BSc (Hons) Mathematics

A BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree is a chance to develop skills that are practical, versatile and in demand in today’s economy. You could graduate with mathematical expertise, which having a variety of industrial and technical applications, is sought after by many employers.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Course details

Exploring mathematics in our BSc (Hons) degree course helps you to develop logical and creative problem solving skills. This is why our maths graduates are so sought after.

With a mix of pure and applied mathematics plus some numerical analysis, you’ll have the opportunity to become skilled at a variety of mathematical topics. You’ll also have the chance to pursue an area of particular interest through a dissertation in your final year.

This course enables you to expand your understanding of mathematical theories and methods and apply them to issues found in the real world. You’ll also develop useful transferable skills, such as team work, problem solving and personal communication. Additional topics have been included, mainly during your final year, to introduce you to areas of current interest that will lead you naturally towards areas of research.

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G100
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Our Mathematics courses are top in the North West and second in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • You can choose to undertake a work placement, which gives you an opportunity to explore career options before you even graduate.
  • You can take advantage of a flexible programme that offers full-time and part-time options, and a balance of theory and practice.

Key features:

  • The Maths Department is relatively small, friendly and able to offer enthusiastic teaching and support throughout your studies.
  • The course is approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
  • The programme of study covers both the theory and practical application of knowledge.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G100
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics; for instance, A-level Mathematics or IMA Polymaths Certificate (with a score of at least 900 out of 1200 points). You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our Polymaths course.

If you have non-standard qualifications, or have narrowly failed to meet the standard entry requirements, we may still invite you to interview and ask you to undertake a diagnostic test that involves solving short routine problems of ‘A-level’ standard in an informal one-to-one meeting.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Once you’ve completed your studies and are considering your next move you can be confident that your mathematics degree will have given you a range of skills that are in high demand in many career sectors. Some of these key transferable skills include advanced numeracy, recognising patterns and drawing conclusions, problem solving abilities, working methodically and accurately, constructing logical arguments and exposing illogical ones and presenting a solution clearly, making your assumptions explicit.

What can I do with this qualification?

There’s a demand for mathematicians across a wide range of sectors. Academic research is a common career path as are careers in teaching, banking and finance. There are also opportunities for employment with publicly funded research institutes or government agencies. Mathematics graduates can also progress to graduate schemes, which involve long term employment contracts usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages.

Further study is a popular option for mathematics graduates. For example, you could go on to take a postgraduate teacher training course, or study for an MSc or PhD in a mathematically related discipline. Also other careers, including most finance-related careers and actuarial work, require further study during employment to complete professional exams.

Alternative career options

  • Insurance underwriting
  • Meteorology
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Business analysis
  • Quantity surveying
  • Tax advising
  • Pensions consultancy
  • Engineering
  • Software testing
  • Scientific Research and Development
  • Teaching
  • Management consultancy
  • Public administration

Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Mathematics is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught Master’s degrees.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Abstract Algebra
  • The Mathematician in Society
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  • Algorithms and Structured Programming
  • Vector Calculus
  • Dynamics
  • Further Mathematical Methods
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Mathematics Dissertation
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Further Linear Algebra
  • Group Theory
  • Complex Variables
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematics Work Placement

Teaching, learning and assessment

Most learning is via classroom teaching to groups of between twenty and thirty students. The relatively small class size allows teaching to be delivered in a fairly informal and interactive way, involving plenty of discussion between students and tutors.

It’s expected that you’ll work on exercises outside of class time. Some modules include practical computer work, and an optional work placement module in the final year gives you the chance to gain graduate-level work experience.

Assessments take the form of written exams, coursework and practical exercises. The University's virtual learning environment, Moodle, has a good supply of educational resources, and tutors are available to work through exercise solutions if you feel it would be beneficial.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (47%), Practical exams (33%), Written exams (20%)
Level Two Coursework (33%), Practical exams (7%), Written exams (60%)
Level Three Coursework (30%), Practical exams (12%), Written exams (58%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)
Level Three Guided independent study (82%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (18%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Michael Butler
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903634

Jonathan Kelly
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903134

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903