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Mathematics BSc

Learn mathematical theory and practise it in a workshop and laboratory setting to develop your skills.
October 2021
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Matthew Jones

This course is now available in Clearing.
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Develop your problem-solving abilities

Studying BSc Mathematics with us will open a lot of career doors, whether you want to pursue the subject professionally or join an industry that’s looking for your skills.

You’ll study a combination of traditional maths alongside modern topics like communicating maths. Lectures will introduce theory while workshop and lab study will develop your ability to apply it in practical settings.

You’ll be taught in highly interactive groups that’ll allow you to explore problems and find solutions in a supportive environment. A series called 'Engaging with Mathematics' brings in professionals to talk to students about possible careers, opportunities available, and all the wonderful ways maths can be applied outside the classroom.

Apply your theoretical knowledge

Learning to apply your maths skills in the real world throughout your studies will prepare you for the world of work. One way you’ll do this is by joining staff in different outreach events that bring maths to the general public. In recent years these have included the award-winning SMASHFest and the Skills Show in Birmingham NEC.

Our Problem Solving Methods and Communicating Mathematics modules engage with real-world problems that graduate mathematicians are likely to face. You’ll also get the option to take a year-long placement between the second and third years to further enhance your skills and explore professional interests.

Previous graduates have gone on to study MSc Mathematics at Russell Group universities and pursue other specialist masters. Graduates from this course went on to work in law, accounting, finance, and as mathematicians. A mathematics degree equips you with a whole host of transferable skills that employers find desirable in today’s world of work.

Get the support you need

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.

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What will you study on the BSc Mathematics?

The course has been designed to support your development as a mathematician. The first year modules will train you to think like a mathematician so that you can learn how mathematics is created and how it is used to solve concrete problems. You will learn how mathematics is a language to express complicated ideas succinctly, and how it is unreasonably good at describing and solving real-world problems

In your second year, this development will continue towards a more rigorous approach. You will learn to think much more rigorously, and you will start to understand some of the more fascinating areas of pure and applied mathematics. You will also learn to apply your learning to find concrete solutions to questions in the module Problem Solving Methods.

In your third year, you will study an array of specialist mathematics modules that will provide you with the tools to study and understand complex problems and analyse solutions.

Throughout your studies your learning will be assessed with a mixture of coursework and exams as well as presentations, group assignment and reports.

What will you gain?

You will develop your knowledge of mathematics through investigating key topics in algebra and analysis and will learn to work with multi-faceted problems across a range of modules, particularly within Problem Solving Methods.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the language and culture of mathematics and have an appreciation for the importance of rigorous proof, logical deduction and abstraction. You will graduate with a broad, yet comprehensive knowledge of many theoretical and practical areas of mathematics, with advanced skills in communicating complex ideas.


  • Year 1

    • Vectors and Matrices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an introduction to vector spaces and linear maps. The foundations are laid by studying basic manipulations of complex numbers, vectors and matrices. The underlying geometric meanings of these manipulations are emphasised and concrete examples are explored both by hand and with the help of computer software. Once the foundations have been developed, more advanced and abstract notions are studied for a deeper understanding.

    • Calculus and Differential Equations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on from your previous learning you will find out how calculus is used to model and solve physical problems. The course will also develop the techniques of calculus to higher dimensions, and you will learn to define rigorously a number of the key concepts.

    • Logic and Structures (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Developing your logical reasoning is important and helps bridge the gap to university mathematics. This module aims to introduce and study concepts such as numbers, sets, functions and other structures in mathematics.

    • Data and Information (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the theory of probability and applications of mathematics to diverse areas. You will learn to code in this module.

  • Year 2

    • Groups and Rings (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Groups are structures used throughout maths to study symmetry and geometry as well as to develop an abstract understanding of objects that emulate the integers and rational numbers. You’ll be introduced to these structures and you’ll study their properties. You’ll find that from very humble beginnings groups and rings lead to a deep and rich theory.

    • Mathematical Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module builds on the ideas introduced in previous modules about rigour in maths. The module defines and studies the basic definition in calculus including the notion of a limit, derivative and continuity. You will develop your ability to question mathematical arguments and to think logically about what definitions mean.

    • Discrete Mathematics and Geometry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Discrete objects in maths are used to describe many things you use daily in computing and elsewhere. For example when you ask your computer to find a route from your home to university what is it actually doing? In this module you’ll study the theoretical ideas and build up a clearer understanding of their use.

    • Problem Solving Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module emulates the application of maths in industry and elsewhere. You will learn to approach and solve problems in a numbers of areas from pure and applied mathematics. You will develop software in this module to find a solution to a chosen problem.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Algebra (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds on the topics covered in MSO2110 Groups and Rings. The module begins with a review of the material on rings encountered in the prerequisite and proceeds to build towards a study of fields, culminating in the development of Galois Theory. Students will develop their appreciation of the effect additional axioms have on the structure of rings by learning about commutative rings, Euclidean rings, integral domains, fields and other algebraic objects. In the second half of the module students will extend the work on fields and field extensions to develop Galois Theory.

    • Real and Complex Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Following from your Year 2 module on mathematical analysis, this module will continue to develop your understanding of infinite and infinitesimal processes. You will learn what the derivative means in higher dimensions and study measure theory. You will then extend these notions to functions of complex numbers.

    • Communicating Mathematics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Maths is often called the universal language of science but communicating it can be difficult. With the continuing move to more diverse platforms such as social media this leads to even more challenges in communicating maths. In this module you will look at how maths is communicated, be it to specialists, non-specialists, school pupils or CEOs and how to motivate it for these diverse audiences.

