Financial Mathematics (4 years) Brunel University London


Brunel’s Department of Mathematics focuses on equipping you with a wealth of mathematical knowledge and understanding that you can apply to the worlds of science, technology, business or wherever else your interests lie. Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is constantly developing and a discipline in its own right. It supplies the theory behind countless commercial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management. On our programmes, you’ll develop in-depth knowledge and understanding as well as excellent study skills that will be hugely valuable whatever career path you follow after graduation.

You can select our general Mathematics course or opt for one of the specialist pathways. We also offer two four-year MMath programmes – these become five years if you decide to do a year’s work placement. If you are not sure which programme to follow, that’s fine. You’ll have the chance to change after the course starts. Once you are at Brunel, you can explore what works best for you. You’ll be taught in small groups of about 20 students for the first few weeks of Level 1 to help you to adapt to the demands of university study. Extra support is available if you start to fall behind. Lectures will provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas, giving you a framework for more in-depth study. You’ll also work in small group tutorials on mathematics-related problems with guidance from a member of staff.

This course is for mathematicians who want to work in the fast-moving worlds of finance or commerce. Two thirds of the course content focuses on developing your mathematical knowledge and skills. The rest of the course covers financial markets, corporate investment and finance. The MMath course offers you the chance to graduate with a master’s degree that follows on from your undergraduate studies. You’ll be able to study in-depth those areas of mathematics that most appeal to you. In Level 1 you’ll undertake three projects on topics that illustrate some of the diverse applications of mathematics to the real world. In Level 3, you’ll produce a substantial research project under the guidance of a tutor. MMath students will have the opportunity to build upon this achievement in Level 5.

There is massive demand within financial institutions for mathematically trained graduates with an awareness of markets and their workings. The recent combination of financial deregulation, increased globalisation and technological advance has led to a huge increase in the nature and volume of financial derivatives contracts traded around the world. Topics include CV writing, job applications, cover letters and testing centres. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend talks by former students and employers on how to succeed in the job market. Our graduates have gone on to careers with Abbey, Accenture, Bank of New York, BBC, British Aerospace, BT, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte and Touche, Ernst and Young, HSBC, IBM, Kodak, Lloyds, Merrill Lynch, Nortel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Xerox and Virgin Trains.

  • Qualification

    Master of Mathematics - MMath

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years

Course details


Mathematics is a very broad-based course, instead of focusing on a single area we aim to help you develop skills that you can use in many diverse ways. Typical year 1 modules are Transition to Independent Learning of Mathematics, Calculus, Fundamentals, Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Algorithms & Numerical Methods, Financial Markets, Introduction to Data Handling for Finance. Typical year 2 modules, Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Calculus and Numerical Methods, Linear Methods, Elements of Combinatorics, Analysis 1, Probability & Statistics II, Operational Research, Employability Skills, Elements of Investment Mathematics, Computing for Finance. Typical year 3 modules are Project, Mathematical Finance, Stochastic Models, Ordinary & Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Methods for Differential Equations, Statistics III, Risk and Optimisation for Financial Planning. Typical modules in year 5 Advanced Project, Equation. Visit our website for full course details.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code GN1H
Institution code B84
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A B B including A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 including a minimum of D3 in Mathematics or Further Mathematics
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points including grade 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in Mathematics
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher A B B including A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Applicants taking BTEC or Access courses should apply for the BSc version of this course and those who obtain high enough grades can transfer to MMath route at the end of Year 2.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test 60% in Brunel English Language Test with no less than 55% in each subsection

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £16,850 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.