Mathematical Sciences

G1R1 BSc Mathematics with French (4 yrs)

The growth of the European Union has led to a significant increase in career opportunities for graduates who have a high level of language capabilities in addition to the analytical and numerical skills developed whilst studying mathematics.

You will normally spend the third year of this four-year degree programme studying mathematics at one of our partner universities, where your chosen language is normally spoken; see the lists of relevant institutions below. Your stay abroad will usually take place under the Erasmus scheme. Erasmus students normally qualify for an Erasmus Mobility grant, designed to help with the increased cost of living abroad.

Studying mathematics abroad gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the local language and culture, both academically and socially. You will become highly fluent in your chosen language, and gain a deeper understanding of the social, economic and political make-up of your host country. While at Southampton your language training will concentrate on improving your linguistic skills of listening, understanding, speaking and writing.

Erasmus links

You are likely to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Liege (Belgium), Lille (France) or Neuchatel (Switzerland).

Programme Overview

As people in different countries in Europe and in the world work together more and more closely, it is important to understand from first-hand experience how other countries and cultures work, and to be comfortable in a foreign language and culture. At the same time, as business, political decision making, public and private sector management and the social sciences are becoming more quantitative in their methods, making mathematical models and simulations, in the widest sense, and understanding and interpreting such models and results, is also crucial in ever more lines of work. Therefore combining the study of mathematics with that of a foreign language and culture, and a year of study abroad, prepares you for many things you will find in your work after university. This is a four year course in which the third year is normally spent abroad in a country where the language of study is normally spoken (normally in a Mathematics Department of a University).

Transfer to this programme is normally only possible early in Semester 1 from a number of other programmes in the School.


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Key facts

  • 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

Entry requirement

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:

In terms of A-level grades our standard offer is AAA (or AAB with Further Mathematics) or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics and grade A in the relevant language.


36 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 and French.

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.


Typical course content

This is a four year course in which the third year is normally spent abroad in a country where the language of study is normally spoken (normally in a Mathematics Department of a University).

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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Year 1

As well as the compulsory module listed below, students are required to take FREN9010 French Language stage 4.

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 TWO other MATH2xxx modules.

Year 3

Students are required to spend the third year abroad in a country where the language of study is normally spoken.
This period is normally spent in a mathematics department of an ERASMUS Partner University.
The Investigative Project Abroad (LANG3005) accounts for 30 CATS points in the year while mathematics modules at the host university account for the equivalent of 90 points.

Year 4

As well as the compulsory module listed below, students are required to take FIVE other modules of which THREE should be MATH3xxx modules. An example of the range of optional modules is listed below.

Other compulsory modules

FREN9013 French Language Stage 7

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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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.

The technical skills you will acquire are in great demand, as are the skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results in an international language.

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.