Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?

I was studying a BSc Mathematics at the University and wasn’t sure if I wanted to enrol on a master’s course or not. However, in my final year I took a mathematical finance module, and it really reignited my passion for the subject! I decided that I wanted to further my studies in finance and learn more about it. The modules on offer at Birmingham aligned with my interests and I felt excited to write a dissertation on a topic I was deeply interested in. This, coupled with my knowledge of and love for the University made it clear to me that applying for the course was the right decision for me.

What do you think are the best points of your course?

The best thing about my course is being able to take modules from different Schools to expand my knowledge. This year I have been able to take modules from both the Business School and the School of Computer Science alongside my Maths modules and I think this has enhanced my understanding of financial mathematics and how it can be applied in the world. I’ve particularly enjoyed taking economics modules as I’m interested in why the financial markets work in the way that they do, and how human behaviour affects them.

What’s the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?

The best thing about studying here is the campus and the city. I loved the campus from the minute I first saw it, and for me, having all the buildings within walking distance of one another is a real advantage. The green space and the facilities on campus also just make it a nice place to be, and you can’t beat a University of Birmingham burrito! I’ve also become a huge fan of the city and have relocated here on a permanent basis- the wide range of activities, restaurants and shops in Birmingham as well as the ability to get around easily via public transport has made it somewhere I really enjoy living.

What’s your highlight of your time at the University?

The highlights of my time here so far have been the big campus events like my undergraduate graduation day and Gradball. Seeing campus lit up with fairground rides and carousels and feeling like the University was putting a lot of effort into celebrating the achievements of its students has always made an impact on me. I also love spending sunny days sat with friends on the Green Heart.

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying on the course?

I would advise anyone thinking about applying for this course to consider taking some economics or computer science modules to expand your knowledge and give you some real-word context for the application of maths. I would also advise potential student not to worry too much about the coding aspects of the course- I began this course with no coding experience and have found the teaching to be pitched at a good level for beginners; I feel like I’ve learnt a lot when it comes to mathematical modelling.

Is there anything extra students thinking about studying on the course should know?

There is so much support readily available. Whether its computer labs for coding, office hours or personal tutor meetings, I’ve felt very supported throughout my MSc course and feel confident that the staff here will help me in any way that they can.