Mathematics

Explore the subtleties of modern mathematics in an outstanding centre for mathematical science with world class facilities.

Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research across a wide range of exciting topics. Shape your course - enjoy a varied degree, choose to specialise or follow options that are more vocationally focused.

Why study Mathematics at Bristol?

Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014 places Maths at Bristol in the top five nationally for the quality of its research, which directly informs our teaching and student learning. We have active research links to departments across the University, as well as external partners such as the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.

At Bristol you will explore distinctive, high-level mathematics in a fully refurbished Grade II-listed building at the heart of campus. From quiet study areas to new collaboration spaces and even boards in the courtyard garden, the whole building is designed to support creative mathematics, wherever that light-bulb moment strikes.

Our teaching is designed to help you make the transition to university-level study. Small-group tutorials and group project work allows you to collaborate with other students and make friends. You will also work closely with your personal tutor during your first year, establishing a relationship that will guide you throughout your degree.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

If you're driven by intellectual curiosity and enjoy the satisfaction of mastering new ideas, this course is for you.

Our students have a keen interest in mathematics either for its intrinsic beauty and structure or for its applications to practical problems - and you can shape your course to explore these options.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is mainly taught in lectures with small-group tutorials, exercise and feedback classes. Group or project work gives you the opportunity to engage with the material and interact with peers.

Support for your studies is readily available, including our successful Maths Cafés where you can chat over course material with an upper-year undergraduate or postgraduate in a relaxed and informal setting.

Assessment for many units consists of standard examinations, sometimes with coursework components. On single honours courses each year includes an opportunity to take a unit assessed by project work, practising written and oral communication.

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 with postgraduate study, while many graduates find employment in accountancy, finance, management, teaching and a wide variety of other sectors.

A number of our courses qualify for accreditation by professional bodies and Bristol ranks fourth nationally in terms of three-year graduate salaries for mathematics (Longitudinal Education Outcomes data 2018).

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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