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Mathematics and Financial Modelling

The MSc in Mathematics and Financial Modelling offers you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and abilities in pure and applicable mathematics, as well as financial mathematics. A wide choice of modules allows you to study several different topics in depth, and to focus on the areas that interest you most.

You will also learn key mathematical research skills and methods, including how to conduct a literature search, how to read mathematical papers, and how to communicate your ideas and findings, both in writing and orally.

The second year of the programme includes a dissertation that allows you to engage in a sustained investigation of an area that interests you within statistics and/or finance, implementing what you have learned from the taught modules on the programme and combining this knowledge with new research and analysis.

Over two years, you will also acquire the skills to pursue your interests in mathematics and financial modelling to a higher level and beyond the classroom, whether for a formal MPhil/PhD research degree, for your career, or simply because you have a passion for the subject.


- This flexible course offers a wide choice of modules in mathematical and numerical methods for finance, pricing, game theory, graph theory and several other topics.
- The programme is specially designed for part-time students and delivered via high-quality, face-to-face teaching in the evenings, so that you can study without putting your life or your ambitions on hold.
- You complete a project in an area that interests you most, with guidance from an expert supervisor within our Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics.
- Birkbeck's mathematicians are all active researchers, mostly in the areas of financial mathematics, algebra and combinatorics. We've developed this exciting course around those research strengths and our cutting-edge research informs the syllabus.
- Birkbeck has a library and several workstation rooms. You can also take advantage of the rich academic resources found in Bloomsbury, including the libraries of other colleges of the University of London and the collection of the London Mathematical Society, just around the corner from Birkbeck's main building.

Entry requirements

MSc: The typical entrance requirement is a second-class degree in mathematics.

Applicants may be emailed an entrance test to gauge their suitability for the programme.

If you don't have a mathematics degree then, depending on your level of knowledge, you may be able to instead take Birkbeck's Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Mathematics as a qualifying course.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

A combination of coursework and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2018 8,750 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 5,975 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,200 (Year 1) International 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,975 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 6,300 (Year 1) England 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 6,300 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 6,300 (Year 1) Wales 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 6,300 (Year 1) EU 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 6,300 (Year 1) Scotland 2 Years

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