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Overview Discover, understand, do

UCAS code


Typical offer

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


4 years full-time

Mathematics is universal, no matter what language you speak. It's 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.

A year in Europe - a former student's experience

Learn about a student's recent experience in Germany.

Ben's Story

Course content What you’ll study


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.

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 — An introduction to the differential and integral calculus
  • Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices
  • Mathematical Skills 1 — An introduction to reasoning and the communication of mathematics
  • 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 four required modules:

  • Functions of a complex variable — Learn how to analyse and work with functions of complex variables, and how these can be applied to solve real-world problems
  • Vector Calculus  — deepen your understanding of calculus and learn about scalar and vector fields in two and three dimensions
  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them
  • Mathematical Skills 2 — An introduction to recent advances in mathematics and scientific programming
  • You'll also take additional modules from two of the following areas: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Statistical and Financial Mathematics. You may replace up to 20 credits of these modules with electives from other Departments

Year 3

You'll spend your third year 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.

Year 4

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which makes up one-third of your final year:


Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

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.


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.

  • Feedback may be through written comments, in-class discussion, model answers, or online discussion board responses.
  • Your final project is a time for something 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 maths degree harnesses those skills to communicate complex ideas — an asset for any career. Spending a year in Europe will enhance your language skills and employability even further.

Career opportunities

  • Computing and IT
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Accountancy and actuarial work
  • Media and creative work
  • Logistics

Transferable skills

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

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

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.

A-levels and GCSEs

One of the following:

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

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

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.

Other UK qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics

Scottish Highers

AAAAA including Mathematics


International options

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics

European Baccalaureate

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

Country-specific information

Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available

English language

  • IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 169, with a minimum of 162 each component

Unistats for this course

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Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork