BSc Mathematics for Finance with a year abroad G191

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Why choose Mathematics at Swansea?

  • High employability - we are 4th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2019] and 5th in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2019]
  • 18th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • Consistently high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey [91% in 2017]
  • 16th in the UK for value-added – shows how effective students are taught [Guardian University Guide 2019]
  • £32.5m Computational Foundry for mathematical computer and sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities

Course Overview

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The BSc Mathematics for Finance with a Year Abroad degree course at Swansea University 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.

Accreditation

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

With the new £32.5m Computational Foundry for mathematical and computer sciences, there are many good reasons to study a Mathematics degree at Swansea University. The new Foundry will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers. 

We are proud to have consistently high student satisfaction scores (91% in the National Student Survey 2017) and are 4th in the UK for graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2019). The Mathematics Department has also been rated as one of the top mathematics departments in the UK, 18th overall (Guardian University Guide 2018) and within the top third in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015).

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Methods of Algebra and Calculus
MA-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Geometry: Mathematics, Logic and Communication
MA-162Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Computational Methods (with Matlab)
MA-192Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Applied Statistics
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
MA-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Probability
MA-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Numerical Methods (with Matlab)
MA-282Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Game Theory and Optimization
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-E01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Complex Variables
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
MA-341Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Stochastic Processes
MA-350Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Dissertation in the Mathematics of Finance
MA-357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Mathematics
Optional Modules

Description

  • 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.

Students will get the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a different culture and, depending on the destination, to develop valuable language skills. Find out more about studying abroad: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/opportunities/

 

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.

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 www.ucas.ac.uk

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,100

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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 international-science@swansea.ac.uk

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

"Studying at Swansea University has been a pleasure. The past two years have been a wonderful adventure, from discovering some of the Welsh culture, to learning from some of the best lecturers I have ever met.

The thing that really stands out about Swansea is the huge support you get as a student - from absolutely everyone! Whenever I have had problems - whether personal, academic or financial - I have had someone to advise me, to listen to me and to help me."

Alissa Kamilova, BSc Mathematics 

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics is situated within the new £32.5 million Computational Foundry on the Bay Campus.

Dynamic learning and collaborative spaces are an important part of the specification and include a light-filled Atrium in the Mathematics section of the building, ‘touchdown’ breakout and inspiration spaces in the bridge that connects the two wings of the building, and the Crucible, which will be the centre-piece of the Computational Foundry.

Careers

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

 

Research

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

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.