Mathematics with Computing BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2019 entry)
    ABB-BBB to include minimum grade B in Mathematics
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDD plus A level Mathematics minimum grade B. Please see below for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 (including minimum Grade 5 in Maths at Higher Level)
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
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Here is Mathematics

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Mathematics is ranked in the Top 30 in the UK for spend per student in the Guardian University Guide 2017

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

Integrated placement year

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Course summary

Our graduates have been employed in a broad range of positions: research and development teams as part of a large company or in start-ups, analysts and consultants, finance, IT, education and engineering. 

Entry requirements and fees for 2019

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year
UCAS Code: G190

Please note:

GCSE requirement: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above

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.

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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 

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 at least a grade A or B in Mathematics.


  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Any subject): DDD 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


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 and modules

As the e-revolution becomes more established new tools are required for handling the emerging challenges of the information age.  Mathematics requires the use of advanced tools and techniques which provide the principal methods needed for facing the new tasks. 


Mathematics and computing are expected to take an increasingly more significant role in future developments, complementing advances in IT.  In today's rapidly changing information age many employers in the most dynamic and well-paid industries have massive demand for graduates with a combination of strong mathematical skills and IT knowledge.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computing provides a unique combination of analytical and computational skills required for an in-depth understanding of new technologies and prepares graduates for high-level careers in the rapidly growing areas of finance, computing and telecommunications. The single honours BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme also incorporates elements of computing as well as more traditional applied mathematics modules.

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 
  • Vector Geometry 
  • Introduction to Matlab 
  • Mathematical Algorithms 
  • Mathematical Thinking 
  • Probability 
  • Transition Mathematics 
  • Vector Algebra 
  • Java Programming Foundations (CB) 

 Year 2

The second year study of Mathematics with Computing puts more emphasis on advanced mathematical modules and IT skills such as Computer Graphics and Software Engineering.

  • Introduction to Numerical Methods
  • Linear Mathematics 
  • Multivariate Calculus 
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Statistics 
  • Vector Calculus
  • Information Systems and Databases
  • Internet Computing
  • Java Program Constructions

Optional Modules:

  • Foundations of Calculus 
  • Abstract Algebra 
  • Mechanics 
  • Statistical Machine Learning 
  • Numerical Methods 
  • Professional Practice 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

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

Final Year 

The final year allows students to specialise in a particular area. This can be finance or computer science. Students also undertake a final year project which may be in collaboration with industry or commerce.

Core Modules
Choose modules from the following options:

  • Complex Analysis 
  • Probability Distributions  
  • Approximation Theory and Methods 
  • Chaos and Dynamical Systems 
  • Financial Mathematics 
  • Game Theory
  • Classical Mechanics 
  • Mathematics Final Year Project 
  • Mathematics Report 
  • Network Science
  • Option Theory
  • Partial Differential Equations 
  • Probabilistic Modelling 
  • Portfolio Analysis 
  • Stochastic Techniques 
  • Simulation Techniques 
  • Modern Time Series
  • Enterprise Application Technology 
  • Information Security
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Testing Reliable Software Engineering 
  • Data Mining 
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies 
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
  • Assessment is by a combination of written exams, project and coursework
Placement year

Through its established reputation at postgraduate level in the field of Mathematics, the Mathematics Group 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.

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 been closely involved in advising 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.

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 practise 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 above mentioned 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 equipment

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 visua projection facilities and three other labs containing PCs and Macs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching.

Our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules. Some of our dedicated computing laboratories are open to our students 24 hours a day.

Teaching staff

Teaching staff

Prof David Saad

My background is in Physics and Electrical Engineering, with a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks).  In 1992 I joined the neural networks group at Edinburgh University, working mainly on theoretical issues. I have worked at Aston University since 1995 and I am currently the Convenor for the Mathematics Subject Group.  I teach mathematical methods and partial and differential equations on the mathematics courses.  My research interest are: Statistical mechanics of disordered systems,  advanced inference in complex systems, Error Correcting Codes and Cryptography, Multiuser communication and Distributing resources in networks.

Dr Bill Cox
Senior Lecturer

My first degree was in Technological Mathematics and my PhD in Mathematical Physics, both from Aston University. After a brief period at Liverpool Polytechnic (Now John Moores University) I returned to Aston as a lecturer in 1975. Originally my main research area was in Quantum Field Theory, and then Electron Transport Theory in semiconductors. After a secondment as Academic Staff Development Advisor in 1990 my main interest has been in teaching and learning, both in Mathematical Education and the training of academic staff. I am currently Staff Development Consultant for the Maths, Stats and OR Network of the Higher Education Academy. I teach first year Transition Mathematics courses, Abstract Algebra and Complex Analysis. I became Senior Lecturer in 2008.

Dr Jort van Mourik

I have undergraduate and PhD Degrees in Physics, from KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) in Belgium.  Prior to my lectureship I was a  Post-Doctoral Researcher in Trieste; King's College London and Aston University.  I teach probability and statistics in both the first and second years and statistical pattern analysis to second and final years students.  My research interests include Graph Coloring and Optimization, Mathematical Analysis of Neural Networks, Glasses and spin glasses, Theory of protein folding.

Dr Alexander Stepanenko

I  gained my PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics at the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russia in 1995. My current research interests include the mathematical modelling of large-scale networks, more specifically studying the congestion phase transition in packet-switched networks and developing novel graph-theoretic abstractions for networks, as well as interdisciplinary research in financial mathematics, such as the modelling of quasi-efficient market in gauge-theoretic framework and the pricing of exotic options in framework of stochastic volatility model.  I teach Classical Mechanics and Introduction to Numerical Methods on the mathematics courses.

Further information

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400

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