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Fundamental ideas in pure and applied mathematics are developed together with key concepts in computer science. In addition to expertise in both subjects, the programme fosters the intellectual skills of analytical reasoning, systematic problem solving and the development and clear communication of ideas. Students studying Mathematics and Computer Science study roughly 50% Mathematics and 50% Computer Science. Those interested in a programme with a lesser computer science component can follow Mathematics with Computer Science (UCAS GIG4) the split in this case is 75/25.
Teaching excellence and student satisfaction
95% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.
Course contentDetailed course guide
The mathematics content is identical to that of the BSc in Mathematics. Two courses in software development in computer science introduce key ideas in programming.
Work in mathematics extends in both applied and pure mathematics. In computer science, software design and data structures are core courses.
Topics develop mathematical skills and knowledge, and introduce ideas used at the forefront of modern mathematics. The computer science material includes artificial intelligence and programming languages.
Further exploration and specialisation in advanced mathematics is possible with options related to our research expertise, together with computer science options in graphics, robotics and vision and games programming. You will also complete a mathematical project.
More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science students are doing six months after graduating:
- 72% are working
- 11% are studying
- 2% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £22000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
- Sales occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Skilled trades occupations
- Highers ABBBB including Mathematics at A
- A-Levels ABB including Mathematics at A
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics at Higher Level 5
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics
- Advanced Highers ABB including Mathematics at A and Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
- A-Levels AAB including Mathematics at A and Computing
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDD including sufficient Mathematics and Computing
- To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours programmes, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
- Applications from students studying a relevant HNC/HND or recognised Access Programme who possess a suitable grounding or appropriate qualification in Mathematics would be welcomed.
- We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant.
Fees and funding
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£13,770|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018
In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.
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