Undergraduate course

Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Take on this creative, investigative degree course and learn about the subject underpinning our understanding of almost everything.

You may have recently studied maths at school. You may have learnt formulas and how to apply them, how to draw graphs and how to calculate areas and volumes. How did you know that the formulas would work? Who was the first person to use that formula – and how did they know it would work?

  • UCAS Code – G100
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 points to include a C in Maths A-Level

    3 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Studying Mathematics at degree-level is about much more than just applying what you already know to a series of problems. It is a creative, investigative subject where you will push the boundaries of what is possible to achieve through thinking and then apply it to the world.

There are amazing discoveries to be made everywhere, but no science has the reach and impact of mathematics - touching on art, chemistry, music, design, construction, journalism, finance, healthcare, physics, geography, technology, driving, shopping, in fact… underpinning our understanding of almost everything!

Our Honours course in Mathematics is designed to be intellectually stimulating and will appeal to students who like to tackle real-world challenges through the rigorous and logical methods offered by mathematics. The programme will develop your skills across pure and applied aspects of the subject in algebra and analysis, and combines these with training in probability, advanced statistics, modelling and data analysis.

Our degree will develop your analytical skills as mathematicians alongside other skills that are essential in the modern world and workplace, drawing on expertise from across the University. You will learn skills in communication to help you write and talk about your work, programming to harness the immense power of computers, as well as entrepreneurship and enterprise so that you can apply your new knowledge to different work environments.

In a world that is increasingly reliant on data and modelling, having confidence in researching and applying quantitative concepts can be hugely beneficial. For students with a passion for understanding the world from a mathematical perspective, we can provide you with the skills, experience and support to equip you for a range of future careers.

Course Structure

Level 1


Level 1 develops the core areas of algebra, analysis and statistics, bridging the gap between school and university mathematics and laying the foundations for later advanced topics.

You will gain transferable skills in computer programming, data analysis, creative problem solving, and science communication as well as communication more generally. You will have a thoroughly interdisciplinary learning experience by being co-taught with computer scientists, data scientists and biologists in certain modules. Often working in groups you'll develop the ability to see problems from different disciplinary perspectives and communicate your insights to specialists outside your field.

Modules may include:
- Linear Algebra (20 credits)
- Programming 1 (20 credits)
- Practice in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (20 credits)
- Analysis & Optimisation (20 credits)
- Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis (20 credits)
- Communication (20 credits)

Level 2


Level 2 builds upon the foundations laid at Level 1 and develops your ability to model and simulate diverse phenomena in the world around you, both analytically and via computer simulations.

You will get the opportunity to integrate and put into practice these different topics, tools and techniques in your enterprise and research project, where interdisciplinary groups apply the knowledge they have gained to address a common question in research or entrepreneurship.

Modules may include:
- Modelling & Numerical Analysis (20 credits)
- Graphs, Networks & Systems (20 credits)
- Vector Analysis, Fluids & Electromagnetism (20 credits)
- Geometry & Groups (20 credits)
- Complex Analysis & Transforms (20 credits)
- Enterprise & Research Group Project (20 credits)

Level 3


Level 3 brings you to an advanced level of mathematical sophistication and specialisation, with a portfolio of skills tailored to your personal interests.

A substantial individual research project allows you to accentuate your programme of studies and develop your interests in different directions. This dissertation is an extended piece of research and writing that shows your individuality, independence and creativity, and as such is very highly-rated by employers. Complementing this will be advanced modules in algebra, analysis and statistics, allowing you to pursue a unique route that prepares you for work in industry, teaching, or advanced studies.

Modules may include:
- Advanced Data Applications (20 credits)
- Number Theory, Information Theory & Cryptography (20 credits)
- Mathematical Physics & Applied Mathematics (20 credits)
- Advanced Topics in Algebra (20 credits)
- Patterns in Mathematics (20 credits)
- Operators, Quantum Mechanics & Manifolds (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

Your skills in Mathematics will be developed through a range of teaching formats: lectures, workshops, problem-solving sessions and small-group tutorials. Self-directed study will also be important as you practice and perfect the mathematical tuition you receive in formal timetabled sessions. Problem-solving, data modelling and analysis will draw on examples from the real world so that the overall learning experiences bridges seamlessly between mathematical theory and its application.

Students studying for a degree in mathematics are expected to conduct around 20 hours of independent study a week. This helps to develop self-motivation, persistence, discipline and good time management skills. Self-study can take a number of forms including i) preparation and revision for assessments; ii) solving problem sets; iii) reading set texts and iv) working on case studies.

One feature of the York St John experience is that staff are accessible so no matter how challenging the material, staff advice, guidance and support will be available to help you succeed. This support extends from subject-specific areas to the development of writing and study skills, and covers leaning support and career planning.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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