With our BSc Mathematics programme you can challenge yourself and study a broad range of subject areas, learning from our world-leading experts. In small group tutorials we will encourage you to think critically and independently, helping you become a successful mathematician.
The analytical and problem-solving skills you will learn will help you stand out in a highly competitive job market with our recent graduates securing positions in finance, management, computing and many other sectors including teaching and healthcare.
Our Mathematics BSc programme will help you learn to apply analytical, statistical and computational skills to formulate and tackle problems. We will support you to think logically, independently and imaginatively, equipping you to make the most of the opportunities ahead.
In your first year, we will help you to make the step up to university level study and give you a sound mathematical basis in a broad range of subject areas. Alongside core calculus and algebra, other modules develop discrete mathematics, mechanics, pure mathematics, statistics and computational mathematics.
The second year of your BSc Mathematics will introduce you to more advanced areas allowing you to develop particular interests. In your third year, you will have a broad range of modules to choose from.
Why study Mathematics BSc at Newcastle?
- Choice of modules allows you to specialise in areas that interest you
- Weekly small group tutorials mean you can work closely with academic staff and other students
- Use of the Mathematics Learning Resource Centre provides you with a learning environment where you can work independently, in groups, or with help from postgraduate students
- You will be supported in your study with opportunities to discuss problems with lecturers, drop-in study sessions and peer-led support classes
- The flexibility of the programmes means that you can decide to take a placement year or study abroad year once you are a student here even if you did not apply for one of these programmes originally. You can also decide to transfer on to the four-year MSci programme (dependent on academic performance) if you would like to explore topics in mathematics in more depth
- If you are interested in Computer Science you can choose to study this subject for a year between your second and third year of your Mathematics degree and achieve a degree in Mathematics with an intercalated year in Computer Science. Students from non-computing disciplines will gain in-depth knowledge of computing and enhance their work-based skills.
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Your first year is carefully designed to manage the step up from school to university mathematics, focusing on the key ideas you will need later in the programme.
- Real Analysis – 20 credits
- Algebra & Combinatorics 1 – 20 credits
- Sequences and Series – 10 credits
- Vectors, Geometry & Linear Algebra – 20 credits
- Probability & Statistics – 10 credits
- Mechanics – 10 credits
- Mathematical Modelling & Problem Solving – 10 credits
- Mathematical Workshops (Autumn) – 10 credits
- Mathematical Workshops (Spring) – 10 credits
As well as having some choice of modules, you’ll now be introduced to some of the more advanced areas of mathematics, such as complex analysis, allowing you to develop your particular strengths and interests in your final year. All modules 20 credits.
- Linear Algebra & Linear Programming – 20 credits
- Mathematics in Industry – 10 credits
- Multivariable & Vector Analysis – 20 credits
- Numerical Methods & Programming – 10 credits
- Real & Complex Analysis – 20 credits
Choose 40 credits of options. Example optional modules:
- Algebra & Combinatorics 2 – 20 credits
- Differential Equations – 20 credits
- Statistics – 20 credits
You’ll now be able to specialise in one area of mathematics or cover several different areas. The range of modules to choose from is very wide, you take at least one module involving project work.
- Research Skills in Mathematics – 20 credits
Choose 100 credits, subject to timetabling restrictions and necessary pre-requisites. All modules 20 credits, examples of optional modules are listed below.
- Nonlinear Programming I and Heuristic Optimisation
- Applied Statistics
- Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimisation
- Continuum Mechanics
- Methods in Partial Differential Equations
- Metric Spaces and Topology
- Mathematical Finance
- Number Theory
- Randomness and Computation
- Advanced Mathematical Modelling
- Differential Equations
- Combinatorics and Communication Theory
- Graph Theory
- Group Theory
- Algebra & Combinatorics 2
- Medical Statistics
- Statistical Methods in Economics
- Functional and Fourier Analysis
- Applied Mathematical Analysis
- Numerical Methods and Numerical Linear Algebra
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our degrees in Mathematics will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.
91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)
Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:
- Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
- An annual Maths Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in mathematics graduates.
- Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
- A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a maths student.
We have a range of industrial partners who work with our students including E.ON, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, the Office for National Statistics, R&A, FDM Group, Barnett Waddingham and Malvern Instruments.