Course details

Study options

Full-time: †

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 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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Course description

Develop your knowledge of mathematical methods and techniques, applying your skills to real industrial problems. Take the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with a foundation year for a smooth transition to honours level studies and open the door to a range of careers from business and finance to engineering and teaching.



Why you should study Mathematics at the University of Derby

With its focus on the real-world applications of mathematics, this course is challenging, rewarding and paves the way to a wide range of career choices. While maths is one of the oldest subjects to study, it is constantly charting exciting new directions.

Your stepping stone to an honours degree

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics 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 the subject of mathematics 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.

A relevant and contemporary course

This degree will develop your knowledge and understanding of key concepts in mathematics, statistics and operational research. You will also explore how mathematics can be applied to the modern world of business.

You will build vital transferable skills in analytical problem-solving, communication, IT and working both independently and as part of a team.

An independent study project will form a significant part of your final year. This provides a unique opportunity for you to pursue your personal interests and you will be guided throughout your project by an Independent Study Supervisor.

Draw on our industry partnerships

Employer links will be integral to your learning experience on the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation Year. In particular, the industrial support we have generated for the Mathematics Group Project gives you insights into working as a professional mathematician on a genuine complex problem specified by industrial managers.

Such partnerships not only provide opportunities for discussion and feedback about the Group Project but also feed into other aspects of your study programme.

Spend an optional year in industry

We offer you the chance to undertake an optional work placement year. This is often regarded by our alumni as the most rewarding part of their course.

You will work with professionals in your chosen subject area and see at first hand how the knowledge and skills you are learning at the University are put into practice.

We offer wide-ranging support with internships and placements to help students enhance their employability while studying and to progress into graduate roles. As more and more employers are now expecting new recruits to have work experience, a placement on your CV will help you to stand out when applying for your first graduate job. For more information, please contact the Careers and Employment Service.

We take pride in the fact that our students have secured placements with prestigious companies such as IBM, Network Rail, Experian, Bosch, Pattonair, IQ Plus and Cable Detection.

Professional accreditation

Our Mathematics courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which means that you will be accepted for associate membership on graduation. This represents your first step towards becoming a Chartered Mathematician (C.Math). You will also be invited to events run by the East Midlands branch of the Institute.

Study abroad opportunities

You can broaden your horizons by making the most of the opportunities offered through Erasmus Plus, a European scheme providing 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+ partners. These include universities such as 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.

You could also attend lectures delivered by visiting staff from institutions which are linked to Derby through Erasmus Plus.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics

You will study modules such as:

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


You will study modules such as:

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

Optional placement year

You will study modules such as:

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

How you will learn

Negotiated modules

If you are working part time while studying – in an appropriate area such as the application of analytical skills to business or engineering problems – you are encouraged to gain recognition for this learning by including up to three negotiated modules in your programme of study. Contact the Programme Leader for more information.

A negotiated module is individually planned and structured between you, your tutor and your programme leader. Online support and the Learning Through Work (LTW) framework enables work-based learning to be evidenced, so there is the potential for it to be recognised and accredited towards an award.

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 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/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.

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.

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Find out more about Mathematics

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


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.

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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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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree


Mathematics prepares you for a successful and satisfying academic career or for a non-academic career in areas such as industry, finance and business. Many employers value the problem-solving and independent thinking skills that mathematics graduates can offer, together with their analytical and numeric competence.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles and organisations, including the London Stock Exchange, the Police and the Civil Service.

After graduating, you will be accepted for associate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Mathematician.

Many of our BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduates enter the teaching profession, frequently enjoying rapid promotion. You can choose to continue your studies with a postgraduate course in education (PGCE) if you want to go into teaching.

Programme leader

Dr Nicholas Korpelainen

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† Additional information about your studies

four years or five years with 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, 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

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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