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?

  • You can combine Mathematics with one or two other subjects for this joint honours degree, such as Accounting, Business Management, English, or Human Resource Management.
  • 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.
  • Our friendly and supportive lecturers make learning maths fun!
  • 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 - 3 years, or 4 with optional placement year. Also available part time

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 or three 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 or joint 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 maths 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

If you're on the major or joint pathway you should choose three or four modules including Calculus and Patterns of Problem Solving.

If you're on the minor pathway you should choose at least two modules including Calculus.

  • Patterns of Problem Solving
  • Analysis and Algebra
  • Statistical Methods 1
  • Further Topics in Mathematics
  • Mathematical Software
  • Calculus

Stage two

If you are on the major or joint pathway you should choose three or four modules including Mathematical Methods, Operational Research and Mathematical Group Project. 

If you are on the minor pathway you should choose Operational Research and any other modules, from:

  • Statistical Methods 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Group Project
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Operational Research

Stage three - Optional placement year

Final stage

If you're on the major or joint pathway you should choose at least three modules, and if you're on the minor pathway choose two modules, from:

  • Research Methods  and Independent Studies in Mathematics - double module
  • Discrete Event Systems
  • Graph Theory and Applications
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Non-linear Systems Dynamics

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Careers and employability

Our maths graduates get great jobs!

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 IBM,  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

"The Maths lecturers are really enthusiastic about what they're teaching and have a remarkable ability to relate the subject to everyday life, which really helps you to understand the concepts being taught."

Nick Morris

Course leader: Peter Larcombe
T: 01332 591145 (course leader)
01332 591167 (admissions)
01332 591698 (international)
01332 593302 (general)

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Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus