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Undergraduate courses

Our courses cover the mathematical spectrum, including pure, applied and statistics. Train to be an actuary, (ranked the top job in the US in 2015), or discover data and its impact on our everyday lives. You can also take maths with computing, physics or economics and finance - depending on your chosen path.

We understand that the journey from school or college to university is a step into the unknown and we support you through this with our open door policy and the drop-in Maths Support Centre.

All of our courses can be taken with a year of study abroad, which offers an excellent opportunity for personal development.

Our BSc Mathematics and BSc Actuarial Science can be taken as four-year courses with a foundation year, for those students who need further support before they can meet our entry requirements. These courses are administered by our Essex Pathways Department.

Single honours

  • BSc Mathematics

    This course gives you the knowledge and skills that are currently in demand in mathematically-oriented employment; in business, commerce, industry, government service, the field of education and in the wider economy. In your first year you will study core mathematics modules and a targeted computing module that includes Matlab and Maple. In your second year you start to choose optional modules and in your third year have a wide choice of options, enabling you to build a programme of study that matches your interests.

    This course is accredited by the IMA.


  • BSc Mathematics and Statistics

    Mathematics and Statistics is a degree designed for mathematicians who are oriented towards applying their skills into understanding and analysing data using modern statistical methods. This is an area suitable to those who enjoyed Mathematics and Statistics at A-level and enjoy solving practical problems. Our course will help you develop your mathematical and statistical skills. The orientation is a balance between solid theory and practical application in problems arising from finance, medicine, biology, economics and other fields of modern research.

    This course is accredited by the IMA.


Actuarial Science

  • BSc Actuarial Science

    Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical skills to problems arising in applied subjects such as commerce, government, insurance and finance. This course is ideal for you if you enjoyed mathematics at A-level and enjoy solving practical problems. Graduates are likely to find employment in the banking, insurance and finance sectors. In the first year you will take many of the same core modules as our BSc Mathematics students, with a higher focus on statistics. Mathematics will be less prevalent later in the course, particularly in your third year, when actuarial topics will form the bulk of the curriculum. This course currently gives you exemption from all eight Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) professional examinations (CT1, CT2, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT6, CT7 and CT8), subject to your performance on certain modules. This means you can qualify as an actuary faster upon graduation.


Mathematics with business and economics

  • BSc Economics and/with Mathematics

    These courses combine the study of mathematics with modules on macroeconomics (economics of nations) and microeconomics (economics of producers and consumers). Our BSc Economics and Mathematics allows you to spend half of your time on each subject, with equal modules in each. Our BSc Mathematics with Economics has a greater focus on mathematics. Our BSc Economics with Mathematics is administered by our Department of Economics and your focus will be on economics, with an emphasis on statistics and other related mathematical subjects and then on econometrics and mathematical methods.


  • BSc Finance and Mathematics

    This course offers you modules in mathematics, accounting and economics, to provide you with an academic training in the principles of accounting and finance. Our business-oriented course equips you with the knowledge and skills that are currently in demand by employers, in particular in financial markets or corporate careers that involve financial decision-making.


  • Mathematics with computing

    • BSc Mathematics with Computing

      These courses combine mathematics with computer science. Within computer science, our emphasis is on programming but options include robotics, machine learning and web graphics.

      This course is accredited by the IMA.


    • Big data, data science and analytics

      • BSc Data Science and Analytics

        Study the increasingly complex domain of big data, and learn to provide innovative insights and solutions to real world data problems. Become equipped with a wide-ranging but specific set of skills in this area. As well as computer science and programming, databases and maths skills, you cover ethical issues around the use and processing of data. You gain a foundation for developing further specialist skills in the big data, data analytics and data science arenas.

        • Mathematics with sciences

        • BSc Mathematics with Physics

          This course allows you to gain the knowledge and skills that will be in demand across both the mathematically- and scientifically-oriented sectors. This will provide you with employment opportunities within business, commerce, education, engineering, government service, industry and research as well as from the wider economy. In addition to your mathematics modules, you will study modules dedicated to computing, electronics and mechanics in your first year. In subsequent years you will study physics-based modules in both quantum theory and the history of the history of physics alongside your mathematical studies.

          This course is accredited by the IMA.