BSc Statistics with Finance

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UCAS code: G3N3 BSc/StatFin

Programme requirement:
GCSE pass at grade A or A* in Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A including Mathematics. Further Mathematics or a Science is recommended

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2012: 182

First year students 2012:  14


First year:

(*half unit)

Second year:

Third year:

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

First year

Elementary Statistical Theory is concerned with both theory and application and is appropriate whether or not your A level Mathematics course included statistics. It forms the basis for later statistics options. Mathematical Methods will continue your A level studies and includes calculus and linear algebra. Economics B provides an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics. Finally, you can choose between the courses Elements of Accounting and Finance and Abstract Mathematics. Elements of Accounting and Finance will give you an introduction to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and the problems of finance and investment. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics is for students who want to deepen their mathematical skills and is useful for certain mathematics and statistics courses in the second and third year.

Second year

You take a course in Further Mathematical Methods, building on the Mathematical Methods course. In Probability, Distribution Theory, and Inference, you will receive the statistical foundations needed for the third year. In the Principles of Finance course you examine the theory of financial decision-making by firms and the behaviour of the capital markets in which these decisions are taken.

For the fourth course you can choose among subjects such as statistical project work, applied regression, actuarial science, real analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics, optimisation theory, or theory of survey sampling.

Third year

In the third year you have more choices than before. Two half unit courses (Regression and Generalised Linear Models, and Time Series and Forecasting) are compulsory, as is a choice of two courses in advanced topics in finance. For the remaining two course units various options are available depending on your interests and career plans.

(* half unit)

Statistics options include:

Mathematics options include:

Finance options include:

Accounting options include

Other related options include:

You may take up to two outside options from a list including: 

Note that your choice may be limited by the second year subjects you have taken. Due to timetabling constraints, it may not be possible to choose certain course combinations. There may be changes to the programme given here for the second and third years of the degree to keep up with developments in industry and academic research.

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