BSc (Hons)

If you are passionate to problem-solve and have a desire to explore the intricacies of the universe, a maths degree is your gateway to a rewarding future.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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Entry requirements



3 or 4 years

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Course overview

Discover how maths is an integral part of our everyday lives with an understanding of the concepts, theories and applications that make sense of the world around us, from computer modelling and transport networks to the stock market and climate change. On our mathematics programme you will increase your familiarity with mathematical software, and build confidence in communicating mathematical arguments and conclusions. 


"I chose to study mathematics at Aston as it was much more industry-based than other Universities, it had real-life applications and so could be used in the professional working world when it came to the job I would get after university". 

Neha Pal
BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Why Mathematics at Aston University?

Institute of Mathematics and its Applied Applications
Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Gold- the highest possible rating for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
Excellent graduate prospects
Mathematics ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2024

Course description

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Mathematics offers a principled, logical, and quantitative perspective of the world around us. From mathematical modelling of air flow and epidemic spreading, through medical diagnosis and power-grid control to investment banking and self-driving cars – mathematics is fundamental to many cutting-edge technologies.

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What we will provide
Our mathematics program aligns with contemporary trends like finance and AI, enabling the exploration of various mathematical specialisations. Emphasising employability, a mathematics degree from us opens doors to diverse career paths, showcasing the versatility and value of mathematical expertise.

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What you will provide
We welcome students to our maths course who possess a deep love and genuine interest in mathematics, fuelled by curiosity and a desire to think originally. We value those who actively apply their learning, are determined to overcome difficulties, remain adaptable, and embrace teamwork for collaborative success.

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What skills we teach
Your degree will cover vital skills needed for a successful career in mathematics. You will learn problem-solving skills, hone logical thinking abilities, and impart programming and computer mathematics knowledge. We emphasise professional practice and will equip you with essential employability skills. Our curriculum aims to develop your mathematical mind and will empower you for a successful career. 

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Placement year
While optional, Aston University strongly encourages you to undertake a mathematics placement year. This invaluable opportunity allows you to apply mathematical concepts in real-world settings, gain practical experience, enhance employability, and establish professional connections. It's a transformative experience that amplifies your skills, confidence, and prospects for future success in the mathematical realm.

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Career prospects
The course has been specifically designed, with industry input, to meet the huge demand for skilled maths graduates in finance and data analysis.You could choose employment 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. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your training at MSc and PhD level, or pursue a teaching career. Our graduates have gone into roles in a variety of sectors including finance, IT, education and consultancy with large companies such as Virgin Media, Accenture, Fujitsu, IBM and GCHQ.

How you will learn

You will engage in a variety of learning formats including lectures, computer labs, and seminars. The mathematics course incorporates guest speakers who bring real-world insights. Additionally, there is a unique aspect of peer teaching, where second-year students assist first-years in labs, promoting collaborative learning and a supportive learning community.


Supporting our Mathematics students

Nine ways we support our students studying mathematics

What you will learn

Driven by the needs of industry and individuals, our course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of key mathematical concepts and an ability to critically analyse these, alongside the opportunity to specialise in areas of mathematics that interest you.

First year

In the first year you will cover essential topics, building on A-Level knowledge, and ensuring a strong foundation. The course emphasises mathematical rigor, equipping you with the necessary skills and mindset for advanced mathematical studies.

Second year

During your second year, you will focus on specialised modules. You will explore advanced topics such as abstract algebra, real analysis, and differential equations. This in-depth study enhances mathematical understanding and will prepare you for advanced mathematical concepts in the following years.

Placement year

This course offers a placement year where students can gain valuable real-world experience. Supported by our exceptional Careers and Placements team, students secure placements in renowned companies, applying mathematical knowledge in practical settings. This experience enhances employability, develops professional skills, and invaluable industry connections, setting you on a path to success upon graduation.

Final year

For your final year you will combine your knowledge acquired during first, second, and placement years. You will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest. Through a range of elective modules, you can tailor your studies to focus on specific branches of mathematics such as number theory, optimisation, data analysis, or mathematical modelling. This specialisation will allow you to deepen your understanding and expertise in your chosen field, preparing you for future career paths aligned with tyour assions and strengths.

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You will have access to a range of facilities that will support your academic and personal development. You will gain both practical and theoretical experience in our lecture theatres and seminar rooms where you will be able to conduct any research. You will also have access to a comprehensive library with a wide range of transport-related literature and online databases.

Course objectives

  1. Prepares you for a career in academia or industry, primarily in a mathematically oriented field.
  2. Equips you with a wide range of analytical and computational tools which they can employ in a principled framework.
  3. Provides you with an understanding of the main areas of mathematics, and their applications, at undergraduate level.
  4. Provides you with a stimulating and challenging learning experience that will enable you to develop your analytical and computational skills, preparing you for the dynamic and ever changing environment of the information age.
  5. Provides you with the opportunity to obtain relevant industrial experience with the option of undertaking a placement year.


