MSci Mathematics (G103)

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UCAS code G103
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2015/16 1608
Number of places for 2017/18 194

About MSci Mathematics

Our four year programme will allow you the opportunity to explore high level mathematics at the leading edge of research.

Your degree from Bristol will provide you with core mathematical skills to equip you for a variety of careers and a very strong basis for further study. The first two years of mathematics provide a broad background in pure, applied and statistical mathematics, underpinning more advanced material later.

Year one consists of compulsory topics. Year two then allows you to choose some topics that are of particular interest to you, meaning you can continue with a varied degree or choose to specialise.

In year three and four you will have a very wide choice of options from across mathematics to best fit your interests, benefiting from our pioneering research. Some units from outside mathematics can also be taken in years two, three and four.

As you move through the course you will gain academic independence moving from small group tutorial teaching in year one through to a substantial independent project in your final year.

More about Mathematics

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

Course structure

First year

  • Foundations and Proof
  • Analysis
  • Introduction to Group Theory
  • Calculus
  • Computational Maths
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry
  • Mechanics
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Second year

Units covering:

  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algebra and Analysis
  • And other possible options including Mechanics, Optimisation and Numerical Analysis

Third and fourth year

A choice from a selection of approximately 30 units in each year, plus a substantial final year project. These units may vary to include teaching related to current leading edge research topics in the School of Mathematics.

For example in 2015/16 we offered units in:

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Modern Mathematical Biology
  • Number Theory
  • Group Theory
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Mathematics

Typical offer for MSci Mathematics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*A*A  including A* in Mathematics, plus at least one of the following subjects*; or A*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAA including Mathematics plus Further Mathematics or one of the following subjects*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
40 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6, 6 in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
36 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6, 6 in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction including 12 credits Mathematics and 15 credits at Merit. A further qualification such as A-level Mathematics may also be required; please contact Admissions for advice regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC offer D*D*D in Science pathway with Distinction in Mathematics unit; or D*DD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer90% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics and 9.0 in one of the following subjects*
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics or Computer Science. STEP achievement may be included as part of an alternative offer.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

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

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

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