Mathematics, B.Sc.

Mathematics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The range of mathematical units available at Bristol is extensive. Year one units are compulsory, then in year two you can select topics that are of particular interest to you. You can continue with a varied degree or choose to specialise.


Some units from outside mathematics can be taken in years three and four.

You will be supported by three tutorials (usually in groups of six) each week, and will take exams in January and at the end of the academic year. In your final year, you will also complete a substantial project.

Why study Mathematics at Bristol?

The School of Mathematics offers several courses based on a wide range of units. This allows movement between courses and gives great flexibility.

All six Single Honours courses share the same first year (with some slight variation for those taking Mathematics with Study in Europe). This lays a firm foundation for your studies and informs your choice of units in later years.

You can specialise from year two and choose from a rich variety of units available:

  • Some units - Financial Mathematics and Maths in Schools - are aimed at a very specific career path.
  • Others, such as Probability 3 or Mechanics 3, offer advanced studies in familiar topics.
  • Units such as Random Matrix Theory or Quantum Information allow the study of new and exciting topics that reflect our strong research base.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through your degree. Assessment will be by examination at the end of each year.

If you are applying for deferred entry, please seek advice about maintaining your mathematical skills


This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.
  • The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Foundations and Proof
  • Analysis
  • Introduction to Group Theory
  • Calculus
  • Computational Maths
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry
  • Mechanics
  • Probability
  • Statistics
Second year

A choice from about 12 units, including:

  • Statistics
  • Combinatorics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mechanics
  • Algebra
  • Applied Probability
  • Metric Spaces
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Optimisation
Third and fourth year

A choice from a selection of approximately 35 units plus the opportunity to undertake a project. This includes units related to current research topics in the School of Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): A*AA including A* in Mathematics, plus at least one of the following subjects*; or AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including grade A in both Mathematics and one of the following subjects or Further Mathematics*
  • IB Diploma: 38 overall with 18 points at Higher level including 6, 6 in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall with 17 points at Higher level including 6, 6 in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction including 12 credits in Mathematics and 15 credits at Merit. A further qualification such as A-level Mathematics may also be required; please contact Admissions for advice regarding your Access course's content.
  • BTEC: DDD in Science pathway with Distinction in Mathematics unit; or DDD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A
  • SQA: SH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and one of the following subjects*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 88% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics and 8.5 in Physics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade C or above in English Language.
  • Academic qualifications: *Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics or Computer Science. STEP achievement may be included as part of an alternative offer.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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