Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

I realised that Surrey was the leading university when it comes to Professional Training.

I’m extremely grateful I made the decision to come here. While an increasing number of universities offer a similar opportunity, in my opinion Surrey is the best in that it provides a lot of help in finding a placement and has an excellent relationship with many companies.


What you'll study

The influence of mathematics can be felt in almost every aspect of modern life, including finance, medical science, digital communications and even weather forecasting.

A Mathematics degree at the University of Surrey will take you on a fascinating journey, preparing you for industry or further study.

Programme overview

As a highly regarded discipline, mathematics both underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. The skills you learn by studying and applying mathematics prove invaluable in solving the complex problems faced in business – so it is no surprise that Surrey Mathematics graduates are in great demand in today’s workplace.

Our degree programmes encompass some of the latest advances in mathematics and statistics, finance and even music. We continually develop the scope and flavour of our programmes and aim to make them as flexible as possible.

Their modular structure enables you to choose from a range of options, with plenty of choice available in the later years.

As well as gaining an overview of the key theories and techniques that underlie modern pure and applied mathematics, you will be given ample opportunity to study specialised topics in depth, letting you focus on your specific interests.

Our programmes produce graduates who are highly numerate and computer literate, and who have also developed well­honed analytical and other transferable skills, equipping them for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers.  

Along with acquiring these specific technical skills, you will gain a broad knowledge base and develop important general skills such as thinking independently, communicating effectively, meeting deadlines and engaging productively in teamwork.

In addition to opening up a range of stimulating career prospects, our programmes are also an excellent preparation for further study.

Providing the opportunity to study both mathematics and music, this degree shares many core modules with other Mathematics programmes and consists of one-­quarter music with three­-quarters mathematics.

On the Music side, you can elect to follow a performance or composition stream. In the composition stream, you will study a wide range of styles of contemporary repertoire. The emphasis is on exploration and experimentation, and you are encouraged to pursue your own musical interests.

By the second year, you are expected to demonstrate an enhanced individual style and interact confidently with performers of your music. Assessment includes the rehearsal, performance and recording of compositions, as well as the preparation of scores.

In the performance stream, you will receive frequent and regular individual instrument or vocal tuition, and get the opportunity to take advantage of performing opportunities within the University’s School of Arts.

You can choose between the G1W3 programme (which has a three-­year duration) or the G1WH programme (which includes a Professional Training placement between the second and third academic years, and therefore has a four-­year duration).

Surrey Merit Scholarship

Students on this programme are eligible for our merit­based scholarship, which provides a £2,000 cash award – and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study – for eligible undergraduate students. More information can be found on our Undergraduate Bursaries and Scholarships page.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, we expect a good knowledge of core A-­level pure mathematics. We do not require prior knowledge of statistics, applied mathematics or computing, as these are taught from scratch.

You will receive a firm grounding in a broad range of topics, and imaginative use is made of computer algebra systems, statistical packages and other software.

Compulsory Mathematics modules:

Compulsory Music modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, all programmes provide essential foundations for later specialisation in various directions. Some degree programmes allow for choice between modules.

Both theory and applications are covered, and your transferable skills are sharpened through solving problems and analysing data, using both specialist and general software.

Compulsory Mathematics modules:

Optional Mathematics modules:

Compulsory Music modules:

Optional Music modules:

Other optional modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

Professional Training placements are an option for you, whichever programme you choose to take. Placements provide you with an opportunity to enhance your academic studies, with practical experience augmenting your knowledge and skills.

We have excellent links with an extensive portfolio of companies and organisations, including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Deloitte
  • Intel
  • AXA Actuarial
  • Lloyds TSB
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Office for National Statistics
  • NHS
  • Department of Transport
  • HM Revenue and Customs

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3 (final year for BSc programmes), the emphasis is on specialising to suit your particular  degree programmes and personal interests by combining modules from mathematics, statistics, computing, economics, physics and music as appropriate.

For all BSc programmes, a project is one of the final ­year options, as well as a Mathematics Education module with hands­on classroom experience.

Optional Mathematics modules:

Compulsory Music modules:

Optional Music modules:

Professional recognition

All our degree programmes are recognised by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Professional Training placements

Mathematicians are in demand in many areas of business and industry, and this breadth is reflected in the Professional Training placements that students can undertake as part of their course.

You might choose to gain experience in financial services - including banking and insurance - computer programming or logistics; you might even be involved in an internet start­up.

On placement, you will be visited periodically by an academic member of staff who will track your progress and help ensure that you have a successful experience.

Transfer between programmes which do or do not include a Professional Training placement is possible during the first year, so a decision made on this when you apply can be changed later.


Teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and computer laboratory sessions. Contact hours range from about 16 per week during Year 1 to about 12 per week during the final year. In Year 1, you will have regular small group seminars for each Mathematics module to reinforce the material covered.

We anticipate that each academic year will involve roughly 1,200 hours of study time, with contact hours occupying between a third and a quarter of this. The remaining time is used for private study, the completion of coursework and revision.

Assignments include exercises, case studies and projects, undertaken either as individual work or within small groups. We make imaginative use of state-­of­-the-­art IT, and general and specialist software further enriches and enlivens the learning experience.


Assessment is carried out through a combination of coursework, class tests and end­-of-semester examinations. From these assessments, as well as from informal assignments, you will receive regular feedback that will allow you to gauge your progress and make an informed choice of optional modules.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 7.57 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 7.35 per cent medium group teaching
  • 20.08 per cent large group teaching
  • 65 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Rather than ask which careers require mathematics, the question should probably be which careers do not.

Not only are mathematics and statistics central to science, technology and finance­related fields, but also the logical insight, analytical skills and intellectual discipline gained from a mathematical education are highly sought after in areas such as law, business and management.

Additionally, there is a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools.

Many of our graduates start their careers with some of the most sought­ after employers. Recent employers include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Lloyds TSB Group
  • Skandia Life
  • Friends Provident
  • Logica CMG
  • UniChem
  • Generics UK
  • Thames Water
  • Civil Service
  • QinetiQ
  • Liverpool Victoria Insurance

As well as being designed to meet the needs of future employers, our degree programmes also give you a solid foundation from which to pursue further study in mathematics or scientific research.

Around a quarter of our recent graduates have gone into postgraduate education, either to obtain a teaching qualification or to read for a higher degree, such as an MSc or PhD.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Allianz, Pricing Analyst
  • Barclays, Global Operations Analyst
  • KPMG, Tax Consultant
  • Microsoft Ltd, Data/Web Analyst
  • PWC, Graduate Associate
  • The Economist,  Marketing Accountant

Global opportunities

You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year at one of our partner universities, including:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • University of Sydney
  • Brock University

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills and also your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profile.

Discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

76 per cent

International Baccalaureate

36 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Mathematics A-level grade A and Music A-level grade A are required. 

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years G1W3 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years G1WH View KIS data set

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Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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