Find a course
We offer a comprehensive range of modular degree courses, the flexible nature of most of these means that you can easily switch between options. All our courses are recognised by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
The enhanced four or five year MMath course offers the opportunity to study at a higher level, and the six month integrated placement scheme gives students the chance to use this high level material in a working research environment.
Find out more about applying to Surrey.
Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Surrey delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
The Graduate Outcomes survey 2020 found that 96% of Surrey undergraduates are in work or further education.*
This is the largest survey of employment and further study outcomes for UK graduates.
*UK domiciled graduates of full-time, undergraduate qualifications, in full-time employment, from higher education institutions.
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Professional Training placements
All of our undergraduate courses offer an optional Professional Training placement, which involve taking time out of studying to work in industry. You can do a placement here in the UK or you have the option to do your placement abroad.
A placement helps you to gain the experience you need to stand out from the crowd, and the opportunity to gain graduate job offers from your placement companies.
Recognised as the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements) for the second year in a row at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020; we will support you with your application and ensure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.
- Royal Sun Alliance
- The Walt Disney Co.
- Legal and General
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Bentley Motors
- Department of Health
- VW Group
- Office for National Statistics
- Tesco Stores Ltd.
You have the opportunity to acquire international experience as part of your studies, by taking advantage of exchange agreements with our partner universities.
Locations of our partner universities include Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore.
What we have to offer
Summer research studentships
Each year we offer a minimum of two summer research studentships to undergraduate students in the middle years of their course for a period of up to eight weeks during the summer vacation.
These studentships can help students discover whether or not they would be suited to a career in academia or one involving high levels of industrial research. For more information contact Dr Matthew Turner.
We also have a dedicated Mathematics Education module in year three which places students in local secondary schools under the watchful eye of a teacher mentor, giving them first first hand experience of teaching mathematics at this level. For more information contact Jonathan Bevan.
Helping you decide
A quick fire guide to the key differences between a BSc (Hons) Mathematics and an MMath Mathematics course.
Expected prior knowledge
In your first semester it will be assumed that you have a good knowledge of all the pure mathematics you learned at A-level. There will be some tests on this core A-level material within the first few weeks.
The purpose of these texts is to ensure that all students start with an appropriate level of knowledge. Revision material and exercises will be provided at the start of the course. You should find this work straightforward, provided that you are familiar with the following:
Basic algebraic processes such as, simplifying and substituting into expressions, expanding brackets and factorisation.
Graphs of simple functions such as, straight line, quadratic, cubic and reciprocal.
- Function Notation, domain and range (or codomain), composite and inverse functions
- Indices and logarithms, the exponential ex and natural logarithm ln(x) functions
- Functions defined parametrically or implicitly
- Partial fractions
- The Binomial Theorem
- Algebraic division and the Factor Theorem
- Arithmetic and Geometric series. Formulae for nth term and sum of first n terms
- Trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan, cosec, sec, cot). Addition and double-angle formulae, trigonometric equations and identities, radians, graphs of trigonometric functions
- Differentiation of powers of x, sums, differences, products, quotients, composite functions, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
- Applications of differentiation to gradients, tangents and normals, maximum and minimum values, rates of change
- Integration of powers of x, sums, differences, exponential and trigonometric functions
- Integration using partial fractions, by substitution and by parts
- Applications of integration to areas and volumes, and to solving simple differential equations
- Vector notation.
The links above can be used as a starting point, and your A-level textbooks will contain more information.To test yourself in these areas have a go at our question sheet (40K PDF). The answer sheet (40K PDF) is also available.
As well as being fully knowledgeable about your A-Level syllabus you can also prepare yourself for a university education by reading some popular science books about the subject. Below are a few you might want to try:
- The music of the primes - Marcus du Sautoy
- The code book - Simon Singh
- Fermat's last theorem - Simon Singh
- An imaginary tale: The story of i [the square root of minus one] - Paul J. Nahin
- `e': The story of a number - Eli Maor
- A history of Pi - Petr Beckmann
- The great mathematical problems - Ian Stewart
- The quantum universe: Everything that can happen does happen - Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
Scholarships and bursaries
Discover how we may be able to support your studies with a host of bursaries and scholarships directly from the University of Surrey and external providers.