The University of Southampton
Mathematical Sciences

G120 BSc Mathematical Studies (3 years)

Mathematicians develop important analytical skills and problem-solving strategies to assess a broad range of issues in commerce, science and the arts.

Mathematical models and simulations, and the interpretation of their results, are being called on increasingly in global decisions, as business, politics and management all become more quantitative in their methods. The application of mathematics is also in demand in the social sciences, particularly economics, where mathematical tools are used to formulate models of the complex interactions in an economic system.


Introducing your degree

This highly flexible programme allows you to study a wide range of modern mathematical ideas from Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, complemented by a portfolio of options such as foreign languages, the sciences, economics, management and philosophy.
The core of the programme is taken in common with the G100 BSc in Mathematics allowing additional flexibility while ensuring that you will graduate with the excellent technical and quantitative skills that are in such demand in the modern world.


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The flexibility of this programme means that students are able to transfer onto it from other programmes in Mathematics. For example if you start on BSc Mathematics with Physics but decide after a year or so that you prefer to specialise more in subjects other than Physics, the you will be able to transfer to Mathematical Studies and diversify your options. This programme may lead to possible exemption from some Core Technical professional actuarial examinations depending on option choices made.

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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

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelIn terms of A-level grades our standard offer is AAA (or AAB with Further Mathematics) or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics. Students who are not taking Further Mathematics but who are taking a STEP paper will normally receive an offer of 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 Baccalaureate36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3M1 in the three principle subjects including D3 in 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.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

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.

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Typical course content

This is the most flexible degree programme we offer. In each of the three years you have the chance to broaden your interests by studying subjects from outside mathematics, from fields as diverse as Physics, Computing, Philosophy, Spanish, Music, English and many others. You therefore have a chance to develop a range of mathematical and other skills which will serve you well in a very wide variety of careers.

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

Linear Algebra I
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra II
Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Students may make up their first year 120 credits (60 ECTS) by taking optional modules drawn from across the University (subject to timetabling constraints and prerequisites), but are strongly advised to take MATH1001 Number Theory & Cryptography (15 CATS) and MATH1002 Mathematical Modelling (15 CATS) in order to maximise their flexibility later in the programme.

Year 2

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take TWO MODULES consisting of ONE PAIR 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 four other modules from a range of optional modules, up to two of which may be from other academic disciplines.

Partial Differential Equations

Year 3

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take SEVEN other modules, at least THREE of which must be year 3 MATH modules from the range of optional modules, the other four can be from other academic disciplines if desired.

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".

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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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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

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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Study Locations

Highfield Campus

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