City, University of London

Mathematics and Finance City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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This course is for students who want a solid grounding in the mathematics discipline, while exploring topics related to finance and actuarial science to open up a huge choice of future career and study options. With an emphasis on applied mathematics, you will be trained in advanced mathematical techniques, economic theory and key financial topics. Finance component on this course is taught by City's Cass Business School.

As a result, this course will particularly suit those wanting to develop the ability to cast and solve real-world problems in a mathematical framework. The degree is also focused on helping you achieve your future ambitions by helping you to develop the highly valued problem-solving and communication skills needed by today’s employers. In addition to this, you can obtain up to four professional exemption recommendations for the Institute of Actuaries.

At City, you have the option to complete a work placement of 9-15 months between your second and third year, enabling you to gain professional experience. Placements can offer the opportunity to contribute to real-world projects. Our students have previously secured placements and internships at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, EY, GE Capital, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music.

Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Finance graduates are required for a range of different roles, with many securing careers in the financial sector. Some of our recent alumni have gone on to graduate roles at Aavrus, Barclays Bank, Geoben, HSBC, Inditex, KPMG, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Regents Group, Standard Chartered Private Bank and Zope.

Course details


The first year of your degree focuses on core material, including basic programming in a relevant language specially selected for those wanting to pursue a financial career, and statistics to give you a solid foundation in modern mathematics. You will also cover the basics of economics and financial mathematics. On completing the first year, you will be able to discuss the underlying concepts and principles of mathematics, programming and statistics, and apply these to specific problems.

In the second year, you can pursue your interests further by choosing from a wide range of options. You will master more advanced mathematical techniques and will be able to apply these to real-life problem-solving.

In the third year, there are several optional modules. There are a wide variety of mathematics and finance options available for you to pursue your interests further. On completing the final year, you will further develop a systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of advanced mathematics and finance. You will have access to modules which draw on current mathematics research and will be exposed to new areas of mathematics with applications to finance, biology and physics.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on examination and coursework. Marks are weighted in a 1:3:6 ratio for the three years of study to produce an overall aggregate. You will be assessed on the following types:

  • Set exercises or coursework, which you take home and complete with the aid of your notes.
  • Formal unseen written examinations every year.
  • Class or online tests.
  • Group assessments, such as written reports, also form the basis of assessment for some modules.

In the third year of your degree, a core module consists of a group project. The group is assessed by a group written report and an individual presentation on the project. Also, a small number of modules require students to give presentations.

Year 1
Written examination: 78% ∙ Coursework: 22%

Year 2
Written examination: 80% ∙ Coursework: 20%

Year 3
Written examination: 70% ∙ Coursework: 30%

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Actuaries, Institute and Faculty of

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

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Course code GN13
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 136 points 136 UCAS tariff points, including grade A in 'A' Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics
A level AAB Including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 points total, including Higher Level Mathematics at grade 6.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Including an 'A' Level grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ and this may be taken into account in our offer.
Mixed qualifications: Please email us to check your combination and to find out what requirements we would have for your specific combination of qualifications.

Fees and funding

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City, University of London
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City of London

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020 7040 8716