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BSc (Hons) Mathematics

The building blocks for everyday life

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

G100

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA-AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Mathematics underpins all modern science and technology, and mathematicians are in high demand across a variety of fields.

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.

With a BSc in Mathematics from York, you can develop valuable skills for careers ranging from finance and IT to weather forecasting and engineering.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Successfully completing your degree fulfils part of the educational requirement for chartered status.

93% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

5th in the Russell Group

for mathematics.
Guardian University Guide 2019

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial and seminar system will support you throughout your degree.

Course content

You'll study a mixture of core and option modules. As you progress through your course you'll have more flexibility to study the topics which interest you.

Option modules are grouped into pathways, which lead to more advanced 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.

The first two years of the BSc MathematicsBSc Mathematics (with a year in Europe) and MMath Mathematics are identical. You can switch between courses after you begin your studies, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

We also offer BSc Mathematics (with a year in Europe).

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 provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree. 

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In Year Two, 40 credits come from four core modules. The other 80 credits come from option modules in two of three possible specialisms.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two of the following options:

Year 3

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which is worth 40 credits. Alongside your project, you will choose eight 10-credit option modules.

Core module

Option modules

Choose eight from the following options. The specialisms you choose during your second year will affect which options are open to you.

Pure Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
 Statistics and Mathematical Finance
Non-specialist

We also have some modules you can take no matter which second-year specialisms you chose. 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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

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.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“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.

Teaching and assessment methods

Careers and skills

A degree in mathematics helps you to harness the logic and problem solving skills needed to communicate complex ideas. These skills will be invaluable in whichever career path you choose to take.

Careers opportunities and transferable 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
  • AAA including A in Mathematics
  • AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
  • AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics at AS level
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85% average overall, including 85% in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minumum of 162 each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our 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.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If we make you an offer, we'll invite you to visit the Department between November and April. 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. The interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, but if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A level grade (or equivalent).

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