Mathematics BSc (Hons)

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

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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 underpins every technological, scientific and engineering achievement and natural phenomenon we see around us. Mathematics is integral to the applications and technologies we rely on each day.

This course develops your practical skills to solve real life problems and enhances your professional skills, enabling you to effectively communicate mathematics in the work environment. You will develop rigour in your mathematical knowledge and your mathematical abilities/skills will be stretched and challenged, preparing you for graduate employment.

There is a shortage of graduates with analytical skills and this course meets the demands of industry. You will develop logical and analytical thought processes, problem-solving abilities and good computing techniques, which will give you the opportunity to pursue highly sought-after careers in a wide range of fields including finance, credit risk, business intelligence, actuarial science, teaching, and research, to name just a few.

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.
  • You will have the opportunity  - on selection of specific final year statistics modules, to gain Joint SAS certification from SAS, the world’s largest independent business analytics company.
  • The programme is assessed by coursework. There are no end of year exams. 
  • Teaching develops mathematical proof and technical rigour, emphasising mathematical concepts and analytical techniques. The Mathematics degree programme has been carefully structured and designed to maximise employment opportunity.
  • Develop your knowledge of industry-standard software such as SAS, MATLAB, Minitab and Excel.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of fields such as financial management, operational research, actuarial science, data science, project management, logistics, teaching, research and a variety of analytical roles.
    • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

DMU not only offers you a place to excel academically but it also gives the chance to grow in different ways. Academics give up their time to meet with us and explain what we need help with.

Walid Bouis Biougnach

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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: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G100

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

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for international students: £16,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including A-level Mathematics at grade C 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  Mathematics and English 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
  • T Levels Merit

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.

Contextual offer 

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find our more about contextual offers.


Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Read more about Education 2030

Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

Block 1: Statistics and Mechanics I

Block 2: Operational Research

Block 3: Linear Algebra

Block 4: Mathematical Analysis 

Second year

Block 1: Statistics and Mechanics II

Block 2: Abstract Algebra

Block 3: Numerical Methods

Block 4: Multivariable Analysis

Third year

Block 1: Modelling Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations

Block 2: Non-linear Dynamical Systems and Nonlinear Optimisation

Block 3 Choose one of:

  • Statistical Modelling: Analysis of Time Series Data, Categorical Data and Multivariate Data
  • Data Mining
  • Fuzzy Logic and Inference Systems

Block 4: Final Year Project


On this course, you will benefit from Education 2030  - DMU’s new way of delivering courses. Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once.

The course is taught by friendly, knowledgeable, experienced staff who use a variety of teaching and learning methods, including seminars, workshops and lab-based sessions.

In lab-based sessions you will be taught to use industry software such as SAS, MATLAB, Minitab and Excel, and you will work on scenario-based examples allowing you to apply your mathematics knowledge and enhance your employability skills.


There are no end of year exams. The Mathematics BSc programme is 100% coursework.

Across the range of modules over the three years the coursework typically consists of one or more of a combination of: individual assignments, time constrained module phase tests (some open book, some closed book), statistics reports, computer laboratory exercises, portfolio, presentations, posters.

The final year project will consist of a dissertation and viva.


Facilities and features

Computer laboratories

We have numerous high-specification computing laboratories, equipped with the latest PCs and current professional standard software. All the machines are connected to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. 

All the machines are connected to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work.

Alongside state-of-the-art display facilities in tutorial rooms and lecture theatres, there are also plenty of casual study space areas around campus. 


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 the Virtual Learning Environment, 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

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Careers Team

Graduate careers

The practical nature of this course expands upon your theoretical knowledge and technical rigour, nurturing your logical and analytical thought processes to enhance your problem-solving abilities. With the benefit of industry standard software skills and a variety of ways in which your mathematical expertise is assessed, you are naturally further developing your professional skills, preparing you for graduate employment.

DMU Mathematics graduates have logical and analytical thought processes, but in addition have:

  • Good problem-solving ability,
  • Good computing techniques using industry standard software such as: SAS, MATLAB, Minitab, Excel.
  • Enhanced their employability skills, by writing statistical reports, presenting results, time constrained tests, researching for a poster / dissertation during their course.

Graduates may pursue careers specific to mathematics, such as mathematical modelling, data science, credit risk, operational research, financial management, pensions, actuarial science, clinical trials, forensic science investigation, or they may consider careers in which STEM graduates are welcomed such as: customer relationship management, consulting, project management. There are also relevant roles in business, health and education sectors, which appeal to many Mathematics graduates.


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Previous trips for Mathematics students have included attending the SAS conference in Denver, USA; 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.



Our Careers Team 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 DMU Careers Team, 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 will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

The faculty placement team prepare you for placement by offering cv writing workshops, writing cover letters, mock interviews, psychometric testing.

“My placement is also helping me with my studies, as I can apply real-world experience to my final year. It shows me that what I'm doing really matters."

-Walid Bouis Biougnach, Mathematics BSc graduate, on his placement as a biostatistician at Parexel. Read more.

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