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Mathematics BSc (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

Our challenging degrees will harness your strong mathematical ability and commitment, enabling you to explore your passion for mathematics. You will be taught by world-leading research in a supportive environment, where learning spaces - including breakout areas and common spaces - are all geared
towards you sharing, collaborating and exploring your academic curiosity.

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This course offers unparalleled flexibility, catering for the needs of future financial analysts, actuaries, software developers and school teachers, as well as academic and industrial mathematicians. Our approach to teaching is forward-looking and innovative. The first Analysis module, for example, is taught through structured group problem-solving. The Mathematics by Computer module is computer-based, introducing you to mathematical software that illustrates new concepts. The Experimental Mathematics module uses practical investigations into coupled pendula, soap films and nonlinear oscillators.

Pure Mathematics modules combine the work of some of the world’s greatest thinkers, while Applied Mathematics addresses real-world problems in biology, computing, climate science and finance. Flexible options enable you to explore in depth your love of mathematics, while studying other subjects you enjoy. Optional modules cover the entire range of mathematical sciences, including algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, pure and applied analysis, differential equations, and applications to physical and life sciences.

In the first year there are eight core modules (75% of normal load), in the second year: five core modules plus essay (55% of normal load) and third year: no core modules, but do at least 50% maths. The remaining modules can be chosen from mathematics or one of many subjects.

Most of our teaching is through lectures delivered by a member of academic staff. Undergraduates usually take four or five modules in each of Term 1 and Term 2. Term 3 is mostly for revision and examinations. Each module is usually taught in three one-hour lectures per week. In your first year, you meet your supervisor (a graduate student or final year undergraduate) twice a week to discuss the course material and go over submitted work. In your second and third years, lecture modules are accompanied by weekly support classes. Your personal tutor provides a further layer of learning and pastoral support.

Contact hours

Typical contact hours across lectures, seminars, supervisions etc: 18 hours/week during Term 1 and Term 2 (15 hours of lectures and 3 hours of supervisions, problem classes and tutorials).

Class size

Lectures vary from 10 to 400. Supervisions and tutorials are typically in groups of five.

Most modules are assessed by 85% exam and 15% homework, or by 100% exam. The Second Year Essay, Third Year Essay are assessed on the basis of an essay/dissertation and oral presentation.

Years 1, 2 and 3 are weighted 10:30:60.

We encourage students to consider spending Year 3 at one of 23 European partner universities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

After Year 2, students can take a year’s placement to experience mathematics in action. The job must be deemed to provide learning experiences related to the degree course. A satisfactory placement leads to the award of a ‘BSc with Intercalated Year’ (and often to a potential job offer after graduation). The maths department is unfortunately unable to help with finding such placements.

A level: A*A*A + STEP (grade 1) or A*A*A* or A*A*AA including an A* in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics

  • IB: 39 + STEP (grade 1) ) with three 6s at Higher Level OR 39 with 7,6,6 at Higher Level to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

  • Applicants are encouraged to sit either the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT), or the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA). Students doing particularly well in either test may receive a reduced offer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Linear Algebra

  • Differential Equations

  • Mathematics by Computer

  • Geometry and Motion

  • Foundations

  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra

  • Analysis

  • Probability A

Year 2
  • Vector Analysis
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Analysis III
  • Groups and Rings
  • Differentiation
  • Second Year Essay
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Combinatorics
  • Experimental Maths
  • Games Decisions and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Number Theory
  • Metric Spaces
  • Programming for Scientists
  • Theory of ODEs
  • Plus options from other departments such as: Design of Information Structures (Computer Science), Foundations of Finance (WBS), and Introduction to Astronomy (Physics)

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: AIG, BAE systems, Centrica, Derivation Software, PwC.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Actuarial Associate, Computer Games Developer, Cryptographer, Investment Analyst, Operational Researcher.

A level: A*A*A + STEP (grade 1) or A*A*A* or A*A*AA including an A* in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics

IB: 39 + STEP (grade 1) ) with three 6s at Higher Level OR 39 with 7,6,6 at Higher Level 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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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.