University of Essex

University of Essex

Mathematics and Finance

This course aims to produce graduates with a sound mathematics and finance background, and with the necessary skills such as: computing; use of algorithms and analysing data; in order to be applied to problems arising in finance.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent. Individual course requirements can vary. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Financial modelling; mathematics of portfolios; research methods; research methods in finance (empirical methods in finance). Optional modules include: Bank strategy and risk; applied statistics; combinatorial optimisation; derivative securities; economics of financial markets; linear models; ordinary differential equations; financial derivatives; partial differential equations; statistical methods; Bayesian computational statistics.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 6,180 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 11,160 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Telephone number: 
01206 872719