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G100 Mathematics BSc Undergraduate  2017


UCAS code G100
Degree BSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3103

Course Summary


The three-year BSc Mathematics course gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of mathematics topics, with a particularly large choice of modules in your final year. It will prepare you for many graduate jobs as well as for further study including the PGCE and many MSc courses in mathematics or related subjects. Our degree covers pure, applied, statistics and probability. You will cover the background to all areas in the first year, while in the second year you can begin to specialise if you want, allowing you to choose to fully specialise in one area, or to choose a broader range of modules in the third year. In your final year, you will develop your research and communication skills in the module Project III.

Year 1

The first year consists of four compulsory Mathematics modules:

  • Calculus and Probability
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Programming and Dynamics.

In previous years, optional modules available included:

  • Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Any other available Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences modules.

In the Mathematics modules, topics that may be familiar from A-level (or equivalent) are expanded and developed to help you adjust to university life, provide a sound foundation for your Mathematics degree and enable you to make informed choices when picking modules from second year onwards.

Year 2

In the second year you will choose six Maths modules.

You will take two compulsory modules:

  • Complex Analysis
  • Analysis in Many Variables.

Plus at least one module from a range which has previously included:

  • Statistical Concepts
  • Numerical Analysis

Plus two or three choices from a range which has previously included:

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Algebra
  • A combination of two shorter courses on a wide range of mathematical topics – options in recent years have included Elementary Number Theory, Probability, Mathematical Modelling, Geometric Topology, Actuarial Mathematics and Special Relativity & Electromagnetism.

At this stage you can begin to specialise in areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability although you can also maintain a wide range of options for the third year.

Year 3

In the third year you take Project III and also choose four taught modules from a wide choice of around 20 modules covering a variety of topics in areas such as algebra, geometry, topology, applied mathematics, mathematical physics, statistics and probability, together with options including Mathematical Finance and Mathematical Biology. Many of these topics are closely linked to and informed by current research. The Mathematics Teaching module involves studying issues related to school mathematics education, observing lessons in a secondary school, and also includes a project.

Project III is a more in-depth double module. The projects give you the opportunity to investigate a mathematical topic of interest, and you will produce a written report and give a short presentation. This develops your research and communication skills which are important for future employment or postgraduate studies.

Study Abroad

Mathematical Sciences

We are a part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We have links with universities where courses are taught in French, German, Italian and Spanish – currently in Berlin, Bochum, Bologna, Chambery, Duisberg, Fribourg, Granada, Mons and Strasbourg. Admission to any of our partner Universities via the Erasmus programme is contingent upon admittance by the host institution, availability of places, suitable modules in the corresponding academic year, and renewal of requisite exchange agreements.

This opportunity is available in the BSc Mathematics (European Studies) and MMath (European Studies) degrees.

Up-to-date details for each programme are available online at

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

Most of the teaching in mathematics consists of 50 minute lectures (12 per week on average) in which lecturers will derive theorems and work through examples, constructing arguments piece by piece and in real time, developing strategies and motivation. The best way to learn Maths is to actually do it by working through problems in tutorials and assignments, so in the first two years lectures are supplemented by tutorials, which are held in groups of about 12 in the first year and 16 in the second. They are informal and provide an opportunity to raise any questions you may have. You will have at least three per week during each of the first two years. Problems are set in lectures on a weekly basis, and your marked solutions may form the topic of discussion in a tutorial or problem class. You will be encouraged to work with other students, and to make use of the University's library and computing resources.

For an honours degree at Durham, you take the equivalent of six single modules each year, each with two lectures a week (apart from the project and teaching modules). In the first year four of your modules will cover core material. These form the bedrock of your University education, and range over a wide variety of topics. We recognize that our first year class is not homogeneous; there are different A-level syllabuses, and some students have non A-level qualifications. Our first year courses have been designed with this in mind. Consequently we aim to fill gaps and consolidate previous knowledge during a good deal of the first term although you should find even familiar material presented in an interesting and more sophisticated way.

There are two core modules in the second year. For the remainder of your time you have the opportunity to choose those areas of Mathematics and Statistics which appeal to you most. You can begin to specialise, or if you prefer, study a wide range of subjects.

In the third year you will take either the Mathematics Teaching module or a project module, Communicating Mathematics. In the teaching module you study and observe how pupils learn in school, look at elementary mathematics from an advanced standpoint and look at current educational issues, presenting your findings in a talk and a written report. The project allows you to treat a particular mathematical topic in depth. Typically the projects are organized around fortnightly small group meetings with lecturers and involve presentations and poster design as well as the writing of a detailed dissertation. You are free to choose the remaining five modules from a wide range of options.

