The School of Mathematics at Bristol is a centre for outstanding mathematics research with an international staff teaching distinctive, high-level mathematical subjects that prepare students for a successful life beyond University. We have active research links to other University departments as well as outside bodies, such as the Heilbronn Institute.

Our research informs our teaching. As well as gaining a firm grounding in broad areas of mathematics, you will also have the opportunity to study topics related to the cutting edge of research, taught by experts in their subjects.

You will also study advanced topics of modern mathematics in depth in final-year projects that will help prepare you for a successful life beyond University.

Why study Mathematics at Bristol?

The School of Mathematics offers several courses based on an extensive range of units. This allows you to move between courses as your interests develop and gives you great flexibility.

All courses share a similar first year - with some slight variation for those taking Mathematics with Study in Continental Europe - which lays a firm foundation and informs your choice of units in later years.

You can start to specialise from year two and choose from a wide variety of units. Some units, such as Financial Mathematics or Maths in Schools, are aimed at specific career paths; others, such as Group Theory or Mechanics, offer advanced studies in familiar topics; and units such as Modern Mathematical Biology or Quantum Information allow the study of new and exciting topics that reflect our strong research base.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through your degree.

If you are applying for deferred entry, please seek advice about maintaining your mathematical skills.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our courses suit those with excellent skills in mathematics and a willingness to work hard to master new ideas.

You will have a keen interest in the subject both for its intrinsic interest and for its applications to practical problems.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is mainly taught in lectures with additional teaching support in the form of small-group tutorials, problems classes and exercise classes. Assessment consists of standard examinations, with occasional coursework components or project work.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are highly sought-after by employers for their strong analytical, communication and organisational skills. A significant number continue by studying for postgraduate degrees before pursuing careers in research or teaching. Many graduates find employment in accountancy, finance, management and a variety of other sectors.

Read more about what students of Mathematics go on to do after graduation.


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