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About this course

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Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years sandwich; three years full-time.
Full-time; sandwich (Part-time option by negotiation)
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Programme leader:
Dr Tim Swift
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course will equip you with a solid understanding of advanced mathematical and statistical concepts and methods, along with their application.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Mathematics?

Mathematics is a central and important component of human culture, which helps us solve a wide range of 21st century problems. As well as supporting innovation and progress in science, engineering, technology, finance and economics, it aids organisational decision-making. This is through modelling and predicting outcomes - from community health to the length of shop queues. The widespread availability of big data sets has led to increased demand for graduate mathematicians. There is also a marked shortage of mathematics teachers.

Why study our course?

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course will help you develop a strong foundation in advanced mathematical and statistical concepts and methods. You will apply these to assess and solve real world problems, including those involving scheduling, decision-making, simulation and modelling, as well as in areas such as industry, finance and healthcare.

In your Final year, you will be able to specialise in your programme of study by choosing the optional modules in which you are most interested. There are also Year two and Year three optional modules involving work-based learning in a school environment. These will provide you with an opportunity to consider postgraduate teacher training.

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

Real world experience

You will learn how to process and evaluate data, using industry-standard mathematical and statistical software in our well-equipped computer labs. To inform your career choices and industry knowledge, we will also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Where it can take you

On graduation, a broad range of careers will be available to you. Destinations include scientific research, business and finance, the civil service, management and teaching. You will also be able to progress onto postgraduate study in Mathematics or Statistics.

Accreditations and partnerships:



In each of your three university years, you will undertake a number of compulsory modules, together with a selection of optional ones. The first two years share the same modules as the BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study two of the following optional modules:

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

Final Year

You will select optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

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

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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching is via lectures, workshops, tutorials, practicals, case studies and individual projects. Throughout the course, you will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of theoretical discussions, classroom-based exercises, laboratory-based practical work and directed self-study.

Our Mathematics and Statistics lecturers always receive high praise for their approachability, friendliness and enthusiasm for the subject, and have always scored highly in the National Student Survey. Our espressoMaths drop-by station offers offers daily support and advice to all students on an informal, one-to-one basis.

Our relaxed weekly MathsArcade sessions provide a forum in which students and staff can meet to discuss issues arising from particular modules, the programme as a whole and Mathematics in general.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

"I am very pleased with the quality of my course at UWE, and I feel that the quality of teaching has been outstanding." Mark Graham, BSc Mathematics


Assessment mainly takes place through examinations and coursework. In addition, there are case studies and project work, which are assessed through written work and oral presentations. Some modules also use online e-tests as a part of their assessment portfolio.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).  On graduation, after having completed additional training and work experience equivalent to a Masters degree, you will meet the educational requirements to become a Chartered Mathematician.


Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. This means that, in addition to helping you hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Regional organisations including the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Lloyds Bank often provide work placements for our students. By applying for a placement in your preferred field, you will gain valuable experience in the application of Mathematics or Statistics. You will also develop vital skills, such as analysing large datasets and learning how to use new methods and software.

Study facilities

You will apply mathematical techniques and analyse data in our modern facilities. You will also:

  • conduct group work or individual study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, which is a dedicated space for Mathematics and Statistics students
  • analyse data, run simulations and solve problems, using industry-standard software in our large computer labs
  • discuss subject and course-related issues and ideas with students and staff at weekly MathsArcade sessions.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular talks from visiting professionals. These provide industry insight and careers advice to give you ideas on where your degree could take you.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their ideas at UWE Bristol's annual degree show. We invite local business, media and the public, providing an opportunity for students to discuss their work and meet potential employers.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can choose from a wide range of careers, including:

  • planning and other public sector services
  • financial services
  • management
  • teaching (if you want to teach secondary school Mathematics, this degree provides a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification)
  • scientific research in fields such as computing, medicine, ecology and meteorology
  • further research in mathematics.

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

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Read what being a statistician involves.

UWE Bristol - graduate vacancy sources and occupational information.

Guardian - what to do with a degree in mathematics.


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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
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) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
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

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Mathematics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. BTEC Diploma must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 level 3 credits 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.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not 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

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