BSc Mathematical Sciences

UCAS code G140
G108 - with a year in industry
Duration 3 Years / 4 years with a year in industry
Typical offer AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
Discipline Mathematics
Location Cornwall (Penryn Campus)


Programme options

The modern application of mathematics operates at the interface of multiple disciplines, and integrates data analysis, computer science, and statistics. The explosion of ‘big data’, in sectors including on-line consumer behaviour, genome sequencing, eHealth and smart energy systems, means there is an urgent need for mathematicians who can handle complex datasets, communicate effectively, and fully understand the techniques, pitfalls, and potential of advanced mathematical methods.

BSc Mathematical Sciences is a mathematics degree that combines traditional mathematics subjects with advanced courses in statistics, programming, and data science that will prepare students for the array of numerate and analytical professions that are found at the core of both modern research and the digital economy. There is an outward facing approach to mathematics with options available in ecology, business, engineering, social science, and environmental science. On completion of the programme you will have 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.

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

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 30 credit Scientific Computing module.

Year 2

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. Progression to the third year of the MSci programmes, or transfer from BSc to MSci Mathematical Sciences, is conditional on satisfactory performance in the second year.

Year in industry

If you choose the ‘with Year in Industry’ variant of this degree, your placement will take place in your third year. During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. You will then take the modules listed below in your fourth year of study.

Year 3

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. MSci students also have the option of studying in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand for half of the third year.

Appendix: Optional modules

Notes for Mathematical Sciences programmes.

Year 2

Optional Modules in Ecology and Evolution

Evolution and Ecology are intimately linked, with ecological interactions driving evolutionary change, and evolution determining diversity in ecology. You have the opportunity to study both, fundamental theory as well as how to translate theory into practice through ecological consultancy in a wide range of biosciences modules. Options, chosen by Mathematical Sciences students, include: Population and Community Ecology; Evolutionary Ecology; Introduction to Ecological Consultancy.

Optional Modules in Energy Systems and Control

Renewable Energy Engineering encompasses topics ranging from the scientific principles of renewable energy technology, to the management skills required to meet global emissions targets and take control under soaring energy prices, through to hands-on skills in designing and building turbine generators. You have the opportunity to study a wide range of engineering modules. Options, chosen by Mathematical Sciences students, include: Energy Management; Renewable Energy Systems II.

Optional Modules in Environmental Science

Environmental Science draws on interdisciplinary skills to understand local and global environmental change. You can gain an understanding of environmental systems and the critical global issues and challenges of the 21st century. Vital to modern environmental science is the collection, analysis and interpretation of large environmental data sets, for example obtained from satellite remote sensing, and you have the opportunity to enhance your skill set with modules in this area. Options, chosen by Mathematical Sciences students, include: Remote Sensing for Environmental Management; Geographical Information Science and Systems; Atmosphere and Ocean Systems.

Optional Modules in Business

The Business school in Cornwall delivers business and management modules with an ethos of ethics and sustainability, and a focus on entrepreneurship for science and technology. You can study modules that cover core business skills as well as others designed to address the challenges in growing businesses in the current climate change era. Options, chosen by Mathematical Sciences students, include: Finance for Business; Strategic Concepts for Business; Sustainable Enterprise Economy.

Year 3

Optional Modules in Ecology and Evolution

You can study advanced topics in ecology and evolution in numerous optional biosciences modules including: Coevolutionary Interactions; Trends in Ecology and Evolution; Symbiosis in Marine Systems.

Optional Modules in Energy Systems and Control

You can gain specialist knowledge in renewable energy technologies, by following optional renewable energy engineering modules including: Marine Renewable Energy and Hydropower; Solar Power; Wind Power; Smart Energy and Energy Storage Technologies.

Optional Modules in Environmental Science

You can study advanced topics in the environmental sciences in numerous optional geography modules including: Issues in Climate Change; Sustainability; Energy Policies for a Low Carbon Economy.

Optional Modules in Business

You can gain expertise in specialist business topics through optional Business School modules including: Social and Technological Innovation; Globalisation and Internationalisation; Small Business Management; Crisis, Change and Creativity in Organisations.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

A level

GCE AL Maths grade A

Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.


IB Maths HL6 and/or Analysis and Approaches

BTEC Extended Diploma (2010 and 2016)

Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A

For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

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

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.


A degree from Exeter is highly valued by employers. Management and personal skills are built into our programmes and our students take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular and personal development opportunities offered by the University, from study abroad (for certain programmes) to volunteering and playing an active role in student societies.

We have excellent links with employers and support students to consider their careers from an early stage. Our Employability Officer is active in developing aspects of our programmes and services that improve the employability of our students. We also have a dedicated Careers Consultant who provides specific services such as careers workshops tailored to careers in mathematics and support in matters such as applications and job interview skills. The Career Zone runs several careers fairs throughout the year and these have been particularly successful in putting major UK employers in touch with Exeter students. Relevant employers visit the department from the first year to meet with students, with the aim of helping them to develop their career ideas at an early enough stage to help with module choices and placement decisions.

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.

A wide range of employers from industries as diverse as banking, insurance, medical, transport, power generation, software, and the armed forces, know the department as a provider of excellent graduates who are able to apply their problem solving and analytical skills in the real world.

Find out more about what the Employability Service offers.

Destinations of recent graduates

Here are just a few examples of the destinations of our recent graduates:

  • Occupations
  • Software Engineer
  • Sport Analyst
  • Audit Assistant
  • Trainee Health Economist
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Corporate Tax Assistant
  • Junior Consultant
  • Maths Teacher
  • Market Risk Analyst


  • Renishaw
  • Centrica
  • Siemens
  • KPMG
  • Allianz
  • BP
  • HSBC
  • Towers Watson
  • 3M
  • Ford
  • The Met Office

Examples of further study followed by our graduates

  • MSc Environmental Economics, University College London
  • MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics, University of Bath
  • PGCE Primary Mathematics, University of Exeter
  • PhD Mathematics and Plant Science, University of Nottingham
  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics, Oxford Brookes University
  • MSc Economics, University of Exeter

BSc Mathematical Sciences with a Year in Industry

The BSc Mathematical Sciences with a Year in Industry programme includes an industrial placement prior to the start of your final year.

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. We find that our students gain valuable experience from working in industry. As well as increasing their first-hand knowledge, they also improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance their employability.

Who is this for?

The 'with Year in Industry' option is available for our Exeter-based BSc and MMath Mathematics degrees, and for BSc Mathematical Sciences on Penryn Campus.

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. In 2016/17 the fee was £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). Visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code at the top of this page.

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’.

Contact us

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

We are more than happy to meet with prospective students to discuss the programme in greater detail. Please contact us to arrange a visit to the Penryn campus to meet with the mathematical sciences academic staff, wewill normally be able to accommodate your visit with just a few days’ notice. Alternatively, we can also discuss by phone or email.

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Mathematics website

Why study in Cornwall?

The University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus offers the very latest academic, research and residential facilities and is made up of around 4,000 students providing a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Cornwall has created a strong, sustainable economy, with a diverse mix of industries and internationally renowned strengths in the environmental, marine, aerospace, Information Communications Technology (ICT), creative and food and drink sectors.

The Penryn Campus rates consistently in the Top 10 for student satisfaction.

Campus tours

Campus tours enable you to see the campus facilities and view the halls of residence; they run every Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 13:30 and last for an hour and a half.

If you would like to visit the Penryn Campus to find out more about what we have to offer, please visit our Penryn Campus tours page.

If you have any queries about visiting our Penryn Campus, please contact us on:

Telephone: 01326 371801

Web: Enquire online