Undergraduate Study

BSc Mathematical Sciences - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code G140
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2021

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB - ABB
IB: 34/665-32/655

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mathematics


  • Combines traditional mathematics subjects with advanced courses in statistics, programming, and data science, preparing you for an array of numerate and analytical professions
  • Develop a deep understanding of the techniques and methods of modern mathematical sciences, and a clear insight into the industrial and scientific areas in which they are applied
  • Benefit from an outward facing approach to mathematics with options available in ecology, business, engineering, social science, and environmental science
  • Option to extend your degree and spend a ‘Year in Industry’

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Explore applications of mathematical, statistical and data science techniques to areas aligned with our research strengths

Based at our beautiful Penryn Campus in Cornwall

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAB - ABB GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB 34/665-32/655 IB Maths HL6
BTEC DDD-DDM Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

I chose to study in Penryn due to the unique opportunities offered by studying on this campus. We have a much smaller cohort size so we’re able to build strong relationships with our lecturers where they know us all individually.

Since our course is very new we were able to set up a Maths Society, for which I’m president. It’s my biggest achievement so far as it’s allowed us to create a space for a community of like-minded people.

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Studying BSc Mathematical Sciences at the University of Exeter


Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,950 per year

Please note that the fees for students starting in 2021 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2020 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2021 entry shortly.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying Mathematics. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

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Course content

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The first year modules introduce you to the main areas of university-level mathematics, consolidating and building on the material you will have learned at A level. Alongside traditional core mathematical expertise, the Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Mathematics module will give you problem-based learning skills around a number of important scientific themes. A further key element of the programme is the focus on real-world systems and integral to this is an understanding of numerical methods underpinned by our 15 credit Scientific Computing module.

Core modules further develop fundamental concepts in mathematics and statistics whilst optional modules open up areas of applications of mathematics in science and technology. Problem-based learnings are strengthened in Advanced Interdisciplinary Mathematics. Data analysis skills are further enhanced in the Data, Signals and Systems and Statistical Modelling modules.

If you choose the ‘with a Year in Industry’ variant of this degree, your placement will take place in your third year. For more information about the ‘with a Year in Industry’ programme, please see the course variants.

In the third year, a wide range of modules are available in both mathematics and in numerous important areas of science and technology. These give you the option to specialize in a specific area of mathematical sciences or to continue with a generalist mathematics programme.

Course variants

UCAS code: G108

The BSc Mathematical Sciences with a Year in Industry programme includes an industrial placement which takes place in the third year of this four-year degree.

Your placement will be spent working in an appropriate business or industry related to mathematics, and you will benefit from our established connections with local, national and multinational organisations. As well as increasing your first-hand knowledge and improving many personal and transferable skills, making new contacts and enhancing your employability.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee, visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the unique UCAS code. You can also transfer to the ‘with a Year in Industry’ programme during the first year of BSc Mathematics.

Preparation and support

We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module 'Employability and Placement Preparation’ takes place at the start of your first year. This is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.

Learning and teaching

By choosing to study mathematics in Cornwall you will have the opportunity to develop your core and advanced mathematical skills in an inspirational setting, and apply these skills to important global challenges including biodiversity, energy security, environmental change, human health and wildlife disease.

By choosing to study mathematics in Cornwall you will have the opportunity to develop your core and advanced mathematical skills in an inspirational setting, and apply these skills to important global challenges including biodiversity, energy security, environmental change, human health and wildlife disease.

Your studies will benefit from

  • Research led teaching: all academic staff are research active and draw on close links to the Environment and Sustainability Institute or the European Centre for Environment and Human Health;
  • Flexibility and choice: many options in mathematics and across applied disciplines allow you to tailor your studies to your personal interests, eg, in mathematics, biology, geography and energy engineering;
  • Interactive learning and innovative assessment: many modules draw on research led activities that inspire inquiry and investigation. These activities include field trips, panel debates and expert-led discussions. Assessments are tailored to learning outcomes and include poster and oral presentations, computer code, technical reports and log books aimed at demonstrating your knowledge, skills and expertise;
  • Inspirational location: Cornwall is a perfect natural environment offering numerous opportunities for you to develop skills via hands-on experiences and to understand the challenges facing our planet.

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Your future

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates go on to excel in many specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the deep and adaptable skills that employers are looking for.

You’ll be able to meet with local and national employers who regularly visit the university to engage with students, hosting mock interviews, CV workshops, drop-ins and lectures. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the day to day activities of their business and recruitment opportunities. Our Careers Service also host a wealth of employer activity, such as Careers Fairs, so you’ll never be short of chances to network with potential employers.

Each year a number of our graduating students choose to undertake further study and there is a fast track application process for Exeter students to our postgraduate programmes. Of those choosing the postgraduate route, around half choose to remain at Exeter, which reflects well on their satisfaction with the University and the range of courses available.

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