Awarded by: University of London
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 studying 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%.
A broad education in mathematics - and the application of mathematics to problems in the natural and social sciences - lies at the core of this degree. The course covers theoretical aspects of the subject as well as methods and modelling techniques. Computing forms an integral part too, both as an aid to understanding the course material and in problem-solving. You will develop an understanding of a range of mathematical skills, together with the abstract background to help you make sense of this material.
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.
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
The first year of this degree programme consists of core and compulsory modules. In your second and third years you will take a mixture of compulsory and option modules. The core and compulsory modules cover the body of knowledge that every student is expected to know as a key part of university-level study in this area.
You will choose 90 credits' worth of option modules (see indicative list below) in your final two years of study to suit your interests, abilities and future study and career plans.
Coursework makes up at least 20% of the assessment of all modules. Most modules also have an examination in the summer term.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
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We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
BBC at A-level with grade B in mathematics.
If you have no previous Level 3 mathematics qualifications we recommend that you apply for the part-time evening study programme over four years. Please contact the Department for more information.
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Skills Audit - Maths and English. Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C GSCE-level English and maths. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises maths and English. This audit assesses an applicants potential to cope with and benefit from a particular programme of study.
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