Study Mathematics at the University of Birmingham
The School of Mathematics offers a range of BSc (3-year) and MSci (4-year) degree programmes. These courses provide a high-quality mathematical education featuring innovative teaching approaches and supported by internationally-excellent research in many areas of mathematics, such as combinatorics, analysis and mathematical biology.
At the University of Birmingham you will be taught by academics who are global experts in their fields, and will benefit from their varied research interests, which influence the programmes they teach.
Single Honours programmes
Joint Honours programmes
Studying mathematics will equip you with a broad range of skills, such as logical thinking, the ability to solve complex problems, and the ability to communicate technical content clearly and concisely. These skills will help you in your academic life and as you progress in your future career. You will be able to see how mathematics touches our everyday lives by playing a key role in engineering, biology, management, economics, medicine and the social and behavioural sciences.
When you join us you will be assigned a personal tutor, whose role is to provide academic support throughout your studies. For the first two years of your degree you will meet your tutor for weekly tutorials as part of a small group of tutees (typically of 6-8 students) to complement and enhance your learning experience. Except in cases of staff changes/absence you will have the same personal tutor and fellow tutees for the duration of your degree, helping you to develop strong working relationships and also to make new friends as you settle into university life.
We work hard to ensure that the School of Mathematics is a sociable and inclusive community of learners. Our student society MathSoc runs many social events, including the 'Family Scheme' to help new students settle into the department and get to know people, and regular trips to locations of interest. Likewise the School of Mathematics organises numerous informal events to develop and sustain a friendly atmosphere, and to help students get to know more of the staff and fellow students.
Altogether this makes our department a remarkably friendly place to be a student, and we hope that you will enjoy becoming part of our community.
Excellent career prospects
Mathematics students at the University of Birmingham come from a wide variety of backgrounds and go into an equally diverse range of careers – there are very few jobs that a mathematics graduate cannot do. Mathematics graduates go into the financial sector, for example accountancy, actuarial work, management consulting and banking, and some go into more general areas of business and management. You could also work in areas of industry where mathematics is applied, or in information technology. Alternatively you may want to use your degree as a springboard to other study. Many graduates go on to do a postgraduate teacher training course, or study for an MSc or PhD in a variety of subjects.
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), opened its doors to new students in October 2019. The new laboratory is a hub for science and engineering teaching, with multifunctional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary learning and team-working.