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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Entry Year:
Explore a fascinating range of mathematical topics with this versatile degree, focused on real-world applications to prepare you for exciting career possibilities.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £16,320 **


Full-time: £16,320 **

UCAS code

G100; G104 with professional placement

Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

This course is for students who are passionate about the scope of modern mathematics and excited by its applications in today’s world. A universal subject with no international boundaries, mathematics plays a crucial role in virtually every field of human endeavour.

As a result, this course is focused on applied mathematics. Our dynamic academic staff will guide you through a wide range of mathematical topics and techniques, training you to apply abstract and logical mathematical methods to real-world problems.

Whatever your future ambitions, this degree will open up diverse career possibilities. In an energised and supportive environment, you will learn transferable problem-solving and communication skills that are highly valued by today’s employers.

That is why our graduates are very successful in finding employment in a variety of rewarding careers, such as the civil service, government agencies, research establishments, public utilities, financial companies and large corporations in every sector.


What are the various fields of modern mathematics and how do they transform our world? With an emphasis on applied mathematics, this course enables you to develop your knowledge of the mathematical theories and techniques that can help you to understand real-world problems. You will also learn transferable, practical and highly desirable skills, such as team working, problem solving and communicating your ideas clearly.

This degree will enable you to appreciate the universal nature of mathematics, its essential role across all industries and the diversity of the career options available to you once you graduate.

To help you prepare for an exciting career, you may have the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid placement. Our Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) will provide you with extensive support to help you find a placement and has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies. These include Bloomberg, Microsoft, Barclays, JP Morgan, Disney, IBM and more. Placements are paid up to £25,000 pro rata per year, with some organisations choosing to exceed this.

Our graduates are highly sought after. Some of our recent alumni have gone on to graduate roles at high-profile organisations, such as American Express, Close Brothers Group, Debenhams, FDM, SBC Systems, Sainsbury’s, Roofoods and KPMG.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: ABB, including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points, including grade A in 'A' Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics
  • BTEC: DD with an 'A' Level grade A in Mathematics
  • IB: 31 points total, including Higher Level Mathematics at grade 6.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English.

Other suitable qualifications

  • Mixed qualifications: Please email us to check your combination and to find out what requirements we would have for your specific combination of 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 of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics and International Foundation in Actuarial Science.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

International Qualifications

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information please contact

English requirements

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English.
  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the 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.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

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

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City’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 at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Our staff are available to answer your academic questions with weekly dedicated hours throughout term.
You have a choice of final year options from a range of themes to help you focus on your area of interest.
Situated in the heart of London, City is the ideal place to take your first steps towards an exciting future.
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.

** The fee for this course is £16,320 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

There are many sources of funding available for BSc (Hons) Mathematics students at City and our Student Centre provides award-winning financial advice and support to help you fund your studies.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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At City, you have the option to complete a work placement of 9-15 months between your second and third year, enabling you to gain professional experience. If you complete a placement, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Placement degree upon successfully completing the programme. Students that complete a placement year have been found to be more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Placements can offer the opportunity to contribute to real-world projects. Our students have previously secured placements and internships at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, EY, GE Capital, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music.

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has its own dedicated placements team, the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU).  While placements are not guaranteed, we do have longstanding relationships with a diverse range of companies. In addition, the PLU provides students with specialised placement support and guidance to increase their chances of securing a relevant placement. When applying for placements students receive one-to-one PLU support tailored to the individual needs of students. In addition, the PLU also collaborates with our Careers Service to support you if you wish to take a summer internship at the end of an academic year.

Clerkenwell, City, University of London

Our London location

At the heart of cosmopolitan London, City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be a Mathematics student and take your first steps towards an exciting future.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

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Student support

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

The Mathematics BSc (Hons) at City is an inspiring degree, delivered in a supportive, energised environment by experienced, knowledgeable academic staff engaged in cutting-edge research.

Our teaching and learning methods are designed to develop your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject while stimulating your engagement and participation in the learning process. You will be supported and encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and develop your academic self-confidence.

To ease the transition from secondary education to undergraduate study, we provide small weekly group tutorials in the first year. These provide intensive individual assistance for core module topics. In the final year, you will carry out your own research project chosen from a wide variety of mathematical topics.

Past research projects have included everything from the mathematical theory of information and life-saving mathematics in medical imaging, through to wallpaper patterns and determining the number of guards required in an art gallery.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on examination and coursework. Marks are weighted in a 1:3:6 ratio for the three years of study to produce an overall aggregate.

