BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics

About the course

Explore the full range of modern mathematics as you gain fundamental knowledge and advanced mathematical and statistical skills. Mathematics holds the key to advances in virtually all areas of our lives, from finance to computing, logistics to medicine and travel to weather forecasting. If you’re looking for a career that involves shaping technological or scientific progress, mathematics is an ideal degree for you. What’s more, our flexible course allows you to specialise in whichever area of mathematics interests you most. You will find our friendly and personalised approach in the small group tutorial besides your day to day lectures. We have particular teaching expertise in various areas of numerical modelling, financial mathematics, algebra, statistics, optimisation and mathematical physics. You can even choose to take a year out to study abroad or undertake a placement.

Why choose this course?

Our Mathematics degree is a highly flexible course that allows you to specialise in whichever area of Mathematics interests you the most.

  • All students study a common first year of the Mathematics degree, but in Years 2 and 3 there is a range of different options available for you to specialise in applied mathematics, financial mathematics, or pure mathematics.
  • We take pride in our student-focused approach to teaching Mathematics. Our School is well regarded for its friendly and professional environment, which allows us to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to be a successful mathematician. We will support you throughout your degree so that you can achieve your full potential.
  • Take a look at the latest exciting research we have been undertaking in the Maths department which underpins and informs your studies. 
  • You can always access additional support throughout your course with regular drop-ins at the University’s own Maths Support Service located in the Library and accessing specialised career support from the Career and Employment department.

What will I study?

We use a variety of teaching methods in our Mathematics degree, ranging from small-group tutorials, to lectures, problem workshops and practical computing classes. Our teaching is supported by the University's e-learning systems Canvas and Panopto and it is possible to download lecture notes, assessments and submit coursework through StudyNet. We place particular emphasis on transferable skills, employability and project work throughout the degree.

You will meet your personal tutor on a regular basis in small-group tutorials, which are a great way of reinforcing the material that you learn in lectures. We also offer a wide variety of support throughout your degree, from your lecturers, the School’s Maths Support Service and peer support from our student proctor scheme. The Maths Support Service provides a one to one help with your mathematical problems.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IGradIMA)


The number of people working in jobs requiring numerical ability has been steadily rising in the UK in recent years. In the world of employment, maths graduates are in high demand for their skills in problem-solving, logical thinking and their ability to understand and interpret data. Recent maths graduates from the University of Hertfordshire have gone on to exciting careers in finance, actuaries statistics and data science, IT, business analysis, teaching and many more.

These careers are also well paid. According to data from the government’s Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) Data Analysis, the University of Hertfordshire is ranked 16th (out of 64 universities) for the highest quartile earnings for maths graduates five years after graduating.

'If you fancy a challenge, choose maths! You can go into so many different things and the world’s your oyster.'

Amy Washington

BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics