Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Mathematics is a unique blend of advanced mathematics and real-world problem solving. Our passion is using mathematics to solve problems arising from every branch of engineering and more widely across medicine, science and technology. The problems our students solve range from creating algorithms that exploit trends in social media data to analysing the behaviour of wind turbines to designing assistive devices for the elderly. Each problem depends fundamentally on mathematics.

Our courses are flexible with strong mathematical content and a wide choice of options. We are proud of our excellent record in both teaching and research and of our positive feedback from students.

Why study Engineering Mathematics at Bristol?

Engineering Mathematics is the development and application of advanced mathematical techniques to problems in engineering, technology and physical and life sciences.

Our courses aim to equip you with the mathematical modelling, computational and data analysis skills necessary to solve challenging real-world problems, as well as meeting the increasing demand from industry for highly skilled graduates who can work across traditional discipline boundaries.

You will learn the very latest techniques from enthusiastic staff, who are world experts in their field, and will be able to apply them in a faculty with internationally renowned experimental labs. Above all, we encourage you to think widely and freely and to develop your own intellectual curiosity.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering specific industrial links for students.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course would suit those with strong mathematical skills and the ability to think freely. You should be keen to develop your intellectual curiosity and eager to solve the real-world technical problems of today and the future.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

We use a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, example classes, hands-on laboratory and problem-solving sessions, teamwork and tutorials.

You will develop important transferable skills, including how to work in teams, how to present your arguments clearly in written reports, and how to communicate effectively in presentations.

Assessment is through a combination of written exams, coursework, laboratory exercises and oral presentations.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates have highly marketable technical and transferable skills. Our many connections with industry, through collaborative research and consultancy, mean that our courses remain extremely attractive professionally, and that we are well placed to recommend the best graduate employers. These include companies that recruit mathematicians as well as engineers, such as Airbus, Goldman Sachs and Red Bull Racing.

Read more about what students from Engineering Mathematics go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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