1. 2016 Entry

Mathematics  BSc (Hons)

City's Mathematical BSc (Hons) course introduces you to a wide range of mathematical techniques.


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City's BSc (Hons) Mathematical course provides you with an introduction to a wide range of mathematical techniques. A central theme is the application of abstract and logical methods to a wide variety of problems.

By studying this course you will gain the mathematical skills for a wide variety of careers in the The Civil Service, government agencies, research establishments, large corporations, public utilities and financial companies who all require mathematicians. When you graduate, you will be equipped with skills for a wide variety of careers in industry, commerce, education and research.

Why study Mathematical Science at City?

  • You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid placement scheme with a salary typically between £15,000 and £22,000 pro rata per year.
  • Our graduates are highly sought after in many different roles and many of our graduates secure careers in the financial sector. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate roles at Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Lloyds TSB, KPMG, Natwest, John Lewis, British Museum, UK Border Agency, Orange and Sainsbury's.

Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A

IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Mathematics

GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points or ABB at 'A' Level, including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A

IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Mathematics

GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.0 overall score, with at least 6.0 in each of the four sub components.
PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016

BSc (Hons): 3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, students concentrate on basic mathematical techniques.

Core modules include:

  • Algebra
  • Number theory and cryptography
  • Programming and computational mathematics
  • Functions, vectors and calculus
  • Logic and set theory
  • Introduction to probability and statistics
  • Introduction to modelling.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Vector calculus
  • Real and complex analysis
  • Linear algebra
  • Sequences and series
  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical mathematics.

Elective modules include:

  • Applications of probability and statistics
  • Decision analysis.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Mathematical methods
  • Group project

Elective modules include:

  • Discrete mathematics
  • Differential equations for finance
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical models and modelling
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical processes for finance
  • Groups and symmetry
  • Operational research
  • Stochastic models
  • Probability and statistics 2.

Teaching and Assessment

PC-based laboratory sessions

You will study in excellent facilities that ensure lectures and tutorials are supported through PC-based laboratory sessions and web-based learning material. Tutorials give students an opportunity to discuss the content of their lectures or coursework with an academic staff member.

Weekly group tutorials

A particular feature of the course is the weekly small-group tutorial for first year students, which provides intensive individual assistance in the early stages.


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics course: Marks are weighted in the ratio 1:3:6 for the three years to produce an overall aggregate.

Professional placements do not contribute to the final degree classification but are indicated on the degree certificate.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


You can take a one-year placement in industry between the second and third years of your degree.

During the first and especially the second year, you will receive careers support to help you to identify, and apply for, placements.

The School's placements team & Tech City

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

The Mathematical Science BSc (Hons) degree equip students with a range of mathematical skills. Graduates have gone on to various careers in business, finance, the Civil Service, teaching and accountancy.

Professional accreditation

Good performance in certain modules can lead to exemptions from some professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries.


UCAS code: G100

Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).