BSc (Hons) Mathematics

  • We offer excellent career support both during and after your study at Herts. Many of our placement students start the final year of their degree with a job offer from their placement company which is financially and personally rewarding.
  • Many of your lecturers hold FHEA status and teaching qualifications, as well as being experts on their field. Their teaching methods are informed by current research and quality enhanced approaches. Find out more about research and researchers at Herts for Maths and Physics here.
  • Our maths graduates are in demand and well paid by employers. This is demonstrated by the most recent survey of Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) in which the average earnings of our upper quartile graduates, five years after graduation, were ranked 15th highest out of 63 universities at £44,600pa.

About the course

Explore the full range of modern mathematics as you gain fundamental knowledge and advanced mathematical and statistical skills. Mathematics holds the key to advances in virtually all areas of our lives, from finance to computing, logistics to medicine and travel to weather forecasting. If you’re looking for a career that involves shaping technological or scientific progress, mathematics is an ideal degree for you. What’s more, our flexible course allows you to specialise in whichever area of mathematics interests you most. You will find our friendly and personalised approach in the small group tutorial besides your day to day lectures. We have particular teaching expertise in various areas of numerical modelling, financial mathematics, algebra, statistics, optimisation and mathematical physics. You can even choose to take a year out to study abroad or undertake a placement.

Why choose this course?

Our Mathematics degree is a highly flexible course that allows you to specialise in whichever area of Mathematics interests you the most.

  • We take pride in our student-focused approach to teaching Mathematics. Our School is well regarded for its friendly and professional environment, which allows us to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to be a successful mathematician. We will support you throughout your degree so that you can achieve your full potential.
  • We are a research-active department undertaking internationally excellent research in mathematics and mathematical physics. Take a look at the latest exciting research, which will underpin and inform your studies.
  • You can always access additional support throughout your course with regular drop-ins at the University’s own Maths Support Service located in the Library and accessing specialised career support from the Career and Employment department.

What will I study?

We use a variety of teaching methods in our Mathematics degree, ranging from small-group tutorials to lectures, problem workshops and practical computing classes. Our teaching is supported by the University's e-learning system Canvas and Panopto and it is possible to download lecture notes, assessments and submit coursework through StudyNet. We place particular emphasis on transferable skills, employability and project work throughout the degree.

You will meet your personal tutor on a regular basis in small-group tutorials, which are a great way of reinforcing the material that you learn in lectures. We also offer a wide variety of support throughout your degree, from your lecturers, the School’s Maths Centre and peer support from our student proctor scheme. 

The Maths Support Service provides a one to one help with your mathematical problems.

Professional Accreditations

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

Careers

Britain has a national shortage of mathematics graduates, so once you graduate you’ll be highly valued and able to apply your skills to an exceptionally wide range of careers. A small selection of careers that our previous graduates have pursued are financial consultants, business analysts, engineering consultants, programmers, statisticians, credit analysts, meteorologists, environmental analysts, teachers, actuaries and many more. The number of people working in jobs requiring numerical ability has been steadily rising in the UK in recent years. In the world of employment, maths graduates are in high demand for their skills in problem-solving, logical thinking and their ability to understand and interpret data. Recent maths graduates from the University of Hertfordshire have gone on to exciting careers in actuarial, finance, statistics and data science, IT, business analysis, teaching and many more. 

These careers are also well paid. According to data from the government’s Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) Data Analysis, the University of Hertfordshire is ranked 16th (out of 64 universities) for the highest quartile earnings for maths graduates five years after graduating.

'After finishing my maths degree at University of Hertfordshire, I got a place on a graduate scheme with Kuehne and Nagel. For my first 2 years I will specialise in our oil and gas department. I’m very excited, I move to Aberdeen in March, and have to remain mobile within the UK for 2 years and then will have the opportunity to work abroad.

I am grateful to the University of Hertfordshire for many things but most notably for the discipline it has taught me. Working to deadlines, being versatile and working to my full potential even when out of my comfort zone are all skills I will never lose. The main tool I use every day is optimising fleet.

It goes without saying I would never have been considered for the job without my maths degree. The University of Hertfordshire taught me the importance of communication, and this has really contributed to the successful start to my career.'

Rachel Atherton

BSc (Hons) Mathematics