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Mathematical Sciences

G100 BSc Mathematics (3 yrs)

Mathematics graduates, who are used to computing and to analytical and structured thinking and who have a high level of competence in problem solving skills are in considerable demand in a wide variety of areas of employment. This degree programme will provide you with both mathematical knowledge and these skills, while at the same time allowing you to pursue your own interests within mathematics.

Introducing your degree

On the BSc in Mathematics at the University of Southampton you will develop your skills in analytical, abstract and structured thinking in a programme that covers the full range of mathematics from modern cryptography to the modelling of black holes. Our programme, taught by world-class researchers, will give you a structured foundation of algebra, calculus, number theory, statistics and mathematical modelling. You will acquire skills and knowledge from an exceptionally broad range of topics covering Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, shaping your programme to fit your interests and ambitions.

Southampton graduates from this programme are highly sought after by employers in finance, commerce, industry, education, and research. For those wishing to develop these ideas even further we also offer a 4-year version of the programme, MMath G103

Programme Overview

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You will have a good deal of choice as to which parts of mathematics to study. You may prefer to specialise later on in the programme, for example in Applied Mathematics, or you may prefer a more varied menu. You can choose from an extensive list of options. Although you will be studying mainly mathematics, you will have the chance of broadening your interests, for example by studying a language in your final. Transfer to this programme is possible from a number of other Mathematics programmes in the first year (from MMath normally even as late as the end of the third year).

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - Applications for part-time study can be made through UCAS or directly to the University.

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4746

Key Facts

  • In the 2013 National Student Survey BSc Mathematics had an overall student satisfaction rating of 93%
  • 100% of our research is world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF, 2014)
  • Ranked 4th in the Russell Group for student:staff ratio
  • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
  • Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes
  • Large international cohort
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“I chose to stay on and do a PhD, as I loved the University and Southampton and I thought another 3 years here would be great. I adored my PhD and had a wonderful supervisor.”

Wendy Hall - PhD Pure Mathematics
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“For Alastair, it was a number of things that attracted him to the University. Primarily it was the passion of the department for its subject and the desire for students do well and become mathematicians. He was also impressed its reputation, the range of great facilities and the quality of the accommodation. ”

Alistair Howard - BSc Maths

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelIn terms of A-level grades our standard offer is A*AA or equivalent including grade A in A-level Mathematics or; AAA or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics or; AAB or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics and grade 2 in STEP. For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.
International Baccalaureate37 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics.
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3D3 in the three principle subjects including Mathematics.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

This programme will develop your mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills while allowing you to pursue your own interests, selecting specialist options from a wide range or broadening your area of study in year three.

This page gives a brief outline of the structure of the programme. For more details and regulations pertaining to this degree programme see the programme specification link on the Programme Details Tab.

Year 1

MATH1001 and MATH1002 are technically optional but are normally taken as part of this degree programme.

Year 2

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take FOUR MODULES consisting of TWO PAIRS chosen from the Pure Mathematics pair (MATH2003 and MATH2046), the Applied Mathematics pair (MATH2008 and MATH2044) or the Statistics pair (MATH2011 and MATH2010) together with one other MATH2xxx module from the list of available module options

Year 3

As well as the compulsory module listed below, students are required to take SEVEN other modules of which at least FIVE must be MATH3xxx modules from the list of available module options.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching.

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from actuaries and statisticians to crime analysts and medical researchers.

Learning & Assessment

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: The software required for the programme is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study Locations

Highfield Campus

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