Mathematical Sciences BSc (Hons)
3 years, 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.
This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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.
Learning and assessment
- Laboratory sessions
- Oral assessment
- Written examination
Contact time with staff
In your first year, you should expect to spend 38% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 62% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.Find out more about contact time with staff
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. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.
Strong performance in Mathematics is essential, both in your entry qualifications and any previous study. If you are studying A levels we strongly prefer that you take a full A level in Further Mathematics, which forms part of our typical offer. Offers are available for applicants who have only studied Further Mathematics at AS level or have not studied it at all.
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 STEP any offer will include an alternative condition that includes a STEP grade (or the GCE Advanced Extension Award). For applicants taking some qualifications (such as the International Baccalaureate), STEP may be entirely optional. For others STEP may be required.
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.
Select the country where your qualification comes from.
Typical offer A levelA*AA
A*AA including 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.
Alternative offer A levelA*AA
For applicants with AS Further Maths only:
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
For applicants with A Level Mathematics only:
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 offers for other qualifications
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.
Access to HE Diploma
Unfortunately, the Access to HE Diploma is not a suitable route for this course. You are welcome to apply for our Economics course.
Unfortunately, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) is 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.
D2, D3 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either D3 in a third subject or M1 in a third subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.
AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.
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 if they are 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.
Fees and funding
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
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
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.
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.
- Course titleMathematical Sciences
- Final awardBSc (Hons)
- Mode of studyFull-time
- Course codeG140
- Institution codeB16
- UK/EU application deadline15 January 2018
- Overseas deadline15 January 2018
- Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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