BSc Mathematical Sciences

University of Southampton
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About this course

Mathematicians are in demand across industry, finance, science and the arts, bringing analytical skills and problem-solving strategies to a range of issues. This degree is our most flexible course within mathematics, making you highly employable. Core areas include pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. You can add options from other areas such as economics, sciences or languages.

The core of the course is based on our BSc mathematics degree and covers the foundations of algebra, calculus, number theory and statistics. You’ll investigate the applications of mathematics in a variety of contexts and use mathematical and statistical models.

As part of this course you’ll:

  • develop your abilities in problem-solving, accurate calculation and logical argument

  • be able to choose options from other subjects as well as specialise in actuarial and financial mathematics, operational research or statistics

  • use our student centre, a dedicated learning and social space for maths students

  • use mathematical and computational packages such as Python and the statistics package R

  • be able to take a minor subject to broaden your studies

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures and workshops, by leading researchers in fields, such as group theory, the mathematics of nature and experimental design.

Location and awarding body

Transfer between courses

You can transfer to this degree from other maths courses. For example, if you start on BSc Mathematical Physics but decide after a year that you'd prefer to specialise in subjects other than physics, you'll be able to transfer to Mathematical Sciences.

A-levels additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If an additional Mathematics qualification (STEP grade 2/MAT/TMUA) is taken alongside three A-levels then the offer will be ABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A). We accept any of the three STEP papers. For more details about the STEP and TMUA papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.


D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B)DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A-level MathematicsWe do not accept BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC additional information

Other qualifications

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:ABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:ABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A)

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A)DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A-level MathematicsWe do not accept BTEC National Extended Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit

Access to HE Diploma additional information

Mathematics must be studied to level 3, A-level standard

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics at H2

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A2 including Mathematics at A1

Irish Leaving Certificate additional information

There are no additional requirements

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer

Welsh Baccalaureate

or AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

European Baccalaureate

GCSE requirements

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Course structure

This highly flexible programme allows you to study a wide range of modern mathematical ideas from pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. You can broaden your degree by choosing modules from a wide range of areas, including:

  • foreign languages

  • philosophy

You don't need to select your modules when you apply. Your academic tutor will help you to customise your course. 

Year 1

In your first year, you'll cover the fundamentals such as linear algebra. You'll discover linear maps on vector spaces, which are the foundation for a large area of mathematics and form the basic language of the physical sciences. You'll also study calculus, which will provide a bridge between A level mathematics and university mathematics. You'll look at number theory and get an introduction to probability and statistics.

You can choose from various optional modules. For example, you can study operational research and mathematical computing. This module looks at how to solve practical problems in different contexts and how computer programming can solve types of mathematical problems.

Year 2

Compulsory modules include partial differential equations and analysis.

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules. For example, you can study financial mathematics, where you'll learn how compound interest theory applies to mortgages and commercial loans, how securities are valuated, and how investment projects are appraised.

Year 3

In your third year, you will do an individual and group research project.

You can also specialise in an area that interests you by choosing optional modules such as number theory, graph theory or mathematical experiments.

There are also options for you to study how to communicate and teach maths, or learn more about mathematical modelling. This includes a study of systems like financial markets, information theory, and machine learning and networks. You'll be able to broaden your studies by including modules from other areas, for example, you can do a module about criminal justice.

  • lectures

Support for your studies

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • coursework, laboratory reports and essays
  • essays

Year 1


Employability is an essential part of our maths courses, ensuring you are equipped for a successful postgraduate career or further study. You will be able to take an optional ‘Maths and your Future’ module designed to boost your professional skills.

You’ll graduate with transferable skills that will qualify you to work in a range of fields and industries.

Our maths graduates have gone on to work as:

  • programmers

  • financial managers

The University’s Excel Internship Programme can help you find a paid work placement during the Easter or summer vacation.

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

Work in industry

You’ll have the opportunity to take a paid year in employment between your second and third year.

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • Software Licenses
  • Approved Calculators

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 218.97 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades
  • academic reference

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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Southampton , United Kingdom