Taught course

Mathematics and Financial Modelling

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

The typical entrance requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in mathematics.

Applicants may be emailed an entrance test to gauge their suitability for the programme.

If you don't have a mathematics degree then, depending on your level of knowledge, you may be able to take Birkbeck's Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Mathematics as a qualifying course instead.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MSc Mathematics and Financial Modelling offers you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and abilities in pure, applied and financial mathematics. A wide choice of modules allows you to study several different topics in depth and to focus on the areas that interest you most. Finance options include the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives and Financial Data Science with Python.

You will learn key mathematical research skills and methods, including how to conduct a literature search, how to read mathematical papers, and how to communicate your ideas and findings, both in writing and orally. The programme includes a dissertation that allows you to engage in a sustained investigation of an area that interests you within statistics and/or finance, implementing what you have learned from the taught modules on the programme and combining this knowledge with new research and analysis.

You will also acquire the skills to pursue your interests in mathematics and financial modelling to a higher level and beyond the classroom, whether for a formal MPhil/PhD research degree, for your career, or simply because you have a passion for the subject.

Our students really appreciate the flexibility of this programme and the valuable support and direct interaction (face-to-face or online) with experienced lecturers who are also active researchers at the forefront of their discipline.

Whichever route you decide to take with our MSc Mathematics and Financial Modelling, you will gain access to resources for each module via our Moodle virtual learning environment, for example, typed lecture notes with worked examples and practice exercises, recordings of lectures, opportunities for interaction with lecturers and classmates via discussion forums or through our online teaching platform, Blackboard Collaborate. You will also have access to electronic textbooks and other digital resources via the library. In the past we have had students successfully complete our modules remotely from as far away as Antarctica!

Highlights
  • This flexible course offers a wide choice of modules in mathematical and numerical methods for finance, pricing, game theory, graph theory and several other topics.
  • The programme is delivered via high-quality, face-to-face teaching in the evenings or via distance learning, so that you can study without putting your life or your ambitions on hold.
  • We are a small and friendly department so our academics are available for you to ask questions and discuss your ideas.
  • You complete a project in an area that interests you most, with guidance from an expert supervisor within our Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Birkbeck's mathematicians are all active researchers, mostly in the areas of financial mathematics, algebra and combinatorics. We've developed this exciting course around our research strengths and our cutting-edge research informs the syllabus.
  • Birkbeck has a library and several workstation rooms. You can also take advantage of the rich academic resources found in Bloomsbury, including the libraries of other colleges of the University of London and the collection of the London Mathematical Society, just around the corner from Birkbeck's main building.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700