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BSc (Hons) - single

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

What you will study

This course will provide you with a solid theoretical foundation in Mathematics and hands-on experience of real mathematical applications. 

In the first year you will study Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra and Statistics. These modules will enable the transition from A-level to University and will develop your abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, you will learn programming and explore real computational applications as part of the practical work in the first year. 

Through the second and third years you will study modules such as Mathematical Modelling, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. 

Note that you will not only have the chance to study Mathematics, but also you will be able to pick modules on Engineering, Management or even Foreign Languages which will enhance your employability prospects.   

If you are mainly interested in Pure Mathematics, you will still be able to choose from a range of modules such as Differential Geometry or Differential Equations to acquire a sound Mathematical background that will enable you to progress into further study or research. 


What next?

You will graduate with a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of mathematics, informed by computational concepts and practices, strong coding skills, as well as valuable transferable skills such as problem solving, team working, communication, time management and self-motivation, ready to apply to the world of work. The optional work placement provides invaluable real-world experience. Career options are abundant in any industry, banking, actuarial science and data science.


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - to include Mathematics

Available start dates

September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The mathematics courses at Oxford Brookes University focus on modern applications of the subject. 
  • Mathematics graduates have excellent career prospects and our courses enable students to develop key skills which are highly valued by employers.
  • 100% of mathematics students said Oxford Brookes staff were "good at explaining things" in the 2015 National Student Survey.
  • The Guardian University Guide (2016) rated Brookes 24th best in the UK for mathematics subjects - we've been in the top 25 for four years running.
  • Our modular system gives you the flexibility to develop your mathematical skills according to your interests and ambition.

During Year 1 you will develop essential knowledge and skills in pure mathematics, mathematical methods and mathematical modelling (and statistics in the single honours course).

In Year 2 and the final year on the single honours course, you will spend most of your time on mathematics but you will also have the opportunity to study some statistics. On the combined honours course, modules in mathematics are complemented by those in your other field of study. Throughout the course we will encourage you to acquire and develop your computing abilities through the extensive use of up-to-date mathematical (and, for single honours, statistical) software.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below. Some modules will be compulsory.

You choose from a list of modules including:


Algebra and Calculus (double) - compulsory. This module provides an introduction to abstract algebra, algebraic systems and some important calculus topics with emphasis on technique. It provides a foundation for the study of linear algebra and mathematical analysis.

Mathematical Skills and Modelling (double) - compulsory. An introduction to the use of mathematics and mathematical software tools in the solution of real world problems.

Probability Theory - compulsory for single honours. An introduction to the basic ideas, concepts and methods of probability models and their theoretical bases.

Statistical Inference - compulsory for single honours, single honours only. A first course in statistical inference, providing coverage of key statistical theory.

Introductory Mathematics. This module provides revision coverage of key topics in core A-level Mathematics, with particular emphasis on problem solving techniques and the correct presentation of mathematical arguments.

Discrete Mathematics. This module introduces the key mathematical concepts that underpin computer science, to equip students with knowledge of the language and structures of discrete mathematics and its relevance to a wide range of computing applications.

Basic Survey Methods. This module provides an introduction to the basic methods of design and analysis of surveys for engineering, business, marketing and other areas of application, with an emphasis on evaluating and communicating the results of a survey.

Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills. An introduction to information technology, word-processing and spreadsheets. This module concentrates on the common word-processing and numerical data manipulation skills required at undergraduate level.

Basic Data Analysis - combined honours only. An introduction to statistics with the emphasis on fundamental concepts and basic techniques of statistical data analysis.

Students can also choose from a wide variety of modules from around the University.


Linear Algebra and Analysis - compulsory. This module introduces some fundamental concepts of linear algebra and analysis, core topics in the study of Mathematics at degree level. The module forms a basis for further study in these areas.

Numerical Analysis I - compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours. The module aims to be an introduction to concepts of numerical analysis and numerical problem solving using software packages. The module is a prerequisite for later modules which involve more specialised aspects of the subject.

Quantitative Research Methods - compulsory for single honours, single honours only. This module introduces analytical methods related to both survey data and experimental designs, leading to independent or repeated samples data. The data is analysed using parametric and non-parametric techniques

Further Discrete Mathematics. This module develops and extends knowledge of discrete mathematics, particularly with reference to computing applications.

Mathematical Models. This module introduces more advanced and complex ideas and techniques that can effectively model real-world problems with applications in industry, medicine and education.

Applied Abstract Algebra. This module covers mathematical structures and their applications, and will also give an introduction to number theory and other areas of algebra. These will be developed with particular reference to applications such as crystallography, coding and cryptography.

Graph Theory. A first course in graph theory with emphasis on its applications. The module introduces the key concepts of graph theory, together with case studies to illustrate its wide applicability.

Complex Analysis. A lecture based course providing an introduction to the theory of functions of a complex variable. This module assumes some previous knowledge of real analysis.

Mathematics for Decision Making. This module introduces students to the mathematical techniques in business decision making, and the application of mathematical tools to solving business problems.

Mathematical Statistics - single honours only. The mathematics-based treatment of the theory and application of statistics.

