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Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Combining practical and theoretical principles, this degree course will develop your analytical knowledge and technical skills, allowing you to apply mathematics to real-life challenges. 


Watch: Joanne Bacon, BSc Mathematics programme leader, explains what you will study during the course, the placement opportunities available and how the course will prepare you for a range of graduate careers.

Mathematics is integral to applications and equipment we rely on every day. From building computers, to flying a plane or even providing much-needed healthcare practices, mathematics is an indispensable skill for an extensive range of industries.

This course enables you to develop highly sought-after logical and analytical thought processes, problem-solving abilities and good computing techniques, which will give you the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide range of fields including finance, credit risk, business intelligence, actuarial science, teaching, and research.

Key features

  • This course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), to meet the requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation. It also provides an industry-recognised certification from SAS, the world’s largest independent business analytics company.
  • You will have the opportunity, on selection of specific statistics third year modules, to gain a Joint SAS certificate.
  • Teaching emphasises mathematical concepts and analytical techniques, and includes linear algebra, mathematical modelling with computers, and statistics.
  • Develop your knowledge of industry-standard software such as Minitab, SAS and MATLAB and enhance your professional skills through written reports, phase tests, practical assessments and verbal presentations.
  • Benefit from extra one-to-one support in addition to your studies by attending our Mathematics Learning Centre.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of fields such as financial management, operational research, logistics, teaching, research and a variety of analytical roles.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G100

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G100

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250 with our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship (T&Cs apply).

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 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

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access 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.

  • 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 then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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 information

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

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Linear Algebra I
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Mathematical Analysis I
  • Mathematical Analysis II
  • Statistics I
  • Operational Research I
  • Mathematical Modelling with Computers I 
  • Mathematical Modelling with Computers II

Second year

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Introduction to CI and Control Systems
  • Abstract Algebra I
  • Abstract Algebra II
  • Multivariate Analysis I
  • Multivariate Analysis II
  • Statistics II
  • Operational Research II


Third year

Optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Data Mining
  • Fuzzy logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Nonlinear Optimisation
  • Multicriteria Analysis
  • Non-linear Dynamical System
  • Modelling with Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Modelling with Partial Differential Equations
  • Statistical Modelling I: Analysis of Time Series Data
  • Statistical Modelling II: Analysis of Categorical Data and Multivariate Data
  • Rigorous Systems


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 laboratories

Our computer laboratories provide workstations for students to use alongside four interconnected computing laboratories with HP PCs running Windows/Linux.

All the machines are connected 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 the software needed for their course work while at home. The laboratories also include study spaces where you can work individually or in groups.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Graduate Careers

This practical course will help to expand your mathematical expertise and nurture your logical and analytical thought processes.

Students will also develop mathematical and statistical skills and technical rigour, creating good problem-solving abilities. The course also covers appropriate industry standard software including Excel, Minitab, SAS and MATLAB. You will further develop your professional skills in report writing and presentation skills.

Graduates may pursue careers specific to mathematics, such as mathematical modelling, financial management, pensions, investment and forensic science investigation, or consider a statistics career in data analysis, data mining, data science, customer relationship management or actuarial work. There are also relevant roles in operational research, business and education sectors, which appeal to many Mathematics graduates.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Previous trips for Mathematics students have included a visit to the University of Science and Technology Beijing, and a trip to Berlin where students visited the Museum of Technology and Market Logic Software AG.



#DMUworks is our exciting careers programme to help all our students become work-ready. #DMUworks guarantees a professional work experience opportunity for every undergraduate student, enhancing their skills and knowledge, and often leading to graduate roles.

Work placements are offered as part of this course through #DMUworks, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team can help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

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