3 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 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.
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting, in part, the educational requirement for chartered status.
1st in the Russell Group for Assessment and Feedback and Organisation and Management
5th in the Russell Group
Our comprehensive tutorial and seminar 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.
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.
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.
There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:
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:
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.
“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 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.
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|
|Lectures and seminars||324 hours||312 hours||240 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 coursework. In your third year, you'll do an individual project that combines a final report, poster presentation, and short written assignments.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
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.
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.
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
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|
Country-specific information 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.
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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