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Financial Mathematics with a Year Abroad

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Financial Mathematics with a Year Abroad

This four-year programme features an adventure-packed third year studying at one of our partner universities across the globe.

To manage the complex financial sector, banks and financial institutions need talented mathematicians who are fluent in the language of finance.

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in mathematics, whilst also developing knowledge and skills that are essential for jobs in the finance industry, including an understanding of modern financial markets, institutions, investments and policies. You will focus on issues and topics relevant to the computational and market design side of contemporary finance, such as:

  • Complex Systems
  • Trading (in particular high-frequency trading)
  • Fund Management
  • Analytics

On this course, you will study at a university abroad during your third year before returning to Cardiff for a final year. Our School has agreements with universities across the globe, and you will have support to apply for your overseas year.

Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your academic knowledge, immerse yourself in another culture and gain skills that could be valued by employers. Not only can it enhance your CV by demonstrating key skills such as communication, flexibility and collaborative working, it can also provide you with valuable networking opportunities. Above all, it is the start of a new adventure. A chance to experience other cultures and viewpoints, make new friends and share unforgettable experiences.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB. Must include grade A in Maths.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Elementary Differential Equations
  • Computing for Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Foundations of Mathematics I
  • Foundations of Mathematics II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Introduction to Probability Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Finance I: Financial Markets and Corporate Financial Management

Year two

  • Calculus of Several Variables
  • Series and Transforms
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Foundations of Probability and Statistics
  • Operational Research
  • Finance II: Investment Management
  • Econometrics for Financial Mathematics

Year three: Sandwich year

  • Study Abroad

Year four

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Functional and Fourier Analysis
  • Coding Theory
  • Introduction to Number Theory 2
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Methods of Applied Mathematics
  • Finite Elasticity
  • Project Module (Full Year)
  • Project Module (Half)
  • Project Module (Half) Spring Semester
  • Regression Analysis and Experimental Design
  • Stochastic Processes for Finance and Insurance
  • Official Statistics
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Algorithms and Heuristics
  • Optimisation
  • Game Theory
  • Algorithmau a Dulliau Hewristig / Algorithms and Heuristics
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Market Microstructure and Trading Theory
  • Trading, Market Design and Applications
  • Cyflwyniad i addysgu Mathemateg mewn ysgol uwchradd
  • Introduction to Secondary School Mathematics Teaching
  • Reading Module
  • Modiwl Darllen (Tymor yr Hydref)
  • Prosiect
  • Modiwl Prosiect (Hanner) Semester yr Hydref
  • Modiwl Prosiect (Hanner) Semester y Gwanwyn

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students

  • Year one £9,000
  • Year two £9,000
  • Year three £9,000
  • Year four £9,000

Tuition fees for International Students

  • Year one £23,450
  • Year two £23,450
  • Year three £23,450
  • Year four £23,450

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic employability skills. You will:

  • Develop your knowledge of core mathematics including calculus, algebra, analysis and complex variable theory;
  • Enhance your understanding of the principles and some of the techniques of proof;
  • Develop the skills needed in mathematical reasoning and manipulation;
  • Learn how to apply the principles and techniques of mathematical/statistical modelling and formulate and solve mathematical problems;
  • Enhance your ability to perform mathematical calculations with attention to precision and logic;
  • Develop your self-management and organisational skills;
  • Develop your time management and presentational skills through independent and group working.

Career opportunities

You can use your BSc in Financial Mathematics with a Year Abroad as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in finance, government, marketing or even agriculture. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing postgraduate studies in mathematics, the sciences, computing or engineering.In 2017/18, 89% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Some of our previous students are now working at the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.

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