BSc Mathematics for Finance G190

Course Overview


The BSc Mathematics for Finance degree course gives students the opportunity to focus on Mathematics for Finance in addition to the general range of mathematical material that you will cover.

The course gives you the chance to explore and understand the number theory that Pythagoras studied, the Financial Mathematics that the highest flyers on Wall Street rely on, and a wealth of other topics reflecting the teaching team’s research expertise in probability, analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, noncommutative geometry and algebraic topology.


This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Key Features

  • 100% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • 13th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2017]
  • Consistently high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey [94% in 2016]
  • High employability - we are 14th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2016] 
  • We are rated as one of the TOP 25 Mathematics departments in the UK, and are within the top third in the world [QS World University Rankings 2015] 
  • Year in Industry programmes available 
  • Teaching and research centres on modern applicable mathematics
  • Extensive selection of final year projects designed to develop excellent transferable skills
  • Outstanding student support including weekly small group tutorials and regular module-specific support classes
  • Wide choice of career options and good graduate earning potential
  • Lead institution for WIMCS, the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • Friendly staff committed to providing a supportive teaching and learning environment


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)


  • Provides in depth knowledge in those areas of mathematics, especially stochastic processes and stochastic analysis, which are central for applications to finance.
  • Provides knowledge of a large sample of mathematical theories such as statistics, game theory, econometrics etc., being auxiliary tools in economics.
  • Develops a good understanding of economics with special emphasis on finance markets.
  • Develops skills needed to work in a highly interdisciplinary profession, including advanced programming techniques, and communication skills across the borders of different disciplines.

Entry Requirements

A levels: grades AAB-BBB to include Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

BTEC: DDD plus grade B in A Level Mathematics.

Scottish Highers: ABBBC plus grade B in Mathematics.

Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (to include 24 Dist, 15 Merits and 6 Passes) including 18 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 34-32 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutor-led tutorials and regular (non-assessed) coursework. The final year modules are more student-centred, to reflect a progression in teaching methods appropriate to the subjects taught. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You will be assessed through a combination of unseen written examinations, set assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

Find out more about our teaching.

Student profiles

"Further to my studies at Swansea University as a Master of Science graduate in Financial Mathematics, I am currently working at Deutsche Bank in London as part of the Structured Financial Services team providing client services for corporate lending and debt portfolios. The complex nature of the course has helped me become a logical decision maker and a highly skilled problem solver. These transferable skills are very useful in the world of Finance since the role is highly challenging working towards deadlines and structured transaction targets. My studies at Swansea University have also enriched me with leadership, motivational skills and have enhanced my communication skills. I work in a close team of 10 people within a large department which encourages a culture that strives towards learning and effective teamwork. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swansea University and cherish the many fond memories. I am so pleased to be expanding my horizon within a major financial centre."

Rhian Ivey, BSc Mathematics 2006, MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance 2008

Read our student profiles


The Aubrey Truman Reading Room, located in the centre of the Department of Mathematics, houses the departmental library and computers for student use. It is a popular venue for students to work independently on the regular example sheets set by their lecturers, and to discuss Mathematics together. 

Our main university library, Information Services and Systems (ISS), contains a notably extensive collection of Mathematics books.



The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistically analysis, marketing and sales. 

Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities. There is also the option to study further for a higher degree.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Actuary Trainee
  • Auditor
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Officer
  • Graduate Administrator
  • Junior Pricing Analyst
  • Associate
  • Financial Advisor

Find out more about employability



All academic staff in Mathematics are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more.


Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.

Studying Mathematics at Swansea University

Welsh-medium provision for students

A variety of modules can be studied with a Welsh medium component taking the form of weekly small-group tutorials. There are also extensive teaching resources available for calculus and geometry and final year students can have their project supervision through the medium of Welsh. Welsh medium UCAS interviews are available for applicants - please request this when booking a Visit Day with us. For more information, please contact Kristian Evans.