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.

Programme Overview

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).

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Key facts

  • In the 2013 National Student Survey BSc Mathematics had an overall student satisfaction rating of 93%

    • Ranked third in UK for quality of research outputs in applied mathematics. Ranked second in the UK for research power in statistics and operational research
      (RAE, 2008)

    • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK

    • Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes

    • Generous scholarship scheme for UK/EU and international students

    • Large international cohort

     

Meet our students

Wendy Hall

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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.”

Meet our students

Alistair Howard

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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. ”

Entry requirement

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:

In terms of A-level grades our standard offer for 2014 entry is A*AA (or AAA with Further Mathematics) including grade A in A-level Mathematics.

IB:

37 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.

Selection process:

Intake: 180
Average applicants per place: 10

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Modules

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.

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.

View the language modules on offer for this course

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.

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. An example of the range of optional modules is listed below.

Learning and teaching

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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  • Satisfaction with the support and guidance
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  • Percentage of scheduled learning and teaching activities
  • Percentage of coursework

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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.