Mathematics

Join an outstanding centre for mathematical science where our multinational staff and students explore the subtleties of modern mathematics. Our courses provide a firm grounding in broad areas of mathematics, progressing to advanced study of specialist subjects at the cutting edge of research, as well as options that are more vocationally focused.

Why study Mathematics at Bristol?

At Bristol you will explore distinctive, high-level mathematical topics. You have choice in what you learn through our remarkable range of units and because, for single honours courses, every year offers an opportunity to do project work, allowing you to interact with staff and fellow students and prepare for a successful life beyond University.

The collaborative and outdoor spaces in the school's new home in the Fry Building are designed for effective teaching, socialising and group study.

The School of Maths offers eight single honours degree courses. All degrees share a similar first year.

Our teaching is designed to help you make the transition to university-level study. This includes small-group tutorials and group project work, allowing you to collaborate and make friends from across the first-year cohort. You will also work closely with your personal tutor during your first year, establishing a relationship that will guide you throughout your degree.

You can start to specialise from the second year. Some units, such as Financial Mathematics or Maths in Schools, are aimed at specific career paths, while units such as Modern Mathematical Biology or Quantum Information allow the study of topics that reflect our exciting research base.

On some of our courses you have the opportunity to study abroad: existing partner institutions can be found in the US, Australia, Hong Kong and across Europe.

Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014 places Maths at Bristol in the top five nationally for the quality of its research, which directly informs our teaching and student learning. As a centre for outstanding mathematics research, we have active links to other University departments as well as outside bodies, such as the Heilbronn Institute.

What kind of student would this course suit?

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

If you have a keen interest in mathematics either for its intrinsic beauty and structure or for its applications to practical problems, then you can tailor your course to explore these directions.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is mainly taught in lectures but with small-group tutorials, exercise and feedback classes, and group or project work giving you the opportunity to engage with the material and interact with peers.

Support for your studies is readily available, including our successful Maths Café where you can chat over course material with an upper year undergraduate or postgraduate in a relaxed and informal setting. 

Assessment for many units consists of standard examinations, sometimes with coursework components. On single honours courses, in each year there is opportunity to take a unit assessed by project work, practising written and oral communication.

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, while many graduates find employment in accountancy, finance, management, teaching and a variety of other sectors.

Bristol ranks fifth nationally in terms of three-year graduate salaries for mathematics (Longitudinal Education Outcomes data 2017).

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

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