Mathematics BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

G100

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

If you’re curious about numbers and how they’re used practically in the ‘real world’, a Mathematics BSc can lead you down many career paths.

Mathematics is an ancient subject which, from its earliest days, has underpinned much of daily life, in finance, commerce, science, technology, engineering and even philosophy – from understanding the structure of the universe and predicting earthquakes to interpreting error-correcting codes on digital devices and enabling us to stream music and video.

Mathematics has shaped our view of the world, used by physicists, engineers, statisticians, analysts and economists as a tool to model real world situations to find new and novel solutions to problems. One of the top 15 universities in the country in Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry University has a long tradition of teaching mathematics with a strong emphasis on its applications in practical situations. Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course meets the educational requirements towards gaining Chartered Mathematician status, the first of two stages to do so.

You will also be given the opportunity to participate in our Secondary Initial Teacher Training programme. As a SCITT trainee, you will spend time during your second and third year of your subject degree, teaching and learning alongside expert practitioners. There will be one day a week release from your degree to facilitate this. You could work with a selected partner school within the Coventry SCITT. Students who undertake this pathway must decide during their first year of their degree if they wish to opt into the Secondary School Experience pathway. This is followed by a numeracy and literacy test and interview for selection. Subject to passing these, students will then follow the training pathway. Those who choose not to participate will follow the normal course structure.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Meets the educational requirements of Chartered Mathematician status, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). This represents the first stage of two and you will need to undertake further training and experience in employment. Please check with the awarding body for more details.
The University’s accreditation with IMA shall be up for renewal in 2021. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What our alumni say...

Studying Maths at Coventry is very fun and every day is interesting. The content has encouraged me to always create my best work. I have discovered new aspects of Mathematics whilst also building on my previous knowledge. There are plenty of spaces to study, alone or with friends, in a comfortable working environment.

Harvey Payne, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, second year student

Course information

This professionally accredited course aims to deliver the training in mathematics needed to work in careers where analytical and problem solving skills are required, helping to develop your skills in logic, constructive thought and the ability to communicate solutions effectively.

We will cover pure and applied mathematics, including areas such as finance, statistics, numerical analysis, mechanics and operational research, where maths is applied to commercial and industrial problems.

93%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2018

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your first year lays the foundation for the more advanced study of mathematics, consolidating previous learning and exploring some of the advanced concepts in algebra, calculus, statistics, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis. You should also develop associated academic and professional skills, including personal development planning.

If you develop a keen interest in one particular subject, such as statistics or physics, it is possible to transfer to our joint mathematics courses at the start or at the end of first year.

Modules

  • Statistics

  • Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Mathematical modelling

  • Introduction to real and numerical analysis

  • Professional and academic skills 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year you will develop the mathematics which you started to study in year one, concentrating on a core of theoretical and applicable mathematics from algebra and calculus, and at this stage you will have the option of retaining a strand of statistical study or of developing more advanced methods in calculus.

Modules

  • Further algebra and calculus

  • Real and complex analysis

  • Discrete mathematics

  • Differential equations

  • Professional and academic skills 2

  • Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Variational methods and numerical analysis
    • Linear statistical models
    • Operational research techniques

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following successful completion of your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Optional Work Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year continues the above themes and provides a wider choice of options from modules such as quantum mechanics, cryptography, cosmology, and financial maths.

All students have the option to choose either a substantial project (on a mathematical topic with the support of an individual supervisor) or a taught module that involves project based work. Past students have often been inspired by the varied and exciting research interests of the teaching staff, covering dissertation projects in areas such as graphs generated from music or text, network analysis and traffic modelling.

Modules

  • Advanced Algebra and Analysis

  • Optimisation

  • Project

  • Professional and Academic Skills 3

  • Optional modules

    One of the following:

    • Advanced Partial Differential Equations
    • Financial Mathematics
    • Fluid Dynamics

    and one of the following:

    • Cryptography and Information Theory
    • Cosmology
    • Advanced Topics in Statistics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • 86% of our research outputs were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Strong student satisfaction – 93% both for overall satisfaction and for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • Excellent track record in employability – with 90% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and three-quarters of those employed in professional level roles (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Mathematician with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), if followed by appropriate training and experience. Please check with the awarding body for more details.

Our main study themes are:

  • Algebra and calculus: We will cover the core mathematical methods with an introduction to abstract algebra, including some number theory. We will examine the theory of real functions and the mathematics underpinning it, together with the calculus of complex functions and how to differentiate and integrate functions of complex numbers.

  • Mathematical and numerical analysis: Provides a rigorous foundation in the analysis of sequences, series and continuous functions, including differentiability and the Riemann integral. We will examine a variety of numerical analysis methods, such as graph theory, and develop basic scientific programming skills to be able to use relevant programming languages, such as Python or Matlab.

