Mathematics (Joint Honours)

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Why choose this course?

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Why choose this course?

  • You can combine Mathematics with one other subject for this Joint Honours degree, such as Accounting, Business Management, English, or Sport & Exercise Studies. 
  • We have received quality ratings of 'excellent' in the key areas of teaching Mathematics, student support and learning resources.
  • A Mathematics degree will give you excellent employment prospects.
  • Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96.9% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

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UCAS code: Y002

Start date: September 

Course length: Full time: Three years or four years with optional placement year; Part time: Target six years, four and a half years at 80 credits per year, maximum time allowed is eight years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Engineering and Technology

About this course

If you don't want to specialise in just one area, but enjoy two of your A-level subjects equally and want a mixture of skills to move your career on, a Joint Honours degree could be for you. You can study Mathematics as either a minor, joint or major element of your Joint Honours degree.

The Mathematics pathways offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of concepts in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, and enable you to explore the use of Mathematics within the modern world of business. You'll develop analytical problem-solving skills, communication skills and IT skills, working independently and as a member of a team. We have industry links which mean that you can work with locally-based international companies, integrating and applying your knowledge to practical real-life situations.

Our friendly and supportive 'drop-in' mathematics clinics are also there to help you. 

What you will cover

Stage one

You'll study modules such as: 

  • Analysis and Algebra
  • Statistical Methods 1
  • Further Topics in Mathematics
  • Mathematical Software
  • Calculus

Stage two 

If you are on the major pathway you will study modules such as Mathematical Methods, Operational Research and Mathematical Group Project. Your fourth module may be chosen from modules such as:

  • Statistical Methods 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Modelling

If you are on the joint pathway you will study modules such as Mathematical Methods and Operational Research. Your third module may be chosen from modules such as:

  • Statistical Methods 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Group Project

If you are on the minor pathway you will study modules such as:

  • Operational Research
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Statistical Methods 2
  • Linear Algebra 

Stage three - Optional placement year

Final stage

If you're on the joint or major pathway you should choose three or four modules respectively.
If you're on the minor pathway choose any two modules but not the double module. You'll choose from modules such as: 

  • Research Methods and Independent Studies in Mathematics (double module)
  • Optimisation Techniques
  • Graph Theory and Applications
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Non-linear Systems Dynamics

Note: these modules are those available for the academic year 2015- 2016 and may change 

Entry requirements

September 2016 entry
UCAS Points 260-300 (up to 40 from level 3 qualifications)
Specific Subjects Required? N/A

If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to get straight on to a bachelors degree in an engineering or technology subject, you can do our Engineering and Technology Year Zero for a year first.

Our entry requirements are usually 260-300 UCAS points from A levels including Grade C at Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, such as a BTEC National Diploma, Scottish Highers etc. If you've completed an Access/Foundation course, we also accept these qualifications.

The UCAS point requirements above will be made up primarily from your core A2s (full A Levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We will accept a certain value of points (detailed above) from level 3 qualifications such as AS Levels (where those AS Levels are not taken on to A2 Level), the Extended project, or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

UCAS tariff points are a guide and we will also consider all of the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,500 (each year)
  • £1,060 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 18 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £10,900

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

2016/17 Fees

UK/EU students

  • Full-time: £9,000 (each year)

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2016 and August 2017. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

Real world learning:

A particular characteristic of Mathematics at Derby is its established tradition of industry-informed teaching. This is to be found most especially in the stage two modules Mathematical Group Project (MGP) and Operational Research. In MGP a real problem is set by industry and you work in groups to come up with a range of solutions.

Optional placement year

How you are assessed: 

You will be assessed thorough examinations and coursework projects.

 

Careers and employability

A degree in Mathematics will open up a wide range of career opportunities to you. Our graduates have gone on to work in companies such as Network Rail, Microsoft, Rolls-Royce PLC and for the London Stock Exchange.  Many go into teaching and lecturing, while others continue their studies through postgraduate research and masters’ courses.

What our students say

"Joint Honours is a great opportunity to develop a unique range of skills" - Bethany Bobrowska (Mathematics with English) 

"Best of both worlds" - Asra Ayub (Accounting and Mathematics) 

"Joint Honours is great. I have met a lot of great people and have had a lot of fun' - Vikash Sharma (Accounting and Mathematics) 

"I love the Maths department. Joint Honours gave me a chance to study Maths without Statistics - Wohoo! I can’t imagine doing anything but Joint Honours now. It gave me a chance to do multiple subjects that I enjoy without being overwhelmed by any of them." - Usman Patel (History with Mathematics) 

"Joint Honours gave me the freedom to enjoy both academic studies and design studies" - Elliot Robinson (Mathematics and Architectural Design) 

"I am extremely pleased with how approachable and understanding the Maths department has been with regards to issues raised by Joint Honours students. The atmosphere created by the lecturers in classes is quite warming and I am not made to feel any different from single honours students. This course gave me the chance to marry my love of logic with my passion for art, an opportunity which isn't normally presented. It allows me to create a degree that is as unique as my interests.  In addition, it has enabled me to interact with a wider range of people. As a result, my contact list has expanded and I believe these connections will provide a boost of confidence when I enter the graduate job market. "- Ramat Suleiman (Mathematics with English)

'A thoroughly enjoyable and challenging course, with varied modules to help develop a range of skills and attributes, useful for future prospects. Lecturers are extremely accommodating and are always there when you need them.'- Emily Peacock (Business Management and Mathematics)

Course leader: Mrs Chris Parkes
E: tech@derby.ac.uk
T: 01332 591768 (course leader)
01332 591167 (admissions)
01332 591698 (international)
01332 593302 (general)

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Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus