Mathematics BSc

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating and intellectually challenging subjects you can study. The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at the University of Leicester is home to an enthusiastic group of mathematicians; both staff and students.

On a Mathematics Degree at the University of Leicester – whether you study for a BSc or MMath – you will come to appreciate the excitement of a subject which is integral to designing new aircraft or providing tomorrow’s weather forecast, where graduates can find themselves employed in areas as diverse as high energy physics and economic forecasting.

Course details

Challenging. Exciting. Beautiful. Mathematics can be described in many ways – perhaps due to its astonishing uses in our modern world. This degree gives you the full rundown, setting you up to work in fields as far-reaching as high-energy physics and economic forecasting.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

The first and second years of your degree contain a core of modules on topics drawn from mathematical analysis and linear algebra, aimed at helping you to think rigorously and logically. At the same time there is the opportunity to explore other areas of the subject and develop your interests in areas of pure and applied maths and statistics, including abstract algebra, number theory, analysis, dynamics, differential equations, numerical analysis, mathematical biology, probability theory and linear statistical models.

In the final year, you will have a wide choice of option modules, meaning that you can tailor your degree to exactly the structure that you want, reflecting your own interests and your future career plans.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB including Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level

EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. Plus A-level Maths at grade A-B. We may consider substantial Level 3 Maths Access credits in place of A-level Maths.

Please contact admissions regarding eligibility

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including 5 points in Maths at HL

BTEC Nationals: Pass Extended Diploma with DDM plus A-level Maths at Grade A-B. Please contact Admissions regarding eligibility.


Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important you gain experience and develop your skills. Employability skills are embedded into our teaching throughout your studies so you will be developing the skills employers are looking for right from the start of your course.

In addition to group work, presentation and communication skills, you will learn a range of computing and programming skills expected by employers.

The ‘Business Applications of Mathematics’ module gives you the opportunity to experience the application of mathematical theory and mathematical modelling in a business context.

Graduate destinations
Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of careers and have gone into: the financial sector, including accountancy and actuarial work; management; the Civil Service; industry; and teaching (both primary and secondary education)


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

Core modules

  • Calculus and Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability
  • Introductory Statistics

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Elements of Number Theory
  • Business Microeconomics
  • Programming Fundamentals

Then choose one option module from:

  • Plane Geometry
  • Business Macroeconomics
  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming
  • Business and Financial Computing

Core modules

  • Vector Calculus
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Differential Equations
  • Algebra
  • Investigations in Mathematics

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Mathematical Foundations of AI and Machine Learning
  • Linear Statistical Models
  • Actuarial Modelling 1
  • Statistical Distributions and Inference
  • Markov Processes
  • Actuarial Professional Skills and Employability (only available if you are taking a Year in Industry)

Then choose one option module from:

  • Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • Statistical Data Analysis*
  • Industrial Applications of Mathematics
  • Actuarial Modelling 2**

Option modules
Choose three option modules from:

  • Scientific Computing
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Operational Research
  • Curves and Surfaces
  • Groups and Symmetry
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Topology
  • Business Microeconomics*

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Topics in Mathematical Biology
  • Financial Risk
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Complex Analysis
  • Number Theory
  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Computational Partial Differential Equations with Finite Elements
  • Data Mining and Neural Networks
  • Representation Theory
  • Introduction to Functional Data Analysis
  • Business Macroeconomics*