maths

Undergraduate

BSc Mathematics

Explore pure and applied mathematics on this accredited course, and get a grounding in probability, statistics, and numerical programming.​

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

G100

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Course overview

Gain an understanding of pure and applied maths on this rewarding degree. You'll study in small groups, as part of our close-knit mathematical community, under renowned researchers whose specialisms include algebra, geometry, fluid dynamics, astrophysics, probability and statistics.

Under expert guidance, you’ll work on projects that will push and develop your abilities in topics at the frontier of mathematics. Our degrees prepare you for your future career by encouraging conceptual and abstract thought.

Students with good A level results, or equivalent, may be eligible for the Gillian Stead Bursary - worth up to £6,300 over three years.

Six reasons to study Mathematics at Hull

  1. This course is accredited by the IMA*
  2. Up to £6.3k bursary for high-performing students
  3. First step towards Chartered Mathematician status
  4. Access to powerful maths software such as MATLAB
  5. Learn under renowned researchers
  6. Be part of a tight-knit maths community

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Introduction to University Mathematics

    Study logic, sets and rigorous proofs, which are fundamental to university-level maths. You'll solve mathematics problems using Python and produce professional mathematical reports in LaTeX.

    Numbers, Sequences and Series

    This module introduces the basic number systems used in mathematics and the notion of limits. You'll evaluate limits of sequences and series and determine whether they converge.

    Calculus

    You'll study, for a function of a single real variable, the limit processes of differentiation and integration using logic and the language of set theory.

    Vector and Linear Algebra

    This module delivers essential core mathematics. You’ll explore vectors, matrices, vector spaces, linear equation systems and dimension.

    Introduction to Probability and Statistics

    Learn how to use basic results from probability theory, such as standard probability distributions - and how to statistically estimate and test hypotheses of model parameters.

    Modelling and Mechanics

    You'll see how mathematics, in association with stated assumptions or physical laws, can be used to model processes and predict potential outcomes.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Analysis

    What do we mean by saying that a function is continuous, smooth or differentiable? This module defines these and other statements about functions that we often take for granted.

    Linear Algebra and Groups

    On this module, you’ll explore the themes of abstract vector space theory, linear maps, inner product spaces, group theory, and operation preserving maps.

    Differential Equations

    Explore solution-generating techniques including Wronskian procedures, Laplace transforms and the method of Frobenius, concluding with the more advanced application of Sturm-Liouville theory.

    Vector Calculus

    Study differentiation and integration of scalar-valued and vector-valued functions of several variables. You'll focus on applications to curves and surfaces in three-dimensional space.

  • Optional

    Functions of a Complex Variable

    On this module, you'll study differentiation and integration of a complex-valued function of a complex-valued variable. 

    Group and Ring Theory

    Groups and rings encompass familiar objects like integers and matrices, and operations like addition and multiplication. You’ll also encounter other abstract structures with surprising similarities.

    Practical Programming with MATLAB

    Learn how computers compute and process numbers, and the surprising limitations of numerical mathematics. You'll have weekly practical lab and coding assignments. 

    Statistical Models

    This module investigates nonparametrical tests, such as goodness-of fit and rank tests. You’ll also learn how to use linear regression models and analysis of variance.

    Passport Languages

    Learn a new language or improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

Final year modules

The main focus in this phase of the course is your final-year project that will involve an in-depth study of a problem of your own choosing, drawn from the interests of a member of staff.

  • Core

    Mathematical Project

    Under the supervision of your supervisor, you will perform an in-depth examination of a mathematical topic.

  • Optional

    Numerical Analysis

    Many real-world maths problems are too difficult to solve analytically to yield a nice closed solution. Learn how the original mathematical problem can be approximated by a numerical approach.

    Differential Geometry

    Study curves and surfaces in 3D using vector calculus, linear algebra and analysis. How do you make a map of the world? What is the Möbius strip? How curved is a sphere or a cube?

    Game and Decision Theory

    Discover the basics of game theory, such as how to determine optimal strategies for games. You'll learn how to make choices under uncertainty in the framework of decision theory.

    Classical and Quantum Mechanics

    Explore the strange quantum world where the behaviour of subatomic particles is described by integrals, complex numbers, and the rules of probability.

    Fluid Dynamics

    Using vector calculus, derive the governing equations of a viscous, incompressible, Newtonian fluid. You'll analyse the special case of an inviscid and irrotational fluid flow.

    Partial Differential Equations

    Study methods for solving first- and second-order partial differential equations, mainly for scalar-valued functions of two or more variables.

    Statistical Models

    This module investigates nonparametrical tests, such as goodness-of fit and rank tests. You’ll also learn how to use linear regression models and analysis of variance.

    Dynamical Systems

    Study how real-world phenomena can be modelled as interconnected systems of differential equations. You’ll discover how these systems evolve over a long period of time.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

360 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

840 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

73%
27%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

372 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

828 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

78%
22%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

58%
9%
33%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Maths at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Maths
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma:  suitable for Foundation Year only
  • Access to HE Diploma: Suitable for Foundation Year only.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Our teaching staff

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Banker
  • ICT worker
  • Accountant
  • Insurance and actuary specialist
  • Teacher
  • Data analyst

A maths degree is highly valued by employers. It opens doors to varied and financially rewarding roles.

At the end of the BSc, you could transfer onto our one-year taught maths MSc, which lets you access careers that require advanced mathematical knowledge.

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