  • Mathematical modelling: We will explore means of mathematical modelling, using case studies to illustrate different techniques and then applying them during laboratory sessions. We cover differential equations, including linear and nonlinear systems, qualitative theory, phase space, phase portraits, trajectories and the bifurcation theory for parametrized equations. We also study partial differential equation and the methods to solve them, including separation of variables, method of characteristics, integral transforms, Green’s function etc. We will develop the use of Newtonian mechanics and its use in modelling physical situations, together with a brief introduction to special relativity.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between year two and year three.

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on practical skills development; some of your time being spent on computer laboratory sessions, which may involve the use of mathematical software to solve mathematical problems. We also run example classes covering things like going over solutions to exercises.

You will have opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This provides opportunities to develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. In the past, projects have included asymptotic methods, chaotic systems and mathematics education.

We will encourage you to attend employer presentations organised by the university and we also run our own sessions, which have previously covered government operational research and included some of our past students talking about their job roles and careers.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include formal examinations, coursework, including tests and group work and practical work e.g. presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The logical construction of a mathematical argument.
  • The application of mathematics to construct models and their resolution, with an appreciation of the validity of the model and the use of approximation.
  • To use a range of analytic and descriptive techniques.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of selected mathematical software and a selected programming or scripting languages and their use to extend capabilities.
  • A range of real-world applications of mathematics.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand, reproduce and generalise logical mathematical reasoning.
  • Organise and interpret information and results from mathematical models.
  • Analyse problems and construct an appropriate formulation and solution with relatively little guidance or support.
  • Use specialist modern information technology packages and a programming language confidently.
  • Use a wide range of information resources to acquire relevant information.

In a typical teaching week, you will have

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: regular personal academic tutorials; 1 hour of individual project supervision (in year 3) per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-12 hours of tutorials, laboratories and studio sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

If you have a desire to gain international experience, there are opportunities to spend a year studying abroad. In the past, students have chosen to study mathematics in St Marcus University in California, University of Malta, Stockholm University in Sweden, also universities in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Courses in all these Universities are delivered in English.

The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we will also support you in finding an internship anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience. Past students have gone to work in countries such as Malaysia, Belgium and Spain.

Please note that placements and study abroad opportunities may be subject to additional costs, application processes, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say...

I have really enjoyed my time studying at Coventry University. The lecturers are fantastic and allowed me to achieve my full potential. The university gave me all the chances to succeed, I would recommend to anyone.

Alfie Britland, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, graduated 2019

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU189
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB - BBB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies Assessed on an individual basis. 31 points to include 5 points in Mathematics at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our alumni say...

The Department has a high standard of teaching with an even higher level of support, enabling you to improve a wide range of skills.

Yasmin Colquhoun, Mathematics BSc, graduated with a First in 2012, now Financial Planning Analyst at Sainsbury's

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our alumni say...

My experience at Coventry University has been very pleasant. The university gave me guidance and support I needed for the course and my future after graduation. Studying Mathematics at Coventry university was intense because of the heavy workload and packed timetable, however the lecturers, course mates and facilities made everything simpler and exciting.

Vakita Chand, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, graduated 2019

Career prospects

Studying maths should develop skills in logical thinking and strategic knowledge, demonstrating to employers your advanced numerical and analytical ability, both of which are rare and in demand on the graduate job market.

A mathematics degree can open up a wide range of career opportunities in industry, accountancy, banking, computer analysis, marketing, industrial design, management and scientific research. You could be employed in a wide variety of roles, for example, as an actuarial analyst, actuary, forensic accountant, operational researcher, research scientist, teacher, statistician or stockbroker.

We have an outstanding track record in employability with 90% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and 75% of those employed in professional roles.

For those who combined their studies with Initial Teacher Training, on completion of the course, students who wish to continue to become qualified teachers can seek employment with a secondary school and following a year of employment with the school could become eligible as a newly Qualified Teacher.

To improve your employment prospects and gain valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training after year two. Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further education six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Previous students have worked as Financial Analyst at IBM, Gaming Financial Analyst for Warner Bros, Finance Assistant at Scottish Power, Business Performance Process Analyst at National Grid, Power analyst at E.ON, Customer Service Analyst for Cummins.

Recent graduates have embarked on Finance Graduate Schemes, as a customer services analyst, graduate actuary, information analyst and trainee accountant for companies like E-On, National Grid, Thames water, NHS, Hodge Lifetime Solutions and Prime Accountants. Others have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

What our alumni say...

Alongside my studies, I have benefited from the employability skills I have gained since starting my degree. Before university I lacked these necessary skills, but Coventry is dedicated to improving each student. With mock interviews and CV building classes, I now feel much more confident with how I come across to an employer. I am now confident of securing a job once I complete my degree.

Harvey Payne, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, second year student
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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