BSc Mathematics and Physics

UCAS codeFG31
Duration3 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Because of the interplay between Mathematics and Physics we focus on combining these disciplines believing that they co-exist and complement each other and that this is the most fulfilling way to study the subject area. The Physics component is a coherent, self-contained programme in degree-level Physics.

Exeter is an exciting place to study Mathematics and Physics.  Recently, £8.2 million has been invested in ultra fast lasers, nano-fabrication, bio-imaging, lecture theatres, computing facilities and also our own astronomical observatory . In addition to this is the £1 million supercomputer located in the Physics Building, the 6th most powerful in a UK university.

Here at Exeter we are constantly pushing the boundaries of science. You will be taught by internationally recognised researchers, providing you with research led teaching within a multidisciplinary environment.

Choosing Mathematics and Physics at Exeter gives you:

  • The flexibility and freedom to choose a wide range of optional modules - enabling you to sample various disciplines and specialise if desired.
  • Research led teaching - all academic staff are active, internationally recognised researchers across a wide range of mathematical topics.
  • First-class equipment and excellent facilities - including an £8.2 million investment including a major expansion of computer facilities and completely refitted lecture theatres.
  • Staff committed to helping you make the best mathematics career choices - you'll be guided at every step to help you choose the best mathematics option for you.

It may be noted that the entry requirements advertised here differ from those published in our printed subject brochure for 2016. The entry requirements published on this website are accurate and supersede those in the printed brochure.

Programme structure

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34

Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not take part in an interview.

Required subjects

At least one grade A and a grade B in GCE AL Maths and Physics; at least one HL6 and one HL5 in IB Maths and Physics
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

It may be noted that the entry requirements advertised here differ from those published in our printed subject brochure for 2016. The entry requirements published on this website are accurate and supersede those in the printed brochure.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Mathematics programme

Knowledge in (1-4) is primarily provided through formal lectures supported by regular problem sheets for students to tackle on their own. At Stage 1 lectures are reinforced by regular tutorial groups in which assistance with, and feedback on, problem sheets is given. At later Stages in the programme students work on set problems by themselves and to seek help when required using the office hours of staff. Applications of mathematics and statistics (3) are introduced in various Stage 2 modules and more advanced applications are introduced in Stage 3 options. Modules at Stage 3 encompass an extensive range of the applications of mathematics (4). Knowledge in (5) is provided through computer practical classes at Stage 1 and reinforced in calculus modules in Stage 1 and in some modules at later stages.

Physics programme

Material is introduced by lectures and directed reading/research. Students are given clear guidance in how to manage their learning and are expected to take progressively more responsibility for their own learning at each Stage. Understanding is developed and consolidated in problems classes and tutorials and by laboratory work and private study exercises, carried out individually and in pairs or groups. A mix of self-assessed and tutor-marked work provides rapid feedback. Project work is used to integrate material and make knowledge functional. A set of compulsory core modules cover the 'fundamental physical laws' in progressively greater depth at each Stage of the programme. These laws are applied in the options modules and projects at Stages 2 and 3. Mathematical skills are learned within dedicated modules and are applied and reinforced in the other 'physics' modules.


Mathematics programme

Most knowledge is tested through a combination of written coursework and unseen formal examinations. Assessment of some optional modules involves essays, project reports or oral presentation.

Physics programme

Direct assessment is through a range of mid-semester tests (Stage 1 and 2 only), formal written examinations, and marked coursework in the form of problem sheets, laboratory reports, reports/essays based on directed reading and research. The Stage 3 project assessment is based on performance in laboratory work, oral presentations, planning ability, a formal written report and a poster presentation. Assessment criteria are published in the School Handbook.


Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our Mathematics and Physics graduates excel in specialist mathematical and physical science fields, whilst gaining many additional skills desirable to potential employers.

Therefore, Exeter graduates have excellent employment prospects as shown on our Mathematics Graduate destinations and Physics Graduate destinations web pages. 

A recent study by the Institute of Physics showed that the physics-based industries in the UK are key growth sectors and that they are increasing their share of the global market.

In conjunction with key skills gained through the Mathematical component of this degree, Mathematics and Physics graduates are highly sought after in the job market.

Visit our Mathematics Employability and our Physics Employability webpages to find out more.

Contact us

How to apply Get a prospectus Visit subject website 2016 degrees

Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership

View our Mathematics brochure

Download PDF