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Financial Mathematics MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This cutting edge MSc programme will equip you with the mathematical, financial and computational skills needed to quantify and manage risk effectively in today’s finance, investment and insurance industries. Such companies use advanced probabilistic models at the core of their business. They recruit people with the right mathematical, statistical and programming skills and financial knowledge who can understand, develop and implement such models.

The course is also an excellent preparation for students wishing to embark upon research degree (PhD) in financial or actuarial mathematics. Working professionals who would like to move from their current field into finance or for finance professionals who would like to take their careers to the next level will also benefit greatly from this course.

You will gain a strong understanding of:

- applied probability theory, stochastic analysis and mathematical modelling
- computational methods
- financial derivatives
- risk management methodologies
- financial econometrics

The 12-month programme consists of seven taught compulsory modules plus one taught elective module, followed by a research project carried out over the summer period upon completion of Semester Two. The course is taught mainly by members of the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics which is part of the Department of Mathematical Sciences . Some relevant modules are taught by the Management School.

Why Department of Mathematical Sciences?

Range and depth of study options

We offer a very wide range of modules, from advanced algebra and geometry, to partial differential equations, probability theory, stochastic analysis, and mathematical physics. With these you can tailor your programme to specialise in one of these areas, or gain a broad understanding of several. This allows you to build up the required background for the project and dissertation modules, which offer the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a topic of your choice, supervised by a leading expert in the field.

Exceptional employability

At Liverpool, we listen to employers’ needs. Alongside key problem solving skills, employers require strong communication skills. These are integral to this programme. Graduates go on to research degrees, or become business and finance professionals, or to work in management training, information technology, further education or training (including teacher training) and scientific research and development.

Teaching quality

We are proud of our record on teaching quality, with five members of the Department having received the prestigious Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching. We care about each student and you will find the staff friendly and approachable.


We take students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and we work hard to give everyone the opportunity to shine.

Supportive atmosphere

We provide high quality supervision and teaching, computer labs, and and you will benefit from the friendly and supportive atmosphere in the Department, as evidenced by student feedback available on our university website. A common room and kitchen for the exclusive use of the Department’s students, and a lively maths society help to foster a friendly and supportive environment.

Career prospects

The excellent University Careers Service is open to all postgraduates. Graduates of the MSc and PhD programmes move on to many different careers. Recent graduates have moved into fast track teacher programmes, jobs in finance (actuarial, banking, insurance), software development, drugs testing and defence work, as well as University postdoctoral or lecturing posts. The MSc programme is of course a natural route into doctoral study in Mathematics and related fields, both at Liverpool and elsewhere. Some of our PhD students move on to postdoctoral positions and to academic teaching jobs and jobs in research institutes, both in the UK and elsewhere.

Upon successful completion of the degree you will be ideally equipped to work in investment banks, pension or investment funds, hedge funds, consultancy and auditing firms or government regulators.

Visit the Financial Mathematics MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students may apply to be enrolled for any of the MSc (12months), PG Dip (8months) or PGCert (4months). Applications are welcome from students who have (or expect to obtain) an Honours degree in Mathematics or with Mathematics as a major component (usually class 2:2 or better but FM/MSc requiring 2:1). Applicants with equivalent international qualifications are also welcome.

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