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Mathematics with Finance BSc

(Full time) 2018 start

Mathematics with Finance

This course integrates the study of mathematics with business finance, accounting, and economics. You’ll be introduced to the major areas of mathematics and finance and develop a broad base of mathematical and financial skills. The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the finance industry or other parts of the private and public sector where analytical and mathematical skills are valued.

Two thirds of your time is spent on mathematics, including modules in financial mathematics covering mathematical modelling of financial and insurance markets, as well as pure, applied and statistical mathematics modules. You’ll be taught by Leeds University Business School, which is internationally renowned for the quality of its teaching, research and facilities, in the areas of business finance, accounting and economics. As you progress through the course, you’ll have more flexibility and choice of modules, allowing you to explore your particular areas of interest.

Enhancing your degree

This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development. Both of these schemes add an additional year to your course, taking the total course length to 4 years.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of mathematics with finance at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.

In 2015, the School of Mathematics went through a major refurbishment to provide our students with a variety of new study environments. The School now offers social areas, group study areas, a library and a seminar room, where you can interact with other students, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.

Overall the course will provide you with an integrated programme of finance, economics and accounting combined with mathematics, specifically tailored to working within financial services. Each year, you’ll take 80 credits in mathematics, including financial mathematics modules, and 40 credits in modules taught by Leeds University Business School.

In the first year of the course you’ll study key mathematics topics, including calculus and mathematical analysis, numbers and vectors, probability and statistics, and financial mathematics. In addition, you’ll be introduced to financial accounting, management accounting and economic theory.

Second year builds on the knowledge you acquired in first year, with more in-depth modules on financial mathematics, statistics, accounting, microeconomics and macroeconomics. There is also a chance for you to broaden your knowledge base through optional modules in topics such as computational mathematics and environmental statistics.

In the final year, about one third of your time is spent on core modules in banking and finance, data analysis and stochastic financial modelling. In the remaining time, you have freedom of choice to pursue particular interests through a wide range of optional modules devoted to mathematics, finance, business studies and economics.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introductory Financial Accounting 10 credits
  • Introductory Management Accounting 10 credits
  • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
  • Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
  • Linear Algebra with Applications 15 credits
  • Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 1 15 credits
  • Probability and Statistics I 10 credits
  • Probability and Statistics II 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Finance 20 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 2 10 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 3 10 credits
  • Introduction to Optimisation 10 credits
  • Introduction to Markov Processes 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 20 credits
  • Intermediate Management Accounting 20 credits
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
  • Real Analysis 15 credits
  • Further Linear Algebra 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
  • Vector Calculus 15 credits
  • Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Statistical Modelling 10 credits
  • Environmental Statistics 10 credits
  • Survival Analysis 10 credits
  • Mathematics into Schools 10 credits
  • Maths at Work 10 credits
  • Computational Mathematics 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Project in Mathematics 20 credits
  • Stochastic Financial Modelling 15 credits
  • Time Series 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 20 credits
  • Intermediate Management Accounting 20 credits
  • Applied Economics 10 credits
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
  • Advanced Microeconomics 10 credits
  • International Trade 10 credits
  • Behavioural Finance 10 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 10 credits
  • Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
  • Economic Development 20 credits
  • Environmental Economics 10 credits
  • Public Enterprise and Regulation 10 credits
  • Advanced Macroeconomics 10 credits
  • Auditing and Information Systems 10 credits
  • Auditing and Assurance Services 20 credits
  • International Business Finance 10 credits
  • Advanced Finance 10 credits
  • Professional Portfolio Management 10 credits
  • Corporate Governance 10 credits
  • Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy 20 credits
  • Real Analysis 15 credits
  • Further Linear Algebra 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
  • Vector Calculus 15 credits
  • Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis 10 credits
  • Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Statistical Modelling 10 credits
  • Environmental Statistics 10 credits
  • Survival Analysis 10 credits
  • Computational Mathematics 10 credits
  • Combinatorics 15 credits
  • Coding Theory 15 credits
  • Mathematical Methods 15 credits
  • Dynamical Systems 15 credits
  • Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations 15 credits
  • Numerical Methods 10 credits
  • Modern Numerical Methods 15 credits
  • Actuarial Mathematics 1 15 credits
  • Actuarial Mathematics 2 15 credits
  • Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
  • Statistical Theory 15 credits
  • Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
  • Bayesian Statistics 10 credits
  • Generalised Linear Models 10 credits

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

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

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You’ll enjoy extensive tutorial support and have freedom in your workload and options.

Assessment

You’re assessed by a range of methods, including formal exams and in-course assessment.

Entry requirements

A level: AAA - A*AB including mathematics

AAB or A*BB, including further mathematics A-level

AAB or A*BB including mathematics and A in AS further mathematics

We always require at least grade A in A-level mathematics. If you are taking further mathematics at A-level or AS-level, we usually make an additional alternative offer. In all cases, the first grade quoted is the Mathematics A-level.

We don’t accept general studies or critical thinking but may take account of these at the confirmation stage.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE: You must also have GCSE English at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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 Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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 is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

A mathematics with finance degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment. Leeds graduates are extremely well placed for employment after their degree, with the University being the 5th most targeted in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2017 report.

In virtually all areas of life, mathematical skills are highly valued. The numerical, analytical and problem solving skills you will develop, as well as your specialist subject knowledge and your ability to think logically, are highly valued across sectors, including financial services, IT, software design, engineering, and teaching. This course also allows you to develop the transferable skills that employers seek.

Careers support

Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you’ll need to make the most of your career choices.

Our industrial placement scheme helps you gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students’ union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We also provide modules that are specifically designed to boost your employability. The second year module “maths at work” engages you in group-based project. At the start of the module, you’ll undertake a skills audit, then prepare a CV, research a company for a mock interview, and participate in an interview workshop. Depending on the nature of your specific project, you may produce a report for a client or deliver a piece of software or webpage. Throughout the module, you’ll develop team work, communication, and presentation skills.

If you’re considering a career in teaching, you can gain experience of working in a local school or college through our “mathematics into schools” module. You’ll prepare teaching materials, deliver mathematics activities through lessons or a club, and organise a mathematics-based project that shows students how exciting the subject can be.

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.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

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.

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that many employers actively seek.

On this course, your year abroad adds an additional year to your studies. During your year abroad, you will study mathematics with finance at your host institution.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews.

On this course, your industrial placement adds an additional year to your studies.

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of financial services organisations in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.

Key facts

UCAS code:
G1N3

Duration/Mode:
3 years full time

Typical A level offer:
AAA - A*AB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
To be confirmed
International fees:
To be confirmed

Study abroad option:
Yes

Work placement option:
Yes

Course Terms and Conditions

Contact us:
School of Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 5133/5131
maths.admiss@leeds.ac.uk


Georgina Lark

BSc Mathematics

"I couldn’t imagine not studying mathematics at a higher level and this decision was made easier by the promising graduate prospects a mathematics degree would give me."
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