Advice on these Undergraduate Programmes? (UK)

mr_dion

New Member
Hello, first post here, I am applying to undergrad programmes in the UK and was hoping some people might check if these are suitable/rigorous enough for a career in quant finance and if an MFE would be necessary/helpful after I complete my undergrad.
1. MEng Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol.
2. MMath Mathematics, University of Bath.
3. BSc Applied Mathematics, University of Edinburgh.

The Bristol course stands out most to me at the moment as I quite enjoy applied mathematics, although I think I might miss some pure elements of maths if I go for a mainly applied route. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

bigbadwolf

Well-Known Member
I didn’t achieve my full potential at A level so had to settle for slightly worse universities, will this be a problem?
Thanks
I did look at each one of the links you provided. They're not exactly programs and courses to salivate over. I would probably go for Edinburgh or Bristol and take pure math. Get all the real and functional analysis you can under your belt. That's what will stand you in good stead later when you try to learn stochastic calculus. There's a three-volume set of books by Garling titled A Course in Mathematical Analysis. Apparently this is what they teach Cambridge undergrads in their first two years. It's a rigorous introduction to real analysis, complex analysis, and measure theory. You want to master this material. You also want naive probability theory in your first two years, with perhaps the option of measure-theoretic probability in your third year. This will be the backbone of your formal education as a quant. A good MFE or Ph.D. program will build on this.
 

mr_dion

New Member
I did look at each one of the links you provided. They're not exactly programs and courses to salivate over. I would probably go for Edinburgh or Bristol and take pure math. Get all the real and functional analysis you can under your belt. That's what will stand you in good stead later when you try to learn stochastic calculus. There's a three-volume set of books by Garling titled A Course in Mathematical Analysis. Apparently this is what they teach Cambridge undergrads in their first two years. It's a rigorous introduction to real analysis, complex analysis, and measure theory. You want to master this material. You also want naive probability theory in your first two years, with perhaps the option of measure-theoretic probability in your third year. This will be the backbone of your formal education as a quant. A good MFE or Ph.D. program will build on this.
But taking an Applied math degree from Bristol/Edinburgh would get me on to an MFE programme definitely, is it really necessary to just take a pure math undergrad? Considering I prefer applied maths.
Thanks
 
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