Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Mathematics is at the heart of civilisation's greatest achievements, helping to solve the challenges we face every day. Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics course is designed to take your passion for problem-solving to the next level. 

Our mathematics course is designed to take you to an advanced level. Blending applied methods with cutting-edge themes, like nanotechnology, economic stability and artificial intelligence, you’ll graduate with in-demand skills for the contemporary business environment. You will learn to make an important contribution to the world around us, be it in science, technology or engineering.

Our mathematics classes are delivered using small group teaching, where you will examine real-world case studies as you build your skillset and confidence. You will learn in a supportive environment and have access to a dedicated maths drop-in service which runs throughout each semester and is staffed by our experienced tutors. 

Start your study journey 

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying maths, explore our facilities and meet the course team 

You will:

  • Identify, define and evaluate real-world problems, using applied mathematics to challenge conventional ideas
  • Be able to take a placement year to increase your skills applicable to industry
  • Become familiar with modelling physical processes relevant to industries such as engineering and computing

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations

Institute of Mathematics & its applications

This is for you if...


You're excited by the possibilities of mathematics and desire a future career in this field


You want to develop your knowledge in pure and applied mathematics


You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics at school/college

Course details

All about the course

Mathematics students working at computers

Helping you to develop knowledge and skills that you can use in your future career is at the heart of our learning experience. During your studies, you'll be encouraged to use mathematics to identify, define, evaluate, analyse and solve problems business, organisations and industries experience.

Course delivery

Delivered over three years - or four with a placement year, this course will help you to explore the core fundamentals of mathematics and consolidate your A-Level knowledge before advancing your skills across a range of applied mathematics areas including statistics, computer graphics, vector calculus and more.  

Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Learning experience

We approach the maths subject area in a very applied way, which means that all your modules focus on the applications of the mathematical skills and knowledge that you learn. You'll be taught in small groups of typically around 20 students, which means that all the lecturers are able to give guided and focused help.

We have some unique modules. In particular the second year module 'Business and Industrial Mathematics 'helps prepare the students for the workplace. You will work in groups to solve real-life problems, which have been given to us from business and industry partners. You'll also complete a final year project on an area of mathematics of your own choosing, giving you the opportunity to focus your learning on a subject that interests you. 

Industry placement

On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award, boosting your graduate employability.

Year one


This module will build upon and extend your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical probability knowledge and develop the subject of probability with applications.


You will be introduced to the concept of proofs and construct simple proofs. It will give you an understanding of fundamental concepts of limit, continuity, differentiability, integration and function in mathematical analysis. On completion of the module you will be able to apply the notion of limit to prove fundamental theorems and to perform integration.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is a fundamental topic which has applications in many branches of mathematics. You will look at the methods and theory behind the solution of simultaneous equations, and you will develop skills in solving linear problems using matrix methods and the concept of abstract vectors.

Mathematical Methods 1

You will build on your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical techniques and knowledge in preparation for subsequent mathematics modules. Specifically, you will cover the subject of differential equations with applications.

Mathematical Modelling

This module will build upon and extend your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical techniques providing a mathematical foundation in support of subsequent mathematics modules. You will also cover differential equations with applications and be introduced to problem solving using a symbolic computing environment.

Mechanics and Vector Calculus

You will be introduced to the principles of classical mechanics and vector calculus. You will develop skills in solving numerical problems in mechanics and vector calculus.

Year two

Business and Industrial Mathematics

This module will give you experience in business and industrial working practices and how to solve practical mathematical problems.

At the start of the module, a series of seminars will be given by speakers on a variety of mathematical applications in business in industry including: probability and statistics, operational research, fluids, structural and solid mechanics, (intelligent) computer algorithms, business and economic models, and how these impact on their work.

You will deliver written reports and oral presentations, which are assessed on a group basis, both during and at the end of the semester.

Mathematics Methods 2

You will extend your methods in differential and integral calculus, first and second order partial differential equations and methods in differential and integral calculus for the complex variable.


You will develop a sound knowledge in probability models and distribution theory, skills in statistics and data analysis and provide an awareness of the principles and scope of data analysis models often implemented in statistical software packages.


Applied Mathematics 1

This module introduces you to tensors and tensor algebra. You will learn how these powerful tools can be applied to problems in fluid and structural dynamics.


