Major in Mathematics

BSc, 3 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of Mathematics with another subject.

Course Description

Choose Mathematics as your Major if you are fascinated by the beauty of mathematics and want a thorough understanding of all aspects of maths and its applications in our modern world. This degree will equip you with a solid foundation in contemporary mathematics and its applications. Depending on your particular interests, you will be given the opportunity to follow the general curriculum or to specialise in concrete areas of pure maths, applied maths, numerical simulation, or data analysis.

Key Facts
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Start date
September 2017

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Why Leicester?

Our degrees are designed to deliver a combination of a thorough mathematical education and a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge essential in the modern workplace.

We have a thriving, student-led Maths Society (SUMS) which organises a range of social activities and guest lectures throughout the year.

The Department of Mathematics regularly hosts national and international mathematics conferences, which attract leading speakers from across the globe.

As well as tutorials and seminars, our regular drop-in learning sessions, run by both staff and postgraduates, will enhance your learning and help you get to know others in the Department.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

There is a basic 'tool kit' that every Mathematics student needs to master: mainly relating to the realm of pure mathematics. At Leicester, these fundamentals are covered by core modules that take up two thirds of the first year. The remaining option modules allow you to follow your own interests.

Core modules

  • Calculus and Analysis 1
  • Calculus and Analysis 2
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Linear Algebra 2

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Mathematics and Society
  • Elements of Number Theory
  • Probability

Plus one option module from:

  • Plane Geometry
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Mathematics for Business

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will study rigorous mathematical modules that will enhance your knowledge of maths. You will also, depending on your choice, learn statistical concepts and tools that will allow you to tackle real-world problems or undertake guided independent study in a mathematical area of your choice.

Core modules

  • Algebra
  • Calculus and Analysis 3
  • Differential Equations and Dynamics
  • Linear Algebra 3

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Elements of Topology
  • Investigations in Mathematics

Plus one option module from:

  • Business Applications in Mathematics
  • Linear Statistical Models

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In your final year you will continue to shape your future career by selecting option modules. The third year syllabus is designed to bring you to an understanding of some of the current research issues in mathematics. You are also allowed to select from some of the modules offered in the fourth year of the MMath degree. You will learn to write clear and logical project reports and essays, develop team working skills by working in groups, and develop oral communication skills by giving presentations.

Core module

  • Complex Analysis

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Groups and Symmetry
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Scientific Computing
  • Squaring the Circle and Irreducible Polynomials

Plus two option modules from:

  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Curves and Surfaces
  • Data Mining and Neural Networks
  • History of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Business Project
  • Number Theory

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case Mathematics), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Now choose your Minor

Teaching and Assessment

As well as lectures, your course will involve regular group meetings, run by both staff and other students, where students’ work is discussed. You will gain experience in presenting mathematical arguments to fellow students, which will enhance and develop your presentation and communication skills.

Development of IT and programming skills is an integral part of all our mathematics degrees. Through a combination of computer labs and dedicated modules, you will learn to use the computational functions in Excel, program in Matlab and VBA, and use LaTeX for scientific writing. However, no previous knowledge of computing is needed for any of our degrees.

A typical week for a first or second year student might consist of nine or ten hours of lectures, about four hours of small group working and about three hours of problem classes or computer classes. You will also spend several hours a week on private study: review of lecture material, problem solving, additional reading, and preparing for tutorials.

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Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including Grade A at Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction including Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points including 6 in HL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM, plus Grade A at A-level Maths. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    Leicester is one of only three universities in the world offering the AMETEK Foundation, Inc. International STEM Scholarship. After receiving an offer to study for an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Maths or Physics, you will be eligible to apply for this scholarship which is worth up to US$5,000. Closing date for applications: 30 May 2017.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Additional costs

    Please note that you will need to buy a Casio FX83GT calculator (approximately £6). This is not included in your tuition fee.

  • Starting in 2017

    • 15,290 per year

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Additional costs

    Please note that you will need to buy a Casio FX83GT calculator (approximately £6). This is not included in your tuition fee.


Career Opportunities

The 'Business Applications of Mathematics' module gives you the opportunity to experience the application of mathematical theory and mathematical modelling in a business context.

Our drop-in sessions are tailored to develop employability skills.

Training in computing and programming is available for all students, helping you develop work-place skills.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Major in Mathematics BSc 3 years full-time G111 Apply Now
Major in Mathematics
3 years full-time

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