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Mathematics has shaped societies for thousands of years – from the Ancient Babylonians to the present day. Continue the tradition of unpicking complex mathematical problems that could help monitor the spread of disease, predict the route of a cloud of ash from a volcano and forecast climate change.

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Study core mathematical topics including analysis, algebra, calculus, statistics, operational research and modelling. Then shape your degree to your ambitions and interests in following years, by specialising in advanced principles such as financial modelling, non-linear dynamics and cosmology.

When you graduate, you’ll be in high demand, especially in the expanding technology, data and machine learning industries.

BSc or MMath?

You can study this course as a 3-year Bachelor's degree (BSc) or a 4-year integrated Master's degree (MMath). The MMath allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with just one extra year of undergraduate study, further enhancing your career prospects.

What you’ll experience

  • Delve into topics including deterministic chaos, partial differential equations, health research and abstract algebra
  • Learn from expert researchers such as Dr. Michael Gnacik, who provided data visualisation for the University's Covid testing programme as member of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation's Covid Response Team 
  • Develop coding skills in programming languages including Python
  • Learn to use industry-standard mathematical, statistical and operational research software
  • Apply your skills on optional work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools

Work experience and career planning

Mathematics is more than just number crunching.

A degree in mathematics shows that you have the ability to think analytically and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff.

The demand for mathematics graduates is increasing too. The Council for the Mathematical Sciences predicts more than 7 million people in the UK will need mathematical science skills in 2030 – an increase of 900,000 compared to 2009.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • NATS (National Air Traffic Services)
  • TSB
  • Oakbrook Finance Ltd
  • NHS
  • Carnival UK
  • The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Portsmouth Grammar School

What jobs can you do with a mathematics degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • research analyst
  • service reliability engineer
  • accountant
  • mathematics teacher
  • credit risk analyst
  • data scientist
  • accounts payable clerk
  • service reliability engineer


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Written exams
  • Practical exams
  • Coursework
  • In-class tests

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework
  • Year 4 students (MMath only): 100% by coursework

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules

Calculus I – 20 credits

Learn the fundamental notions and techniques of formal calculus.

Computational Mathematics – 20 credits

Solve mathematical problems using industry-standard tools for computer programming, construction and analysis of algorithms, and numerical methods for calculus.

Linear Algebra – 20 credits

Solve problems and prove theorems in Linear Algebra. 

Mathematical Foundations – 20 credits

Examine the most important concept in mathematics: proof. 

Mathematical Models – 20 credits

You'll visualise mathematical models using algebra software, such as Maple. 

Statistical Theory And Methods I - 20 credits

Explore probability theory, randomness and variability, and data analysis techniques.

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 128-144 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

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