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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Six 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

Develop your knowledge of mathematical methods and techniques, applying your skills to real industrial problems. Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics will give you a head start in a range of careers from business and finance to engineering and teaching. 

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

A relevant and contemporary course

This BSc (Hons) 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. 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.

100%overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Mathematics**National Student Survey 2019

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

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 4MA500

Analysis and Algebra

The module is designed for students already familiar with mathematical topics studied at Level 3. It extends students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts significant to the further study of mathematics as a specialist subject. It will develop a more rigorous understanding of concepts associated with algebra, calculus and discrete mathematics. This module will facilitate future development of modelling skills and the application of mathematical methods in many different areas.
20 Credits

Code: 4MA501


The module is designed for students already familiar with mathematical topics studied at Level 3. This module provides an understanding of the basic mathematical techniques in calculus to facilitate access to the study of further modules in the subject area of mathematics, statistics, mechanics and operational research.
20 Credits

Code: 4MA502

Mathematical Software

The module is designed to give the learner an introduction to the use of mathematical software tools which will enhance their studies. Learners will study a range of mathematical methods associated with matrices and numerical analysis. A variety of problems will be investigated using relevant mathematical software tools. Students will gain key generic skills to assist with their further studies in mathematics generally.
20 Credits

Code: 4MA504

Patterns of Problem Solving

The module provides a general introduction to problem solving and the basic philosophy which will enable learners to apply their mathematical knowledge to problem solving. It will develop personal and team-working skills and highlight the importance of communicating mathematics in both written and oral form. Learners will develop their reflective skills and professional skills, gaining recognition of the benefits with respect to their academic progress and subsequent lifelong learning.
20 Credits

Code: 4MA505

Statistical Methods 1

The module is designed to give the learner an introduction to the mathematical foundations and the use of statistical methods and methodologies. A variety of real-life problems (involving the analysis of data and interpretation of results) will be used to develop the students ability to select and use relevant statistical methods and methodologies. Assessment is by examination and coursework.
20 Credits

Code: 4MA506

Further Topics in Mathematics

The module is designed for students already familiar with mathematical topics studied at Level 3. It extends students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts significant to the further study of mathematics as a specialist subject. It will develop a more rigorous understanding of concepts associated with pure mathematics, probability, logic and set theory.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA500

Linear Algebra

This module builds on the mathematical techniques and concepts introduced in Level 4 modules, particularly matrices from Mathematical Software and vectors (from Physical Modelling). Standard mathematical topics in linear algebra are introduced in readiness for potential application and use in modules at Stage 3. The mathematics studied in this module provides the context for application within a wide range of mathematical tools.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA501

Mathematical Methods

This module builds on the mathematical techniques covered in Analysis and Algebra and Calculus and other modules studied at Level 4. It extends the students' knowledge of a variety of analytical techniques used in applied mathematics, in readiness for potential application and use in modules at Stage 3. The mathematics studied in this module enables learners to initiate and consolidate the study of mathematics elsewhere on their programme.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA502

Mathematical Modelling

This module aims to broaden the knowledge base of learners with regard to the study and application of selected topics from calculus, matrices and numerical methods comparing continuous and discrete approaches to problem solving. It develops further the analytic and computational skills of the learners. Applications will be drawn from real-world problems, for example predator-prey systems and resonance in buildings. The importance of error analysis in determining the accuracy of solutions will be emphasised, and MATLAB skills will be developed.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA503

Mathematic Group Project

This module provides learners with the opportunity to develop the ability to investigate, plan and implement solutions to complex problems arising in business/industry. It provides a practical vehicle for the implementation of mathematical, statistical and computing techniques and promotes the awareness of management issues, such as the need to work to time constraints, effective communication and the organisation of team working.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA505

