Do you have a head for numbers and a talent for solving problems? Do you enjoy applying logic to complex issues? Do you want to learn a skillset valued by many employers? Maybe you simply enjoy thinking about the deep and fascinating world of mathematics?
On this Mathematics degree, you'll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving abilities and learn how maths contributes to society, in the community and in industry. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BSc) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MMath).
You’ll study core mathematical topics in year 1, including analysis, algebra, calculus, statistics, operational research and modelling.
Then you’ll shape your degree to your ambitions and interests in following years, choosing modules that cover specialist and advanced principles such as astrophysics, financial modelling, non-linear dynamics and cosmology.
To boost your employability prospects after the course, you’ll have opportunity to get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry and completing shorter-term work placements.
Maths graduates are in high demand, especially in the expanding technology, data and machine learning industries. You could also go into areas such as education or finance when you graduate.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Design your degree to suit your interests and ambitions by choosing specialist modules after your first year
- Tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application
- Harness powerful hardware and software in our computer labs to unpick complex mathematical problems
- Develop coding skills in programming languages including Python
- Use industry-standard statistical and operational research software such as R and SPSS
- Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software such as Mathematica and MATLAB, which provide high-level simulations of complex dynamical processes
- Use historical data to apply your skills to challenges such as monitoring the spread of disease, predicting the spread of a cloud of ash from a volcano and forecasting changes to the climate
- Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including presentation, analytical thinking, communication and team working skills
You can also:
- Study advanced topics in pure and applied Mathematics, and complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, when you choose the 4-year MMath option
- Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3
- Apply your skills on work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools
- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme
Work experience and career planning
In years 2 and 3, you can choose optional modules that include a short industrial placement and assisting with teaching in local schools.
Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find other 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Independent study
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Written exams
- Practical exams
- In-class tests
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
- Year 4 students (MMath only): 100% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
Mathematics is more than just number crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff.
The demand for mathematics graduates is increasing too. The Council for the Mathematical Sciences predicts more than 7 million people in the UK will need mathematical science skills in 2030 – an increase of 900,000 compared to 2009.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University, as you advance in your career.
Areas you could work in include:
- Data science and analytics
- Space and satellite applications
- Finance and banking
- Business and operational research
- Secondary school teaching
- Insurance and risk management
- IT and computing
- Medicine and health
- The natural and life sciences
You could also join a graduate scheme or continue your studies at postgraduate or doctorate level.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. This gives you an advantage over other graduates who may understand theory but won't have the experience of applying their learning to a working environment
Previous students have been on placement with household names, including:
- 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.