Finance is the study of the theory and practice of financial decision-making, and is particularly concerned with the theory and practice of risk reduction in financial decision-making, the operation, role, behaviour and implications of financial markets, and the operations and structures of leading financial institutions. Through the operation and fluctuations of global markets, finance affects businesses, governments, nations and individuals across the world. The central theme of Mathematics is the use of reasoned argument from basic postulates and principles to explain the pattern and structure of the world we observe, to suggest pattern and structure as yet unobserved, and in general, provide tools that can be used to understand and manage the universe in which we live.
Mathematics has been central to the development of accounting and finance for hundreds of years; a significant fraction of graduates find employment in insurance, accounting, finance or banking.
Why study Finance & Mathematics?
- Finance and Accounting is ranked 1st in the UK, and Mathematics is ranked 17th (Complete University Guide 2020)
- This programme will prepare you for employment in a wide variety of contexts where financial and mathematical skills are valued - making you highly desirable to employers - and you'll benefit from guest lecturers and tutors from the financial sector
- The MacLaurin Society (or MacSoc), is the university's Mathematics and Statistics Society. Named after the Scottish mathematician Colin MacLaurin, it has been running since the 1950's and provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere for students in the School
- MATHEMATICS 1
- FINANCE 1
- FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 1
- MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 1: A BUSINESS DECISION EMPHASIS
- STATISTICS 1Y: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS: LEARNING FROM DATA
- STATISTICS 1Z: DATA MODELLING IN ACTION
- MATHEMATICS 2A: MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
- MATHEMATICS 2B: LINEAR ALGEBRA
- FINANCE 2
- FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 2
- INTRODUCTORY ECONOMICS
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take a range of core and optional courses including:
- Mathematical methods 1
- Metric spaces and basic topology
- 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 Adam Smith Business School.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Partnership and industry links
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.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies; see Study abroad.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Finance & Mathematics
SQA Higher Entry Requirements
- BBBB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAA at Higher. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher.
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABB – BBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- AAB – BBB
- Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 36 (6, 6, 5 HL) – 32 (6, 5, 5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL Mathematics.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
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.
Degrees and UCAS codes
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students to certain areas only)
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