MSci Mathematics, Business and Finance

UCAS codeG1N1
Duration4 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
DisciplineMathematical Sciences
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Mathematics with business utilises the expertise from both the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and The Business School.

You will gain detailed knowledge of the various functional areas of a business, a broad appreciation of the environment in which businesses operate,and the range of skills necessary for high employability in the business market whilst gaining invaluable mathematical skills.

This combination of skills makes graduates from this programme very attractive to a wide range of employers. All our courses are 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.

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.

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.

Programme structure

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.

Year 1

In addition to taking core modules in Mathematics, you will acquire a broad understanding of the fundamentals of Accounting. If you have not studied Economics at A-level, you will be required to take the Introduction to Microeconomics module in place of an optional Mathematics module.

Year 2

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 Accounting modules, you will gain a thorough grasp of the major techniques of modern management accounting, and will see how mathematical tools such as linear programming are used in commercial decision-making.

Year 3

In Mathematics, you will be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules. In Accounting, you will study theoretical and practical aspects of the key investment questions faced by firms and by individuals.

Year 4

In the final year, you will take advanced modules from Mathematics and from the Business School, and will carry out an individual project supervised by a member of academic staff.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

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).

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade A; IB Maths HL6
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

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.

Professional experience

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.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Penryn Campus, Near Falmouth

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Mathematics website