BSc (Hons)


Mathematicians are welcomed in industry, business and commerce

G100UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

Mathematics is more than just arithmetic and if you have a head for numbers, then this could be your ideal course.

With a good mixture of mathematics and its varying applications, there is an emphasis on statistics, operational research and modelling. Alongside this, the flexible nature of our course means you can choose to take your studies to a more in-depth level or broaden your knowledge according to your interests.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Have access to ultra-modern computing facilities, and use specialist mathematical and statistical computing packages
  • Opt to do a year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills
  • Take the opportunity to assist in a local school as a final-year option

What opportunities might it lead to?

Problem-solving is a key element to a successful business and mathematicians are welcomed in industry, business and commerce for their analytical ability and systematic, logical approach to unravelling complex issues.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • statistics
  • finance
  • mathematical modelling
  • teaching
  • working in government research agencies
  • marketing

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Pippa Cooke, BSc (Hons) Mathematics student 2013

The course is really interesting and the lecturers are fantastic - I completed a unit based on mathematical ciphers, which was a lot of fun.

Pippa Cooke, BSc (Hons) Mathematics student 2013

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The practical problem-solving approach based on real-world issues
  • Approachable lecturers who are doing current research
  • Relevant work placements to help build employability skills

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Year one

This common first year provides you with a broad understanding of mathematics, statistics and computing and allows for you to change pathways come the end of the year. We try to make sure maximum use is made of relevant IT, mathematical and statistical computer packages and training on such systems will start in this year.

Core units you will study in this year include:

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Fundamental Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Mathematical Models

Year two

By the second year your problem-solving skills will approach a more advanced level. Calculus and algebra are key topics which will be developed further and you will start to specialise through our selection of optional units.

Core units you will study in this year include:

  • Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics
  • Intermediate Calculus (Multivariable and Linear Differential Equations)
  • Mathematics Graduates and Employment
  • Real and Complex Analysis

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Finance
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Operational Research
  • Statistical Theory and Methods
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies

Year three*

As well as your final year project, you will have a choice from a range of options on pure and applied mathematical topics.

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Statistics in Health Research and Social Science
  • Astrophysics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Relativity

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

Our friendly and supportive staff will show you how fascinating, yet practical, maths can be. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory and project work, with individual help always available should you need it.

How are you assessed?

We assess you throughout the course to ensure that your knowledge and skills are developing. Here’s how:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work

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Specialist Software

Access our modern computing laboratories equipped with a wide range of powerful hardware and software, including multimedia applications. After the necessary training, you will be able to use the computer algebra package MAPLE and the numerical methods and matrix algebra package MATLAB. These are just a few of the programs that will facilitate your learning and bring the subject to life.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Louise Smith, BSc (Hons) Mathematics student

The promised support really is available and I have made full use of my tutor and other help services such as the Maths Cafe.

Louise Smith, BSc (Hons) Mathematics student

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

You will find that a mathematics degree is very well respected in many areas of employment. Though you may expect the course to open doors in the more traditional areas such as statistics, finance and mathematical modelling, our graduates have in fact pursued careers in such diverse areas as the police, the armed services, marketing and retail management.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • financial coordinator
  • allocation analyst
  • oil trader
  • business analyst
  • teacher

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make as more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. SPEC, our Student Placement and Employability Centre, not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to employability skills as well as assisting you in gaining other types of work experience.

Examples of roles our students have taken up as placement roles include:

  • Transport Planner at Transport for London
  • Planning Assistant at Coty

Career planning

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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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