Mathematics for Finance and Management BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022


Prepare for the fast-paced world of finance, investment analysis, marketing and business management by developing sought-after skills in data-driven decision making, operational research and mathematical modelling. Graduate with the confidence to lead on innovative strategies and lead companies to success.

On this BSc (Hons) Mathematics for Finance and Management degree course, you'll specialise in mathematical analysis and modelling used by finance professionals to track investments and forecast revenue, ensuring companies can make informed decisions to grow their profits. You'll develop the applied maths skills used by senior management to set financial plans and budgets that keep businesses competitive in their market and get a solid foundation in corporate financial management and derivative pricing, setting yourself up for a senior role managing business finances and accounts.

Course highlights

  • Develop your knowledge of fundamental topics such as algebra, financial management, calculus and quantitative supply chain management
  • Choose specialist modules that match your interests and career ambitions, such as statistical methods in health research, advanced corporate financial management, astrophysics and decision modelling
  • Learn to use industry-standard mathematical, statistical and operational research software
  • Get access to our Bloomberg Suite, set up to simulate the system used by 250,000 international finance professionals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data
  • Apply your skills on optional work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
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100% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)


This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Mathematics for Finance and Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include an A level in Mathematics, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Facilities and specialist software

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Maths Café

No problem is too small or too tough for our Maths Café tutors, who are on hand every day during term-time to help you if you get stuck or need something explained.

Learn more about the Maths Café

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Bloomberg Suite

Access data from the world's global financial markets and gain experience using industry standard software.

Discover our Bloomberg Suite

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Specialist mathematics software

Use advanced mathematical and statistical software such as Mathematica and MATLAB for high-level simulations of complex dynamical processes. You'll also get exclusive access to industry-standard statistical and operational research software (R and SPSS), IBM and Microsoft software (Azure Dev Tools for Teaching) and VMware.

Careers and opportunities

A degree in mathematics shows that you have the ability to think analytically in many different areas of business and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff.

100% of our graduates from this course are in work further study 15 months after graduation, with an average starting salary of £24,000. If you progress to a role as an experienced financial manager, you could aim for an average salary from £65,000 to £100,000.


32% of financial, professional, and business services (FPBS) firms in the UK have reported vacancies for professional-level roles due to skills shortages.

Financial Services Skills Commission and Professional & Business Services Council

Skills for future success (June 2021)

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to work in many related areas, including:

  • statistics
  • finance
  • mathematical modelling
  • teaching
  • government research
  • marketing

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Peters & May Logistics
  • Global Freight Solutions
  • CBRE Group
  • Wates Group
  • Heathrow Airport Limited

What jobs can you do with a mathematics for finance and management degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • trainee chartered accountant
  • revenue development analyst
  • finance management trainee
  • commercial finance analyst
  • maths teacher

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Placement year (optional)

Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV. 

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Potential roles

You could take on placement roles such as:

  • commercial estimator
  • statistician
  • researcher

Potential destinations

You could secure a placement at organisations such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • JP Morgan
  • Natwest Bank

The course is really interesting and the lecturers are fantastic – I completed a module based on mathematical ciphers, which was a lot of fun.

Pippa Cooke, Mathematics Student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Mathematics for Finance and Management degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Calculus I – 20 credits
  • Computational Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Linear Algebra – 20 credits
  • Math Tutorial Level 4 – 0 credits
  • Mathematical Foundations – 20 credits
  • Mathematical Models – 20 credits
  • Statistical Theory and Methods I – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills – 20 credits
  • Calculus II – 20 credits
  • Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
  • Mathematics for Finance – 20 credits
  • Operational Research – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Numerical Analysis – 20 credits
  • Real and Complex Analysis – 20 credits
  • Statistical Theory & Methods II – 20 credits

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Students have previously completed placements at organisations such as Lockheed Martin and IBM.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

There are no core modules in this year.

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Abstract Algebra – 20 credits
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
  • Advanced Decision Modelling – 20 credits
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology – 20 credits
  • Modern Astrophysics 1 – 20 credits
  • Nonlinear Dynamics – 20 credits
  • Partial Differential Equations and their Applications – 20 credits
  • Project – 20 credits
  • Projects in Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Quantitative Supply Chain Management – 20 credits
  • Statistical Learning – 20 credits
  • Statistics Methods in Health Research & Social Science – 20 credits
  • Stochastic Processes – 20 credits
  • Undergraduate Ambassador – 20 credits

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory and project work
  • studying independently

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 55% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 62% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 36% by coursework

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 per year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,000 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying and memory sticks.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G161
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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