BSc Mathematics

UCAS code

G110 - with a year in industry

Duration 3 Years / 4 years with a year in industry
Typical offer AAA–AAB; IB: 36–34; BTEC: DDD
Discipline Mathematical Sciences
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Programme options

At Exeter we are strongly motivated by the application of Mathematics. It is an exceptionally powerful tool that is an essential part of life in the real world. There is a strong link between what we teach and what we research.

Strong links across industries provide real examples of situations to be solved logically. We have three Met Office professors within climate mathematics and good links with Biosciences and Physics; at Exeter you have the flexibility to choose.

Mathematics degrees give a firm foundation in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics/Optimisation. In the first and second years there are compulsory modules in all these areas, together with some optional modules. A system of electives in Years 2 and 3 allows you to take modules in other subjects at the University, for example in Business, Modern Languages or Psychology.

Choosing Mathematics 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 - a £2.8 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.

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competencies to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.m

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 all the main areas of university-level Mathematics, consolidating and building on the material you will have learned at A level. The Mathematical Investigations module includes group work to tackle open-ended problems in mathematics under the supervision of a member of staff.

Year 2

Core modules cover concepts and techniques that are widely used in many areas of mathematics, while optional modules give you the opportunity to learn about more specialised topics. Up to 30 credits of elective (free choice) modules can be taken, with at most 15 credits outside the disciplines of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.

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, including Mathematics: History and Culture. These, together with electives available in years 2 and 3, give you the opportunity to specialise in one area of mathematics, or to continue with a broad-based course.

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

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

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you would typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module every week and example classes 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 addition to this, you are expected to spend about 20 hours per week in private study. The tutorials and exercise classes enable you to discuss the lecture material and coursework problems. Further support is available at lunchtime mathematics surgeries run by postgraduate students. You are encouraged to discuss any mathematical problems or questions that may arise with the lecturer. All lecturers have advertised office hours when they are available to provide help. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics so coursework is set in each module.


Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the assessed coursework will help you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically from fairly simple beginnings. 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. Most modules also have either a mid-term test or coursework contributing to the assessment.

Coursework typically contributes 20% to the assessment of all modules. In the third years several modules allow you to undertake further coursework to contribute to your overall degree classification.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your final degree classification.


Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Careers and employability webpages to find out more.

BSc Mathematics with a Year in Industry

The BSc Mathematics 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

Streatham Campus, Exeter

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Penryn Campus, Near Falmouth

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

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This programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications