BSc(Hons) Mathematics

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Entry year
2021/22
Course code
G101
Application
UCAS
Level
Undergraduate
Tariff points
120
Department
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus
Frenchay
Duration
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr Tim Swift

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 21 October 2020

Introduction

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course will enable you to become proficient in advanced mathematical and statistical concepts, and to explore their real-world applications.

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is at the root of many of humanity's proudest achievements. It supports innovation and progress in science, engineering, technology, finance and economics.

For some mathematicians, solving a complex problem is a goal in itself. But Mathematics is also a practical subject that has many real-life applications.

We use mathematics to model and predict outcomes, from community health to the length of queues in communication networks. And because of the increasing availability and potential of large data sets, graduate mathematicians are in high demand across a variety of industries.

Why UWE Bristol?

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

Specialise your programme by choosing from optional subjects, including mathematical statistics, education practice, and coding theory.

Draw inspiration from a teaching team who love their subject. Our lecturers represent a range of backgrounds and experiences, and they use a variety of teaching styles to bring your learning to life.

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. You can take modules involving work-based learning in a school environment to see if teaching is right for you, or gain valuable experience on a placement year.

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

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 Office for Students, Amazon, the Office for National Statistics, Bank of Ireland and the Ministry of Defence.

Read how the teaching and peer support Bhavin received during his course has given him the foundation for a rewarding career.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course from year one onwards. The topics you will study are listed above, however the final topics are subject to approval as the changes go through university approval.

Year one

You will study:

  • Professional Mathematical Scientist 1
  • Mathematical Structures
  • Calculus and Numerical Techniques
  • Statistical Investigations.

Year two

You will study:

  • Professional Mathematical Scientist 2
  • Graphs, Algebra and Algorithms
  • Calculus and Numerical Analysis
  • Statistical Practice.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Vector Calculus
  • Markov Processes
  • Mathematics Education.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final Year

You will study:

  • Mathematical Sciences Project or Mathematics Education Project
  • Computational Mathematics.

Plus, four optional modules from:

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Data Science
  • Research Methods
  • Cryptography
  • Networks. 

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

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.

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.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

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 study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

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.

Hear from our students about their placement experiences.

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.

Hear from our alumni about career paths in Mathematics and Statistics.

Read about how former Mathematics student, Mark, had the opportunity to present his research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, which inspired him to go on to undertake a PhD.

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

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

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: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit English language requirements.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B in Mathematics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 2.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A Merit in one of the following; Further Engineering Mathematics, or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum Grade of 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements, you may be eligible for MMath Mathematics.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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