BSc Mathematics

BSc Mathematics Aston University
For me the placement was a real opportunity to learn about the different career roles available to me."

Sian Kennedy
Logistics Planning and
Steering Specialist, BMW

Entry requirements

ABB – BBB (or equivalent) including mathematics (B)

Our graduates have been employed in a broad range of positions, such as research and development teams as part of a large company or in start-ups, as trainee analysts and consultants, in finance, IT, education and engineering.

This course is ranked in the top 50 in the UK (2017 Guardian League Table)
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities
Opportunity to undertake a placement year
3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: G100

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

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Tuition fees: 
£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)    
£16,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Typical offer level 

ABB-BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum Grade B.

General Studies accepted.

GCSE: English Grade C/4

32 overall points with 555 (including minimum Grade 5 in Maths at Higher Level).
BTEC Diploma Qualifications are acceptable at Distinction grades, providing students also present A level Maths at minimum Grade B
A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

This program focuses on a principled approach to the foundations of Mathematics and specific analytical skills required for the challenges of the information age. Combining both principal and specialised subjects, the course prepares students to high-level careers in industry and the public sector.

In today's rapidly evolving information age, employers in dynamic and well-paid industries have great demand for graduates with strong mathematical skills (and some IT knowledge), and the ability to analyse and model complex problems in a mathematical way.

Mathematics provides the advanced tools and techniques needed for facing these new tasks, and takes an increasingly significant role in future developments, as IT systems and "big data" become ever more central to modern life. The single Honours BSc Mathematics programme also incorporates elements of Computing as well as more traditional applied Mathematics modules.

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Year 1

In the first year of the courses, students study modules in three broad areas: Mathematics, Mathematical Computing and Information Technology.

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills (AM10AS)
  • Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations (AM10CO)
  • Foundations of Calculus (AM10FC)
  • Vector Geometry (AM10GE)
  • Introduction to Matlab (AM10IM)
  • Mathematical Algorithms (AM10MA)
  • Mathematical Thinking (AM10MT) 
  • Probability (AM10PB)
  • Real Analysis (AM10RA)
  • Transition Mathematics (AM10TM)
  • Vector Algebra (AM10VA)

Year 2

The second year study of Mathematics puts more emphasis on advanced mathematical modules.

  • Abstract Algebra (AM20AA)
  • Complex Analysis (AM20CA)
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods (AM20IN)
  • Linear Mathematics (AM20LM)
  • Multivariate Calculus (AM20MC)
  • Mathematical Methods (AM20MM)
  • Probability Distributions (AM20PD)
  • Professional Practice (AM20PP)
  • Statistics (AM20ST)
  • Vector Calculus (AM20VR)

Plus modules to be chosen from the following:

  • Mechanics (AM20ME)
  • Statistical Machine Learning (AM20ML)
  • Numerical Methods (AM20NM)


Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

One of the following:

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Final Year: 

Modules to be chosen from the following options:

  • Approximation Theory and Methods (AM30AT)
  • Chaos and Dynamical Systems (AM30CD)
  • Further Analysis (AM30FA)
  • Financial Mathematics (AM30FT)
  • Game Theory (AM30GT)
  • Classical Mechanics (AM30ME)
  • Mathematics Final Year Project (AM30MP)
  • Mathematics Report (AM30MR)
  • Network Science (AM30NE)
  • Option Theory (AM30OT)
  • Partial Differential Equations  (AM30PD)  
  • Probabilistic Modelling (AM30PM)
  • Portfolio Analysis (AM30PT)
  • Stochastic Process (AM30SR)
  • Simulation Techniques (AM30ST)
  • Modern Time Series (AM30TS)

You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including:

  • Lectures, seminars and small group discussions
  • Lab exercises and practical classes
  • Individual and group projects
  • Assessment is by a combination of written exams, project and coursework

Attendance requirements

Full-Time students are normally required to attend the University for nine terms over a period of three consecutive academic years. Sandwich students are normally required toattend the University for nine terms over a period of four consecutive academic years.

Industrial/Professional Placement

For Sandwich students only, the third stage is either the module EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001) or EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002), which carries 120 credits.

Through its established reputation at postgraduate level in the field the Mathematics Group has built up strong links with major employers ranging from major communication companies to the pharmaceutical industry.

When you take the 4-year integrated placement course you spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

View more information on the final year Mathematics project here.

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

This course is accredited by the institute of Mathematics (IMA) for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Mathematician designation (subject to training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competencies to those specified by the QAA for taught masters degrees.


Career Prospects

The course has been specifically designed to meet the huge demand for skilled Mathematics graduates in finance and computer science. An external panel from industry has
been closely involved in advising on the content and structure of the course. Graduates may be employed in a broad range of positions; for instance in research and development teams as part of a large company or in start-ups, as trainee analysts and consultants. Graduates may also continue their training in MSc, PhD courses, or pursue teaching and education careers.

In 2005 0% of our graduates in Mathematics were unemployed with over 75% entering employment and around 25% undertaking further study/other training. Typical areas
of employment included finance, IT, education and consultancy.

Personal Development

The mathematics courses are designed to support development outside of the academic discipline to foster and encourage skills required within the workplace. 

  • In the first year students practise business report writing and presentation skills, developing communication strategies that can be used during the placement year or in the final year projects.
  • In the second year presentations and writing skills are developed to include writing and presenting technical documents, as well as engaging students in the issues faced by the scientific community when developing leading-edge research. 
  • In the final year students undertake an individual research project which is mentored by an academic supervisor and contributes towards a significant portion of the final degree classification. This allows students to demonstrate the life-skills they have learned on the modules, and practised whilst on industrial placement. These include time management, planning, research and report writing.
Employers like mathematics as an academic discipline. By dealing with and communicating complex concepts and ideas it trains the mind in a way that will never become outdated.  It allows students to hone analytical skills that are valued by industry across many different sectors.

Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our computing students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with audio-visual projection facilities and three other labs containing PCs and Macs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching. In addition, our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules.

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