Full-time: three years. Part-time: at least five years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
G100; Short form: BSc/M
Preston (Campus code: U)
Choose a maths degree at UCLan as we are one of the only North West universities to offer a range of pure, applied and statistic modules in all three years. With a broad range of topics available to study, this allows you to shape your degree to your own interests and career aspirations. You’ll be taught in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, by staff with doctoral research degrees, from mathematically diverse backgrounds. Get the benefit from small intimate class sizes, giving you regular opportunities for help and support from your tutors. A bonus of this degree is that you’ll have the opportunity to transfer onto the MMath degree at the end of your second year leading to a higher qualification. Please read the course structure for more information about our mathematics course. View the Mathematics at UCLan course brochure here
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route: BSc (Hons), Mathematics (Foundation Entry)
ABB at A2 including A in Mathematics (Use of Mathematics not accepted) (including General Studies);
or BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM, plus A Level Mathematics Grade A.
Also required: GCSE Mathematics and English Grade C.
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On the Mathematics degree you study six mathematics modules in each year of your studies. Each module contains 200 hours of work and during the first year about 70 hours of this is timetabled class contact. Timetabled sessions are periods in the week where you attend and study with a member of staff present. These sessions can take various formats; a variety of these are used throughout your studies.
The main difference between studying at school and at university is that degree level studies transfer you from dependent learning, being told how to do things, to independent learning, being given a body of information and working out for yourself how to apply it. What this means in a mathematics degree is that you learn to discover mathematical concepts and their uses for yourself.
In order to develop independent learning skills you need to study in a variety of ways, which is reflected in different forms of class contact. Types of class contact time include:
Outside class contact time you will work on tutorial sheets, project work and any assessments that have been set, which will test your understanding and guide further learning.
Support for learning outside timetabled hours is provided by the University’s online learning environment (eLearn), which can be used to access course materials.
Most modules are principally assessed by an end of year examination. These are typically supplemented with continuously assessed work. This might take the form of problem sheets to reinforce your knowledge of the material taught in lectures, computer-based assignments to tackle problems that require more extensive calculation, and individual and group project-work to allow deeper exploration of a particular topic. For most modules the weighting is 30% coursework and 70% examination, but some modules differ, for example the optional final-year project is 100% coursework.
This combination of learning methods allows you to develop independent learning skills through a variety of approaches.
The mathematics course will help you to develop a range of important skills that will make you attractive to employers. These include:
At the end of the mathematics course, you will be ready for a career in any one of a vast range of industries, including:
Students graduating from the mathematics programme are equipped with skills that prepare them for postgraduate study. Graduates from the mathematics degree have progressed on to MSc degrees and PhDs at universities across the UK. In addition, every year, PhD studentships are available within UCLan.
All first year students are taken on a residential team building course in North Wales early in the first semester. This is an opportunity to get to know the students and staff in first year, and build friendships which will last throughout your studies. The course also starts to develop transferable skills such as team work and communication which are important to employers, as well as being useful throughout your degree.
Each summer there are opportunities to take part in UCLan’s funded undergraduate research internship scheme. This involves students being paid to spend the summer working closely with a member of staff on a research project. Students experience what it is like to undertake cutting edge research, developing a variety of skills which are highly valued by employers. Students present their work to their peers in a poster session at the end of the internship.
For more information about internships click here.
UCLan has travel money available each year for student groups who wish to have an international travel experience. Students propose itineraries for the trips, and bid for university funds to cover the cost. The trips must contain an educational component, but are also expected to have an international cultural element.
Recently a group of 2nd year mathematics students visited Toulouse in Southern France. Their trip included visits to Airbus and the Millau Viaduct. For more information click here.
As well as accrediting the BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) also holds regular public seminars at UCLan. These develop students’ broader knowledge of mathematics and introduce them to additional applications of mathematics in a variety of specialist areas.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme spec.
The BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme offered at UCLan has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) to meet the educational requirements of the chartered mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.
In the 2014 NSS results, 94% of our students were satisfied overall with their course, ranking Mathematics at UCLan 15th out of 68 nationally and 3rd in the North West.
My mathematics degree ... allowed me to pursue a career in mathematics education ... teaching at the level that I had always hoped for.
My lecturers were inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly.
One of the highlights of my mathematics degree was the great choice of options, my favourite being mathematical biology.