- Taught in partnership between Exeter’s Mathematics department and The University of Exeter’s triple-accredited Business School
- Provides invaluable mathematics skills alongside a theoretical background in finance
- Introduces advanced financial techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management and portfolio management
- Gives you an understanding of financial reporting and management accounting in a market economy
- Opportunity to extend your degree and spend a ‘Year in Industry’ at companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Coca-Cola, Met Office and PwC
Taught in partnership with the University’s triple-accredited Business School
16th for Mathematics in the Complete University Guide 2024
Study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and China
Top 20 in the UK for Mathematics
19th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||A*AA||GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.|
|IB||38/766||HL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches)|
|BTEC||D*DD||Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A|
|GCSE||4 or C||Grade 4/C in GCSE English language|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade||15 L3 credits at Distinction Grade in an acceptable Mathematics subject area|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
|English language requirements||
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
In addition to taking core modules in Mathematics, you’ll 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.
In your second year you’ll study two core modules in Finance, gaining a deeper understanding of the tools used in microeconomic analysis. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from several optional modules in Mathematics including Vector Calculus and Algebra.
If you choose the ‘with a Year in Industry’ variant of this degree, your placement will take place in the third year of this five year degree. For more information about the ‘with Year in Industry’ programme, please see the course variants.
In this year you’ll study one compulsory module in Finance, learning about the theory of decision-making, as well as having the freedom to choose modules in Mathematics from across the department. 30 credits may be chosen from outside the areas of mathematics and accounting.
Your final year will involve further advanced modules relevant to mathematics and finance alongside a substantial research led Masters level project. Through your project you can explore a topic of your choice. You’ll be supervised by an academic with expertise in your chosen field and gain experience working as an independent researcher.
UCAS code: G2N3
The MSci Mathematics with Finance with a Year in Industry programme 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. As well as increasing your first-hand knowledge, you’ll also improve many personal and transferable skills, making new contacts and enhancing your employability.
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. Visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.
How do I apply?
You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code. You can also transfer to the Year in Industry programme from MSci Mathematics with Finance during your first year.
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’.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £27,000 per year
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
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 years 2 and 3. 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.
Optional modules outside of this course
Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.
Proficiency in a second subject
If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.
- A Foreign Language
- Social Data Science
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 and have found employment with financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment and unit trusts, as well as stock-broking and financial advisory work.
You’ll be able to meet with local and national employers who regularly visit the university to engage with students, hosting mock interviews, CV workshops, drop-ins and lectures. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the day to day activities of their business and recruitment opportunities. Our Careers Service also host a wealth of employer activity, such as Careers Fairs, so you’ll never be short of chances to network with potential employers.
As part of your degree, you can choose to take an optional ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ module during the vacation before your third year (fourth year for ‘with a Year in Industry’ students). This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Professional experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.
The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Mathematics but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:
- Analyst Programmer
- Business Analyst
- Credit Risk Analyst
- Data Science Developer
- Investment Analyst
- Software Engineer
- Tax Manager