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BSc (Hons) Mathematics with a Year in Europe

Become fluent in Maths and spend a year abroad as you learn

2018/19 entry

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4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

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

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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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.

A year in Europe - a student's experience

Learn about a student's recent experience in Germany: Ben's Story.


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 2017

#1 in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction


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

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree

Course content

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.

Year 1

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

  • 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.

Year 2

One-third of the year consists of four core modules, which may include:

  • 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 II: An introduction to recent advances in mathematics and scientific programming

For the other two thirds of the year you choose two out of three specialisms:

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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

  • Final-Year Project: Develop independent research that investigates a unique mathematical topic

You'll also choose optional modules from our list of third-year module options based on the pathways you've chosen in Year 2. These might include:

Pure Mathematics

Algebraic Number Theory 

Character Theory 

Metric Spaces 

Number Theory 

Differential Geometry 

Formal Languages and Automata

Galois Theory

Lebesgue Integration


Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics

Introductory Fluid Dynamics

Introduction to Dynamical Systems

Partial Differential Equations

Quantum Mechanics I

Special Relativity

Stochastic Processes

Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics

Applied Complex Analysis

Biological Fluid Dynamics


Intermediate Fluid Dynamics

Quantum Mechanics II

Statistics and Mathematical Finance

Mathematical Finance I

Statistical Pattern Recognition

Stochastic Processes

Mathematical Finance II

Survival Analysis

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Use the language of mathematics and confidently identify those problems that can be analysed or resolved by standard mathematical techniques. This includes the ability to apply those techniques successfully in the appropriate context.
  • Recognise when an unfamiliar problem is open to mathematical investigation, and be able to adapt and/or synthesise a range of mathematical approaches (including abstraction or numerical approximation) to investigate the problem.
  • Use logical reasoning as a basis for the critical analysis of ideas or statements which have a mathematical nature, and be able to justify the mathematical principles they choose for such a critique.
  • Conduct a study into a specialised area, by researching material from a variety of sources, and synthesise this material into a well-organized and coherent account.
  • Communicate complex mathematical ideas clearly in writing, at a level appropriate for the intended audience, and also be able to provide an effective summary of these ideas for non-specialists.
  • Create mathematical documents, presentations and computer programmes by accurately and efficiently using a range of digital technologies.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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.

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.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars324 hours300 hours0 hours240 hours
Placement0 hours0 hours1200 hours0 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 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

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.

Course location

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams95%92%0%67%
Practical exams0%0%0%3%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

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.

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

Qualification Grade
A levels

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
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 AAAAA including Mathematics
Other qualifications

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


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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