MSc Mathematical Finance
Xuefang Li

"The School of Mathematics provides many active engagements with the business community which strengthens the compatibility of my skills, experience, and interests within the Mathematical Finance program. There have been several opportunities to talk with people in related industries and a number of careers fairs have been held in the school."

 Why did you choose to study this course here at the School of Mathematics? 

I chose to study in the University of Manchester Mathematics Department because of its long history and reputation for providing a rigorous intellectual atmosphere in which students are able to gain solid foundation in mathematics concepts and develop the analytical skills to apply them.

Moreover, our academic staff can provide insightful commentary on issues, and this program also invites senior staff members of leading financial institutions to the school which helps students to get in touch with the latest information.

 

What were you doing before your MSc?

I completed my undergraduate in BSc Mathematics with Finance at the University of Liverpool before this MSc course.

 

What are your career plans after graduation?  

After graduation, I am motivated in pursuing my career in the financial industry, such as financial consulting or wealth management.

 

What do you enjoy most about studying at the School of Mathematics?

The School of Mathematics provides many active engagements with the business community which strengthens the compatibility of my skills, experience, and interests within the Mathematical Finance program. There have been several opportunities to talk with people in related industries and a number of careers fairs have been held in the school.

 

How much time to do you spend in classes and undertaking independent study? 

Each week I spend about 16 hours in classes and then about 4 hours of private study for each class. There are a group coursework and a personal coursework in the first semester, so I need to spent around 10 hours in total on the group work.

 

How did you find the change from Undergraduate to Postgraduate level study?

The postgraduate course is absolutely different than the undergraduate but it is still within my expectations. The significant difference between these two level courses is that there is a wide range of courses in undergraduate, but courses in postgraduate would focus on one or a few topic. Professors and teaching assistants are friendly to give support to everyone.

 

What is the best thing about living in Manchester?

You can do everything in this city with a relatively lower price than any other city in the UK. It is very convenient to shopping and eating, and you can find place easily for skiing, climbing, or going to cinema.

 

What advice would you give to those considering studying at the School of Mathematics?

If you are considering studying at the School of Mathematics, just make the decision and do it, do not hesitate. You will not regret that. Within the School, you can make good use of the high standard of academic teaching, career service, and workshops.

For the course in MSc Mathematical Finance, you need have basic preparation for the stochastic theory, such as Markov Chain, Stochastic Calculus. For your own life, time management need to be considered, it would be better if you can balance your study and life.

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