MSci Mathematics with Finance
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34|
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.
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 2018
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
Offers will be in the range A*AA-AAB, but will normally be at AAA or AAB (including an A in Mathematics).
GCE AL Maths grade A; IB Maths HL6
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
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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.