4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAA/AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£17,120 per year (2019/20)
Mathematics is universal, no matter what language you speak.
A Maths degree is also one of the most sought-after qualifications by key employers.
At York, our Maths degree is about studying patterns in numbers, geometry and many other abstract concepts. It's also about applying those concepts in practical problem solving.
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting, in part, the educational requirement for chartered status.
National Student Survey 2019
Six months after graduation around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study
Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree
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.
The first two years of the BSc and the Europe Abroad programmes are identical. This means it's possible, subject to satisfactory academic progress, to switch between the two.
In your first year, you'll study a number of core modules which will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
One-third of the year consists of four core modules:
For the other two thirds of the year you choose two out of three specialisms:
You'll spend Year Three at a university abroad, usually in Germany, France, or Spain. You'll be taught in the language of the host country. You're encouraged to branch out and explore the wide range of modules.
Intensive and advanced language courses are sometimes available in the continental university. You'll also have the opportunity to study the relevant language during your first and second years at York.
The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which will make up one third of your credits.
Alongside your project, you will choose eight 10-credit option modules. Our option modules are mostly split into groups - Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, and Statistics and Mathematical Finance. Your choices will depend on which specialisms you take during your second year.
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
Statistics and Mathematical Finance
We also have some modules you can take no matter what specialisms you took. These may include:
You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Lectures, seminars and problem classes are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive material provided online, including discussion forums.
In your first year small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core mathematical ideas. They also develop the skills you'll need in employment such as communication and group work. Your development will continue with programming skills and an individual project in the second year followed by a larger project in the final year.
Small fortnightly seminars and larger fortnightly problem classes support all lecture courses through the degree; a regular pattern of work that will keep your study on track. As you specialise in the third year your lectures are usually smaller and more interactive.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Lectures and seminars||324 hours||300 hours||0 hours||240 hours|
|Placement||0 hours||0 hours||1200 hours||0 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of Mathematics which is on Campus West. Teaching will take place at a variety of locations across Campus West including in the Physics and Electronics building, Derwent and Vanbrugh.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular homework. For the year abroad, assessment is based on coursework, examinations and a report submitted on returning to York. The mark for this year is not combined with the rest of the degree but stands alone.
In your fourth year you'll do a final project that combines a final report, poster presentation, and short written assignments.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
Many careers rely on logic and problem solving. A maths degree harnesses those skills to communicate complex ideas. This can be an asset for any career. Spending a year in Europe will enhance your language skills and employability even further.
One of the following:
|Cambridge Pre-U||Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics|
|European Baccalaureate||85 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics|
|International Baccalaureate||36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics|
|Irish leaving Certificate||AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAAAA/AAAAB in Highers and AA/AB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics|
about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available.
We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken into consideration when you receive your results.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
All applications must be made through UCAS.
Accepted applicants will be invited to visit the Department between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, and have a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.
We will offer you an interview if you present with a strong school performance and application form. Although the interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A Level grade or equivalent.
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