Undergraduate 

Finance & Mathematics BSc

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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.

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  • Finance & Mathematics BSc (Hons): NG3C 4 year degree

Why study Finance & Mathematics?

  • 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

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

You will take courses in Mathematics, Statistics, Financial accounting, Economics, Management accounting and Finance.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take a range of core and optional courses including Algebra, Mathematical methods, Metric spaces and basic topology, Capital markets, International financial markets, Financial statement analysis and 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.

Course details

Year 1

Core courses:

Year 2

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take a range of core and optional courses including:

  • Algebra
  • Mathematical methods
  • 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.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2023

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 S5 or S6)

  • MD20: BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AABB*
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

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 (Analysis & Approaches).

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

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.

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:


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.


Career prospects

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:

BSc (Hons)

Finance & Mathematics: NG3C (4 years)
KIS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

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.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 26 January: all other UK applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international 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.

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