Types of assessment

  • Set exercises or coursework, which you take home and complete with the aid of your notes.
  • Formal unseen written examinations every year.
  • Class or online tests.
  • Group assessments, such as written reports, also form the basis of assessment for some modules.

In the third year of your degree, a core module consists of a group project. The group is assessed by a group written report and an individual presentation on the project. Also, a small number of modules require students to give presentations.

Feedback on assessment

You will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include a provisional grade or mark. For end-of-module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end of module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks.

The timescale for feedback on final-year projects or dissertations may be longer.

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 77% Coursework: 23%

Year 2

Written examination: 77% Coursework: 23%

Year 3

Written examination: 70% Coursework: 30%


The first year of your degree is devoted to core material, including basic programming and statistics to give you a solid foundation in modern mathematics. On completing the first year, you will be able to discuss the underlying concepts and principles of mathematics, programming and statistics and to apply these to specific problems.

In the second year, you can pursue your interests further by choosing from an increasing range of options. On completing the second year, you will be able to build on your previous knowledge and experience from year one. You will master more advanced mathematical techniques and will be able to apply these to real-life problem-solving.

In the final year, most modules are optional and a number of speciality modules covering an assortment of topics are available as you pursue your interests even further. On completing the final year, you will further develop a systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of advanced mathematics. You will have access to modules which draw on current mathematics research and will be exposed to new areas of mathematics with applications in finance, biology and physics.

Year 1

The first year consists of modules that make up 125 credits.

You will take the following core modules:

  • Functions, Vectors and Calculus (30 credits)
  • Algebra (15 credits)
  • Programming and Computational Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Logic and Set Theory (15 credits)
  • Number Theory and Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modelling (15 credits)
  • Skills, Careers and Employability Analysis for Mathematics Students (5 credits)

Year 2

The second year consists of modules that make up 125 credits. There are six compulsory modules and you choose one elective module.

Compulsory core modules (15 credits each unless otherwise stated):

  • Linear Algebra
  • Real and Complex Analysis (30 credits)
  • Vector Calculus
  • Sequences and Series
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Professional Development and Employability (5 credits).

In year two, you have the opportunity to begin to tailor the course to your preferences via an elective module. You will choose either of the below.

  • Decision Analysis (15 credits)
  • Applications of Probability and Statistics (15 credits).

Year 3

Part three consists of modules that make up 120 credits.

There are three compulsory modules:

  • Advanced complex analysis (15 credits)
  • Differential equations (30 credits)
  • Group project (15 credits).

You will also choose 60 credits from our range of elective modules to focus on your areas of interest. The themes on offer are:

  • Modern applications of mathematics
  • Modelling and applied mathematics
  • Discrete mathematics and applications
  • Statistical processes and applications.

Elective modules (15 credits each unless specified)

  • Stochastic Models
  • Operational Research
  • Probability and Statistics 2 (30 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Game Theory
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Introduction to the Mathematics of Fluids
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematical Processes for Finance
  • Groups and Symmetry
  • Mathematical Biology.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 24% Independent learning: 76%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 20% Independent learning: 80%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 19% Independent learning: 81%
After you graduate

Career prospects

City’s BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree will equip you with a variety of mathematical skills that will help you embark on a rewarding career. By the time you graduate, you will have developed highly valuable, transferable skills. As a result, you will find a wide range of careers open to you. Such is the need for mathematical skills, there are exciting possibilities in virtually every industry. The ability to think logically and abstractly, to solve problems and to model real-world phenomena are greatly sought by employers.

Given City’s location, many recent graduates have been employed by large firms in the financial or industrial sector, while others have gone into education, civil service and research.

Our graduates are very successful at finding employment in a wide range of areas, going on to work for organisations such as:

  • American Express
  • British Museum
  • Close Brothers Group
  • Debenhams
  • FDM
  • Inditex
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Net-a-Porter
  • Roofoods
  • Sainsbury’s
  • SBC Systems.

Further study

You may wish to undertake further study in the form of an MSc or a PhD in a Mathematics-related area, or receive specialist training for particular professions. For example, many of our graduates go onto specialist training, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Chartered Financial Analyst or Chartered Accountant training.

Our Careers Service is here to give you the advice, information and skills you need to make a smooth transition into the world of work.

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