Finance is the study of the theory and practice of financial decision-making. Mathematics incorporates successful explorations of numerical, geometrical and logical relationships.
This programme will provide you with a sound grounding in the principles and theory of finance and mathematics in preparation for employment in the business and finance sectors.
Years 1 and 2
In first and second years you will take courses in
- Financial accounting
- Management accounting
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take a range of core and optional courses including
- Analysis 1
- Mathematical methods 1
- Financial mathematics
- Capital markets
- International financial markets
- Financial statement analysis
- Financial markets and financial institutions.
In fourth year you will also undertake a research project/dissertation, usually supervised within the School of Mathematics & Statistics, although a limited number of projects will be supervised by the Business School.
The University has close links with professional bodies and employers, many of whom offer placement opportunities to students. Some professional firms run presentations and drop-in sessions for prospective graduates and also run separate events to give students a chance to interact with their staff.
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus Exchange Scheme and the International Exchange Programme.
Under the Erasmus scheme you will study at a major European university, for three to 12 months. As this exchange programme is partly funded by the European Union you will receive additional financial support from the EU, to cover additional travel and living costs.
The International Exchange Programme allows you to spend a year or semester in one of our partner institutions in the following countries: Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, USA.
The financial sector, locally and throughout the UK, actively recruits graduates skilled in all aspects of mathematics, and a significant number of our Honours graduates find employment in the commercial sector, in insurance, accounting, finance or banking.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including Mathematics and 1 other science subject and English or a humanities subject) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Two Sciences (see subject specific requirements above), at minimum grades of A/B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
A-levels: AAA/A*AB including Mathematics, and GCSE English at B.
IB: 36 points. Must have Mathematics and English or any humanities subject at subsidiary level 5 or better.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.