How to apply

Application deadlines and admissions status

Please note that applications for entry in January 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in January 2019 will open on 3 January 2018.

Apply online, following the detailed guidance provided on the Graduate Admissions website.

Course code

The course code to enter on the application form is TM_FM9M9C2.

You will need to upload the following as part of your application:

  • a statement of purpose, around one page in length;
  • a CV/résumé;
  • three references;
  • official transcript(s) detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date;
  • your solutions to the MSc Mathematical Finance admissions exercise;
  • declaration (authenticity statement) that the answers you are submitting are your own work.

More details of the requirements concerning the items listed above can be found under the 'How to apply' tab of the MSc Mathematical Finance page of the Graduate Admissions website and in the notes below.

If you encounter any technical difficulties when uploading any of these items please contact Graduate Admissions.


Whilst you must register three referees, the department may start the assessment of your application if two of the three references (one academic, one current/recent employer) are submitted by the course deadline and your application is otherwise complete. Please note that you may still be required to ensure your third referee supplies a reference for consideration.

Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement and motivation. You may use up to one professional reference though your references should otherwise be academic.

Admissions test

You must submit solutions to the MSc in Mathematical Finance admissions exercise as part of your application. You can upload this to your application as written work. You may submit it in LaTeX or handwritten form; however it must be legible in order to be marked.

Please ensure you complete and submit with your solutions to the admissions test the authenticity statement on page 2 of the test.

Your performance in the test will be used by the assessors to help determine whether your mathematical background is adequate.

A past admissions test is available, but unfortunately we cannot provide solutions to this.


Technical interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process. If invited you can expect to be interviewed by at least two people. The interview could take place face-to-face or by Skype. These will be around 30 minutes in length and comprise of a series of technical questions. Interviews are held around three weeks after the relevant application deadline, depending on the availability of interviewers.

Preparation for the interviews is not necessary.

Application fee

There is an application fee, which covers the administrative costs incurred by the Graduate Admissions Office in processing your application. Please see panel number 8 of the Graduate Admissions Application Guide for details. If you are being sponsored by an organisation - for example your employer - which is unable to pay the application fee online, please contact the Admissions Administrator for assistance.

Fees and Funding

Further information

Please see FAQs and/or contact the Admissions Administrator if you have any further questions.