BSc Mathematics

Programme Director: Andrew Bowler

A booklet with information about the BSc Mathematics programme is available at open evenings. If you would like to be sent a copy, please contact the programme administrator.

Mathematics is a fascinating subject in its own right, but is also an incredibly powerful analytical tool. With mathematics we can describe diverse phenomena from the pattern of petals on a sunflower, to the vagaries of the stock market, to the way the planets orbit the sun. Using statistical methods we can test observations, make inferences and predictions, and analyse information.

A mathematics or statistics graduate is of course highly numerate. But the process of doing mathematics is also excellent training in logical thought. Mathematicians are not satisfied with an observation until they have proved it to be true. By learning mathematics and statistics, you learn to construct reasoned, structured arguments. The tools of analysis, whether it be modelling situations with appropriate equations, or using statistics to analyse data sets and test hypotheses, have countless applications.

Training in the mathematical sciences is highly valued by employers. Graduates in these subjects are in great demand and earn on average 10% more than other graduates. Around 35% have jobs in business or finance, with the next most popular choice being teaching, at around 10%.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be educated to A-level standard although other evidence of educational achievement may be acceptable. A good level of mathematical ability is required and, although not necessary, an A-level in a mathematical subject is desirable. Applicants without A-level mathematics have to complete satisfactorily an entrance test in mathematics before being invited for interview

Course Structure

Each year you will study three year-long modules. Some terminology: a core module is one which you must take and pass to gain your degree. A compulsory module is one which you must take (but not necessarily pass). Below is an overview of the modules taken each year. All modules in the first two years are compulsory. In the third and fourth years there will be a range of options. There is also a list of modules offered in years three and four – since these rely on earlier material it is not worth giving extensive information at this stage. The list of options may vary slightly from year to year depending on the research specialisms of current staff. Some modules are offered in alternate years so we can provide a greater range of options. Click on the module names below for more information where available.

        compulsory   option
Year 1   Year 2  

Years 3 and 4

take three compulsory modules take three compulsory modules  

take three modules each year (some modules run in alternate years to allow us to provide a wider choice of options)

Algebra 1: Techniques & Applications (CORE) Probability and Statistics   Algebra 2: Theory and Structure   Calculus 3: Transforms and Models
Calculus 1: Single Variable (CORE) Discrete Mathematics   Real and Complex Variable   Computational Mathematics
Proof and Structure in Mathematics


Calculus 2: Multivariable & Differential Equations   Problems in Mathematics   Games, Choice and Optimization
      Statistics: Theory and Practice   Number Theory and Geometry

The BSc Mathematics and BSc Mathematics and Statistics programmes have a common core of modules for the first two years. It is therefore possible to transfer between programmes during this time should your preference change.

Apply on-line

General enquiries and questions concerning admissions should be directed to the Programme Administrator:

Cassie Fernandes
Room: 717
Tel: 020 7631 6442;
Fax: 020 7631 6416


Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX.