BSc (Hons) Business and Mathematics

About the course



This course will enable you to develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics. In addition, it will develop your understanding of applications of mathematics that provide support to studies in business, computing, economics, engineering and the sciences. In your first year you will refresh and build upon your understanding of topics covered at A level.

In your second year these topics will be extended and explored further. If you are studying the Joint study route (50% mathematics) you will also develop additional skills and those on the major study route (75% mathematics) will explore computer techniques.

Your final year will focus on applying the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to practical problems drawn from a wide variety of areas.


You don’t need any prior knowledge of business studies before choosing this subject. You will gain a broad introduction to the subject in your first year. If you choose to continue business as a joint subject or increase to major in business you will have access to a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your studies to your own personal interests.

Your studies in business will prepare you for work in a range of organisations and you will have the opportunity to further prepare for the workplace by taking a one year paid work placement in between your second and final year.

Why choose this course?


  • Study mathematics in a department with a long tradition of high quality teaching
  • Improve your understanding of advanced mathematical concepts taught in an approachable format
  • Gain a relevant degree that provides transferable skills that are highly valued by employers


  • Gain a firm understanding of the role of business in society
  • Develop your knowledge in key areas of business such as Finance, Human Resources Management and Marketing
  • Challenge yourself intellectually while gaining key practical and interpersonal skills that prepare you for the workplace.


This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. 95.2% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.

Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (UJH) - 15 Credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 1 (L1) - 30 Credits
  • Linear Algebra and Analysis - 30 Credits
  • Small Group Tutorial - 0 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Managing People - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 2 - 15 Credits
  • Number Theory - 15 Credits
  • Real Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Differential Equations - 15 Credits


  • Human Computer Interaction for Commercial Applications - 15 Credits
  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Marketing for the Small Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions - 15 Credits
  • Cross-cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Business Analysis Tools - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Complex Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Linear Optimisation - 15 Credits
  • Combinatorics - 15 Credits
  • Nonlinear Systems - 15 Credits


  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • International Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Challenges in the Third Sector - 15 Credits
  • Social Networking and Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Small Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Service Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Management Science in Business - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • Performance Strategy - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits
  • Professional Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points including A level Maths.

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


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28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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