Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 or 4 years*, Part-time: 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

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.

If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?

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.

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

Manzal and Chandni arriving in Romania for their placement
Manzal and Chandni with lecturer Ovidiu
Mathematics students sightseeing on placement in Romania

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Patterns of Problem Solving
  • Analysis and Algebra
  • Programming I
  • Programming II
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Calculus

You will study modules such as:

  • Networks and Security
  • Databases
  • Mathematics Group Project
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Application Development
  • Operational Research
  • Optional placement year

You will study modules such as:

  • Research Methods and Independent Studies in Mathematics - double module
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Non-Linear Systems Dynamics
  • Graph Theory and Applications
  • Optimisation
  • Cryptography and Coding
  • Systems Programming

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.

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Find out more about Mathematics and Computer Science

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

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.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

Programme leader

Dr Nicholas Korpelainen

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† Additional information about your studies

3 years or 4 years with a placement year

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Teaching hours

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, excellent 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

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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