Mathematics BSc (Hons)Study level: Undergraduate
If you are curious about numbers and how they are used practically in the ‘real world’, a Mathematics BSc can lead you down many career paths.
Year of entry
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
The course is currently taught by a team of internationally renowned research-active academics who are focused on enabling you to succeed.
Mathematics is an ancient subject that, 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.
This course is designed to enable you to:
- gain expertise in advanced analytical and numerical techniques for mathematical formulation and quantitative solution of real-world problems.
- hone abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills to become a globally competent mathematician aware of your social responsibilities.
- become adept at quickly learning new complex ideas and confidently contributing solutions via personal impact and effective collaboration.
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Why you should study this course
- You will be taught by a teaching team that includes active world-renowned researchers in applied mathematics with expertise in fluid dynamics and complex systems, who share their cutting-edge research expertise through teaching and supervising projects (staff subject to change).
- The teaching team is passionate about and oriented towards the success and well-being of their students.
- Our faculty links with potential employers, including National Grid, MathWorks, Unipart, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, help us to maintain an excellent track record for graduate employability2.
- You will have the opportunity to access our computing facilities, which enable you to gain experience using mathematical software packages, like MAPLE and MATLAB®4.
You will have the option to access one-to-one assistance from sigma4, the University’s internationally renowned Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support.
Accreditation for this course is being renewed as we are making some changes to our modules.
What you'll study
Advanced mathematical concepts; abstract reasoning; critical thinking; learning to learn new ideas; collaboration and teamwork.
This course has a common first year.
In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in your chosen field.
We want your degree to fit around you, so upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).
Common first-year courses
- Mathematics and Statistics BSc (Hons)
- Physics and Mathematics BSc (Hons)
Calculus - 20 Credits
This module provides core calculus for those undertaking degrees in the mathematics area. The primary aims of the module are to consolidate the material covered in the different A levels and equivalent qualifications and explore some of the advanced concepts needed for an extensive study of mathematics required for the study at level 5 modules.
Algebra - 20 Credits
The aim of the module is two-fold. First, to introduce you to modern algebra by taking what you have learned at high school and placing it in the context of university mathematics. Emphasis will be given to the importance of assumption and proof in mathematics. Second, you will encounter one of the fundamental pillars of modern mathematics - linear algebra. You will see the key result of the basis theorem, as well as explore the one-to-one correspondence between linear maps and matrices over a field. This will be key for other areas of mathematics you will see in your undergraduate degree.
Programming 1: Concepts and Algorithms - 20 Credits
In order to explore mathematics in a practical way, we often have to rely on computational simulations. This module will guide you through the fundamentals of coding - from structure and syntax to algorithms and functional decomposition - to prepare you to construct your own mathematical software solutions.
Probability and Statistics - 20 Credits
This module builds a foundation for the study of statistics in future years. It will introduce you to the concepts of probability, random variables and probability distributions. It will also introduce the concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing, and will develop the necessary theory, methods and concepts for statistical analysis of data.
Mechanics and Numerical Methods - 20 Credits
The aim of this module is to introduce Newtonian mechanics and its use, as well as various mathematical modelling tools, with the accent on computational tools, to describe real-world situations. This module will make use of computer software, or/and programming language to help in the visualization and resolution of typical problems. Along with Newtonian mechanics, the module will introduce foundational numerical methods, useful in a variety of practical situations, such as Numerical integration, Matrix Methods for solving systems of linear equations, iterative methods for solving equations, finite differences, Euler-based methods for integration of Newton's 2nd Law problems.
Mathematical Case Studies - 20 Credits
The module consists of a series of problem-solving challenges on mathematics; statistics and physics in order to build up your course identity among fellow students. Students from a course will be encouraged to take projects from the corresponding area. Projects are about coming up with creative mathematical models to solve mathematical or physics challenges, developing problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, as well as presentation skills.
In the second year you will develop the mathematics which you started in year one, concentrating further on a core of theoretical and applicable mathematics, from more advanced algebra and calculus, through ordinary and partial differential equations to real analysis and a strand of statistical study.
Further Calculus and Complex Analysis - 20 credits
This module will build on the earlier module, Calculus. We will extend the ideas from year one to dealing with both scalar fields and vector fields, the concepts with wide applications spanning from theory of fluids through meteorology to traffic control, as well as to functions of complex variables that allow for a very elegant and succinct solution of many classical problems of calculus.
