Data encryption, risk management in finance and insurance and mathematical imaging – mathematicians use analytic and computer-assisted techniques to understand the increasing complexity in natural sciences, life sciences, economics and engineering.
Josef Strini, master's degree student in Mathematics:
"Whether we’re solving sample exercises or discussing the most recent lectures, there are always possibilities for exchanging information with the students and lecturers in my programme. I recommend my programme to all those who are interested in mathematical relationships, are prepared to critically examine these and have the drive and patience to ensure their accuracy."
In compulsory and advanced courses, you develop mathematical knowledge in the following areas:
You choose from one of the following specialisations:
For the individual courses, please see the semester plan.
Mathematicians work in areas such as industry, commerce and science.
This Masters degree provides you with knowledge of advanced finance concepts, whilst developing your quantitative, mathematical and research skills.
Taught by experienced academics based in both Leeds University Business School and the School of Mathematics, you’ll cover key topics including financial derivative pricing, discrete and continuous time models, risk management and portfolio optimisation, as well as statistical methods for finance.
You will be equipped with a rare combination of mathematical skills and the latest business finance knowledge, which is highly sought after in the financial sector by banks, investment and consultancy companies. It’s also excellent preparation if you’re interested in pursuing further academic research.
This course is ideal if you’ve previously studied finance, economics, mathematics, physics or computing, and are interested in applying your skills to financial markets.
As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).
This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Financial Mathematics; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.
You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.
In your first semester you’ll develop a broad understanding of corporate finance and how financial theory relates to practice in business and financial markets. This will put your mathematical studies into context while you develop your skills in applied statistics and probability, optimisation methods and discrete time finance.
You’ll build on these skills in topics such as continuous time finance, risk management and computational methods. You’ll also gain specialist knowledge in topics that suit your career ambitions such as risk and insurance, actuarial science and behavioural finance.
The programme will improve your research skills and allow you to study different research methodologies, including those employed by our own leading academics. This will prepare you for your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you’ll submit by the end of the year.
You'll also take two optional modules.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.
Recent activities have included CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness events. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation. Read more about professional development activities for postgraduate finance students.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations.
This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
You have various opportunities open to you as a Financial Mathematics graduate, including: quantitative analysis, risk management, investment banking, financial consultancy, insurance, accounting and academia.
Previous graduates have gone on to secure employment with Allianz (London), AstraZeneca, Barclays, Cathay Life Insurance, CITIC Group, Commerzbank, Deloitte, First Direct, Gaz de France, HSBC, KPMG, Moody’s, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA and UK Government Actuary’s Department.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the course. You benefit from the support of a professional development tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website
Many organisations particularly in the financial sector require quite complex financial transactions to be completed within their systems and databases internally and externally in order to provide the most up to date financial information to customers. Other organisations particularly within trading and investment areas, currencies and international organisations rely on modelling and scenarios to ensure their business models survive change. There are a lot of businesses and applications that require somebody with Financial Mathematics to set up systems which allow internal and external customers to see exact information whilst calculations go on behind the scenes. The insurance, pensions and domestic energy industries are good examples of business which requires a specific ability to provide advanced methods of calculation.
The programme gives you a rigorous method of acquiring vital skills which financial industries are looking for. You learn financial programme and work with big data sets used in the above industries, banking and many other industries. There is also a new industry which relies on these skills to programme IOT applications and devices which are used to similarly calculate within financial and statistical markets.
Discrete Time Modules
Economics Theory for Finance
Economics Theory and Data Analysis for Finance
Mathematics for Finance
Continuous Time Models
Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page
• You get access to Thomson Reuters Eikon trading floor to integrate study with real time trading
• We are supported by strong research collaborations with the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics
• You are also supported by our Business School
• Skills which are essential to financial economists in private and public sector are taught to develop rigour and confidence
• University of Aberdeen
• Full time
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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