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BSc(Hons)

Mathematics

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
G101
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years sandwich; three years full-time.
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich (Part-time option by negotiation)
Programme leader:
Dr Tim Swift
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course equips you with a solid understanding of advanced mathematical and statistical concepts.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is an important component of human culture. It also helps us solve a range of real-life problems.

As well as supporting innovation and progress in science, engineering, technology, finance and economics, it aids organisational decision-making.

We use it to model and predict outcomes - from community health to the length of queues in communication networks.

The widespread availability of large data sets has led to increased demand for graduate mathematicians.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Mathematics is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Develop a strong foundation in advanced mathematical and statistical concepts and methods. Apply these to assess and solve scheduling, decision-making, simulation and modelling problems across industry, finance and healthcare.

Specialise your programme of study by choosing the optional modules in which you are most interested.

Take optional modules that involve work-based learning in a school environment to see if teaching is right for you. Go on a placement year and gain valuable experience, benefiting from new insights and perspectives.

Learn to process and evaluate data using industry-standard mathematical and statistical software in our well-equipped computer labs.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to inform your career choices and industry knowledge.

We have been ranked 21st nationally for Mathematics in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Where can it take me?

When you graduate, a broad range of careers and postgraduate study will be available to you. 

Destinations include scientific research, business and finance, the civil service, management and teaching. Past graduates have found work with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Oxford University Press, the Office for National Statistics, Indica and the Ministry of Defence.

You could also progress onto MSc or PhD study in mathematics or statistics.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Sets, Functions and Linear Algebra
  • Calculus and Numerical Methods
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Modelling and Optimisation.

Year two

You will study:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Algebra, Combinatorics and Graphs
  • Statistical Modelling.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Complex Variables
  • Coding Theory and Applications
  • Operational Research
  • Mathematics Education Practice.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work placement.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study modules (the number depending on your credit requirements) from:

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Applied Algebra and Geometry
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Applied Statistical Modelling
  • Decision Modelling
  • Applied Statistical Research Methods
  • Multivariate Statistical Modelling
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project B
  • Mathematics Education Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, tutorials, PC lab workshops, flipped-class sessions, group work exercises, seminars and practice-based learning.

Attend talks from industry practitioners and gain insight into real-world practices, challenges and issues.

Work independently for the majority of the course, with group coursework scheduled for years one and two.

Visit our espressoMaths drop-by station for daily support and advice on an informal, one-to-one basis.

Regular MathsArcade sessions are a forum for students and staff to meet and discuss issues arising from particular modules, from the course as a whole, and from mathematics in general.

Exhibit your ideas to friends, family, media and potential employers at our annual degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
127%73%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
324%76%0%100%

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through a mix of exams and coursework.

You'll also be assessed through written and oral presentations of case studies and project work. Some modules also use online e-tests as a part of their assessment process.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
175%25%0%100%
263%37%0%100%
362%38%0%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Once you've completed this course and additional training and work experience equivalent to a master's degree, you'll meet the educational requirements to become a Chartered Mathematician (CMath).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose to do a four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year on placement after your second year.

Regional organisations such as the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and TSB Bank often provide work placements for our students.

Your placement will show you how to apply theory, analyse large datasets and use industry software.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Study in modern facilities and access excellent resources throughout your course.

Conduct group work or individual study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, a dedicated space for mathematics and statistics students.

Analyse data, run simulations and solve problems using industry-standard software in our computer labs.

Discuss subject and course-related issues and ideas with students and staff at MathsArcade sessions.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Choose from a range of careers, including planning and other public sector services, financial services, management or teaching.

If you want to teach secondary school mathematics, this degree provides a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification.

You could go into research in mathematics, but also computing, medicine, ecology or meteorology.

Past students have gone into careers as analysts, statisticians, actuaries and teachers.

Read about what being a statistician involves.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - what being a statistician involves

UWE Bristol - graduate vacancy sources and occupational information

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in mathematics

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Mathematics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: BTEC Diploma must include merit in one of the following; Further Mathematics for Technicians, Further Engineering Mathematics, Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits including 15 at distinction in Mathematics and 15 at merit in another subject. Please list the units you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 6 in higher level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

Unistats

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