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations - 20 Credits
This module continues linear algebra and differential equations from the first year with the overlap between the areas emphasised. In both cases, the general goal will be to explore ways in which one can find a ‘suitable basis’ for a given problem. This could include orthonormal bases, bases of eigenvectors or bases of generalised eigenvectors. It will conclude with Singular Value Decomposition which will bring together bits of linear algebra seen over the first two years. The module will also cover second order ODEs (linear, but with non-constant coefficients), systems of first order ODEs, series solutions and self-adjoint operators.
Groups and Rings - 20 Credits
The module will introduce you to fundamental concepts of modern abstract algebra starting with groups. Key examples will be recalled before the theory is explored in detail. This will include fundamental results such as Lagrange’s theorem and its partial converse due to Sylow, alongside key ideas such as quotient groups, isomorphism theorems, direct products and group actions. Next there will be an analogous discussion of rings, where you will encounter ideals, quotient rings and homomorphisms. Finally, by considering the ring of polynomials over a field, you will see how to construct finite fields.
Partial Differential Equations and Analytical Mechanics - 20 Credits
The module acts as an introduction to the vast fields of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) and Analytical Mechanics. You will be introduced to standard techniques to solve a range of PDEs. The module also provides keys elements relating to variational calculus and focuses on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms for Analytical Mechanics, which are naturally formulated via PDEs.
Real Analysis - 20 Credits
By starting with only the basic properties of real numbers, a rigorous approach will be pursued whereby the main results in elementary differential calculus are proven. This will include the fundamental epsilon-delta definition. You will see sequences, series, continuity and differentiability of functions. This will further develop your powers of logical thinking and expand upon the notion of formal definition and rigorous proof seen in first-year algebra. This is a key aspect of modern mathematics and one which takes time and practice to succeed at. In doing so, you should improve your understanding of calculus and become more comfortable in formal proof.
Linear Statistical Models - 20 Credits
This module will introduce two of the most commonly used statistical techniques, multiple regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). The statistical inference concepts of hypothesis testing and estimation will be extended within the statistical modelling framework. Statistical computing environments and packages will be used throughout. The methods taught are used extensively in industry, commerce, government, research and development. This module is particularly relevant for those intending to go on placement year, for graduate jobs, and for final year statistics projects2.
There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.
If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.
UK Work Placement – 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
International Study/Work Placement – 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
The final year continues the themes of developing expertise in pure and applied mathematics. In addition to core advanced modules, you will be provided with a wide choice of options from modules such as Topology and Applications, Quantum Information and Quantum Computation, and Financial Mathematics. You will also do a substantial research project on a mathematical topic with a tailored support from an individually selected supervisor.
Number Theory and Cryptography - 20 Credits
This module will present to you a foundational treatment of number theory, covering many important practical results such as the Chinese Remainder Theorem and Hensel’s Lemma. You will gain experience performing calculations in modular arithmetic and build on your ability to write rigorous proofs from the second-year modules Groups and Rings, and Real Analysis. The pure concepts from number theory will then be directly applied to modern problems of cryptography. You will see how these ideas are put into practice, for example in the RSA cryptosystem.
Advanced Topics in Mathematics - 20 Credits
In this module you will be introduced to a selection of advanced mathematical methods such as asymptotic analysis and Green’s functions to solve a range of complex real-world problems well beyond the scope of previous modules.
Fluid Dynamics - 20 Credits
This is an introductory module in fluid dynamics. The module aims to build and develop the fundamentals for incompressible flows of fluids. In this module, we will cover a range of different fluid flow problems including irrotational flow, viscous flow, and boundary layer flows. In this module you will have an opportunity to apply mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems, use analytical and numerical methods to determine physically relevant solutions, and gain an understanding of current research topics in fluid dynamics.
Project - 20 credits
This module forms a major individual study at the honour’s level in areas related to mathematics or applied mathematics. You will take the responsibility of managing such a study through all its stages. The project will build upon your knowledge and skills developed in previous years. It will further look to develop your skills of enquiry, research and innovation and will enhance your critical and communication skills.
Choose two out of the four modules:
Financial Mathematics - 20 Credits
The module serves two goals. First, the module introduces you to the main instruments that are traded in the financial markets including their practical uses for investment, hedging and speculation. Second, it equips you with an understanding of mathematical models and solution techniques that are currently used in financial engineering. Practical calculations with financial data illustrate the theory.