  • Year 3 Optional Modules - Choose three of the following:

    • Project (15 credits) - Optional

      This is your chance to study an area of maths that you’re interested in and write your own report on it. You can choose your topic yourself or from a list given by staff. Your supervisor will guide you through the process and your final output will be in the form of an article.

    • Combinatorics (15 credits) - Optional

      This module builds on the discrete mathematics introduced in the second year to provide students with a range of methods for analysing and solving combinatorial problems, with applications across mathematics and to computer science, physics and beyond. It explores ideas of graph theory and design theory, and a range of techniques for solving counting problems both by hand and using computing. It also aims to develop students’ analytical and reasoning skills, and their ability to apply familiar techniques in unfamiliar settings.

    • Multivariate Statistics (15 credits) - Optional

      Understanding and recognising patterns in data can be difficult when it comes from many different sources. In this module you will begin to develop the techniques and tools that will enable you to study these kinds of relationships. You will develop a critical view of the pros and cons of the methods and the assumptions being made.

    • Simulation and Decision Making (15 credits) - Optional

      Simulating systems such as queuing times at hospitals, or traffic congestion in towns and cities is one of the most important tools used to inform management decisions. In this module you will be introduced to mathematical simulation and you will learn how to develop models to study systems and improve efficiency.

    • Functional Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces students to the main principles and ideas of functional analysis – a modern branch of mathematical analysis, largely influenced by progress in physics during the 20th century, such as quantum mechanics.  The main object of study is a vector space, the elements of which are functions, so that the space is usually infinite-dimensional. Starting from simple geometric objects in vector spaces, the module will gradually introduce ideas from other areas of mathematics, such as topology, differentiation, integration, measure, optimisation, differential and integral equations.  Functional analysis will help students to build a unified and beautiful picture about these topics, and achieve deeper understanding of various branches of mathematics and their applications.

    • Differential Equations (30 credits) - Optional
      Differential equations (DEs) are essential mathematical tools used to describe fundamental laws of nature. This module will equip you with general knowledge of the main types of these equations (ordinary and partial, linear and non-linear), which will be illustrated by examples from the natural sciences. Several techniques for solving differential equations will be presented, alongside a broad geometric understanding of possible solution behaviours.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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  • Sabiha Akhtar Uddin

    Mathematics BSc student

    This year has been really fun and our class has grown into a small community. There are only around 15 of us in the class, so if anyone is stuck on anything we can always get involved and help each other out. With a large group it's hard to get to know everyone, but it's easy for us to all put our heads together to work things out.

    We also get a lot of one-to-one time with our lecturers because of our small class size. With maths if you don't understand something you have to sit and work at it, and if the lecturers are there to help you see the reasoning it is so much better.

Dr Matthew Jones
Programme Leader and Associate Professor in Mathematics

Dr. Jones studied undergraduate mathematics at Lancaster University and University of Maryland, College Park, USA, before completing his PhD at University College London. He works in complex analysis on Riemann surfaces, functional analysis and operator theory.

Dr Alison Megeney
Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Associate Professor in Mathematics

Dr. Megeney studied undergraduate mathematics, a masters in stochastic processes, achieving a distinction, and a PhD at University College London. She worked on packing and covering theorems in higher dimensions for her PhD; she has since worked in mathematics education and is interested in the interaction of mathematics and art.

Dr Thomas Bending
Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Associate Professor in Mathematics

Dr Bending studied mathematics at Cambridge University, achieving an MA and a distinction in Part III before studying for a PhD at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. Thomas works in combinatorics, graph theory, and finite geometries.

  • Dr Matthew Jones

    Mathematics BSc Course Leader

    It's an exciting time to be a mathematician, whether you're interested in pure maths or in its applications in areas like computing, business management or the sciences. The prominence of maths and mathematicians has heightened in the last few years with major results like Fermat's Last theorem being finally proved after over 350 years. You may also have heard of the mathematician Perelman, who proved the Poincare conjecture a few years ago that refused the million dollar prize associated with it (hard to believe, I know). This heightened prominence and many other factors have led to an increasing demand for highly qualified mathematicians in a number of diverse careers. The skills you develop as a mathematician, like problem solving and your ability to think abstractly and logically, mean that you are highly sought after in the job market.

    Our BSc Mathematics courses have been designed with this in mind – they are a mix of traditional maths subjects and modern topics, for example, modules on problem solving and communicating maths. The course aims to develop you as a modern professional mathematician, whether that is in academia or within another career path.

    If you're the kind of person who has realised they have an interest in maths that you would like to pursue to degree level and are looking for a stepping stone to a number of possible careers or into academia, then this course is for you.

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  • Professor Andreas Albrecht

    Mathematics BSc/MMath academic

    In the 70s and 80s, the major driving forces in applied mathematics, particularly in combinatorial optimisation, were the challenging tasks posed by the design of highly integrated circuits (microprocessors, CPUs), but since then, there has been a shift towards computational problems raised by molecular biology and this is where I focus my research.

    The breakthrough in the Human Genome Project at the turn of the century saw the first complete sequencing of human DNA which has led to many more new scientific and medical developments, but along with this came a surprising discovery that the role of proteins (which determine almost all cell functions) only account for a small percentage of the genetic information encoded in DNA, contrary to what was previously thought.

    "This has created a diversity of computational problems requiring applied mathematics to investigate. Among these include: statistical analysis of biochemical data (microarrays, sequencing data), modelling and simulation of RNA and protein folding, establishing different types of interaction networks (RNAs-proteins, proteins-proteins), and a variety of visualisation tasks (for example microarray data, folded structures, interaction networks).

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