Mathematics BSc (Hons) or MMath – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Studying mathematics at Surrey will take you on a fascinating journey, preparing you for industry or further study. You also have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the world of work as part of our Professional Training placement programme.

Our BSc and MMath courses produce graduates who are highly numerate and computer literate, with well-honed analytical skills – so it’s no surprise that they are in great demand in today’s workplace.

What you will study

Our BSc and MMath courses will give you a thorough grounding in the key theories and techniques that underlie modern pure and applied mathematics and – after your first year – you will be able to choose from a varied range of modules, enabling you to focus on your specific interests.

We have excellent links with an extensive portfolio of organisations, and you may choose to take a Professional Training placement year which will give you invaluable experience and a real head start when you graduate. You may also have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research within the Department of Mathematics – both through summer internships and project work.

In Year 4 (MMath only), you will go deeper into advanced mathematics in preparation for professional mathematical careers or research degrees.

You can apply to study for either a BSc or MMath (Master of Mathematics), a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BSc or MMath during your studies.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months G101 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months G102 View KIS data set
MMath 48 months G104 View KIS data set
MMath 60 months G103 View KIS data set

Location:

Stag Hill

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you 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 a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

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 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 start-up.

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 when you apply can be changed later.

Professional Training placements are an option for you, whichever programme you choose to take, and are sandwiched between years 2 and 3.

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:

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

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. 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 a 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 is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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 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. Our Year 3 undergraduates who take the ‘Mathematics Education’ module get direct experience of life in a local school, and we often find these students are 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 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 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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year 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 and also your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profile.

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

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve 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 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.

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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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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.

Modules

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

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

Year 2 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5

Students must choose all 6 modules marked compulsory and 2 optional modules from a choice of 7. Not more than 4 modules may be taken in any one semester

Year 3 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Due to limitations on the availability of academics, not every module is offered every year. Students typically select 8 module options from among approximately 17, with at least 3 modules from those categorised as Optional. Not more than 4 modules may be taken in any one Semester

Professional Training Year (PTY)

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Students taking the integrated placement variant of the programme must take the modules marked Compulsory and 4 of the semester 2 modules marked Optional. Students not taking the integrated placement variant 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 and integrated placement modules.

Year 4 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 4 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 7

Students taking the integrated placement variant of the programme must take the modules marked Compulsory and 4 of the semester 2 modules marked Optional. Students not taking the integrated placement variant 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 and integrated placement modules.

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 delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory sessions. In Year 1, you will 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, 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.

Staff

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

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

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, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) 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.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team 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.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

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

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

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall:

BSc (Hons): 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): 78%.

MMath (Hons): 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 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

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

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall

BSc (Hons): AABBB.

MMath (Hons): 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 ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

MMath (Hons): Pass overall with 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: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme 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

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 To be confirmed To be confirmed
MMath 48 months £9,250 To be confirmed Not applicable
MMath 60 months £9,250 To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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

There are associated costs with this MMath (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

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Course location and contact details

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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