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Department of Mathematical Sciences


We offer a balanced honours degree programme which allows choice from a wide spectrum of pure mathematics, applied mathematics (including mathematical physics) and statistics. As a Durham graduate you will leave the university having acquired much more than a simple technical proficiency in your subject.

You will have been exposed to the elegance of mathematics as an intellectual discipline and to its enormous power as a tool for solving scientific problems, and encouraged from a very early stage to take pride in the presentation of your work. Your course will help you to produce logical arguments and express yourself precisely, and to actively enjoy solving problems. The high percentage of graduates going into attractive jobs show that these are qualities which are valued by employers.

Code Title Years Description Details
G100 BSc (Hons) Mathematics 3 A general mathematical experience, preparing you for a wide range of employment More Info
G103 MMath (Hons) Mathematics 4 A four year maths course,suitable for potential practising mathematicians More Info

Which degree is right for me?

Because it is sometimes difficult to know at this point which degree will be best, our admissions policy is extremely flexible. Interchange between the BSc (G100) and the MMath (G103) and between the BSc (with year abroad), BSc (with placement year) (G108) and the MMath (European Studies) (G101) is possible during the first two years as the programme specifications do not differ until year three.

Note that in all cases you should apply for G100 or G103 and transfer onto the related programmes within the first two years of study.

However, transfer into the BSc (with year abroad) or MMath (European Studies) programmes is dependent on appropriate language qualifications and available placements for the year three abroad. If at present you find it difficult to decide between the three year BSc and the four year MMath, our advice is to apply for the MMath. The entry requirements are precisely the same and your Local Education Authority will be aware that you may need funding for a total of four years. In terms of selection, the alternative programs are equivalent; you will not increase your chances of an offer by simultaneously applying to more than one mathematics programme in Durham, nor does your choice of mathematics programme affect your chances of receiving an offer.

There is also the opportunity to study mathematics as part of a three or four year Natural Sciences degree programme. This includes specific Joint Honours programmes. Admissions to these programmes is via Natural Sciences not through the individual departments. Depending on your programme specifications and module choices, it may be possible to transfer between Mathematics and Natural Sciences programmes at the end of year one. However, there is no automatic right to do so, so it is important to apply for the appropriate programme. If you wish, you can apply for a Natural Sciences programme and a Mathematics programme. These applications will be considered separately, but will of course use up two of the five options on your UCAS form.

Joint and Combined Degrees

Besides our Mathematics Honours degrees, you also have the option of combining your studies in Mathematics with one or more other subjects. You can combine Mathematics with more than one other subject either within a Natural Sciences (BSc or MSci) degree or a Combined Honours in Arts (BA) degree.

Joint Honours degrees involve studying either Mathematics or Statistics with one other subject, although sometimes a third or possibly a fourth subject can be studied in the first year. However, in higher years you study just Mathematics and the other subject. Most of the Joint Honours degrees are a part of the popular Natural Sciences degree programme.

* Taking Mathematics with more than one other subject within Natural Sciences in a BSc. More Info

* Taking Mathematics with one or more subjects and specialising in Maths in the fourth year within an Msci in Natural Sciences. More Info

* Joint Honours BSc Mathematics and Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology) within Natural Sciences. More Info

* Joint Honours BSc Statistics and Geography, Psychology within Natural Sciences. More Info

* Joint Honours MSci Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry within Natural Sciences. More Info

* Education Studies. More Info