City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Mathematics is a discipline with applications in almost every area of human endeavour. Virtually all industries need graduates with mathematical skills – from finance and business, to research and retail. This degree focuses on mathematics, teaching you sought-after skills for real-world problem solving. Mathematics is the universal language of today’s global economy. Whether you are managing an investment portfolio, encrypting financial transactions, building the next smart-phone or predicting the path of a hurricane, you will be doing it with Mathematics. Mathematics opens doors to the widest range of careers, because virtually all industries need graduates with mathematical skills. The confidence and knowledge you gain at City will open doors to a rewarding and satisfying career. 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 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."

Course details


Year 1 Develop a firm foundation in core mathematical skills including statistics and number theory. Understand the underlying concepts and principles of mathematics and apply these to specific problems.

  • Functions, Vectors and Calculus (30 credits)
  • Algebra (15 credits)
  • Linear Algebra (15 credits)
  • Programming and Computational Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Logic and Set Theory (15 credits)
  • Number Theory and Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modelling (15 credits)
  • Skills, Careers and Employability Analysis for Mathematics students (5 credits)
Year 2 Pursue your interests by choosing from a range of elective modules. Master more advanced mathematical techniques and learn to apply these to real-life problem-solving.
  • Programming and Data Science for Professions (15 credits)
  • Real and Complex Analysis (30 credits)
  • Vector Calculus (15 credits)
  • Sequences and Series (15 credits)
  • Decision Analysis (15 credits)
  • Applied Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Numerical Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Professional Development and Employability (5 credits)
  • Applications of Probability and Statistics (15 credits)
Year 3 Choose from a wide range of elective modules that draw on current research in mathematics and finance. Gain exposure to new areas of mathematics with applications in finance, biology and physics. Complete a group project and independent research on a topic of your choice.
  • Differential Equations (30 credits)
  • Group Project (15 credits)
  • Advanced Complex Analysis (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Models (15 credits)
  • Operational Research (15 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Game Theory (15 credits)
  • Dynamical Systems (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Mathematics of Fluids (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Processes for Finance (15 credits)
  • Groups and Symmetry (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)
- Probability (15 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment is based on examination and coursework. Marks are weighted in a 1:3:6 ratio for the three years of study to produce an overall aggregate. Types of assessment

  • Set exercises or coursework, which you take home and complete with the aid of your notes.
  • Formal unseen written examinations every year.
  • Class or online tests.
  • Group assessments, such as written reports, also form the basis of assessment for some modules.
In the third year of your degree, a core module consists of a group project. The group is assessed by a group written report and an individual presentation on the project. Also, a small number of modules require students to give presentations. The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows: Assessment Year 1
  • Written examination: 77%
  • Coursework: 23%
Year 2
  • Written examination: 77%
  • Coursework: 23%
Year 3
  • Written examination: 70%
- Coursework: 30%

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ and this may be taken into account in our offer. Mixed qualifications: Please email us to check your combination and to find out what requirements we would have for your specific combination of qualifications.

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