Your first year is carefully designed to manage the step up from school to university mathematics and to teach the key ideas required in later years of the programme. Alongside core calculus and algebra, other modules develop discrete maths, mechanics, pure maths, statistics and computational maths. You do not need to have studied these subjects before. In addition, you study the language of the country you wish spend your third year in.
The second year provides you with some choice but also introduces some of the more advanced areas of mathematics, such as complex analysis, allowing you to develop your particular strengths and interests in the third year. In year two you continue to study your chosen language in preparation for year three. At the end of year two you decide if you would like to study abroad, or transfer to the BSc and remain in Birmingham for year three.
Choose 40 credits of options. Example optional modules:
Year 3 abroad
You spend your third year studying mathematics at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal or Spain, under the EU’s Erasmus scheme.
Tuition fees for placement years
There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.
The fourth year, in Birmingham, offers you a choice of modules allowing you to specialise in one area of mathematics or cover several different areas. The range on offer is large: from the highly abstract, such as logic, to the highly applicable, such as financial mathematics – so the choice can be difficult. You take at least one module involving project work; for those interested in teaching an option is available for working in a local school.
Choose 100 credits of options. Example optional modules:
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.