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Financial and Actuarial Mathematics GradDip

(Full time) 2018/19

Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Graduate Diploma

If you want to study for a mathematics-related MSc course but don’t meet the full academic entry requirements, this programme will equip you with the mathematical knowledge and skills you need, specialising in financial and actuarial mathematics.

You’ll choose from a range of undergraduate modules offered in the School of Mathematics and Leeds University Business School, building a programme which fills the gaps in your knowledge and prepares you for postgraduate study in actuarial and financial mathematics. If you complete the GradDip and meet the required performance standard, you’ll be eligible to apply for a number of related MSc courses in the next academic year.

You could develop your understanding of corporate finance, survival analysis, financial statistics and many others in a supportive and stimulating research environment.

The programme is highly flexible and there are no compulsory modules, meaning you can build your own programme of study that suits your interests as well as the MSc programme you want to study after the GradDip. Your choices will be checked and approved by the Programme Leader, who might also suggest different choices according to your background.

Around half of the total number of credits you study should come from level 3 modules, including no more than one project module. You’ll need to pass at least 100 credits – including at least 60 credits at level 3 – and have an overall average of at least 40 to graduate with the GradDip.

Course structure

Year 1

Optional modules

  • Corporate Finance 20 credits
  • International Business Finance 10 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 2 10 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 3 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
  • Introduction to Optimisation 10 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Statistical Modelling 10 credits
  • Introduction to Markov Processes 10 credits
  • Survival Analysis 10 credits
  • Computational Mathematics 10 credits
  • Project in Mathematics 20 credits
  • Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations 15 credits
  • Numerical Methods 10 credits
  • Actuarial Mathematics 1 15 credits
  • Actuarial Mathematics 2 15 credits
  • Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
  • Stochastic Financial Modelling 15 credits
  • Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
  • Time Series 10 credits
  • Bayesian Statistics 10 credits

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Financial and Actuarial Mathematics GradDip in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The flexibility of this programme means that you can choose from modules that use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These could include example classes, practicals, lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials among many others.

However, independent study is another vital element of the programme which allows you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions.


You’ll come across a variety of assessment methods which could include exams as well as problem sheets, essays, practicals, class tests and other forms of coursework.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related mathematical, physical or social sciences subject such as statistics, engineering, physics, accounting, management, finance, computer science, etc., with a significant mathematical component. If your degree has a less significant mathematical component, we will expect a minimum of a 2:1 (hons).

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

How to apply

Application deadlines

31/07/18 - International

31/08/18 - Home/EU


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts
  • Copy of passport (if applicable)
  • Letter of sponsorship (if applicable)
  • Names of two academic references
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English isn’t your first language.
  • It may help your application if you include a personal statement and CV.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £9,250 (total)

International: £16,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The GradDip is a stepping stone to a postgraduate qualification. If you complete the programme successfully, you’ll be eligible for entry onto a number of related MSc programmes in the following academic year.

Mathematicians can choose from a wide range of career options in diverse employment sectors, from software development and system modelling to finance, risk management and general management positions in sectors such as manufacturing and retail.

Once you’ve completed a postgraduate qualification, you may be able to benefit from new opportunities at more senior levels, or even prepare for further research at PhD level.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Key facts

Start date:
September 2018

1 year full time

UK/EU fees:
£9,250 (total)
International fees:
£16,500 (total)

Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject.

Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.


Contact us:
School of Mathematics Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 0945