Why choose this course

Mathematics is the basis of many aspects of modern life and has applications across the sciences, technology, finance and management. By studying mathematics you will develop transferable skills such as creative problem-solving and logical reasoning, which are in great demand in a wide range of career sectors.

Joining Surrey’s Department of Mathematics puts you at the heart of a vibrant, friendly community where you will benefit from a personal tutor, small group teaching and a lively, research-active learning environment.

We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2019.

What you will study

Our BSc and MMath Mathematics courses will help you build on your existing knowledge and gain a strong foundation across the fundamentals of mathematics including algebra, analysis, mechanics, advanced calculus and statistics.

In your third year, you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules in topics such as Riemannian geometry, matrix analysis, quantum mechanics, and mathematical ecology and epidemiology – enabling you to tailor your course to your individual interests and career aspirations.

Our teaching is directly informed by our world-leading research, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn about pure and applied topics in mathematics – from string theory to meteorology – from academics who are leading the way in these fields.

Customise your course

There are plenty of opportunities to expand your learning experience during your degree. You may choose to take a Professional Training placement year in industry, spend time studying at a university overseas, or get involved in research through a summer internship within the Department of Mathematics. 

You can choose to study for a BSc, or opt for our MMath (Master of Mathematics) degree, which is a direct route to a masters qualification and enables you to delve deeper into advanced mathematics. Depending on your progress, you may be able to switch from a BSc to an MMath degree during your studies.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: G101

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: G102

4 years with professional training

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MMath UCAS: G104

4 years

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MMath UCAS: G103

5 years with professional training

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Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Mathematics 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 take 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 start-up.

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

In your first year, it’s possible to transfer between courses which do or do not include a Professional Training placement, so a decision made when you apply can be changed later.

Professional Training placements are an option for you, whichever course you choose to take, and are sandwiched between Years 2 and 3, but can also take place between Years 3 and 4 for MMath students.

Placements provide you with an opportunity to enhance your academic studies, with practical experience boosting your knowledge and skills.

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

  • AstraZenica
  • Quartix
  • McLaren
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • CERN
  • Commerzbank
  • Thames Water Utilities.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

MMath - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
This programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

A degree in mathematics opens up a wide range of careers. Not only are mathematics and statistics central to science, technology and finance-related fields, but the logical insight, analytical skills and intellectual discipline gained from a mathematical education are also highly sought after in areas like law, business and management.

There’s also a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools. Undergraduates who take our ‘Mathematics Education’ module get direct experience of life in a local school, and these students are often then recruited to the teaching profession.

Many of our graduates start their careers with some of the most sought-after employers in the UK and further afield.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Data Analyst, Nexmo
  • Technical Business Analyst, Acturis Ltd
  • Telecom Analyst, Efftel
  • IT Consultant, QA Consulting
  • Data Analyst (SAS Consultant), HSBC
  • Finance Management Trainee, Fundraising Innovations
  • Graduate Maths Tutor, QA Ltd.

As well as being designed to meet the needs of employers, our courses 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 study for a higher degree, such as an MSc or PhD.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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

  • Brock University, Canada
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • Texas Tech, US
  • Universiti Malaya, Malaysia.
  • University of Central Florida, US
  • University of Cincinnati, US
  • University of North Texas, US
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Sydney, Australia.

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills, as well as your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations. This really strengthens your academic and professional profile.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend a Professional Training placement year working in another country. If you work in another part of Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also to improve in, or learn, another language.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Year 2

Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Students must choose all 5 modules marked compulsory, at least one of MAT2050 and MAT2052, and 2 further optional modules from a choice of 6. Not more than 4 modules may be taken in any one semester.

Year 2

Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Students must choose all 5 modules marked compulsory, at least one of MAT2050 and MAT2052, and 2 further optional modules from a choice of 6. Not more than 4 modules may be taken in any one semester.

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Students must take the MMath project module marked Compulsory and must choose 6 of the modules marked Optional.
Due to limitations on the availability of academics, not every module is offered every year. In a typical academic year, approximately 10 Level 7 modules will be offered in addition to the project.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Teaching is provided through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory sessions. In Year 1, you’ll have weekly seminars for specific modules.

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 independent study, completion of coursework and revision.

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

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Mathematics.

Programme leader

BEVAN JJ Dr (Maths)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

BSc (Hons): AAB-ABB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MMath (Hons): AAA-AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Grade A in Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

BSc (Hons): DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A.

MMath (Hons): D*DD-DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall:

BSc (Hons): 34-32.

MMath (Hons): 34.

Required subjects: HL6 in Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

BSc (Hons): 82%-78%.

MMath (Hons): 85% - 82%.

Required subjects: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall:

BSc (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A to 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

MMath (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction and A-level Mathematics grade A to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall

BSc (Hons): AAABB-AABBB.

MMath (Hons): AAAAB-AAABB.

Required subjects: Grade A in Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall:

BSc (Hons): Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

MMath (Hons): Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: Grade A in A-level Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

MMath

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

MMath (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £60 - travel costs of up to £60 may be incurred in order to attend the placement school.

Grand total: £60 (Please note this is only applicable if you take the MAT3017 Mathematics Education module).

How to apply

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Admissions information

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Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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