Mathematics BSc

London, Bloomsbury
Mathematics BSc (2023)

This three-year programme allows you to study varied aspects of mathematics to an advanced level, with core modules in algebra, analysis, applied mathematics and mathematical methods. With this core knowledge you may then build your degree, choosing options from over 30 specialist modules.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
29,400 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code
G100

Entry requirements

Grades
A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or A*AA with A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, in any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.
Subjects
A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or A*AA with A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, in any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
A*A*C more about contextual offers
Subjects
A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
40
Subjects
A total of 40 points overall with 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics, or 39 overall with 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and a 2 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no higher level below 5. The programme will accept higher level 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' only.

Contextual offer

Points
38 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5. The programme will accept higher level 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' only.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or A*AA and a 2 in any STEP paper or Distinction in AEA, with A*A in any order in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A1 at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including A1,A1 in Mathematics and either Mathematics of Mechanics or Statistics at Advanced Highers, or A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including A1,A in any order in Mathematics and either Mathematics of Mechanics or Statistics at Advanced Highers and a 2 in any STEP paper

D2,D2,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including D2 in Mathematics. Or D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including D2 in Mathematics and a 2 in any STEP paper

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

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

Additional tests

Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP)


Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview


You will gain a solid grounding in basic advanced mathematics - the core modules in the first year and a half of the programme. From then on you can specialise in your areas of interest. The study of the core modules is the prerequisite for the choice of options in the second half of the second year and the thirty or so options in the third year.

A large variety of interesting subjects can be studied, including geophysical fluid dynamics, mathematics in biological or financial contexts, number theory, probability and statistical applications, and geometry.

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.

What this course will give you

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.

Together with specialist mathematics options, you will have the opportunity to take modules from outside the department, such as economics, philosophy, a foreign language, classics or history of art.

Highly regarded (16th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021) UCL Mathematics is home to world-leading researchers in a wide range of fields, especially geometry, spectral theory, number theory, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling.

Three of the six British winners of the Fields medal (the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize) have associations with the department.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Analysis 1
Analysis 2
Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Methods 1
Mathematical Methods 2
Newtonian Mechanics

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

You will select four of the following optional modules, to the value of 2.0 credits:

Algebra 4: Groups and Rings
Analysis 4: Real Analysis
Analytical Dynamics
Computational Methods
Electromagnetism
Geometry and Groups
Mathematical Methods 4
Number Theory
Probability and Statistics

One of the modules may be replaced by a half-credit option outside the department, subject to approval.

Compulsory module(s)

All final-year modules are optional. Currently available mathematics options are described on the UCL Mathematics website.

Optional modules

You will select:

3.0 credits of third-year mathematics options
1.0 credit of third-year mathematics or approved outside options

Your learning

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) 9,250 (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23) 29,400 (2022/23)

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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