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BSc Honours Mathematics (UCAS Code: G100)

Mathematical Studies

BSc Honours Mathematics (UCAS Code: G100)
School of Mathematics and Physics

The Subject

Mathematics is the universal language of science, and a beautiful subject in itself. Mathematics also has important applications in industry and commerce, and well-qualified mathematicians and statisticians are in great demand with a wide choice of careers, making Mathematics an excellent choice as a degree subject. 

Mathematical Studies at Queen's encompasses three subject areas:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics and Operational Research (SOR) 

In each, the ideas that have been encountered at school are extended and new areas are introduced. It is important to appreciate that what may be understood as either Pure or Applied Mathematics from school experience will differ from the University experience. 

For this reason, amongst others, Mathematics students usually study both Pure and Applied Mathematics in the first year, with Statistics being a likely third component. 

Queen's offers several different degree programmes involving Mathematics, and there are two types of degree available within these programmes - the three-year BSc and the four-year MSci.


This degree offers the greatest flexibility and choice among the three subject areas. 

Mathematics and Computer Science 
This is a joint degree which combines these two subject areas. 

Mathematics and Statistics and Operational Research 
This degree contains more emphasis on Statistics and Operational Research. 

Mathematics with Extended Studies in Europe 
This degree is designed for students with an interest in French or Spanish. After two years at Queen's, students spend one year abroad studying Mathematics in their chosen language before returning to Queen's for their final year. 

Mathematics with Finance 
Compared with other Mathematics degrees that allow a wide choice of modules, this degree is much more focused and provides students with a particular set of mathematical skills that are ideal for work in the financial services technology sector, as well as in software engineering. 

Applied Mathematics and Physics and Theoretical Physics 
These degrees are especially suitable for those wishing to study both Mathematics and Physics. The former is focused on the mathematical aspects of Physics, while the latter is a joint degree with a wider choice of modules.


These four-year undergraduate degrees can be seen as extended versions of the three-year BSc Honours degrees, and are aimed primarily at students who intend to make significant use of their subject in their future careers, or who simply wish to broaden their understanding of Mathematics. 

The following MSci degrees are available:

  • Applied Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics and Operational Research
  • Theoretical Physics

Students may register for either the three-year BSc or the four-year MSci degree. Transfers to the MSci are permitted up to the end of Stage 2, subject to performance. Progress to Stages 3 and 4 of the MSci is dependent on the student maintaining an approved high standard at earlier stages.


Why Queen's?

The School of Mathematics and Physics is based around the three former teaching departments of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. -Statistics & Operational Research and Theoretical Physics coming within the ambit of Applied Mathematics, but are treated as distinct subjects. 

This enables the School to deliver a wide range of degree programmes, offering the opportunity to take a Mathematics degree and specialise in pure or applied mathematics for instance, or to undertake a Physics degree if you enjoy both ideas and experimental work, or a Theoretical Physics degree if you prefer more mathematical and theoretical study.  Fully integrated joint degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics are also offered.


Course Content

Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics is concerned with the application of Mathematics to the study of the physical universe, including theoretical physics, as well as the social, industrial and commercial world. 

Modules include the study of Newtonian mechanics, the motion of fluids, electromagnetism, wave motion and diffusion processes, the physics of atoms, molecules and nuclei, numerical analysis, financial Mathematics, and applications to the commercial world, incorporating the methods of operational research. Computers are used to obtain accurate numerical solutions to the mathematical problems involved. 

Level 1 
Vector Algebra and Dynamics 
Waves and Vector Fields 

Level 2 
Classical Mechanics 
Fluid Mechanics 
Methods of Applied Mathematics 
Numerical Analysis 

Level 3 
Advanced Numerical Analysis 
Calculus of Variations and Hamiltonian Mechanics 
Dynamical Systems 
Electromagnetic Theory 
Financial Mathematics 
Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine 
Partial Differential Equations 
Quantum Theory 
Tensor Field Theory 

Level 4 
Advanced Mathematical Methods 
Information Theory 
Practical Methods for Partial Differential Equations 
Statistical Mechanics 
Theoretical Atomic Structure and Collisions 

Pure Mathematics

Pure Mathematics provides the essential theoretical tools used in the increasingly numerate science of today, and is continually developing new ones to solve problems at the forefront of research in many disciplines. 

