MSci Mathematics with Finance
G2N3 - with Year in Industry
|Duration||4 years / 5 years and a 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:
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Learning and teaching
Lectures, seminars and tutorials
All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, examples classes, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module 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 the first term, the ‘Foundations’ module helps you with the transition from A level to university mathematics.
Private study and support
In addition to lectures and seminars, you should spend about 20 hours per week in private study. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics, and we advise you attempt all coursework problems, whether formally assessed or not. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services and you are encouraged to discuss mathematical problems or questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through lunchtime mathematics surgeries or our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.
Project and computer work
There are modules at all levels that involve project work and report writing, and the final year project is a major piece of research and writing that allows you to go into depth for a specific area under the guidance of a member of academic staff. You can choose from wide range of possible project topics each year, or negotiate a topic/title with a member of academic staff. Several of the modules develop skills to use a range of modern computer tools for working with data, programming or symbolic algebra as well as typesetting and presentation.
Once you have mastered the foundations, our mathematics programmes offer in later years a wide range of options within the programme. In addition to the named degrees with study abroad, professional experience and year in industry, you can take optional (called elective) modules from all over the university in later years. These options are subject to your availability, having the appropriate background (pre-requisites) and certain programme constraints.
A research and practice led culture
You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising internationally-recognised mathematicians, scientists and practitioners active across a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and applications. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest mathematical research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become actively involved in a research project yourself.
Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the coursework helps you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically as the degree progresses. 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. Some modules have tests, essays, presentations and/or project reports that contribute to the assessment.
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’.