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£9,000 (2013/14)

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£15,750 (2013/14)

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Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Mathematics with Modern Languages BSc

UCAS Code: G1T9

This three-year programme offers a comprehensive education in mathematics along with the opportunity to achieve proficiency in two or more modern languages from a choice of Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and possibly others. Graduates are equipped for careers that may take them to Europe or further afield.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or distinction in Mathematics AEA
Subjects Mathematics and Further Mathematics required at A*, or one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A* if STEP or AEA offered.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 39-40
Subjects A score of 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics, or 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and a 1 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no score below 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Gain transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving and logical thinking, which can lead to a large variety of interesting, diverse and well-paid careers.
  • UCL's Language Centre offers the latest language-learning technology, including a CD-Rom interactive video facility, an audio laboratory, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), satellite television and a wide range of audio-visual material.
  • Seven main languages - Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish - are available for study and all levels of competence can be catered for.
  • It is possible to study a course leading to a qualification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language. General courses in European Studies may also be available.

In the first two years of the programme, you will receive a thorough grounding in pure mathematics and mathematical methods, following the same courses as the single-subject mathematic students, taking 3.0 course credits a year. In place of the applied mathematics courses you will take 1.0 credits in modern languages each year. Having laid the basic foundations there is a wide range of options in both mathematics and language(s) in the third year.

Alongside the seven main languages, it is sometimes possible to provide study in other languages such as Dutch, Hebrew, Portuguese, Scandinavian and Slavonic languages.

Language courses are offered at seven levels from complete beginners (level 1) to advanced (level 4) and post A level (levels 5-7). Each student is expected to study at least one language to level 4, and you are encouraged to study other languages in addition.

This programme is offered as a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci degree. The first two years of the programme are identical, and students are advised to apply for the MSci degree in the first instance, as it is possible to transfer to the BSc during the first three years.

Your Learning

Teaching is mainly carried out through lectures and small-group tutorials. Problem classes allow you to exercise the skills you have learned. In addition, an 'office hours' system for each course allows you to meet with tutors on a one-to-one basis to review parts of the course you find interesting or need clarifying.


Most courses are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment. A system of Peer Assisted Learning has been pioneered in the department, with second-year students offering support and advice to first years.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Analysis 1
Analysis 2
Mathematical Methods 1
Mathematical Methods 2

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits of courses in your chosen language(s).

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Algebra 3: Further Linear Algebra
Analysis 3: Complex Analysis
Mathematical Methods 3

Optional courses

You will select three of the following courses, to the value of 1.5 credits:

Algebra 4: Groups and Rings
Analysis 4: Real Analysis
Computational Methods
Mathematical Methods 4
Number Theory
Probability and Statistics

One of the courses may be replaced by an 0.5 credit outside option, subject to departmental approval.

You will also select 1.0 credits of courses in your chosen language(s).

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All final year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select:

2.0 credits of Year 3 Mathematics options
1.0 credits of Language options
1.0 credits of Year 3 Mathematics options, Language options or approved outside options.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

We aim to develop your skills in mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and accurate mathematical manipulation. You will also learn to handle abstract concepts and to think critically, argue logically and express yourself clearly.

A mathematics degree is highly valued by employers due to the skills in logical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and, of course, numeracy, that it develops.

Graduates have gone forward to use their mathematical skills in careers in the City of London, such as forecasting, risk analysis and trading, in financial services, such as accountancy, banking and insurance, and in scientific research, information technology and industry.

Further study, such as a Master's degree or a PGCE qualification, is another popular option.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of Mathematics with Modern Languages programmes at UCL include:

  • Trainee Merchandiser, Tesco (2011)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Complexity Studies at the University of Warwick (2010)
  • Analyst, Deloitte (2010)
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Bishop's College Gloucester (2009)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

In addition to academic requirements, we expect you to demonstrate an understanding and enjoyment of the subject beyond the examined syllabus, through your reading and involvement in problem-solving activities. Evidence of your curiosity and perseverance in tackling puzzles, and your enjoyment of logical and abstract thinking, should be shown in your application.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application is sufficiently strong you will be invited to visit the department for an applicant afternoon. Alternatively, some invitations are for an academic interview. You will also be able to talk to current students and staff and will be given a tour.

The department is enthusiastically involved in the Year in Industry Scheme which involves deferring entry for a year to gain valuable work experience.

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