Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB-BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM Plus A-Level in Mathematics minimum grade B. For more information please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Higher Level Maths grade 5.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above.
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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Start date
    September
What's it like to study at Aston?

“For me the placement was a real opportunity to learn about the different roles of available within logistics. It helped me realise what I want to do with my career. The best thing about being a student in Birmingham is that everything is in walking distance, and you can easily jump on a train if you want to explore further.”

Sian Kennedy, BSc Mathematics
Logistics Planning and Steering Specialist, BMW

Mathematics at Aston has an overall 89% satisfaction score in the 2018 NSS

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Opportunity to undertake a placement year

Course summary

Our graduates have been employed in a broad range of positions in a variety of areas. From research and development teams to finance, large companies to start-ups, trainee analysts to consultants, and education and engineering.

Entry Requirements and Fees

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: G100

maths

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy


Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.


Tuition fees: 

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)    
£16,350 for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

 More on fees

Typical offer level 

A levels: ABB-BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum Grade B.

GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4.

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Any subject): DDM plus 1 A-Level in Mathematics grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B in Mathematics.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DD plus 2 A-level minimum grade B including at least Mathematics.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B including at least Mathematics
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a minimum grade 5 in Mathematics. 

Access to Higher Education: Not accepted

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable.

For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

 

Course outline

In today's rapidly evolving information age, employers in dynamic and well-paid industries have great demand for graduates with strong mathematical skills (and some IT knowledge), and the ability to analyse and model complex problems in a mathematical way.

Mathematics provides the advanced tools and techniques needed for facing these new tasks, and takes an increasingly significant role in future developments, as IT systems and 'big data' become ever more central to modern life. The single honours BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme also incorporates elements of Computing as well as more traditional applied Mathematics modules.

This program focuses on a principled approach to the foundations of Mathematics and specific analytical skills required for the challenges of the information age. Combining both principal and specialised subjects, the course prepares students to high-level careers in industry and the public sector.

 

Subject guide

More information on studying mathematics at Aston

Year 1

In the first year of the courses, students study modules in three broad areas: Mathematics, Mathematical Computing and Information Technology.

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills 
  • Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations 
  • Foundations of Calculus 
  • Vector Geometry
  • Introduction to Matlab 
  • Mathematical Algorithms 
  • Mathematical Thinking 
  • Probability 
  • Real Analysis 
  • Transition Mathematics 
  • Vector Algebra 

Year 2

The second year study of Mathematics puts more emphasis on advanced mathematical modules.

  • Abstract Algebra 
  • Complex Analysis 
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods 
  • Linear Mathematics
  • Multivariate Calculus 
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Probability Distributions
  • Professional Practice 
  • Statistics 
  • Vector Calculus 

Plus modules to be chosen from the following:

  • Mechanics 
  • Statistical Machine Learning 
  • Numerical Methods 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

One of the following:

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year: 

Modules to be chosen from the following options:

  • Approximation Theory and Methods 
  • Chaos and Dynamical Systems 
  • Further Analysis 
  • Financial Mathematics 
  • Game Theory
  • Classical Mechanics 
  • Mathematics Final Year Project
  • Mathematics Report 
  • Network Science 
  • Option Theory 
  • Partial Differential Equations  
  • Probabilistic Modelling
  • Portfolio Analysis 
  • Stochastic Process 
  • Simulation Techniques 
  • Modern Time Series 
  • Quantum Computing
Learning, teaching and assessment

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles including:

  • Lectures, seminars and small group discussions
  • Lab exercises and practical classes
  • Individual and group projects
  • You will be assessed by a combination of written exams, project and coursework
Programme regulations

Attendance requirements

Full-Time students are normally required to attend the University for nine terms over a period of three consecutive academic years. Sandwich students are normally required toattend the University for nine terms over a period of four consecutive academic years.

Industrial/Professional Placement

For Sandwich students only, the third stage is either the module EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001) or EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002), which carries 120 credits.

Placement year

Through its established reputation at postgraduate level in the field, the Mathematics team at Aston has built up strong links with major employers ranging from major communication companies to the pharmaceutical industry. 

When you take the 4-year integrated placement course you spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Final year project

View more information on the final year BSc (Hons) Mathematics project here.

Professional accreditations

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

This course is accredited by the institute of Mathematics (IMA) for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Mathematician designation (subject to training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competencies to those specified by the QAA for taught masters degrees).

Find out more about the accreditation. 

Career prospects and personal development

Career Prospects

The course has been specifically designed to meet the huge demand for skilled Mathematics graduates in finance and computer science. An external panel from industry has advised on the content and structure of the course. Graduates may be employed in a broad range of positions; for instance in research and development teams as part of a large company or in start-ups, as trainee analysts and consultants. Graduates may also continue their training in MSc, PhD courses, or pursue teaching and education careers.

Typical areas of employment included finance, IT, education and consultancy.

Personal Development

The mathematics courses are designed to support development outside of the academic discipline to foster and encourage skills required within the workplace.  

  • In the first year students practice business report writing and presentation skills, developing communication strategies that can be used during the placement year or in the final year projects. 
  • In the second year presentations and writing skills are developed to include writing and presenting technical documents, as well as engaging students in the issues faced by the scientific community when developing leading-edge research.  
  • In the final year students undertake an individual research project which is mentored by an academic supervisor and contributes towards a significant portion of the final degree classification. This allows students to demonstrate the life-skills they have learned on the modules, and practised whilst on industrial placement. These include time management, planning, research and report writing.

Employers like mathematics as an academic discipline. By dealing with and communicating complex concepts and ideas it trains the mind in a way that will never become outdated. It allows students to hone analytical skills that are valued by industry across many different sectors.

Facilities and teaching staff

Facilities

Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our computing students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with audio-visual projection facilities and three other labs containing PCs and Macs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching. In addition, our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules. 

Teaching staff

  • Professor David Saad (Head of Mathematics)
  • Dr Roberto Alamino (Contract Research Fellow)
  • Dr Andrew Cave (Lecturer)
  • Dr Amit K Chattopadhyay (Reader)
  • Dr Jens Christian Claussen (Lecturer) 
  • Dr William Cox (Senior Lecturer)
  • Dr Otti D'Huys (Lecturer)
  • Dr Sotirios Generalis (Reader)
  • Dr Randa Herzallah (Lecturer)
  • Dr Sudhir Jain (Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Programme Director)
  • Dr Tomas Johansson
  • Dr Jason Laurie (Lecturer)
  • Dr Max Little (Reader)
  • Professor David Lowe (Professor)
  • Dr Jort Van Mourik (Lecturer)
  • Dr Juan Neirotti (Lecturer)
  • Dr Laura Rebollo-Neira (Lecturer)
  • Dr Dmitry Nerukh (Lecturer)
  • Dr Yordan Raykov (Lecturer)
  • Dr Michael Stich (Lecturer)
  • Dr Igor V Yurkevich (Lecturer)
  • Mrs Kanchan Patel (Group Administrator)
Further information

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

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