BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc (Honours)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades A*AA with an A* in Mathematics A-level.
Typical contextual A-level offer

A*AB including A* in Mathematics A-level.

Find out more about contextual admissions.
Refugee/care-experienced offer

Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.

Find out more about contextual admissions.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37 points overall with 7, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including 7 in Mathematics.

We will only accept Higher Level Mathematics: analysis and approaches.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
No data available.
How to apply

Please apply in the usual way via UCAS .

UCAS course code
NG31
UCAS institution code
M20
Sustainable Development Goals

Find out how this course aligns to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including learning which relates to:

  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Course description

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First Year BSc Mathematics with Scarlett and Hana

The BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics programme is accredited by the Institute  and Faculty of Actuaries. Students graduating from the programme may be recommended for exemption from the CS1, CS2, CM1, CB1 and CB2 subjects depending on the performance in a particular set of course units. The course gives a firm foundation in Mathematics, together with specialist course units in Actuarial Science whilst giving you the opportunity to develop team working, communication and leadership skills.

The mathematical skills involved include most of the topics taught to students on the first year of the specialist mathematics degree i.e. covering aspects of pure and applied mathematics and statistics as well as some more general mathematics. As the course progresses, the statistical topics are explored in more detail. Courses in all areas of mathematics are used as a basis for some of the actuarial units.

Although the mathematics topics are more prevalent in the early years of the programme, there are opportunities to select from a wide range of mathematics options in the final year.

The actuarial topics start off with Economics, followed by Finance, and then consider the various actuarial models and contingencies used in the profession.

Supporting skills include options in leadership, enterprise and sustainable energy. These can be taken as options with alternatives including a wide range of mathematics units.

Open days

The University holds undergraduate open days regularly where you have the opportunity to find out more about our courses, the support we offer and see our facilities. Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2023 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £30,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world's call to action on the most pressing challenges facing humanity. At The University of Manchester, we address the SDGs through our research and particularly in partnership with our students.

Led by our innovative research, our teaching ensures that all our graduates are empowered, inspired and equipped to address the key socio-political and environmental challenges facing the world.

To illustrate how our teaching will empower you as a change maker, we've highlighted the key SDGs that our courses address.

  • Goal 4: Quality education

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Contact details

Department
Department of Mathematics
Contact name
Department of Mathematics
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5803
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5819
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/maths
School/Faculty overview

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades A*AA with an A* in Mathematics A-level.

Further Maths is preferred but not essential but where taken will be included in the offer.

If you do not have the required grades or subjects you may want to consider our integrated foundation year.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

Contextual offer

A*AB including A* in Mathematics A-level.

Further Mathematics is preferred but not essential but where taken will be included in the offer. A grade A in A-level Further Mathematics would be required.

Duration of A-level study

Your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course if you either:

a) sat your examinations early;

or

b) followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years.

If you are studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education, typically five GCSEs/iGCSEs at grade A/7 to B/6, including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Grade A/7 (normally) in GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics.

GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Other applicants will be expected to demonstrate a broad general education and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Baccalaureate

37 points overall with 7, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including 7 in Mathematics.

We will only accept Higher Level Mathematics: analysis and approaches.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers at AAA (including Mathematics) is normally required.

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

European Baccalaureate

Typically we require an average of 85% including 85% in Mathematics studied for at least 5 periods per week and assessed by a final written examination. Advanced Mathematics should also be taken. If this is not possible, please contact us.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. In making offers, the University will focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate.

The A-level requirements for the Department of Mathematics are A*AA, including A* in Mathematics. A-level Further Mathematics is preferred but not essential but if taken will be included in the offer.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Business/Engineering, are required to achieve A*AA with grade A* in Mathematics and an EAP score of Grade B with B in writing and nothing below a C. We encourage students to take Further Mathematics and if taken we will include it in the offer.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Business/Engineering are required to achieve A*AA with grade A* in Mathematics, A in Further Maths and A in one further academic subject with an EAP score of Grade B with B in writing and nothing below a C.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact us to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD plus an A-level in Mathematics at grade A*.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an A-level in Mathematics at grade A*.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at A* (Mathematics) and A in another subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-level grades at A* (Mathematics) and A in another subject.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).

Please contact us if you require further clarification about these qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry with grades DDD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry with grades DD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma  

We consider the Cambridge Foundation Diploma for entry with grade DD plus a grade A* in A level Mathematics and another A level (not General Studies or Critical Thinking) at grade A.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC )

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry with grade D plus a grade A* in A level Mathematics and another A level (not General Studies or Critical Thinking) at grade A.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

As a guide we require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3). The 45 credits at Level 3 to be with Distinction (to include 21 credits of specific Mathematics units).

Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3 in Principal subjects with D2 in Mathematics.

We also consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A-level subjects, in three distinct subjects.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

T Level

We do not accept T Levels as entry onto this course. The University does accept specific T Level qualifications on a number of courses please review to our T Level information page for a full list.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview (if appropriate).

We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

Core Maths is not accepted for entry onto our courses.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact us.

Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines . If you are a home-schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact us.

Non-standard educational routes

Mature applicants who are returning to studies after a break from formal education will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the Department of Mathematics directly. Read further information for mature students .

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0 and 6.5 in writing
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 overall with a minimum of 22 in writing and nothing below 20 in the other sub-tests
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 70 overall with 70 in writing and nothing below 65 
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification. Learn more about our English language requirements .
Please note that if you hold English as a Second Language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply in the usual way via UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Factors contributing to a successful application include:

  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

Further guidance on how to apply can be found on our How to Apply webpage .

Where you have mitigating circumstances these should be reported to your education provider and relevant exam board, we cannot make further allowances.

We would normally only consider applicants who can offer recent relevant study. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

You should not usually apply for more than one of the Mathematics degree courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

Due to the competition for places, we may give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of the UCAS form. Strong examination results are the main factor in admitting students to our courses. We consider other information to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This is assessed within a structured framework and includes prior and predicted grades. Your referee should give realistic grade predictions for all qualifications that you are currently studying at the top of their reference. If you attend a non-UK school or college that does not provide predicted grades your referee should explain this policy within their reference.

Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on the UCAS website.

Interview requirements

We will not be holding interviews for September 2023 entry. If you receive an offer you will be invited to attend a virtual visit day so that you can find out more about the Department and life as a student in Manchester.  Normally this will include a talk by an admissions tutor, along with a short Maths talk and information about student support.  You will also get to hear from some of our current students.  In addition, we will be hosting on campus events from February which will give students the chance to see our amazing facilities and meet staff and students face-to-face.  Offer holders will be given further information in due course.

Aptitude test requirement

Students who have met the appropriate entry requirements but whose qualifications are more than 2 years old may be asked to sit a Mathematics test.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation.

Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and two years at the maximum in exceptional circumstances. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change, subject to availability of places.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in more than one sitting, provided they are taken over the standard two-year period.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through Clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

Transfers between departments and other universities are not normally accepted.

Course details

Course description

The BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics programme is accredited by the Institute  and Faculty of Actuaries. Students graduating from the programme may be recommended for exemption from the CS1, CS2, CM1, CB1 and CB2 subjects depending on the performance in a particular set of course units. The course gives a firm foundation in Mathematics, together with specialist course units in Actuarial Science whilst giving you the opportunity to develop team working, communication and leadership skills.

The mathematical skills involved include most of the topics taught to students on the first year of the specialist mathematics degree i.e. covering aspects of pure and applied mathematics and statistics as well as some more general mathematics. As the course progresses, the statistical topics are explored in more detail. Courses in all areas of mathematics are used as a basis for some of the actuarial units.

Although the mathematics topics are more prevalent in the early years of the programme, there are opportunities to select from a wide range of mathematics options in the final year.

The actuarial topics start off with Economics, followed by Finance, and then consider the various actuarial models and contingencies used in the profession.

Supporting skills include options in leadership, enterprise and sustainable energy. These can be taken as options with alternatives including a wide range of mathematics units.

Special features

  • Small group teaching is a significant part of the first year.
  • A wide range of options is available in the third year.
  • All undergraduate students have affiliate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
  • Students have an opportunity to spend a year on a work based placement. This gives an opportunity to gain invaluable work based experience and learn more about themselves and the workplace so that they are better able to make good choices about a career post-graduation. Many students who have a year placement are taken on by the same employer once they have finished their studies. The placement happens after two years study, with the student returning after their placement year to take their third year here.  Whilst students wanting to take the work based placement are responsible for finding their own placement, they will be supported in this through a special programme set up to help them. This will be done by working closely with dedicated advisers from the Careers Service and support and mentoring within the Department. 