Operational Research

The module enables learners to acquire both the ability and confidence to apply Operational Research techniques to a variety of problem areas of importance to business and industry. Emphasis will be placed on applications, for example, forecasting and quality control. The mathematical background will be developed to enhance learners’ understanding and enable the development of their modelling abilities. Commercial software packages will be employed both to enable the solution of realistic problems and to develop learners’ experiences of a real life approach to problem solving.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA506

Statistical Methods 2

Learners wishing to build on their knowledge of basic statistical methods are able to study a range of statistical techniques which can be used to help solve real-life problems involving the analysis of data and interpretation of results. Assessment is by examination and coursework.
20 Credits

Code: 5MA507

Metric and Topological Spaces

This module (Level 5, Autumn semester) builds on Further Topics in Mathematics (Level 4) by developing and generalising the theory of some important historical and technical topics in pure mathematics (notions, theorems, and proofs from point-set topology). By generalising and deepening understanding of topics encountered in Level 4 (eg continuous functions, norms, uniform convergence, and the Intermediate Value Theorem), it acts as a bridge (from Level 4 to Level 6) to studying advanced pure/applicable modules such as Graph Theory and Applications. The module is designed to keep students in touch with abstract/theoretical problem solving during their Level 5 studies. The module brings some special insight to certain topics in the Level 6 module, Graph Theory and Applications (compactness theorems).
20 Credits

Code: 5CC886

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits

Code: 5CC887

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline. During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.
20 Credits

Code: 6MA998

Research Methods and Independent Study in Mathematics

The module enables students to develop their research skills by way of a guided discovery process and to demonstrate their learning by undertaking a substantial and extended programme of work in an area of their particular interest.
40 Credits

Code: 6CC504

Cryptography and Coding

This module introduces and develops the skills needed to understand and implement methods and methodologies of encryption, secure communication. It reviews and evaluates historic methods tracing the development of new approaches to secrecy enabling the learners to become aware of the importance of cryptographic developments and have the requisite mathematical skills to be able to implement a public key cryptography system.
20 Credits

Code: 6MA501

Modelling with Differential Equations

This module extends the learners' knowledge of analytical and numerical techniques for solving differential equations, into the solution of non-linear ordinary differential equations, sets of simultaneous ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations (PDEs). Investigating the use of differential equations in mathematical modelling.
20 Credits

Code: 6MA502

Optimisation Techniques

The module builds on the optimisation and operational research skills gained at previous levels through a more in-depth study of optimisation and metaheuristics. Modern business decision-making can depend on the search for optimal solutions. Many problems that cannot be solved by classical methods can be investigated and solved using modern optimisation techniques. This module also develops the learners’ knowledge and understanding of optimisation techniques, which reflect current research activity.
20 Credits

Code: 6MA504

Graph Theory and Applications

The module develops knowledge and understanding of topics in Graph Theory. This knowledge will be applied to obtain and analyse models of real-world scenarios based on essential theory and study of core topics/concepts. The syllabus has been chosen so as to provide students with a thorough grounding in the area and will reflect current research activity to give a solid basis for further study at a higher level.
20 Credits

Code: 6MA505

Non-Linear Systems Dynamics

The overall aim of the module is to develop skills in the understanding and analysis of non-linear ordinary differential equations (O.D.Es). Such equations are relevant to a wide range of physical systems, and the subject area is an important one in the context of system modelling. The techniques studied are both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and the module constitutes a broad introduction to some of the fundamental types of non-linear equations and techniques for both their analysis and solution. The students will be exposed to a variety of theoretical and applicable aspects of topics through a combination of formal lectures and tutorial sessions. Any computational requirements will be met by existing software resources within the School as a means to facilitate problem solving and consolidate understanding of subject matter. Computing facilities support the use of spreadsheets and numerical/symbolic programming languages.
20 Credits

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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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.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Dr Nicholas Korpelainen
Programme leader

Nicholas Korpelainen is a Lecturer in Electronics and Mathematics.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

90%in a professional or managerial job 6 months after completing degree**Unistats 2019

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Three years or four 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, 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.

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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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