Mathematical Sciences BSc (Hons)

4 years including study year abroad, starting in September 2018

Develop a broad foundation of theory and practical skills in mathematics, statistics and computing, preparing you for specialist and non-specialist careers.

Mathematical Sciences combines traditional mathematics with statistics and computing. This course is for you if you’d like to keep your options open and study a broader range of topics.

In the first two years you’ll gain an introduction to mathematics at university level before choosing areas that you’d like to specialise in later in the course. In Year 2 you will also have the option to study computing, physics and economics units run by other departments. As with all of our mathematics courses you will have the option to switch after the first year, so you can keep your options open when you apply.

You’ll develop the knowledge and practical skills appropriate to a technical career as well as receiving good training in analytical thinking. This combination means you will also be well-suited to non-specialist careers such as computing, financial services and management.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year abroad
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Year abroad

Broaden your horizons with a year studying at a university abroad. You’ll experience another culture whilst studying a course that complements your studies at Bath.

We have links with universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Europe. This includes Binghamton University, National University Singapore, University of Canterbury, Stellenbosch University and the University of Helsinki.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral assessment
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 87% 0% 13%
Year 2 90% 0% 10%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 80% 0% 20%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 37% 63% 0%
Year 2 32% 68% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 25% 75% 0%
Tom Hadfield
“The wide range of modules gives you the opportunity to head down a multitude of career paths. I joined the placement scheme and spent a year with GlaxoSmithKline, working as a Clinical Statistician.”
Tom Hadfield

​BSc Mathematics with placement year (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying mathematics. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, topics within mathematics that particularly interest you or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Strong performance in Mathematics is essential, both in your entry qualifications and any previous study.

We also recommend you consider taking a STEP exam , as this can provide excellent preparation for studying university level Mathematics. If you are taking both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level any offer will include an alternative condition that includes a STEP grade (or the GCE Advanced Extension Award). Depending on your qualifications STEP may be entirely optional (for example, if you take the International Baccalaureate Diploma) or compulsory (for example, APs).

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either A in a third A level or B in a third A level plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

If you are studying A levels we strongly prefer that you take a full A level in Further Mathematics. Alternative offers are available if you have only studied Further Mathematics at AS level or have not studied it at all. We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level

A*AA plus AS Further Maths

A*AA including A* in Mathematics plus A in AS Level Further Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics

Alternative offer A level

A*A*A

A*A*A including A* in Mathematics (with A in each module) and A in a second scientific or quantitative subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics or 7, 6, 5 in 3 Higher Level subjects including 7 in Mathematics.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3

D2, D3 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either D3 in a third principle subject or M1 in a third principle subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer BTEC

Unfortunately BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) are not a suitable route for this course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

Unfortunately, the Access to HE Diploma is not a suitable route for this course.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A*A in two A level subjects plus grade D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

We may be able to consider combinations of qualifications that include only an AS level in Further Mathematics or without Further Mathematics. You are likely to be required to obtain a grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in Core Mathematics and 5* the Algebra and Calculus extended paper plus grade 2 in any STEP.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP .

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP .

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics plus either 9.0 in Advanced Mathematics or grade 2 in any STEP.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 90% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC plus grade 2 in any STEP.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Mathematical Sciences
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    G142
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

Apply for this course through UCAS.