Mathematics

The School of Mathematics at Bristol is a world-leading centre of research with active research links to other University departments as well as outside bodies, such as the Heilbronn Institute.

Our research informs our teaching. As well as gaining a firm grounding in broad areas of mathematics, you will also have the opportunity to study topics related to the cutting edge of research, taught by world leaders in their subjects.

You will also be able to study advanced topics of modern mathematics in depth in final year projects.

Why study Mathematics at Bristol?

The School of Mathematics offers several courses based on a wide range of units. This allows movement between courses and gives great flexibility.

All six Single Honours courses share the same first year, with some slight variation for those taking Mathematics with Study in Continental Europe. This lays a firm foundation for your studies and informs your choice of units in later years.

You can specialise from year two and choose from a rich variety of units:

  • Some units - Financial Mathematics and Maths in Schools - are aimed at a very specific career path.
  • Others, such as Probability 3 or Mechanics 3, offer advanced studies in familiar topics.
  • Units such as Random Matrix Theory or Quantum Information allow the study of new and exciting topics that reflect our strong research base.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through your degree. Assessment will be by examination at the end of each year.

If you are applying for deferred entry, please seek advice about maintaining your mathematical skills.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our courses suit those with excellent skills in mathematics and a willingness to work hard to master new areas.

You will have a keen interest in the subject both for its inherent interest and for its applications to practical problems.

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?

The course is mainly taught and assessed by lectures, standard examinations, and sometimes by project work.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers for their strong analytical, communication and organisational skills. A significant number continue by studying for a postgraduate degree before pursuing a career in research or teaching. Many graduates find employment in accountancy, finance, management and a variety of other sectors.

Read more about what students of 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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Download the Mathematics leaflet 2017 (PDF, 256kB)

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