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BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Receive excellent career support during and after the course
Receive excellent career support during and after the course
 Lecturers are experts in their field; informed by current research
 Lecturers are experts in their field; informed by current research
Accredited by Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IGradIMA)
Accredited by Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IGradIMA)

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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's the course about?

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.

Your main campus is College Lane

This is where the creative arts, science and health related subject are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

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.

'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

Student Blogs

Jonathon - A typical day

My typical uni day

An average day when studying maths at Hertfordshire University consists mainly of commuting, lectures and study.

Going from the beginning of my day, lectures start at 09:00 on some days, which is a long struggle to get up and out by 07:30 but it gets done. I only like that time to beat the motorway traffic and get a good short walk in before lectures, great to clear the head and get ready to learn.

Other days they can be at 11:00, or if you're lucky 13:00. These are the lie in days or catch up on extra study before driving to university.

Once at university, lectures are typically 2 hours and we cover a lot of content, normally a whole section or chapter.

After the first lecture, depending on my timetable it's either a tutorial or a break. During my break, I either head to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) or the PAM Ready Room and do some extra study or just relax a bit before the next lecture or tutorial.

An average day at University ends at 17:00 or 18:00 for me but my average day does just end there.

Depending on the day I have either society meeting and socials, scouts or sports that I attend on a regular basis so I'm always active whether in or out of University.

At the end of the day, there is nothing I enjoy more than either a bit of gaming with friends or a good nights sleep.

Student Blogs

Jonathon - Guide to mathematics

Guide to the mathematics facilities

There are a few key facilities for our Mathematics course at Herts

The first thing that comes to mind is our lecture rooms and classrooms. Simple I know but not are they just for our lectures and tutorials, if they are empty most of the rooms are available for you to use as a study space or if you have a group of friends you can study together and share ideas on the screen or the whiteboards.

We also have some designated learning zones which you can use to study. These are dotted all over campus.

The key facilities are our high specification PC Labs. Used by all students for Python, R, and MATLAB just to name a few software we use. These labs are open from around 8 am to 8 pm within the main buildings.

We also have our Learning Resource Centre (LRC for short). Here are all the key study spaces from single study rooms to group study rooms and computers. The LRC has practically everything you could need to study. It's open 24/7 so whether an early bird or a night owl it's open for those brain waves whenever they may come.

The LRC is also home to our Maths Support Service. This is a small team of people on a rota that sets up in a specific spot in the LRC to help with any maths problem you may have they can help.

Student Blogs

Jonathon - Why I chose herts

Why I chose herts

There are many reasons why I chose to come to herts. Here are just a few.

Firstly, the accommodation was phenomenal compared to what other places were offering at the time (2017). This is what sold herts to me when I was making my final decision along with my next reason.

Next is I live in North London. I didn't want a university too far that I couldn't drive to it as a commuting student if I wanted to. As well as it being close to home for when I may want to go home or for my family to come up and visit; the journey isn't too long to make.

My next reason is space. The outdoor space is brilliant. There is such a diverse scenery at herts that you could be in a built-up area of campus then in 3 minutes you are in a forest. The Great outdoors helps to relax and clear the mind which is why I love it so much.

Lastly is the staff. On the open days, I went to the staff and they were always friendly and the lecturers are so enthusiastic about their subjects. That's what I want to see.

So, there's my story or mini stories behind choosing herts.

Student Blogs

Theo - Unibuddy

Alumni Stories

Samuel Nathan Richards

Meet Samuel Nathan Richards who has taken his degree out of this world. Samuel currently works for NASA as the Mission Director & Instrument Scientist for NASA/DLR mission: SOFIA in California.

Current job roleMission Director & Instrument Scientist for NASA/DLR mission: SOFIA
Year of graduation2012
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Astrophysics with Sandwich Year

Samuel Nathan Richards

Global opportunities

Nathan currently works as the Mission Director & Instrument Scientist for the SOFIA mission, based in Palmdale, California at the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Nathan has worked toward this role since completing his degree and a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Nathan says, 'I would not be where I am without the opportunities that were available while studying at the University of Hertfordshire. From extracurricular projects, to connections with other world ranking universities. I'm thankful to the University for its guidance and support that kick-started my career.'

Nathan decided to study at the University after seeing a promo video in sixth-form that featured the Bayfordbury Observatory. He says, 'When I discovered how strong the University's Astronomy department was, I felt that this was an environment that I could thrive in.'

'The lecturers were world-class, active astronomers, so each class was dynamic to the ever-changing knowledge of their respective fields of research. Their willingness to accept keen students for extracurricular research projects gave me early first-hand experience of the career I was about to launch myself into. Their international connections opened a path for me to do a research year at the University of Sydney, where I would later return to complete a PhD!'

Just the beginning

Pursuing a career in astronomy is highly competitive but incredibly exciting. Opportunities in these industries are truly global and roles are very diverse. 'I didn't know I'd end up working at NASA, but I took all opportunities as they arose.' Nathan encourages new and current students to do the same. 'Find what you enjoy and do that, over money, status and fame. There are many routes to where I am now, my colleagues come from very different backgrounds: astronomy, electrical and mechanical engineering and computer science, and that is just within my role, let alone all the other roles under NASA's umbrella.'

'I'm still learning, developing and taking on new opportunities!'

I would not be where I am without the opportunities that were available while studying at the University of Hertfordshire. From extracurricular projects, to connections with other world ranking universities. I'm thankful to the University for its guidance and support that kick-started my career.

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.