School of Mathematics

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about the postgraduate courses available within the School of Mathematics and how to prepare you for your course.

The School of Mathematics is consistently ranked in the top 10 amongst Mathematics departments in the United Kingdom. The teaching is backed up by ground breaking research in many areas of mathematics, such as fluid dynamics, analysis and group theory.

Dr Natalia Petrovskaya (Director of MSc Financial Engineering and Lecturer in Applied Mathematics), Dr Sándor Zoltán Németh (Director of Postgraduate Research and Lecturer in Management Mathematics), Dr Yunbin Zhao, (Director of MSc MORSE) and Dr Sara Jabbari (Director of MSc Mathematical Modelling) and Dr David Smith (Admissions Tutor for PhD Applied Mathematics  will be available between 12:00-13:00 for the Live Q&A.

One of our postgraduate mentors has studied in the School of Mathematics:

You are welcome to ask her any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the school.

More information about postgraduate study in the School of Mathematics

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Natalia Petrovskaya

    Natalia is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Director of MSc Financial Engineering. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr Yunbin Zhao

    Yunbin is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Optimization and programme lead for MSc MORSE. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr Sara Jabbari

    Sara is a Birmingham Fellow and Director of MSc Mathematical Modelling. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr Sándor Zoltán Németh

    Sándor is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Research. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr David Smith

    Dave is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Admissions Tutor for PhD Applied Mathematics. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Mathematics live event.
anas kaouss asked:

Hi I am a recent graduate from the university of north carolina with a bachelor degree in business administration and I have a very strong interest in the msc in financial engineering. In regards to my degree, and in case i am lacking some more mathematical course would that be an issue? If yes how can I solve that to be considered?

Natalia Petrovskaya replied:


It is hard to say whether you will be a successful applicant who will get an offer for the FinENg degree without looking at your academic transcripts. We normally require a strong background in ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, mathematical statistics, the probability theory, numerical methods, and programming. Given yur undergraduate experience,  another option for you would be to apply for the Mathematical Finance programme run by the School of Economics.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Our range of MSc courses are taught by world experts in the fields, and include a dissertation with one-to-one supervision.

SC asked:

which mathematics curriculum do financial engineering students need to prepare in advance

Natalia Petrovskaya replied:


We require a solid background in ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, statistics, probability theory, and basic numerical methods. We also require some programming skills. Good knowledge of stochastic processes is an advantage but is not necessary.

Giuseppe asked:

Which is the main difference between MSc Financial Engineering and MSc Mathematical Finance?

Natalia Petrovskaya replied:


The MSc FinEng programme is run by the School of Mathematics. Most modules on the programme have a strong mathematical component and require a solid mathematical background. The MSc Mathematical Finance programme is run by the School of  Economics. I do not know all details but I presume that they have a stronger financial  syllabus for that programme and a softer mathematical content.