Topology and Applications - 20 Credits
The purpose of the module is to provide you with an elementary introduction to the methods of algebraic topology via homology of simplicial complexes. There will be an emphasis on computation thereby enabling further study in fields which are benefitting greatly from tools and ideas in topology, such as topological data analysis. This will build off the methods of linear algebra which you have seen in years one and two.
Quantum Information and Quantum Computation - 20 credits
In this module you will be introduced to fundamental concepts of quantum information and quantum computation; discuss applications with and without quantum advantage; engage with contemporary software. This module offers a comprehensive introduction to the main ideas and techniques of the field of quantum computation and quantum information. The required physical, mathematical, and computational frameworks are briefly introduced and effects such as fast quantum algorithms, quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, quantum error-correction, quantum Fourier transform, and quantum searches are discussed. You will acquire a working understanding of the fundamental tools and results in the field and will be able to engage with contemporary software and applications.
Advanced Topics in Statistics - 20 credits
This module introduces you to several important topics in the areas of advanced statistics. This module is useful if you are interested in a Statistics postgraduate study or in careers involving Statistics or Data Science.
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.
How you'll learn
Learning will be facilitated through a variety of methods which may include lectures, seminars, lab, workshops, online activities and group work.
Students are expected to engage in both class and online activities and discussions. This module also requires students to participate in additional guided reading and self-directed study to reinforce the learning gained from timetabled sessions.
Formative feedback will be used to prepare students for summative assessment and give students an early indication of their progress towards the module's intended learning outcomes. A portion of this module’s contact time will be dedicated to course support sessions. The course support sessions are weekly, timetabled sessions where students can explore areas of the course which they find challenging or get support with personal projects and employability efforts (subject to availability).
Teaching contact hours
We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:
- On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
- Group work
- Self-directed learning
- Work placement opportunities2.
The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week of more than 30 hours, depending on the demands of individual modules.
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/2024 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods may include:
- Formal examinations
- Phase tests
- Group work
- Individual Assignments
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
If you have a desire to gain international experience, there are opportunities2 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 have been delivered in English.
The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we aim to support you in finding an internship and in seeking ways to finance that experience. Past students have gone to work in countries such as Malaysia, Belgium, and Spain.
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|A level||BBB including Mathematics at Grade B or above. Excludes General Studies|
|GCSE||5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.|
|BTEC||Considered on an individual basis.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 points to include 5 points in Mathematics at Higher level.|
|Access to HE||Considered on an individual basis|
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
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You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees.
|UK||£9,250 per year||Not available|
|International||£19,850 per year||Not available|
If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:
- Optional international ﬁeld trips: £400+ per trip.
- Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad)
How do you know if you need to pay UK or international tuition fees?
We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.
If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.
The School of Computing, Mathematics and Data Science is based in the Engineering and Computing Building, and the attached Beatrice Shilling Building. Both buildings are high-specification learning environments that benefit from extensive social learning facilities, well-appointed laboratories, lecturing facilities and classrooms, facilitating our innovative teaching methods across a diverse suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses4.
Informal study areas
You will have plenty of computer access to all the specialist software required for your studies. There are also bookable spaces where students can meet with academics or work in small groups.
The sigma Centre is an award-winning mathematics support centre, which provides a wide range of learning resources in mathematics and statistics. Students can make use of drop-in sessions or one-to-one appointments.
Set out like a traditional classroom with a large whiteboard, it is the only teaching room in the Engineering and Computing Building laid out in this way, designed to suit the teaching style required for this subject.
Careers and opportunities
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.
- The use of a range of analytic and descriptive techniques.
- The strengths and weaknesses of selected mathematical software and 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.
Studying maths develops 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 opens a range of career opportunities in industry, accountancy, banking, computer analysis, marketing, industrial design, management, and scientific research. You could be employed in a variety of roles, for example, as an actuarial analyst, actuary, forensic accountant, operational researcher, research scientist, teacher, statistician, or stockbroker.
Where our graduates work
Previous students have worked as Financial Analysts at IBM, Gaming Financial Analysts for Warner Bros, Finance Assistants at Scottish Power, Business Performance Process Analysts at National Grid, Power Analysts at E.ON, and Customer Service Analysts for Cummins.
Recent graduates have embarked on Finance Graduate Schemes, as a Customer Services Analyst, Graduate Actuary, Information Analyst and Trainee Accountants 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.
You may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as Data Science MSc. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
Part-time students should apply directly to the university.
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Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
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The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.