BSc Financial Mathematics


Program Description


The BSc Financial Mathematics programme is designed to equip you with the specialist mathematical knowledge and quantitative skills that are required by many financial organisations. It focuses on the application of theories to financial practice.

Why Should I Study Financial Mathematics at XJLTU?

  • You are taught by staff from various departments including Mathematics, International Business School Suzhou, and Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • You are trained and prepared for exams required for international certification and licencing
  • XJTLU’S location in Suzhou close to Shanghai, China’s financial centre, provides you with the opportunity to undertake internships and work placements at Fortune 500 companies
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BSc Financial Mathematics programme, you will be able to:

  • understand key areas of technical mathematics and statistics
  • have a broader knowledge of accounting techniques, finance and economics
  • be able to analyse real-world financial problems using quantitative methods.


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

You will be introduced to business, financial, mathematical and economic principles through the study of:

  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Real Analysis for Financial Mathematics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Foundations of Financial Computing
  • Introduction to the Methods of Applied Mathematics

Year Three

You will develop your knowledge of statistical theory and financial analysis and learn about:

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Sampling and hypothesis testing
  • Operational research: probabilistic models
  • Securities markets
  • Financial management
  • Financial modelling in Excel VBA
  • Introduction to financial mathematics
  • Statistical distribution theory.
  • Java programming for financial mathematics

Year Four

  • Corporate finance theory and practice
  • Risk management
  • Finance and markets
  • Linear statistical models
  • Econometrics of time series
  • Applied multivariate statistics
  • Applied probability
  • Final year project.


BSc Financial Mathematics graduates with quantitative skills are in high demand and typically pursue careers in finance, insurance or banking. The programme also provides a strong basis for postgraduate study in the field of mathematics or finance.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less