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Mathematical Studies BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Mathematical studies

The mathematical studies course shares many common features with the mathematics programme, the main difference being the amount of time spent on subjects outside mathematics. The course is primarily a mathematics degree and around two-thirds of your degree will be in mathematics modules. For the remaining one third of your degree there is the freedom to take electives from the wide range available across the University of Leeds.

Mathematical studies is an interesting and fun programme, which offers real satisfaction in solving a challenging mathematical problem, or mastering a deep mathematical theory. It will also provide you with a range of transferable and specific skills to help you in your future career.

Our graduates go on to a variety of careers, including teaching, but many also find work in the well-paid financial management sector. Click here to read more.

This course is available with either the Industrial Placement or the Study Abroad scheme as a 4 year degree.

Enhancing your degree

In 2015, the School of Mathematics went through a major refurbishment to provide our students with a variety of new study environments. The School of Mathematics now has social areas, group study areas, a library and seminar room which encourages student interaction, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.

See what the School looks like and hear about it from students in this series of short videos.

The first year of study contains an introduction to all the main areas of mathematics. This gives you the grounding for later courses, as well as giving you an opportunity to discover where your interests lie. You will certainly be introduced to many new and exciting topics.

Having gained a firm grounding in the first year, you will take a small number of core modules on mathematical techniques and yet have a wide choice of modules from many other aspects of mathematics (e.g. algebra, geometry, logic, analysis, fluid dynamics, relativity and statistics).

In the third year there is complete freedom to study a variety of options including the opportunity to carry out an in-depth project on a mathematical subject of your choosing. This allows you to really get into a subject and provides a perfect complement to your other studies.

In each year of this degree, up to 1/3 of your study (40 credits) can be on elective modules from across the University, in areas such as Art, Business, Design, Education, Environment, History, Languages, Law, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Theology, etc.

Course structure

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You’ll enjoy extensive tutorial support and have freedom in your workload and options.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Assessment

You’re assessed by a range of methods, including formal exams and in-course assessment.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Entry requirements

A level: AAA - A*AB including mathematics

AAB or A*BB, including further mathematics A-level

AAB or A*BB, PLUS Grade A in AS-level further mathematics

We always require at least grade A in A-level mathematics. If you are taking further mathematics at A-level or AS-level, we usually make an additional alternative offer. In all cases, the first grade quoted is the Mathematics A-level.

We don’t accept general studies or critical thinking but may take account of these at the confirmation stage.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE: You must also have GCSE english at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read our overseas entry requirements.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £16,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. Although the basis of future fee increases is not guaranteed, we expect the government to allow fees to increase in line with inflation. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

A mathematical studies degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment.

In virtually all areas of life - science, industry and commerce, community, design, engineering, manufacturing and finance - maths is a skill that is valued highly by employers. A mathematical studies degree will not only equip you with subject-specific knowledge, but also with analytical skills, as well as writing, problem-solving, presentation, communication, team-working and computing skills.

This academic year a new module was introduced for second year students, called 'Maths at Work'. The module focuses on improving skills used in a work environment. This is done through a group project, which involves team work, communication and presentation skills. Also, throughout the course, employers and careers advisers deliver talks.

We take your employment prospects seriously. Read more about how the School and the University help you with employability. We can even help you to start your own business through our Enterprise Scholars scheme.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices. We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV via our Industrial Placement scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.

All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad scheme offers you the opportunity to spend your third year at a host institution overseas, returning to complete your degree after four years. Spending a year, living and studying in another country, is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories, together with the development of practical language skills and new contacts. These are benefits you will draw upon in your business and personal life for years to come.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The Year in Industry scheme gives you the opportunity to spend your third year working for a company, returning to complete your degree after four years. The extra experience you will gain from a year in industry will go a long way to boosting your self confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. Employers love the fact that graduates already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews when you are competing with other graduates.

During your year in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who will be someone employed in your chosen company, plus an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics who will keep in touch, visit you at work, and take responsibility for your progress.

Please note that placements must be obtained through a job application process.

Key facts

UCAS code:
G150

Duration/Mode:
3 years full time

Typical A level offer:
AAA - A*AB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£16,500 (per year)

Study abroad option:
Yes

Work placement option:
Yes

Contact us:
School of Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 5133/5131
maths.admiss@leeds.ac.uk


Thomas Akrigg

BSc Mathematics

"The vast array of modules on offer means that in the second year, students can really ensure they are doing the style of Maths they are best suited to."
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