Simulation and Modelling - single honours only. This module builds on students' experience of modelling and explores the application of mathematics, statistics and sophisticated computer tools to the solution of problems using simulation and modelling techniques.

Time Series Analysis - single honours only. Analysis of univariate time series: description, modelling and forecasting. This module is aimed at the students who wish to gain a working knowledge of time series and forecasting methods as applied in economics, engineering and the natural and social sciences.


The aim of this year is to provide a safe structured one year placement opportunity for students so that they can apply and develop the skills they have learnt as part of their university course.


Mathematics Project - compulsory for single honours. An extended study of a topic selected, with appropriate guidance, from any suitable area of the student's course in Mathematics. Particular examples of possible topics will be provided.

Mathematics Interdisciplinary Project - combined honours only. An extended study of a topic selected, with appropriate guidance, from any suitable area of the student's combined course in Mathematics and another subject. Particular examples of possible topics will be provided. Students taking this module must also register for the interdisciplinary module in their other subject.

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. This is a lecture based module studying ordinary differential equations and analytical methods used in the solution of partial differential equations.

Honours Topics in Mathematics. This module provides a selection of topics offering opportunities for honours level study in mathematics, including current research, and for the further development of independent learning, research and presentation skills.

Numerical Analysis II. A single honours course covering the concepts and theory of numerical analysis, extending experience in the application of numerical analysis to the solution of problems. The module aims to study the theory and practice of numerical analysis for problem solving.

Topology. The aim of this module is to introduce the basic notions of general topology with emphasis on metric spaces. This module extends the students' understanding of the fundamental structure of the central mathematical objects that are topological spaces.

Geometry. A single honours module which aims to give a broad introduction to geometry in two, three and higher dimensions. The module builds on students’ previous knowledge of vectors and matrix algebra at advanced level and requires some prior knowledge of calculus.

Regression Models - single honours only. This module provides coverage of the theory and application of multiple linear and nonlinear regression models.

Medical Statistics - single honours only. This module provides coverage of statistical methods applied in medical research and health studies. The emphasis is on practical aspects of the design and statistical analysis of medical research and the interpretation and presentation of results.

Work placements

It is possible to study for the BSc in Mathematics as a four-year sandwich course, the third year being spent in supervised work experience.

Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence.

A placement year enables you to work in industry or commerce for one year between the second and final years of your course. Students taking this option recognise the benefits of obtaining professional experience, consolidating their understanding of mathematics, and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a professional setting. It is possible to study for the BSc in Mathematical Sciences as a four-year sandwich course, the third year being spent in supervised work experience.

Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence.

A placement year enables you to work in industry or commerce for one year between the second and final years of your course. Students taking this option recognise the benefits of obtaining professional experience, consolidating their understanding of the mathematical sciences, and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a professional setting.

The department provides assistance with finding a suitable placement, although students may also search for a placement independently.

Please note that you would be an employee of the company with which you undertake your placement, and may incur additional transport and accommodation costs if the company is not a local one. In addition, you may be required to complete a DBS check for some placement providers, and the cost of this would be borne by the student.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
  • While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

We use a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, problem-solving classes and group work, as well as guided reading and research. Lecturers will generally supply extensive handouts and booklets during sessions. Our experienced staff provide tutorial support in practical classes and on a one-to-one basis where required. You will also be able to access online educational materials through our virtual learning environment.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 23%77%0%
2 23%77%0%
3 19%81%0%

Approach to assessment

Coursework is an important element in assessment and is highly valued by students for the feedback it provides. Most modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, although some rely solely on coursework. Assessment methods include individual work, group assignments, presentations and project work.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 36%0%64%
2 64%0%36%
3 36%0%64%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - to include Mathematics

A-Level: BBC or equivalent to include Maths grade B

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points, to include at least a 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

BTEC: grades DMM plus grade B in A-Level Mathematics

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: grade B minimum in Mathematics

GCSE: grade C minimum in English Language

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Specialist facilities

You will have access to excellent computer facilities. The department is located in modern buildings with its own networks of computers as well as full use of the university's extensive PC networks. We emphasise the importance of developing computer skills and give our students many opportunities to use specialist software packages during their course.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The single honours course has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.

Career prospects

Recent research has shown that graduates in mathematical disciplines enjoy one of the highest earning potentials of all graduates. Employers recognise that mathematical knowledge and skills are essential to the solution of many current problems, not only in science and technology but also in business and commerce.

As well as using their knowledge directly in scientific research and teaching, graduates in Mathematics go on to develop careers in accountancy, computing, actuarial, market research or management work where they can use their numeracy and skills such as problem-solving and statistical modelling. Many of our graduates also progress to postgraduate study, both MSc and PhD.

Graduates in Mathematics are particularly well equipped for a career in information technology and related areas. For example, demand is strong for graduates capable of developing error-free software that is mathematically based and also for those who can exploit sophisticated software and technology effectively.

As mathematics is a National Curriculum subject, a combined or single honours mathematics degree will equip you to proceed directly to a teaching qualification. There is high demand for mathematics graduates in the teaching profession.