We aim to encourage you to develop independence and self-motivation. For that reason we concentrate our tutorial support in the first two years and in the project module, however help and advice is always available from lecturers. You will also have an advisor assigned to you throughout your time with us who can be relied on for help, in particular in choosing your path through the many modules available.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note our offers consist of:

  • Suitable performance on the forthcoming University’s Admission Test (*) in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent (A* for either), together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, grades A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent, together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, 1 in any STEP in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent (A* for either) together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, suitable performance on the University’s Admissions Test (*) in addition to grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Further Mathematics at AS-level or equivalent, and to two further A-levels at grade A.
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.
  • We strongly encourage applicants to sit the forthcoming University’s Admissions Test (*) if it is available to them, and request them to provide UMS marks for all Mathematics and Further Mathematics modules, irrespective of certification or intention to re-sit, as we give a high weighting in our selection process to evidence of ability in Mathematics. We will email all applicants to ask for this information. 
  • Please consult the University website for required evidence of English language proficiency
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry, although we advise you to make sure that you take steps to maintain your level of mathematical expertise.

(*) The University will be piloting a national Admission Test in Mathematics in November 2016 in conjunction with the Admissions Testing Service (ATS). In the 2016 pilot, Test results will sent by the ATS directly to students at the end of November, and all information concerning the Test (including whether it was taken at all) will be provided to us by the applicants on an entirely voluntarily basis: suitable performance will entitle the applicant to the reduced A*AA offer. Taking part in the 2016 pilot Test can therefore only increase the chances of receiving an offer. More information will be made available on the Mathematics Department website, and will be made available on the ATS website and in most schools nationwide. (Schools that currently administer STEP and MAT will be automatically registered).

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £17,400.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Mathematical Sciences

The overall aim of our honours mathematics programmes is to train our students as members of the community of professional mathematicians. Our programmes aim to develop students' capacity for critical thinking, problem-solving and independent learning, which will enable our students to meet a variety of challenges. We seek to develop both the generic and subject-specific skills required to equip our students to pursue a range of careers.

Opportunities for students to develop their understanding of mathematics as a professional practice and to prepare for work are not only provided by the formal degree programme. The department works closely with its students through the undergraduate MathSoc to attract exciting external speakers for its undergraduate colloquium programme.

Attributes gained from a Durham University degree include critical thinking, an analytical approach and ability to reason with information; alongside experience in building relationships and leading teams. These skills are put into daily practice in Professional Services and is why, year on year, we return to Durham University to recruit such talented individuals into our Firm.

Of those students that left in 2013:

- 57% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 86% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £26,000

Of those in further study:

- 97% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:

A significant number of Mathematical Sciences students progress onto higher level study following their degree. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue higher level research, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions including Bath, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Leeds and Sheffield. Others take a different route and pursue postgraduate programmes in related and non- related areas such as statistics, financial management, I.T software, environment/ conservation and teaching . 

We have found Durham students to be adaptable, eager to learn and probably most important, able to get on with people very easily

Employability development opportunities

  • Careers presentations Presentations are organised for the whole range of students, from first year to penultimate and final year undergraduates.
  • STAR skills workshops There were six STAR workshops in the mathematics department in Epiphany term on teamwork, organised with the Careers Advisory Service.
  • Student led activities The department encourages and initiates student led careers activities. They include the invitation of external speakers in the undergraduate colloquium as well as relevant workshops (recently on interview and assessment training and presentation skills). There is also a webpage on careers created by students.
  • Careers information online A DUO resource has been created with information for undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff. There are also forums for students to discuss experiences and for the department to publicise vacancies and opportunities.
  • Departmental advisors As part of their general advice to students, departmental advisors encourage students to plan for their future careers, and they seek to identify students needing additional support who are encouraged to attend Careers Advisory Service interviews.

    Staff development The department has also held a staff development session on the careers advice infrastructure of the university to encourage staff engagement with careers issues.

Work experience

We offer Nuffield internships within the department.


Durham University Mathematical Sciences graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and employment sectors. The public, and private sectors are all represented with graduates entering professions such as Accountancy, Actuarial Consultancy, Tax Adviser, Software Engineering, Teaching , Retail Management, Investment Analyst, Insurance, Operations Research, Statistician, Recruitment Consulting, Armed Services Officer and Public Health Information Analyst. Examples of high profile recent employers include Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, RAF, Mars, NHS, HMRC Lane Clark & Peacock, Co-operative Group, BT, Deloitte.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place:

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Department Information

Mathematical Sciences


We offer stimulating, flexible and intellectually satisfying degrees.
Whether you are looking for a Single Honours degree, or wish to combine Mathematics with other subjects, Durham University offers a distinct blend of high-quality teaching and research along with excellent facilities and a stimulating environment for your studies. Whichever degree you choose, you will benefit from research-led education by experts in a wide variety of fields across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability.

With a modern curriculum you will learn from the most cutting-edge and relevant teaching, enabling you to develop the mathematical knowledge and skills needed for further study or to gain employment in a wide range of sectors.

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 91% of our Mathematical Sciences students found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2015 (sector-wide average 90%).
  • 6th in The Complete University Guide 2016.
  • 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

In addition to the large collection of mathematics books in the Bill Bryson Library, the college libraries may also have copies of recommended texts. The Department also provides a great deal of support material online and students are welcome to discuss any mathematical questions with their lecturers and tutors.


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