BSc (Hons) Mathematics
- Degree of Bachelor of Science
- UCAS Course Code
- Typical Offer
- AAB (specific subject requirements apply)
- Contextual Offer
- BBB (specific subject requirements apply)
- Course Length
- 3 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
Why you should choose us
Our BSc in Mathematics is designed to develop further your knowledge and love of mathematics, and to show you the numerous paths you can take after completing your degree.
We offer you the flexibility to focus on pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics, and also the option to complement your studies with modules from related subjects offered by other UEA Schools, such as environmental sciences, business, computing, physics, and accounting.
Our course has a flexible format. It allows you to combine modules from pure and applied mathematics and statistics, together with optional modules in related subjects.
You’ll begin your degree by developing your existing mathematical knowledge, before moving onto more advanced subjects as the course progresses. In later years, our optional modules mean you can tailor your studies around your particular interests.
You can even take optional modules from other Schools, like the School of Environmental Sciences, the School of Computing Sciences or the Norwich Business school.
Our lecturers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Most are also active researchers who conduct world-leading work and incorporate it into their teaching. You will benefit from a very high academic-staff-to-student ratio, ensuring you graduate with a deep understanding of mathematics.
If you excel in your academic performance and wish to study further, you could take the opportunity to transfer from the BSc course onto our four-year integrated Master of Mathematics (MMath) programme.
This course is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). For further information, please see the IMA University Degree Course Accreditation web page.
Study and Modules
The first year will develop your existing knowledge in calculus and other topics which you may have covered at A level, such as mechanics and probability. The modules you will study will encourage you to develop ways of tackling unfamiliar problems, while also providing an opportunity for group working.
Other modules will introduce important new concepts and ideas, which you will use in the following years of your degree. In addition, you’ll be introduced to mathematical software, that you are going to use throughout your degree.
Teaching and Learning
New material will usually be delivered through lectures. The lectures are complemented by online notes, workshops and tutorials. In tutorials you’ll discuss mathematical problems with your academic adviser and around six other students. They’re a great way to get to know your fellow students and your academic adviser, who will be there to guide you throughout your degree.
In your first year you’ll have around 15 hours of timetabled classes per week: approximately 10 hours of lectures, four hours of workshops or computer lab classes, and one tutorial.
To succeed at university-level mathematics, you need to spend at least as much time on individual study as you spend in classes and workshops. Working through your lecture notes and trying the exercises set will be vital to fully understanding mathematics.
We offer a wide range of feedback and assistance to our students. Written feedback is provided on coursework, and verbal feedback and support is provided in our regular workshops. Also, each lecturer has at least two office hours available each week, giving you the chance to discuss material in more detail, or to get face-to-face feedback on exercises you’ve attempted.
Assessment methods vary by module, but usually involve a mix of coursework and examinations. In Year 1, modules typically combine 40% coursework and 60% examination. Coursework usually involves problem sheets of mathematical questions, but may also include project work, programming assignments, and/or other tasks.
As you progress into your second year, you’ll continue to learn essential mathematical principles through compulsory modules, while also taking a selection of optional modules to suit your personal interests.
The optional modules on offer change each year but include options to study further topics in applied mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics, physics, finance, or environmental science.
OPTIONS RANGE A(Min Credits: 20, Max Credits: 40)
OPTIONS RANGE B(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Teaching and Learning
New material will usually be delivered through lectures. The lectures are complemented by online notes and workshops, where you’ll focus on working through examples, either individually or in small groups.
In your second year, you will have around 10 hours of lectures and three hours workshops each week.
Assessment methods vary by module, but usually involve a mix of coursework and examinations. In Year 2, modules typically combine 20% coursework and 80% examination. Coursework usually involves problem sheets of mathematical questions, but may also include project work, programming assignments, and/or other tasks.
There are no compulsory modules in the final year. Instead, we offer a wide choice of optional modules covering topics in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. As in your second year, you are also able to study mathematics-related subjects from another School within UEA.
You will also have the option to undertake an undergraduate mathematics project, which will give you a chance to immerse yourself in a mathematical topic that enthuses you.
OPTIONS RANGE A(Min Credits: 60, Max Credits: 100)
OPTIONS RANGE B(Min Credits: 20, Max Credits: 60)
OPTIONS RANGE C(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Teaching and Learning
The specialist modules offered in your final year will be lectured by leading mathematicians in their fields. As well as teaching, our academics are actively involved in research collaborations with colleagues throughout the world, examples from which will be used to illustrate lectures and workshops.
In your final year, your formal contact hours will be slightly reduced reflecting your increased independence, and there will be increased emphasis on using the office hours of your lecturers for individual feedback and guidance. Depending on module choices, you will probably have between about eight and 12 hours of lectures and workshops each week.
Assessment methods vary by module, but usually involve a mix of coursework and examinations. In Year 3, modules typically combine 20% coursework and 80% examination. Coursework usually involves problem sheets of mathematical questions, but may also include project work, programming assignments, and/or other tasks. The optional project module is assessed by the submission of a 20-page written report and the delivery of a short oral presentation.
- A Levels
- AAB including an A in Mathematics or if Further Mathematics is being taken: ABB including an A in Mathematics and a B in further Mathematics. A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. Where applicable Science A Levels awarded by an English Exam board require a pass in the practical element. If you are taking an EPQ and three A-levels, we may offer you a one grade reduction on our advertised typical offer alongside an A in the EPQ.
- T Levels
- Not accepted.
- DDD plus A at A-Level Mathematics. Excludes Public Services, Uniformed Services and Business Administration. See below for accepted subjects and combinations.
- Contextual Offer
A Level – BBB (including Mathematics)
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma – DDM plus A at A level Mathematics
UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes.
- Scottish Highers
- AAAAA. Only accepted in combination with Scottish Higher Advanced grade B in Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- BBC including Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 4 subjects at H2 including Mathematics , 2 subjects at H3.
- Access to HE Diploma
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in Mathematics at Distinction. An interview will also be required.
- International Baccalaureate
- 33 points including HL6 in Mathematics.
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Hub. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required, the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- Deferred Entry
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
Extended Diploma: DDD alongside plus A at A-Level Mathematics.
Diploma: DD plus A at A-Level Mathematics
Extended Certifciate: D plus AB at A-Level to include A in Mathematics.
We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications. If you have a qualification which is not listed here, or are taking a combination of qualifications, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.
We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
Our Admissions Policy applies to the admissions of all undergraduate applicants.
Fees and Funding
View our information for Tuition Fees.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
There are no additional course fees or related costs for our mathematics degrees. Students may wish to consult text books, but these can be accessed through our Library, so you do not need to purchase your own copies. A laptop or tablet computer may be useful, but there are ample computing facilities available on campus for you to use.
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.
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Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.
The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.
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After the Course
There are many professions that are traditionally associated with mathematics, such as accountancy, banking and finance, statistics and data analysis, and secondary or higher education.
However, there are many others in which logical thought and problem-solving are important. These include information technology, engineering, logistics and distribution, central or local government, as well as other business areas. Many of our graduates also choose to continue their studies by going on to a higher degree.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
Mathematical modeller in industry
Secondary school teacher
Discover more on our Careers webpages.