Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you enjoy solving problems, applying logic to complex issues, and want to learn a skill set valued by many employers, this BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree course is the perfect choice.

You’ll tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application, setting yourself up for a career in anything from finance and IT to marketing and government research.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Choose modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Cover topics like statistics, operational research and modelling
  • Have access to our computing labs, harnessing powerful hardware and software to unpick complex mathematical problems
  • Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software, such as Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, as well as industry standard statistical and operational research software
  • Have the chance to get work experience in the community, such as assisting in local schools

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and make you more employable when you graduate.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Calculus I – 20 credits

In this module, you'll learn the fundamental notions and techniques of formal calculus.

Computational Mathematics – 20 credits

On this module, you'll solve mathematical problems using industry-standard tools for computer programming, construction and analysis of algorithms, and numerical methods for calculus.

Linear Algebra – 20 credits

In this module, you'll solve problems and prove theorems in Linear Algebra. 

Mathematical Foundations – 20 credits

In this module, you'll examine the most important concept in mathematics: proof. 

Mathematical Models – 20 credits

In this module, you'll visualise mathematical models using algebra software, such as Maple. 

Statistical Theory And Methods I - 20 credits

In this module, you'll explore probability theory, randomness and variability, and data analysis techniques.

Year 2

Core modules

Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills – 20 credits

In this module, you'll apply mathematical methods and techniques to current open-ended problems.

Calculus II – 20 credits

In this module you'll extend your calculus skills with further solution methods for ordinary differential equations and the calculus of several variables.

Real and Complex Analysis – 20 credits

On this module, you'll study functions of real and complex variables, their differentiation and integration, and their applications to other branches of mathematics.

Optional modules

Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics – 20 credits

In this module you'll examine group theory and the structures underlying modern algebra. You'll then apply this to finite fields, rings, and modular arithmetic, preparing yourself for final-year study in abstract algebra.

Industrial Placement – Mathematics – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll gain industrial and commercial experience during the placement year of a degree taken in sandwich mode or while undertaking self-employment or starting up a business.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits

In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Mathematics For Finance – 20 credits

In this module, you'll investigate financial derivatives in the context of fundamental principles and techniques of mathematical finance. 

Mechanics And Dynamics – 20 credits

In this module, you'll explore analytical mechanics, applying both Lagrangian and Hamiltonian approaches to simple mechanical systems and the exploitation of symmetry. 

Numerical Analysis – 20 credits

On this module, you'll get an introduction to numerical analysis. You'll focus on linear and nonlinear systems, Gauss-type integration and ordinary differential equations (ODEs). 

Operational Research – 20 credits

On this module, you'll examine the theory and practice of operational research, and engage with case studies and examples of operational research techniques in real-world.

Statistical Theory and Methods Ii - 20 credits

On this module, you'll develop your statistical practice by analysing experiments, applying multiple regression models to data, and exploring the theory of probability distributions, inference and transformations.

Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies - 20 credits

On this module, you'll study the fundamentals of astronomy and cosmology, including the study of (exo)planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe as a whole.

Year 3

Core modules

Partial Differential Equations And Their Applications – 20 credits

In this module, you'll learn about analytical and numerical methods of solving partial differential equations. 

Optional modules

Abstract Algebra – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study algebraic structures including rings, ideals, fields, Galois Theory and module, and basic category theory.

Advanced Analysis – 20 credits

In this module you'll study advanced analytical concepts, such as how metric spaces can be thought of as generalisations of the familiar Euclidean spaces to other settings.

Advanced Decision Modelling – 20 credits

In this module, you'll apply scientific techniques to organisational decision making.

Financial Derivative Pricing – 20 credits

In this module you'll use powerful mathematical techniques to find fair prices for financial derivatives – contracts whose future value depends on the outcome of uncertain events.

Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study General Relativity and its main applications in astrophysics and cosmology, You'll learn how to derive the main exact and approximate solutions of Einstein's equations, and how to use the mathematical tools needed to do that.

Modern Astrophysics – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study the theoretical foundations of main topics in astrophysics, and their development from 20th century thought to recent discoveries.

Nonlinear Dynamics – 20 credits

On this module you'll apply qualitative and quantitative methods to the study of nonlinear dynamics and deterministic chaos. 

Project – 20 credits

In this module, you'll select a topic in pure or applied mathematics, and research your own project using multiple mathematical themes to make your own discoveries.

Projects In Mathematics – 20 credits

In this module, you'll get an introduction to a series of topics in seminar-style sessions.

Quantitative Supply Chain Management – 20 credits

In this module you'll explore the theory and practice of supply chain management.

Statistical Learning - 20 credits

In this module, you'll learn to select and apply the right statistical tool for a given problem.

Statistics Methods in Health Research and Social Science - 20 credits

On this module, you'll extend your statistical study by applying it to problems in health and social science research.

Stochastic Processes - 20 credits

On this module, you'll study randomness through probability models and stochastic (random) processes.

Undergraduate Ambassador – 20 credits

In this module, you'll put your mathematical study to work in a local school.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • computer labs
  • project work

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have been on placement with household names, including:

  • IBM
  • L’Oréal
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Transport for London

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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