Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for mathematics and music, with our programmes in music ranked 2nd and our courses in mathematics ranked 4th by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Our innovative BSc Mathematics with Music course – consisting of one-quarter music and three-quarters mathematics – enables you to study both subjects at degree level.

Taught by renowned academics across both subject areas, the course allows you to take core modules offered on our other mathematics programmes while pursuing your passion for composing or performing.

What you will study

At Surrey we aim to make our courses as flexible as possible, meeting the needs of the individuals who apply. This course is one-quarter music and three-quarters mathematics.

It will give you a thorough grounding in the key theories of and techniques for modern pure and applied mathematics, equipping you for a variety of rewarding careers.

Within the music side of the course, you can choose between a performance or composition stream. Composers will study a wide range of contemporary repertoire and learn to interact confidently with performers of their music, while performers will be able to take advantage of opportunities within the University’s arts and music scene.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months G1W3 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months G1WH View KIS data set

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 with Music 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 on this when you apply can be changed later.

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.

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

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.

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:

  • Operational Research Graduate, British Airways
  • Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Oxford University PGCE
  • Manager Research Analyst, Barnett Waddingham LLP
  • Cyber Security Expert, IBM
  • Graduate Trainee Tech Risk, KPMG
  • Graduate Banking Scheme, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Digital Operations Executive, RMP Enterprise.

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
  • California State University, US
  • George Mason University, US
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • Texas Tech University, US
  • University of Central Florida, US
  • University of Cincinnati, US
  • University of North Texas, US
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of Virginia, US

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.

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 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.

Year 1

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4

Students on the performance stream must take the modules marked Compulsory and MUS1024.
Students on the composition stream must choose the modules marked Compulsory and one of the following modules: MUS1032, MUS1033, MUS1034.

Year 2

Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Students on the performance stream must take the modules marked Compulsory, MUS2049 and MUS2050, and two Optional modules.
Students on the composition stream must choose the modules marked Compulsory and MUS2036, two Optional modules and one of the following modules: MUS2035, MUS2048. Not more than 4 modules may be taken in any one Semester.


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.


Teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and computer laboratory sessions. 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 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.

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.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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.


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.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: AAA (AAB including Further Mathematics). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Grade A in Mathematics and Music.

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

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: D*DD BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A.

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

Required subjects: HL6 in Mathematics and HL6/SL7 in Music.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 85%.

Required subjects: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and Music.

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction.

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAAAB.

Required subjects: Grade A in Mathematics and Music.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Grade A in A-level Mathematics and Music.

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: 6.5 overall with 6.0 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.

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.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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