BSc Mathematics and Computer Science (GG14)

2016 entry
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UCAS code GG14
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 177
Number of places for 2016/17 24

About BSc Mathematics and Computer Science

This course combines theoretical knowledge from mathematics with concrete applications in computer science. The joint course is ideal for someone looking to apply themselves to problem solving in fields such as cryptography, algorithm design, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

In mathematics, you will study the core of linear algebra, calculus and analysis with some extra pure mathematics. You have the opportunity to tailor your computer science options and graduate with a balance of theoretical and practical skills that reflect your interests.

More about Computer Science

Find out more about studying Computer Science at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Foundations & Proof
  • Analysis
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Group Theory
  • Probability
  • Programming and Algorithms l and ll
  • Theory of Computation

Second year

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Symbols, Patterns and Signals
  • Language Engineering
  • Communication, Complexity and Number Theory
  • Human-Computer Interaction or Career Management Skills
  • A choice from units covering:
    • Analysis
    • Calculus
    • Applied Partial Differential Equations
    • Linear Algebra
    • Algebra
    • Applied Probability
    • Statistics
    • Multivariable Calculus
    • Optimisation
    • Combinatorics

Third year

A choice from a selection of approximately 35 units in each year, plus the opportunity to undertake a research project. This includes units related to current research topics in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Mathematics units.

Further details about the course structure for Mathematics
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Typical offer for BSc Mathematics and Computer Science

(including international A-levels)
A*AA including Mathematics; or AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAA including Maths; or AAB including A in Maths and Further Mathematics*
IB Diploma 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at Level 3 mathematics are required with 12 of these at Distinction. The Mathematics units taken should include calculus, algebra and trigonometry. A-level Mathematics at grade A.**
BTEC D*DD (IT Practitioners or Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.**
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB88% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
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Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade C in Mathematics and English
Academic qualifications*Further Mathematics AS-level or A-level, STEP or AEA Mathematics are highly desirable if offered at your school/college, but not required. **Where A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, please see section 2.2 in the admission statement.

More entry information

Admissions statements relate to 2016 entry and will be updated for 2017 entry in summer 2016.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1640

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

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