modules allow you to undertake further coursework to contribute to your overall degree classification.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your final degree classification.
Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.
We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Careers and employability web pages to find out more.
This combination of skills makes graduates from this programme very attractive to a wide range of employers. All the courses are all designed to be relevant, innovative and challenging. You will receive research-led teaching, meaning that you will study and learn with the experts - those who are shaping the field of study and writing core texts.
All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.
MSci Mathematics with Finance and a Year in Industry
The MSci Mathematics with Finance and a Year in Industry programme (UCAS code G2N3) includes an industrial placement which takes place in the third year of this five-year degree.
Your placement will be spent working in an appropriate business or industry related to mathematics, and you will benefit from our established connections with local, national and multinational organisations. We find that our students gain valuable experience from working in industry. As well as increasing their first-hand knowledge, they also improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance their employability.
Who is this for?
The 'with Year in Industry' option is available for our Exeter-based BSc and MMath Mathematics degrees, and for BSc Mathematical Sciences on Penryn Campus.
Does it count towards my degree?
Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.
How does it affect my tuition fee?
During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. In 2016/17 the fee was £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). Visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.
How do I apply?
You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code at the top of this page.
Preparation and support
We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module 'Employability and Placement Preparation’ takes place at the start of your first year. This is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.