At Queen's we offer a wide selection of modules in Analysis, Algebra and Topology. Active research links are maintained with other institutions, both at home and abroad. 

Level 1 
Analysis and Linear Algebra 
Numbers, Sets and Sequences 

Level 2 
Complex Variables 
Elementary Number Theory 
Group Theory 
Linear Algebra 

Level 3 
Algebraic Equations 
Computer Algebra 
Metric and Normed Spaces 
Ring Theory 
Set Theory 

Level 4 
Algebraic Topology 
Functional Analysis 
Mathematical Investigations 
Rings and Modules 

Statistics and Operational Research

Statistics is concerned with deriving sound inferences from data. This may be experimental or observational and obtained from investigations of physical or biological phenomena or from the study of the workings of industry, commerce and society. 

Operational Research deals with the application of scientific method to obtaining the best solutions to the various problems which arise in the organisation and management of complex systems in industry and commerce. 

Level 1 
Introduction to Probability and Operational Research 
Statistical Methods 

Level 2 
Linear Models 
Methods of Operational Research 
Statistical Inference 

Level 3 
Linear and Dynamic Programming 
Statistical Data Mining 
Stochastic Processes 
Survival Analysis for Medicine 

Level 4 
Statistics Project


For module descriptions: choose your subject area from the dropdown list (please note that the modular system used at Queen's allows students access to a wide range of teaching across related subjects where appropriate eg Accounting includes modules from within the subjects of Economics and Finance)


Entry Requirements

BSc Honours

  • Applied Mathematics and Physics* 3 yrs (GF13)
  • Mathematics 3 yrs (G100)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science 3 yrs (GG41)
  • Mathematics and Statistics & Operational Research 3 yrs (GG13)
  • Mathematics with Extended Studies in Europe 4 yrs (G104)
  • Mathematics with Finance 3 yrs (G1N3)
  • Theoretical Physics* 3 yrs (F340)

MSci Honours

  • Applied Mathematics and Physics* 4 yrs (GFC3)
  • Mathematics 4 yrs (G103)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science 4 yrs (GGK1)
  • Mathematics and Statistics & Operational Research 4 yrs (GGC3)
  • Theoretical Physics* 4 yrs (F344)

How We Choose Our Students

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

BSc options

A-level: ABB including Mathematics grade A

*For degrees marked with an asterisk this must include A-level Physics grade B or better

BSc Mathematics with Extended Studies in Europe

A-level: ABB including Mathematics grade A

For French option: A-level French
For Spanish option: A-level Spanish

BSc Mathematics with Finance

A-level: A* (Mathematics) BB OR AAB including Mathematics grade A

MSci options

A-level: AAA including Mathematics OR A* (Mathematics) AB

*For degrees marked with an asterisk this must include A-level Physics.

International qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including: International Foundation in Engineering and Science.


Assessment and Feedback

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the BSc in Mathematics we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.   Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).


  • Tutorials:  Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students).  These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. 


  • Self-directed study:  This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.


  • Supervised projects:  In final year, students will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that they have chosen.  Students will receive support from a supervisor who will guide them in terms of how to carry out research and who will provide feedback on at least 2 occasions during the write up stage.


  • Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment (general):  The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module.  Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments.  Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations.  Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:


  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.


Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work. 



Studying for a Maths degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including mathematics. 

Although the many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, banking and finance, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.  The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

  • Management Consultancy 
  • Export Marketing (NI Programme)
  • Fast Stream Civil Service
  • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast’s Employability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.


Contact Us

For entrance requirements
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838

For course information
Mathematics Admissions Co-ordinator
School of Mathematics and Physics
T: +44 (0)28 9097 6001

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