Modules and learning outcomes

Year 1 modules

In your first year you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Fundamental Mathematics15
Vector Algebra and Geometry15
Probability and Statistics15
Mathematical Thinking and Writing15
Probability Distributions15
Ordinary Differential Equations15
Numerical Algorithms and Programming15
Analysis I15

Year 1 outcomes 

On successful completion of the first year, you will be able to:

  • Know the correct use of mathematical language and formalism in mathematical thinking and logical processes.
  • Know key mathematical concepts and topics, both explicitly and by applying them to the solution of problems.
  • Possess a range of mathematical skills and techniques for problem formulation and solution.
  • Be able to communicate mathematical concepts accurately in oral and written form.
  • Be able to use appropriate mathematical software.
  • Be able to search and acquire relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Be able to work independently by taking responsibility for the management of their own study and learning.


Year 2 modules

In your second year you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Vector Calculus15
Linear Mathematics15
Professional Practice15
Introduction to Numerical Analysis15
Mathematical Methods15
Complex Analysis15

You will choose one of the following optional modules:*

Module TitleCredits
Numerical Analysis15
Machine Learning15
Abstract Algebra15
Analysis II15

*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Year 2 outcomes 

On successful completion of the second year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ideas and concepts of mathematical modelling.
  • Demonstrate techniques for data processing and computer-aided numerical calculation.
  • Select and apply appropriate mathematical processes.
  • Critically appraise different methods and techniques of problem-solving, and to assess their effectiveness and applicability.
  • Implement, test and evaluate a given technique on real data, using a computer if necessary.
  • Communicate professionally both in oral and written form.
  • Identify careers open to mathematics graduates and to successfully find and apply for job opportunities

Placement year modules

If you opt for an integrated placement year, you will spend your third year on placement. You will be fully supported throughout the process by our award-winning Careers and Placements team.

Placement Year

Module TitleCredits
Integrated Placement Year

Placement year outcomes

On successful completion of the placement year, you will be able to:

  • Develop new knowledge and understanding of a professional environment, the role of individuals within project teams and associated professional issues.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a professional environment
  • Reflect on experience studying in a different culture leading to personal development in global awareness, intercultural competency and adaptability.

Final year modules

In your final year, you will choose four of the following optional modules:*

Module TitleCredits
Mathematics Report15
Financial Mathematics and Portfolio Theory15
Mechanics 15
Partial Differential Equations15
Probabilistic Modelling15
Time Series15

Choose a maximum of two modules from the following*:

Module TitleCredits
Analysis 215

Choose the remaining modules from the following options*:

Module TitleCredits
Chaos and Dynamical Systems15
Game Theory15
Network Science15
Option Theory15
Stochastic Processes15
Mathematics Project15

*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Final Year Outcomes 

On successful completion of the final year, you will be able to:

  • Select and apply advanced mathematical techniques to real-world applications.
  • Select and apply numerical algorithms to real-world applications.
  • Perform independent project work, write and present scientific reports and presentations.
  • Independently select appropriate mathematical methods and critically evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Select and use appropriate communication styles and formats to convey information and ideas at an appropriate level for academic, technical and non- technical audiences.
  • Combine and utilise a variety of diverse mathematical concepts and techniques to solve advanced problems

We may update our courses to reflect best practices and academic developments. If we do, we’ll let you know of any changes at the earliest opportunity by updating our course webpages. If you have already received an offer, we’ll write to you directly to let you know of the changes.


Entry requirements

  • A Levels

  • ABB, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B
    BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at grade B)
    BBC, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (contextual offer)
  • Contextual offers

    Aston Ready is our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.

Contextual offer criteria

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM plus 1 A-Level in Mathematics at minimum grade A
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM plus 1 A-level  in Mathematics at minimum grade A
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-levels grade AB including Mathematics at minimum grade A
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-level grade AB including Mathematics at minimum grade A
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
  • The Level 3 Extended Diploma and Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering is not accepted, please see our foundation programme for an alternative route.
  • 32 overall points with 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and grade 5 in Standard Level English. 

30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics at Distinction

Non-standard qualifications

  • 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.

T Levels are not currently accepted as an entry requirement for this course.

You may be able to access this course via our foundation programme route.

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

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above. 

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. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with approved teaching partners ONCAMPUS Aston or NCUK.

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

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. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

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Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students

Annual tuition fees:£9,250
During placement year:£1,250

International students

Annual tuition fees:£21,100
During placement year:£2,500

More information on fees

For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy.

For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.


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.

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Students in the first year will be assessed through a variety of methods including group portfolios, weekly online quizzes, exams, excel tasks, and both group and individual programming tasks. In the second year, assessment methods include poster presentations and group presentations. Subsequently, assessments consist of a mix of coursework, applying knowledge, and closed-book on-campus exams testing theoretical understanding.

Career prospects

Career prospects for a mathematician are vast and diverse. Graduates can pursue roles in finance, modelling, engineering, computing, programming, teaching, and research. Regular career talks by alumni and research opportunities shared by academics enrich students' understanding of potential career paths, opening doors to fulfilling and impactful futures.

A career in Mathematics

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Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Mathematics at Aston?

You’ll receive an excellent grounding in key mathematical principles as well as learning the key tools and techniques you’ll need to build an exciting career on graduation. 

How will a placement year benefit me?

We think that the knowledge you gain through your studies are best applied to real life and the most effective way to do this is by working in a company. As well as the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned, you’ll also gain invaluable communication and team skills. 

We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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