Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Choose a maths degree course 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. For further information, please see the Mathematics brochure (.pdf, 9.2MB).

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years (four years with industrial placement). Part-time: at least five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Mathematics is 1st in the UK with 100% of students satisfied overall with their course - National Student Survey 2020. 
  • The UCLan mathematics degree covers a wide range of mathematical topics, including specialist areas such as cryptology, mathematical biology, and Logik.
  • The option to undertake teaching placements in local schools provides work experience for those thinking about a career in teaching.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Real Analysis
  • Functions, Vectors & Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Introduction to probability and statistics

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Algebraic Structures
  • Ordinary Differential Equations


  • Cryptology
  • Further Real Analysis
  • Vector Calculus
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Further Statistics

For sandwich award:

  • Mathematics Industrial Placement Year

Year 3


  • Fields & Galois Theory
  • Logic
  • Complex Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • Time Series and Operational Research
  • Mathematics Project
  • UAS Mathematics Teaching Placement
  • Mathematics Modelling

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including Maths at A.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass alongside A2 Maths at A
Pass Access Course: 120 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 Distinction in Maths.
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level 6 Maths
IELTS: 6.5 
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Further Information


The mathematics course will help you to develop a range of important skills that will make you attractive to employers. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Learning skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-management
  • Team work

At the end of the mathematics course, you will be ready for a career in any one of a vast range of industries, including:

  • Finance, banking and insurance
  • Business consultancy and operational research
  • Defense and military industries
  • Space science and astronomy
  • Natural and life sciences, medicine and health
  • IT industries, computing and engineering
  • Education
  • Art, design and music

Team Building

Previous students have benefited from being taken on a residential team building course in North Wales early in the course. 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.

Travel Opportunities

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.

Mathematics students have been to Benin in West Africa. Their trip included visits to local schools, attending conferences and experiencing African culture. Read more.

Professional Accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics course 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.


Students graduating from the mathematics course 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.


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.

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Meet the students

"What first attracted me to the Maths course here at UCLan was the broad spectrum of the subject we had the chance to study, from applied maths to pure maths, compared to other Universities I had looked at previously. After visiting on an Applicant Day, I knew this was the place I wanted to study." 
Elizabeth Crow BSc Mathematics Student

"The lecturers are extremely helpful and are more than willing to spend time ensuring that you understand any challenging concept or theorem.  During the tutorial sessions, the lecturers will make sure to answer any query you may have about different aspects of the work on a more one to one level.  They are approachable and due to the smaller class sizes, are able to get to know their students better." 
Beth Singleton BSc Mathematics Student

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field it is. I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. I met some amazing people whilst on placement, as well as doing some really meaningful and interesting work.”  - Ryan Sheff, Industry placement student

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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.

My internship at UCLan provided me with an insight into the research environment. Being exposed to work beyond lectures and assignments was a breath of fresh air, and allowed me to experience a taste of life as a research student.
I was given time and resources to explore areas of mathematics I had no idea even existed which catapulted my enthusiasm for the subject even further, cementing my desire to pursue postgraduate education

Thomas Kirk, BSc (Hons) Mathematics 2015 graduate and current PhD student

Mathematics student


At UCLan we offer a third year teaching placement module (Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme - UAS) to enable students to get a taste of teaching and to provide experience necessary for teacher training applications. There are many other opportunities to work with schools and younger students and develop key teaching skills. UCLan mathematics students have been very successful in securing placements in schools and teacher training places after graduation. In 2018 three of our placement students won prestigious IMA Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships. Read more

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

On the full undergraduate 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:

Lecture: This is where members of staff explain new mathematical concepts, using a mixture of teaching materials and methods.
Tutorial: This type of session involves a dialogue between the lecturer and the students where students can ask for help, additional explanations and guidance about material covered recently in the lectures. Students will have been asked to prepare in advance of tutorials.
Workshops: During these sessions problems, exercises, and examples are worked on by the students (either individually or in small groups) and the lecturer assists when help is required.
Lab classes: Some modules require use of computers, so have sessions where the students work in a computer room. These sessions are usually in a workshop style.

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.

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Simon McCormick

Simon McCormick

BSc (Hons) Mathematics, 2015

UCLan Mathematics graduate, Simon McCormick, has climbed the ladder of success to become Senior Pricing Analyst at Co-op Insurance.

From a young age, Simon has always loved maths and been interested in its many applications. He chose the course at UCLan because it offered a good mix of pure and applied mathematics and gave him broad knowledge of how maths can be used in different industries.

Thomas Kirk

Thomas Kirk

BSc (Hons) Mathematics, 2015 & current PhD Student

Thomas graduated in 2015 with a first-class BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree. He is so passionate about maths that he wanted to go beyond studying: becoming a researcher and discover new Mathematics!

He got a summer research internship in 2014 and, after that, he obtained a fully funded PhD position at UCLan. He has participated in national and international conferences, been invited to speak at seminars, and spent a month in Münster as part of his studies.

Shabaz Bhatti

Shabaz Bhatti

BSc (Hons) Mathematics, 2015

UCLan Mathematics graduate, Shabaz Bhatti, has taken off in his career to become a Flight Co-ordinator at Heathrow Airport.

Shabaz has always had a passion for mathematics and wanted to study it at degree level. He wanted to stay in the North-West region and chose the mathematics course at UCLan due to it being highly ranked at the time.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.