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Course summary

This course is for students who are passionate about the scope of modern mathematics and excited by its applications in today’s world. Whatever your future ambitions, a Mathematics degree will open up diverse career possibilities, such as the civil service, government agencies, research establishments, public utilities, financial companies and large corporations in every sector.

  • Understand the universal nature of mathematics as a discipline that knows no borders or language barriers
  • Master a wide range of mathematical topics and techniques, such as calculus, probability, linear algebra and mathematical physics
  • Learn to apply abstract and logical mathematical methods to real-world problems
  • Boost your employability with an optional paid one-year work placement – past students have secured placements at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music
  • Take special career development modules to understand mathematics’ essential role across all industries and the opportunities available to you
  • Explore your interests through a research project chosen from a wide variety of mathematical topics – past projects have included everything from life-saving mathematics in medical imaging, to wallpaper patterns.
The Foundation route enables those students to spend a year at University consolidating their school-level Mathematics knowledge whilst acclimatising to University-style assessments and exams. Although the foundation course does not confer an official award, successful completion will enable entry onto one of City's Mathematics courses, including: BSc Mathematics BSc Mathematics and Finance BSc Mathematics with Finance and Economics BSc Mathematics with Data Science


In your foundation year you will develop your understanding for the fundamentals of Mathematics with six core modules introducing you to the basics. -Foundation Mathematics The aim of this module is to consolidate your knowledge of mathematics and to introduce more advanced topics in the areas of calculus and algebra. The mathematical techniques taught in this module will be necessary for the understanding of modules throughout the degree. -Discrete Mathematics The aim of this module is to consolidate your knowledge of a variety of mathematics topics that go under the general name of discrete mathematics. Discrete mathematics can be defined as the branch of mathematics dealing with countable sets, or in simpler terms, the mathematics of objects that are not continuous but can be usually labeled by an integer. This includes the integer numbers themselves, set theory, graph theory and the study and proof of logical statements, among others. -Mathematics with Applications to Economics This module is designed to enable you to discover and understand the Mathematics underpinning some basic Economics-related problems. The module is organized around five standard topics in Economics and the corresponding Mathematical techniques that can be used to tackle them. -Introduction to Programming with Python The aim of this module is to provide you with familiarity of fundamental statistical techniques and an understanding of their application in practice, along with the theory of probability which underlies them. -Introduction to Probability and Statistics This module will provide you with the fundamental tools in probability and statistics which are part of the basic knowledge required for mathematicians, and necessary for the understanding of modules on the BSc. -Employability and Transferable Skills This module will teach you how to enhance your employability and transferable skills that will be useful in your career development.

Assessment method

The Foundation Year employs continuous assessment based around frequent class tests and group work. Students can also expect a higher number of contact hours per week (around 14 hours) in the form of teaching and tutorials, than in the subsequent years of the BSc where self-study plays a larger part. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including examinations, coursework and practical skills. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows: 50% written 50% coursework

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

Note that the Foundation route is only open to UK/EU students

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Note that the Foundation route is only open to UK students

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Mathematics Finance and Economics (with Integrated Foundation Year) at City, University of London - UCAS