Teaching and learning

Most teaching takes the form of lectures, with various support classes (example classes, small group tutorials or sessions in one of the computer clusters) to help you get to grips with the material, exploring topics and working on examples set by the lecturers.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units have some continual assessment (which may be, for instance, a combination of homework and in-class tests), which is put together with the result of an end-of-semester examination to provide the final mark. Some course units (such as a project) are assessed entirely by your submitted work during the semester. The class of your degree is normally based on only your last two years' work.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory
Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science 1 MATH10951 10 Mandatory
Linear Algebra MATH11022 20 Mandatory
Real Analysis MATH11112 10 Mandatory
Mathematical Foundation & Analysis MATH11121 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Vector Calculus MATH11411 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations MATH11412 10 Mandatory
Probability I MATH11711 10 Mandatory
Statistics I MATH11712 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Managing My Future MATH20040 0 Mandatory
Real Analysis A MATH20101 10 Mandatory
Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus B MATH20411 10 Mandatory
Probability 2 MATH20701 10 Mandatory
Statistical Methods MATH20802 10 Mandatory
Practical Statistics MATH20811 10 Mandatory
Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science 2 MATH20951 10 Mandatory
Contingencies 1 - Actuarial Science MATH20962 10 Mandatory
Actuarial Insurance MATH20972 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Metric Spaces MATH20122 10 Optional
Calculus of Several Variables MATH20132 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 1 MATH20201 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 2 MATH20212 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MATH20502 10 Optional
Principles of Mathematical Modelling MATH20522 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis 1 MATH20602 10 Optional
Random Models MATH20712 10 Optional
Foundations of Modern Probability MATH20722 10 Optional
Discrete Mathematics MATH20902 10 Optional
Introduction to Financial Mathematics MATH20912 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 25 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Statistical Inference MATH38001 10 Mandatory
Time Series Analysis MATH38032 10 Mandatory
Regression Analysis MATH38141 10 Mandatory
Generalised Linear Models MATH38172 10 Mandatory
Actuarial Models MATH39511 10 Mandatory
Survival Analysis for Actuarial Science MATH39512 10 Mandatory
Contingencies 2 MATH39522 10 Mandatory
Risk Theory MATH39542 10 Mandatory
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Double Project MATH30000 20 Optional
Mathematics Education MATH30002 10 Optional
Project (Semester One) MATH30011 10 Optional
Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
Linear Analysis MATH31002 10 Optional
Fractal Geometry MATH31042 10 Optional
Topology MATH31051 10 Optional
Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
Commutative Algebra MATH32012 10 Optional
Coding Theory MATH32031 10 Optional
Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32052 10 Optional
Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
Combinatorics and Graph Theory MATH32091 10 Optional
Mathematical Logic MATH33021 20 Optional
Complex Analysis&Applications MATH34011 20 Optional
Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34031 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35002 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
Mathematical Biology MATH35032 10 Optional
Mathematics of a Finite Planet MATH35062 10 Optional
Symmetry in Geometry and Nature MATH35082 10 Optional
Matrix Analysis MATH36001 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis 2 MATH36022 10 Optional
Problem Solving by Computer MATH36031 10 Optional
Convex Optimization MATH36062 10 Optional
Martingales with Applications to Finance MATH37001 10 Optional
Markov Processes MATH37012 10 Optional
Medical Statistics MATH38072 10 Optional
Multivariate Statistics and Machine Learning MATH38161 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 46 course units for year 3

What our students say

You can read some student profiles in our Undergraduate Brochure or on the Department of Mathematics website .

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics is based in the brand new, purpose built £40 million Alan Turing Building, set at the heart of the University Campus.  Students benefit from extensive facilities for computing and study, relaxation and refreshment, in an attractive, light and comfortable environment.  Computing: The Department of Mathematics has a number of computer clusters that run the standard software as well as powerful mathematical and statistical software, such as Matlab, Minitab and Mathematica.  All our students have free access to email and the internet.  Other larger clusters are available in the University libraries and clusters are situated in most Halls of Residence; most student rooms also have Ethernet connection.  Library: You will have access to the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, one of the largest and best-equipped libraries in the UK.  A special section of this library provides a short loan facility, where you can reliably obtain textbooks that are recommended for particular courses and borrow them on an overnight basis.  The Department of Mathematics also houses a mathematical library of more advanced books and other material used mainly by research students and staff.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Hannah_Levell_Graduate

The careers team were also amazing in helping with interview preparation,

allowing me to practice interview technique and gain confidence for my applications.

Hannah Levell / Trainee Accountant at PwC
Nicolas Brusby

The support network, careers events, and extracurricular activities provided by the university all helped me significantly.

Without them I would have found obtaining a job post university much more difficult.

Nicolas Brusby / Rolls Royce

Studying a Mathematics degree with The University of Manchester will equip you with highly sought after skills and knowledge that are of huge value in a wide variety of professions.  

The University of Manchester is one of the most targeted universities in the country by employers*. 89% of mathematics graduates are in work or further studies 15 months after graduating**. You can read some of our graduates' stories on the Department of Mathematics blog. 

Your studies will be fantastic preparation for any area of employment requiring clear and logical thinking. Plus, our award-winning careers services  will support you on your journey to finding the right career path for you. 

The main areas of employment that graduates enter are: 

  • Finance
  • Industry
  • Computing (including operational research) 
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Statistics
  • Teaching (schools and colleges)
  • Postgraduate study

Many of our graduates have pursued careers in finance in firms such as:

  • KPMG
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • Barclays
  • Deutsche Bank

A substantial number of previous graduates have undertaken further programmes of study such as MSc in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Finance, Business, Management and Computer Science. Some have also gone on to train as teachers.

Calculating Careers Fair

The Department of Mathematics puts significant emphasis on careers and holds a number of events throughout the year. These include talks, workshops and networking sessions.

We also host the annual Calculating Careers Fair.  This takes place in early October each year and is attended by a large number of international graduate recruiters. Previous attendees have included
  • Amazon
  • Amec
  • Barclays
  • BP
  • BT
  • Credit Suisse
  • GCHQ
  • IBM
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RBS
  • Teach First and Deloitte.

This fair is a great opportunity for students to network with a number of graduate employers early in their academic careers.

* The Graduate Market in 2021

** Graduate Outcomes Survey

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.