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Mathematics BSc

Overview

The building blocks for everyday life

UCAS code

G100

Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics (full entry requirements)

length

3 years full-time

Mathematics underpins all modern science and technology, and mathematicians are in high demand across a variety of fields. With a BSc in Mathematics from York, you can develop valuable skills for applications ranging from finance and IT to weather forecasting and engineering.

University maths is about studying patterns in numbers, geometry and many other abstract concepts. It's also about applying those concepts in practical problem solving.

Six months after graduation, around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study.

Course Content

What you’ll study

General

You'll spend around a quarter of your time in scheduled teaching. University maths is full of new concepts and requires more 'thinking time' than school maths.

Optional modules are grouped into pathways so you can see how your choices lead to other modules in subsequent years. You don't have to take modules from just one pathway, and in some cases you will need to select from more than one.

Pure Mathematics — Develops abstract concepts and techniques in analysis, algebra, geometry and number theory.

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics— Focuses on mathematics inspired by problems arising in the natural sciences.

Statistics and Mathematical Finance — Applies maths to analyse data and make predictions about the future, and to model the behaviour of financial markets.

Module Lists and Descriptions

Year 1

The first-year modules of your BSc in Mathematics will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree.

  • Calculus — A cultural transition to the rigorous development of University maths.
  • Core Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices.
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics — Learn the mathematical underpinning of today's data-driven society.
  • Real Analysis — A rigorous investigation into limits of sequences, infinite series, limits of real functions, continuity, differentiability and the Riemann integral.
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics — Building and analysing mathematical models to answer real-world questions.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll take two required modules:

  • Complex Analysis and Integral Transforms — Learn how to analyse and work with functions of complex variables, and how these can be applied to solve real-world problems.
  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them.
  • You'll also take optional modules from the outlined pathways. You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Year 3

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which will make up one third of your credits.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Teaching and assessment

How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive material provided online, including a discussion forum.

  • Small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core lecture ideas, but also teach skills needed for employment after graduation.
  • Small weekly seminars support non-core modules through your first and second year. 
  • Your third-year lectures are usually smaller and usually include weekly seminars or problem classes.

Assessments

Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular homework. In your third year, you'll do an individual project that combines a final report, poster presentation, and short written assignments.

  • Feedback may be in written form, via model answers, or through discussions in-class or in online forums.
  • Your final project allows you to specialise in an area that interests you. Don't be afraid to be creative.

Careers

Where you’ll go from here

Many careers rely on logic and problem solving. A BSc in Mathematics helps you harness those skills to communicate complex ideas, an asset for any career.

Possible Career opportunities

  • Banking and financial services
  • Computing and IT
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Telecommunications

Valuable transferable skills

  • Logic-building
  • Analytical thinking
  • Practical problem-solving
  • Communication skills

The Department offers an impressively comprehensive array of modules covering a wide range of mathematical topics ... York graduates are well placed in the job market and justifiably confident upon entry into postgraduate study.

Ekkehard Kopp
Emeritus Professor, University of Hull
External Examiner

Entry requirements

How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, including a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

A-levels & GCSEs

One of the following:

  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics.
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS level.

The department accepts all A level subjects, except for Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers.

You may be invited to interview if you can't offer any form of Further Mathematics.

International options

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics

Scottish Highers

AAAAA including Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate

85 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

English language

Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.

Unistats for this course

Enquire

Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Christopher Hughes, Dr Stephen Connor and Miss Heather Cork