Mathematics BSc (Hons)

This course emphasises mathematical concepts, analytical techniques and makes use of industry-standard software to provide you with the sound knowledge to develop your technical and practical skills. It will enable you to effectively apply mathematics to solve real-world problems fundamental to many areas, e.g. business, finance, industry, medicine, science, government and education.



Reasons to study Mathematics at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • Mathematics was awarded 100% Overall Student Satisfaction  
    In the National Student Survey 2017

  • Learn technical and practical skills to increase your employability
    Benefit from a strong emphasis on the application of mathematics with a solid theoretical underpinning

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at HP, Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International

  • Specialist facilities
    Embedded within specific modules, and our high-specification computing laboratories run current professional software including; Windows, Linux and OS X

  • SAS endorsed modules
    There is very high demand for SAS expertise: SAS is the world’s largest independent business analytics company. Our students will have the opportunity to achieve an industry-recognised SAS certification

  • Receive additional one-to-one support from our Mathematics Learning Centre outside of your studies

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

Graduates with both technical and practical skills are in high demand by employers. This course has been developed to meet the demands of industry for skilled mathematicians and statisticians. It has a strong emphasis on the applications of mathematics, statistics and operational research and uses industry-standard software to prepare you for graduate employment. 

As a DMU mathematics graduate you will have highly sought after logical and analytical thought processes, problem-solving abilities and good computing techniques, which will give you the opportunity to enter a wide range of careers.

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015/16

“This course is really interesting and good to invest your time in and it gives you a wide range of different skills which will increase your chance of employment once you have finished your degree.”

Nathaniel Seabrook, Mathematics BSc (Hons)


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £13,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including A-level Mathematics at B or above or
  • Applied Science BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM to include relevant Mathematics modules. In addition for all other BTEC courses A level Mathematics at grade B or above will be required
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Maths course with at least 15 credits in Mathematics at distinction. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Maths at higher level grade 6

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Four modules are normally studied each year. The first year includes core modules in pure mathematics, statistics, operational research and mathematical modelling using computers. In the second and final year, pure and applied mathematics, statistics and the operational research content is further developed.

To tailor your learning to your specific interests and career goals, you will choose optional modules from a range of mathematical application areas

First year

Core modules:

  • Foundations and Algebra
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Statistics and Operational Research 1
  • Mathematical Modelling using Computers



Second year

Core modules:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra and Discrete Mathematics
  • Further Mathematical Methods
  • Statistics and Operational Research 2

Plus one optional module from:

  • Education for Mathematics and Physics students
  • Forensic Investigation
  • History of Mathematics

Third year

Core modules:

  • Individual Final Year Project

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Non-linear Dynamical Systems
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Advanced Operational Research
  • Data Mining
  • Modelling with Differential Equations

The course is taught by friendly, knowledgeable, experienced staff who use a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: lectures, tutorials and computer-based laboratory sessions. The choice of software used is informed by industry practice, thus ensuring that your technical and practical skills are up-to-date and relevant.

You will be taught to use professional software such as Minitab, SPSS, SAS and Matlab, and you will work on scenario-based examples allowing you to apply mathematics and develop professional skills via written reports, laboratory assessments and verbal presentations.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study such as reading around the topic area to supplement your lecture notes, completing tutorial work, computer laboratory exercises and coursework.


Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

Our numerous high-specification computing laboratories are equipped with the latest PCs with current professional-standard software. The laboratories in Gateway House provide 100 computer workstations for students to use, and the space is divided into interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

You will benefit from printing facilities, internal network access and digital projectors which aid teaching and learning. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home. 

You will also benefit from study spaces within the faculty buildings that are available for you to use on a casual basis throughout the year in addition to our Kimberlin Library.

Urvee gets a dose of industry experience on prestigious placement

A second-year Mathematics is developing valuable skills during a prestigious placement at a world-renowned pharmaceutical company.

Her role involves working closely with a trial programmer to analyse clinical trials, as well as supporting research development through statistical programming.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

As a DMU Mathematics graduate, you will be highly sought after in the job market. In addition to expanding your mathematical expertise and nurturing your logical and analytical thought processes, this practical course will enhance your problem-solving abilities and equip you with good computing techniques. It will also further develop your report writing, teamwork and presentation skills, enabling you to enter a wide range of careers in:

  • Mathematics: (e.g. mathematical modelling, financial management, pensions, investment, forensic science investigation)
  • Statistics: (e.g. data analysis, data mining, data science, customer relationship management, actuarial work)
  • Operational Research: (eg. decision making, management scientist, logistics, transport planning)
  • Computing: (e.g. programming, database design, artificial intelligence)
  • Business: (e.g. industry, commerce, accounting, insurance, banking)
  • Education: (e.g. teaching)

The course is also a springboard for our graduates who wish to undertake university (MPhil, PhD) research or pursue a taught master's course.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

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