Mathematics BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

This is for you if... you are fascinated by the beauty of mathematics and want a thorough understanding of all aspects of mathematics and its applications in our modern world.

Typical offer
AAB
UCAS codes
G100, G101, G103
Department
Mathematics

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 229 7407
mathsug@le.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics website

Course description

Course description

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating and intellectually challenging subjects you can study. The Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester is home to an enthusiastic group of mathematicians; both staff and students.

On a Mathematics Degree at the University of Leicester - whether you study for a BSc or MMath - you will come to appreciate the excitement of a subject which is integral to designing new aircraft or providing tomorrow's weather forecast, where graduates can find themselves employed in areas as diverse as high energy physics and economic forecasting.

The first and second years of your degree contain a core of modules on topics drawn from mathematical analysis and algebra, aimed at helping you to think rigorously and logically. At the same time there is the opportunity to explore other areas of the subject and develop your interests in areas of pure and applied maths and statistics, including abstract algebra, analysis, dynamics, differential equations, numerical analysis, probability theory and linear statistical models.

In the final year, you will have a wide choice of option modules, meaning that you can tailor your degree to exactly the structure that you want, reflecting your own interests and your future career plans.

All of our Mathematics degrees give you the opportunity of spending a year in a sponsoring company or organisation. This will give you first-hand experience of working in a mathematics-related career, develop you workplace skills and allow you to network with people in industry (subject to availability and progression requirements).

You will have the opportunity to spend a year of your course at one of our partner institutions overseas. If you choose one of our European partners, your Year Abroad will be between your second and third years at Leicester. If you choose to study in the USA, your year abroad will replace your second year at Leicester. Further information about the USA year abroad can be found in the Year 2 Course Structure information.

Leicester has a strong international reputation for innovative research in financial mathematics, actuarial sciences, numerical analysis, scientific computing, mathematical biology, dynamical systems, algebra, topology and geometry. This diversity of research expertise is reflected in the wide range of specialist modules we offer – providing you with the opportunity to specialise in areas of mathematics according to your interests and aspirations.

What's the difference?

  • The BSc (this course) is the regular, three-year Maths degree. You have the option to spend your second year in the USA, or take a year out in Europe between Years 2 and 3 (you can't do both)
  • The MMath is essentially the BSc with a fourth year on the end that includes a major project. This is the course to take if you are considering continuing your studies with a PhD. You can spend your second year in the USA

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including grade A in Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths at grade A.
  • GCSE: If you plan to spend a Year Abroad you will need Grade C/4 in GCSE French, German or Italian
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 15 credits at Distinction in Maths Level 3 modules. Plus grade A in Maths A-level
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points  with a minimum of 17 points at HL, including 6 points in Maths at HL.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM plus A-level Maths at Grade A. 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.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • Tuition fees were £9,250 in the first year
  • Year Abroad fees were £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry fees were 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that 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.

The first year option module Mathematics and Society includes a trip to Bletchley Park. The travel cost and entrance fee for this trip is included in your tuition fee.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,397, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

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.

The first year option module Mathematics and Society includes a trip to Bletchley Park. The travel cost and entrance fee for this trip is included in your tuition fee.

Accreditation

Accreditation

If you reach a set standard in the Year 1 modules on 'Probability' and 'Introductory Statistics' and the Year 2 option module on 'Linear Statistical Modules', you can get exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries exam CT3. Successful performance in the 'Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics' module could also lead to the possibility of exemption from CT1.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Related courses

Related courses

Our research

Our research

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

This is the same as Year 1 of the MMath.

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

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Then choose one option module from:

This is the same as Year 2 of the MMath. If you are studying for a BSc, it is possible to switch to the MMath at the end of your second year if your performance meets a set level.

Year Abroad (USA)

You can, if you want to, spend your second year studying at one of our partner institutions in the USA. You will take equivalent modules chosen from a list approved by the department, and may also study non-maths modules where available. Modules taken in the USA count towards your final degree classification. On returning to Leicester you will progress to the final year of your degree.

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester has links with these American universities:

If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance England you can apply for a travel grant from them.

NB. If you spend your second year in the USA, you cannot also spend a year in Europe in Year 3.

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 in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to - and if you didn't spend your second year in the United States - you can take a year out between Years 2 and 3, studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can take a year out to work in an industrial placement (provided you meet set criteria). Or you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Year Abroad (Europe)

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We have links with the following universities:

Year in Industry

NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in a mathematics-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

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.

Final Year

Why Leicester?

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.

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.

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

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

Mathematics at Leicester

Studying the proofs behind what she learned at A-level, Amrin found her course challenging but fun.

Teaching and learning

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 ICT 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.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Mathematics courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 31% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
  • Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 2: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Optional year abroad: If you're spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you're studying at.

Final year: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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