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BSc (Hons) Mathematics

The building blocks for everyday life

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

G100

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA/AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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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 careers 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.

Accreditation

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 2018

1st in the Russell Group for Assessment and Feedback and Organisation and Management

Guardian University Guide 2019

5th in the Russell Group

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial and seminar 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.

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.
  • Probability, Statistics and Mathematical Finance: Applies maths to the analysis of data and the modelling of random processes such as can occur in financial markets.

Our courses are designed to be flexible, so you can transfer between MMath and BSc courses at any time during the first two years. The title of your final degree will depend on the modules you take from Year 2 onwards.

Spend time in industry

In your second year you could also transfer onto the MMath with a Year in Industry course. This year, which slots between the third and fourth year of your study, will give you the opportunity to gain research experience in industry or a research institute relevant to your degree. Your degree title will then become MMath (Hons) Mathematics with a Year in Industry. Obtaining an industrial placement will depend on the grades you achieve during your course and transfer to the programme is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Placements are competitive and applying for one will be like applying for a job. Our placement coordinator will help you find opportunities, provide advice and support with CVs, cover letters and application forms and help you practise interview techniques, but you will be responsible for securing your placement.

This hands-on experience of working in an industrial environment or research institute will allow you to develop your skills and put what you have learnt in your degree into practice in the real world. It will also give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

Study abroad

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

Year 1

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. 

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:

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

Year 3

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. 

Pure Mathematics

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.

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.

“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.

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 3
Lectures and seminars324 hours312 hours240 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.

About our campus

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 coursework. 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. 

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams95%92%67%
Coursework5%8%30%
Practical exams0%0%3%

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

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

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.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

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.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

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

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

Qualification Typical offer
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 Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAAAA/AAAAB in Highers and AA/AB in Advanced Highers 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

Applying

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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