Business and Mathematics BSc

All organisations and businesses need people who can problem-solve, plan and manage. With a combination of maths and the management and leadership skills needed in business, you’ll be in high demand.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years

UCAS code(s)

GN11

Start date

Overview
Explore Business and Mathematics at Aston University

Final year student Vishakha talks about her experiences studying Mathematics at Aston.

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“My time at Aston University has been absolutely wonderful! I believe I have gained so much out of my degree in terms of knowledge and the applications to various fields. Moreover, I have met some amazing friends and members of staff that have constantly supported me in my learning and general well-being.”

Shivani Jang
Final Year Student, BSc Mathematics with Economics

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“My time at Aston University has been absolutely wonderful! I believe I have gained so much out of my degree in terms of knowledge and the applications to various fields. Moreover, I have met some amazing friends and members of staff that have constantly supported me in my learning and general well-being.”

Shivani Jang
Final Year Student, BSc Mathematics with Economics

Course outline and modules

As a leader, you’ll be challenged with meeting your organisation’s objectives by deploying key resources such as time, people and money efficiently and effectively. And, as businesses and people become ever-more connected, if you can speak the international language of maths and have specific knowledge about the business world, you’ll be in a great position to shape the world of tomorrow.

Our Business and Mathematics course, delivered jointly by Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and experience you’ll need to embark on your career.

What you’ll learn

The programme combines economics, finance and business oriented modules with applied maths modules, preparing you for a high-level career in the private or public sectors.

Our joint honours programme enables you to choose a combination of maths and economics modules in your second and final years and will ensure your learning experience is exciting and relevant for tomorrow’s challenges. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop key employability skills including communication, presentation and report writing. On this 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 further enhance your career prospects. Both Schools have strong links with major employers ranging from the biggest communication companies to the pharmaceutical industry.

For our joint honours maths students, our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Lloyds Banking, UK Department of Health and Social Care, BT, Gazprom, TJX Europe, Warner Bros, Walt Disney, NPower, Argos Financial, Deutsche Bank, 3M, National Grid, Harrods, Merck Chemicals, Ofgem, PWC, CrossCountry Trains, Black & Decker, and Renault.
 

Modules

Year 1

In the first year of the course, you will study fundamental Mathematics and Business modules in equal share.

•    Fundamental Mathematics
•    Vector Algebra and Geometry
•    Introductory Accounting for Business
•    Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
•    Ordinary Differential Equations
•    Numerical Algorithms and Programming
•    Introduction to Marketing Management
•    Economic Environment of Business

Year 2

The second year of Business and Mathematics combines intermediate-level mathematics with intermediate-level business skills modules in equal share. The core modules are:

•    Vector Calculus
•    Probability and Statistics
•    Business Tax
•    Econometrics 1
•    Mathematical Methods
•    Probability Distributions
•    Business, Government and Society

At this stage, you will start specialising in different areas of Business and can choose one among the following optional modules:

•    Econometrics 2
•    Operations Management
 

Year 3 - Placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

For your placement year, you will select one of the following:


•    EAS Study Placement Year
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Year

Final Year 

At this stage, you will have two core modules:

•    Theories and Practice of Leadership
•    Risk Management

You will also choose 6 modules from the following options (and possibly year 2 options that had not been selected previously) to yield an equal share among mathematics and business modules:

•    Linear Mathematics
•    Professional Practice
•    Machine Learning
•    Complex Analysis
•    Approximation Theory
•    Mathematics Report
•    Mathematics Project
•    Chaos and Dynamical Systems
•    Stochastic Processes
•    Financial Mathematics and Portfolio Theory
•    Option Theory
•    Time Series
•    Network Science
•    Game Theory
•    Partial Differential Equations
•    Quantum Computing

Choose 2 modules from the following options:

•    International Marketing
•    Managing Information Technology in a Global Context
•    Operations Strategy
•    Learning and Development

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and meets the educational requirements of a Chartered Mathematician, subject to appropriate professional experience.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live. Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels
  • BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B
     
  • BBC, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at grade B)
     
  • BCC, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)
     
  • GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4.
     
IB

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics. 

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM plus Mathematics A level at minimum grade B
     
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM plus A-level Mathematics at minimum Grade B
     
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-levels  including Mathematics at minimum grade B
     
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B including at least Mathematics
     
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

Access to Higher Education

Any subject accepted, to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3, and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics.

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSE and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and programme director. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.


Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university.

The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3.

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

GCSEs

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above. 

View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

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.

International students

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will learn through a range of teaching methods and learning styles including lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes and individual and group projects.

Assessment will be a combination of written exams, projects, reports, essays and coursework.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £16,700*

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Our Business and Mathematics course has been specifically designed, with industry input, to meet the huge demand for graduates with this combination of skills, across a wide range of sectors.

You may be employed in a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to big organisations. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your training through an MSc or PhD course, or pursue a career in teaching and education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Business and Mathematics at Aston University?

Combining input from both Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, you’ll get a rounded learning experience, readying you for a career where your skills will be in high demand. 

What will I be doing on the Business and Mathematics course at Aston?

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and experience across these two disciplines, providing you with the skills you need to begin an exciting career in management and leadership.  

Why is a placement year compulsory on this course?

Aston University's four year placement courses offer the opportunity to spend your third year in a paid industrial placement. The value a placement adds is immense – you will grow in knowledge, experience, confidence and maturity, as well as developing your organisational and time management skills. 

Why should international students choose Aston University? 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.
 
Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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