- Learn using real examples of situations to be solved logically through our strong links across industries
- Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics as meeting the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation
- Option to extend your degree and spend a ‘Year in Industry’ at companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Coca-Cola, Met Office and PwC
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Study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and China
Spend a year in Industry as part of your degree
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAA-AAB||GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.|
|IB||36/666-34/665||HL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches)|
|BTEC||DDD||Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A|
|GCSE||4 or C||Grade 4/C in GCSE English language|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade||15 L3 credits at Distinction Grade in an acceptable Mathematics subject area|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
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, with topics covered including Formal Mathematics and Proof, Analysis, Algebra, Calculus, Modelling, Probability and Statistics. Our Foundations of Mathematics module helps support background knowledge from A level, especially if you did not take Further Mathematics, and several modules help develop computer skills.
In your second year you can choose from a number of streams that develop your understanding of Real and Complex Analysis, Abstract and Linear Algebra, Applied Mathematical Modelling and Statistics. Optional modules give you the opportunity to learn about more specialised topics. Up to 30 credits of elective (free choice) modules can be taken from any discipline in the University subject to approval, pre-requisites, timetabling and availability.
If you choose the ‘with Year in Industry’ variant of this degree, your placement will take place in your third year. For more information about the ‘with Year in Industry’ programme, please see the course variants. Up to 30 credits of elective (free choice) modules can be taken from any discipline in the University subject to approval, pre-requisites, timetabling and availability.
In the final year, a wide range of modules is available representing Exeter’s specialisms and research strengths in areas such as Cryptography, Fluid Dynamics and Mathematical Biology and Ecology. These, together with electives available in previous years, give you the opportunity to specialise in one area of mathematics, or to continue with a broad-based course. Up to 30 credits of elective (free choice) modules can be taken from any discipline in the University subject to approval, pre-requisites, timetabling and availability.
UCAS code: G110
The BSc Mathematics 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’.
It was a genuine pleasure to study at the University of Exeter. The support from lecturers, was definitely my favourite thing about the course – it was brilliant.
There weren’t just specific times when lecturers would be available, they were always willing to make even more time for you, so you were able to get in to extra detail with your work.
Studied BSc Mathematics at the University of Exeter
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £24,500 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
BSc Mathematics and BSc Mathematics with Year in Industry
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status. This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.
Learning and teaching
All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, examples classes, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module every fortnight, except for modules involving computing or project work. Thus in the first year you would typically have around 16 contact hours per week. In the first term, the ‘Foundations’ module helps you with the transition from A level to university mathematics.
Private study and support
In addition to lectures and seminars, you should spend about 20 hours per week in private study. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics, and we advise you attempt all coursework problems, whether formally assessed or not. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services and you are encouraged to discuss mathematical problems or questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through lunchtime mathematics surgeries or our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.
Project and computer work
There are modules at all levels that involve project work and report writing, and the final year project is a major piece of research and writing that allows you to go into depth for a specific area under the guidance of a member of academic staff. You can choose from wide range of possible project topics each year, or negotiate a topic/title with a member of academic staff. Several of the modules develop skills to use a range of modern computer tools for working with data, programming or symbolic algebra as well as typesetting and presentation.
Once you have mastered the foundations, our mathematics programmes offer in later years a wide range of options within the programme. In addition to the named degrees with study abroad, professional experience and year in industry, you can take optional (called elective) modules from all over the university in later years. These options are subject to your availability, having the appropriate background (pre-requisites) and certain programme constraints.
A research and practice led culture
You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising internationally-recognised mathematicians, scientists and practitioners active across a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and applications. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest mathematical research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become actively involved in a research project yourself.
Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the coursework helps you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically as the degree progresses. Written examinations for mathematics modules are held in January and May/June of the first and second years and in May/June of each subsequent year. Some modules have tests, essays, presentations and/or project reports that contribute to the assessment.
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.
You have the choice to take an optional ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ module during the vacation before your final year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards the final year of your degree programme. Professional experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.
The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Mathematics but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:
- Analyst Programmer
- Business Analyst
- Credit Risk Analyst
- Data Science Developer
- Investment Analyst
- Software Engineer
- Tax Manager