Dynamical Systems

An understanding of nonlinear dynamics is fundamental in modern applied mathematics, with physical applications ranging from population modelling and weather prediction to stock market datasets and anharmonic vibrations. This module will introduce some of the concepts and phenomena of dynamical systems by merging mathematical analysis and numerical computation.

Year three

Mathematical Methods 3

You will investigate more advanced techniques of solving differential equations using for methods such as Fourier and Laplace transforms, series methods and more.


The project will give you the opportunity to develop a mathematical model within a challenging research theme, including those areas prioritised by EPSRC and the EU Research Council and of benefit and importance to society. These are: climate, nanotechnology, renewable energy and sustainable economics. The aim is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the application of mathematics to one of these areas and give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills.

Mathematical Statistics

Using probability theory as well as other branches of mathematics such as linear algebra and analysis, you will revisit the foundations of statistics from a more mathematical standpoint. You will gain theoretical and practical skills in mathematical statistics, study some of the most widely used probability distributions and recognise and employ them in practical applications.


Programming and Optimisation

In this module, you will learn to apply mathematics to a variety of problems in physics, economics and life sciences.

Plus one optional module from the following:

Operational Research

You will learn the skills to construct mathematically based models to find better solutions to real-life and complex decision-making problems. These models draw upon mathematical knowledge, such as mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, mathematical optimization and artificial intelligence to find an optimal or near-optimal solution to problems from a variety of industries and government areas.


Applied Mathematics 2

In this module, you will learn to apply mathematics to problems in fluid and structural dynamics.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Talks and lectures by academics and guests
  • Practical workshops
  • Case studies and project work
  • Group assignments
  • Online learning using Blackboard


You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Presentations: individual or group presentations of the final outcome to a particular assignment or brief
  • Examinations: usually two hours in duration and aim to test material presented in lectures, workshops and seminars
  • Written assessments: class tests, reports and evaluations

Most modules use 50% coursework / 50% exam weighting in the first year, falling to 40% / 60% in the second year and 30% / 70% in the final year.

What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

What is the basic definition of maths? 

Mathematics is the study of numbers, shapes, and patterns. The word comes from the Greek μάθημα (máthema), meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘learning’. The term is often shortened to maths or math. 

What are the main types of maths? 

Mathematics is a broad field, covering a wide range of disciplines. Some of the main branches of maths include algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and trigonometry. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


You will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Computing student


Studying mathematics with Salford helps you to build both a solutions-focused mindset and a work-ready skillset relevant for our increasingly data-driven society. The strong knowledge base you will develop, and your understanding of how mathematical and scientific methods are applied, will be advantageous in real-world problem-solving roles. 

Mathematics is integral to the development of society, and graduates have no shortage of exciting career options. The study and use of mathematical decision-making, and transferable analytical and problem-solving skills is highly-valued across a range of industries.  

Typical roles for mathematics graduates can include finance and investments, market research, meteorology, engineering, data analytics, and business operations.

Further study

You might find you want to learn more about how to apply mathematics. We offer a range of specialist postgraduate courses to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

A data analyst

An accountant

A financial trader

A teacher

A researcher

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from business, science, engineering and technology. The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry in the North West and beyond.

Continued collaboration with these professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships.


What you need to know

Applicant profile 

We welcome applicants who have studied mathematics or physics subjects at school/college and would like to gain a deeper knowledge in these and other related subjects. 

English language requirements

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.  

Course accreditation

This course will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Standard entry requirements


English language and mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112 -120 UCAS points to include a grade B in Mathematics, or grade C in Further Mathematics


112 - 120 UCAS points to include a grade B in Mathematics, or grade C in Further Mathematics


BTEC National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information: admissionssee-ug@salford.ac.uk

Access to HE

Please contact Admissions for further information: admissionssee-ug@salford.ac.uk

Scottish Highers

112-120 UCAS points to include grade A1 in Higher Level Mathematics


Irish Leaving Certificate

112-120 UCAS points to include grade A1 in Higher Level Mathematics


European Bacclaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information: admissionssee-ug@salford.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics


International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.  

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.  To be considered for the scheme, you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for International Students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID G100

Institution S03