This modern vocational course offers a compelling combination of mathematics, computing and information systems, allowing you to tailor your studies to match your interests and career aspirations. Start your journey with a foundation year to gain a solid platform for success.
- Begin your studies with a foundation year to build your skills and confidence if you don’t feel quite ready to embark on the honours degree directly
- Gain valuable work experience on an optional industrial placement year
- Study in our modern and well-equipped computing facilities
- Learn from our friendly and supportive lecturers who have wide-ranging expertise in mathematics and computer science
- Focus on using your skills to solve real-world problems, including projects for industry clients
- Get involved in fascinating initiatives such as the ALICE experiment, on which we are working in partnership with leading organisations at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
- Follow in the footsteps of our high-flying graduates who have gone on to work for organisations such as the London Stock Exchange, Microsoft and IBM
- Boost your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016).
You can also take the BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science without a foundation year. Find out more.
This degree equips you with the tools and techniques of mathematics, statistics and computing, together with the skills to apply them effectively in solving real-life problems.
Your first steps to an honours degree
The BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science with Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability and ambition to study with us but lack the entry requirements to join the full honours degree right now. It is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
By starting your journey at foundation level, you will gain a solid introduction to your subject while developing the scholarship skills for technologists you need to study an honours degree. From day one you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Sharpen your thinking
We will introduce you to the topics of discrete and computational mathematics that support computing, such as set theory, logic and matrices. You will also learn the fundamental theories, concepts and practices of computer programming.
This will ensure you develop the skills you need to design, implement and test computer-robust and reliable programmes using modern mathematical software such as Matlab and Excel. The computing aspect of the course encourages precise logical thinking and programming using mathematical principles.
Influential employer partnerships
Our links with industry will support your learning throughout. In just one example, the Mathematics Group Project is conducted with the backing of employers so that you can experience working as a professional mathematician on a genuine problem specified by industry managers.
There are opportunities for discussion and feedback with leading industry figures, broadening your outlook and your own professional networks.
Inspirational industry experience
We offer an exciting option for you to undertake a work placement in your third year. This is an ideal opportunity for you to apply your knowledge in a business environment – and to receive an income for your work. Our students have secured placements with prestigious companies such as IBM, Network Rail, Experian, Bosch, Pattonair, IQ Plus and Cable Detection.
Students often regard the placement year as the most rewarding part of their degree: a chance to work alongside professionals and to see first hand how the knowledge and skills they have gained on the course can be put into practice in the workplace. The insights you acquire on placement can lend substance to your dissertation too.
At a time when employers are increasingly expecting graduates to have some form of work experience, a CV featuring a placement will also help your job applications to stand out. In the past, some students have been offered employment at their placement company after graduating.
We provide a plethora of support for students keen to enhance their employability through internships and placements, as well as guidance on securing graduate roles. For more information, please contact our Careers and Employment Service.
Pursue your personal interests
An independent study project will form a significant component of your final year. This provides you with a unique opportunity to follow your professional interests and match your studies to your career ambitions. You will be guided throughout your project by an Independent Study Supervisor.
If you are working part time while studying in a relevant area – such as the application of analytical skills to business or engineering problems – you are encouraged to gain recognition for this experience by including up to three negotiated modules in your programme of study. Contact the Programme Leader for more information.
Study abroad opportunities
You can also make the most of opportunities through Erasmus Plus, a European scheme promoting mobility for students and staff in higher education. You could consider studying for a semester or taking a placement abroad with one of our selected Erasmus Plus partners. These include UBB Cluj and UAB University of Alba Iulia in Romania; Bogazici University in Turkey; the University of Maribor in Slovenia; or the University of Piraeus and the University of Macedonia in Greece.
We also give you the chance to attend lectures delivered by visiting staff from institutions which are linked to Derby through Erasmus Plus.
Manzal and Chandni went to Romania as part of an Erasmus placement, studying in Alba Iulia and working a placement at a company called IPEC, the leading ceramics supplier for IKEA. At university, they worked on data analysis and mathematical models, and would then go to IPEC to develop an automatic design and correction of new ceramics colours for the production line. They both gained a whole host of skills during their time there and outside of studying and working, they visited a variety of cities and took part in an array of activities, including paragliding! They also gained friends from different countries and learnt about different cultures, cuisines and languages.
“The traineeship was only two months long but it was a life changing experience. We would recommend that all students try the opportunity of studying abroad. As someone once told us, “money fills pockets, adventures fill souls”. Manzal Mohammad, BSc (Hons) Mathematics
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Lectures are combined with tutorials to promote discussion, encourage a deeper understanding and develop your problem-solving skills. There is also a weekly drop-in clinic for students to receive one-to-one help and support from dedicated and understanding staff. Guest lectures are delivered by visiting staff from other institutions too.
We give you the option to take a work placement in your third year as part of the course. You can also choose to spend a semester studying abroad as part of our Erasmus scheme.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework, including computational simulations, online tests, oral presentations, portfolio work and written reports.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Employers recognise and value the problem-solving, analytical and numerical skills and competences that our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science graduates can offer. You will therefore discover a wide range of career opportunities when you graduate.
You will develop skills which are ideal for jobs such as computer programmer, network technician, systems architect or systems engineer and will demonstrate that you have the potential to work at the level of IT director. Some of our graduates have gone on to work with organisations such as the London Stock Exchange, Microsoft and IBM.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Four years or five years with a placement year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Specialist Computing labs
- Access to software and equipment
- Access to free software from major software vendors such as SAS, Microsoft, Adobe , MATLAB and VMWare - some are available for student download
- Registration and travel to Careers Fairs
- Free IMA eStudent membership
- Industry speakers
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Independent Study dissertations are submitted electronically and as two bound printed copies. In that case, printing and binding expenses are covered by the student approx. £10 printing and binding
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Personal computer and or tablet computer approx. £200 upwards depending on specification
- Scientific calculator such as Casio FX85 series approx. £10
- Text books approx. £20
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.