September 2021

Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2021

Key Details

  • G100 Course Code
  • 3-4.5 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff


Please note that this course is being re-validated for September 2021 entry. Re-validation is a standard academic process that ensures the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics & its applications (IMA).The IMA actively supports students of mathematics as well as supporting universities to ensure that their mathematics related courses are relevant and up to date. An IMA validated degree programme is assured in terms of teaching, learning and support.

Problem solving and mathematical modelling are fundamental themes of the course – representing real world problems in a mathematical form and then using appropriate methods and techniques to simulate and analyse, translating results back from mathematics to the actual problem together with an appropriate interpretation. You will build on the mathematics that you have already studied, further extending your knowledge of calculus and algebra. You will also be introduced to mathematical modelling and simulation, including statistics, and learn how to approach building a mathematical representation to simulate real world problems.

Practicing mathematicians make extensive use of sophisticated software to analyse complex problems. During the first year you will be introduced to software tools which handle the drudgery of calculation, allowing you to focus on the higher level mathematical issues related to the appropriateness and reliability of the model being used.

Why study Mathematics?

  • An ideal first degree
  • A focus on using mathematics to solve real problems
  • Using industry standard software to analyse complex situations
  • An extensive final year project applying mathematics in an area of your own choosing
  • IMA Accreditation (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications)
  • A Chance to study part of your course in the USA
  • Credit bearing work placement in a mathematical environment
  • Development of skills to communicate findings with both those with no advanced mathematical knowledge and specialist mathematicians

Mathematics is playing an increasingly important role in modern life in areas ranging from internet security to medical imaging, from data analytics to telecommunications. And, of course, it remains important in traditional areas such as finance and teaching. Mathematicians are in high demand.

The BSc Mathematics programme at Newman will equip you with the cognitive and practical problem solving skills to successfully apply mathematical thinking in a wide range of situations. The course has also been designed to enable you to study for a semester of second year at Newman University in Wichita, USA, adding an international dimension to the degree (additional costs apply, please see additional costs section for cost estimations).

What does the course cover?

In your first year you will study Mathematical Thinking to develop your logic and proof skills to ensure your approach to mathematics is much more formal and rigorous as well as taking modules that will develop mathematical methods and modelling skills. This will be followed by The Mathematical Professional to develop software skills and Linear Algebra and Probability and Statistics to give you an overall firm foundation in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. The various modules will also introduce a number of useful mathematical software packages to help you solve and check problems and will also allow you to experiment with mathematical ideas.

During your second year you will build on your first year modules by taking further calculus, statistics and modelling modules as well as developing further and deeper topics into pure mathematics and research methods for mathematicians. Optimization is also extensively discussed as well as further numerical methods to aid in solving equations and problems that cannot be solved exactly.

In the final year you will develop further techniques in the areas of complex analysis, graph theory, data science and partial differential equations and you will undertake an extended capstone project to be completed over two semesters that will bring together all your accumulated mathematical knowledge and skills.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed using a combination of examinations, projects, presentations and continuous assignments.

What careers could I consider?

The course will prepare you for a graduate role in a rapidly changing world. Graduates with mathematical and statistical skills are highly sought after in a wide range of industries, particularly if they are able to communicate clearly with those who are not mathematicians. Typically, mathematics graduates find employment in finance, computing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical industry and teaching. However, the list of sectors employing mathematicians is continually increasing. The growing volume and importance of data means that the number and range of ‘analyst’ roles is ever increasing – and mathematicians are ideally placed to fill such roles. In addition this degree course is also a strong academic base for those interested in studying at postgraduate level.

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Applications are now open for September 2021. The equal consideration deadline for UCAS applications is January 29th. You can also apply direct to Newman University.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, and a A Level (Grade C or above) in Mathematics are also required.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for the full-time route for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *
Part-time UK students: £5,300*

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

The course has been designed to enable you to study for a semester or second year at Newman University in Wichita, USA. If you choose the option to travel to Wichita to study you will need to pay for your flights and accommodation and living expenses whilst there.

Cost: return flight from Birmingham International Airport – £750;

Accommodation costs: £1,500;

A year-long visa – (currently £150)

Living costs – £1,200  (based on 2017/18)

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 


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