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Discrete Mathematics (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

This course draws on areas of both computer science and mathematics. You will acquire skills in software engineering, combinatorial analysis, formal proof and algorithmic analysis.

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This course draws on areas of both computer science and mathematics. You will acquire skills in software engineering, combinatorial analysis, formal proof and algorithmic analysis. Regular individual and group projects consolidate what you’ve learned by applying it to practical problems. Your learning experiences throughout the course will enable you to both analyse and solve problems in an abstract sense, and realise solutions through computer Software. These abilities, alongside transferable skills in communication, planning and self-organisation are highly valued by employers.

Your first year will establish the foundations of Discrete Mathematics and its applications, covering proof, formal arguments, rigour and calculations, as well as mathematical reasoning, combinatorial analysis and discrete structures. In your second year you’ll develop a rigorous understanding of the subject’s theoretical basis, which will prepare you for later specialisation. In your third year you’ll work alongside academics on an individual project as well as focusing on applications of Discrete Mathematics to Computer Science, and completing advanced modules on algorithms and computation.

In each year of their course, students are expected to study a core group of modules and to make up the required normal load for the year by choosing a set of optional modules. There is a choice of optional modules available and there may be requirements to be satisfied by the choices: that a minimum number be chosen from a specific list.

Our courses offer a balance of core material delivered through lectures, small-group seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions. Approximately a quarter of your time is spent in timetabled classes, with the remainder being used for private study, completing assignments and projects, and practical work in the dedicated computing laboratories, which are open 24/7.

Your performance on most modules will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The coursework may be individual or group work involving programming, research, writing and presentation. The final-year project work is fully assessed by a presentation and project reports. Each year contributes to the final degree classification, typically in the ratio of 10:30:60 for a BSc degree.

You can spend a year at one of our partner institutions overseas. We have an established exchange programme with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which provides opportunities for our students to experience teaching and learning at another world leading institution. In addition to benefitting from a rich cultural experience, students returning from studying overseas exhibit an international profile that is attractive to potential employers.

We provide support for students wanting to spend a year in industry by promoting opportunities, hosting departmental careers fairs and offering one-to-one sessions with our departmental careers advisor. Intercalated year students are supported by their personal tutor and our Industrial Liaison Team during their year in industry. Students working in the UK are visited by academic representatives to review their development during the year.

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A level: A*AA to include A* in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

  • IB: 38 with three 6s in three Higher Level subjects, to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Programming for Computer Scientists

  • Design of Information Structures

  • Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 1

  • Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 2

  • Linear Algebra

  • Mathematical Analysis

  • Sets and Numbers

  • Probability A

Year 2
  • Combinatorics

  • Algorithmic Graph Theory

  • Formal Languages

  • Algorithms

Final year
  • Discrete Mathematics Project
  • Complexity of Algorithms
  • Approximation and Randomised Algorithms
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Experimental Mathematics; Introduction to Geometry; Geometry and Motion; Introduction to Abstract Algebra; Probability; Professional Skills; Web Development Technologies; Computer Security; Advanced Linear Algebra; Stochastic Processes.

  • BAE Systems
  • GCHQ
  • Accenture
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
Job titles
  • Application Developer
  • Analysis Programmer
  • Graduate Software Developer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Risk Assessor

Entry Requirements

A level A*AA to include A* in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

IB 38 with three 6s in three Higher Level subjects, to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.