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BSc (Hons) Mathematics

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Course duration:
3 years FullTime, 4 years Placement year
UCAS Code:
Grades/points required:
BBC-ABB (112-128)

Tuition fees

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Placement year
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All figures are subject to yearly increases. Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.
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Why study Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Opportunity to undertake a year's paid industrial placement
  • Strong links with over 450 local and national organisations
  • Very high academic and professional standing, with official commendation for excellent teaching and research standards
  • £6million investment in state-of-the-art teaching facilities
  • Opens up career opportunities in data science, statistics, operations research, teaching, marketing analysis, management consultancy, accountancy and finance
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more 

About your course

The professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University will give you the mathematical and statistical knowledge to model, solve and analyse real-world problems using the same techniques adopted by major commercial institutions.


From the outset, your focus will be on mathematics and statistics, although you are not expected to have any prior knowledge of statistics when you start the course. These studies will build a solid foundation in quantitative methods, combined with an understanding of how to develop software and use mathematical and statistical applications and then in the final year, you have a chance to specialise in areas like financial modelling, operational research, multivariate analysis and data mining.

This degree has a very high academic and professional standing and the Applied Mathematics Department has been formally recognised for its high quality teaching, excellent resources and dedicated staff. The Department also boasts state-of-the-art facilities at its Byrom Street campus, with over 150 high performance computers and industry-standard software.

We aim to improve your employability wherever possible on this course, which is why practical modules are introduced at every level. Most importantly, you can spend a sandwich year on a paid work placement to get a taste of what its really like to work in industry.

The Department's strong links with over 450 local and national organisations mean that all of its courses are designed and developed to suit the needs of employers today, as well as creating excellent work placements for students. Currently we have close ties with Corus, Unilever, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, IBM, Eutechnyx, Jagex, Spiral House, Heinz, Liverpool Direct, Pilkington, MBNA Bank, HM Treasury, Lloyds TSB, Merseyside Police, Thames Water Authority, AstraZeneca, Littlewoods, Vauxhall Motors and GlaxoSmithKline to name but a few.

"The year of work experience gave me a taste of the area that I wanted to work in after graduation. Now I am Medical Statistician for the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology and Arrowe Park Hospital with responsibility for supporting medical research and clinical audits. This degree was the gateway to my career achievements."
Helen Wong, graduate

Professional accreditation/links

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), a professional body of mathematicians.


This programme 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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


This degree programme will equip you with the mathematical and statistical knowledge to model, solve and analyse real-world problems using increasingly sophisticated quantitative techniques now adopted by major commercial institutions.

Recent graduates have gone on to forge successful careers as Marketing Analysts, Trainee Management Accountants, Accounts Managers, Insurance Broker Consultants and other fields related to mathematics and statistics.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Introduction to Modelling
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the concept of mathematical and statistical modelling of real-world problems. It will give you experience of building mathematical and statistical models.


Data Exploration and Analysis
20 credits

This module covers the exploratory analysis of datasets (including basic relational database skills to extract data from appropriate sources), the use of probability to handle uncertainty and develops techniques of hypothesis testing and confidence interval construction.

Mathematical Methods
20 credits

This module will provide the basic mathematical concepts and methods needed to solve a range of problems with scientific, business and statistical applications. You will be introduced to concepts of complex numbers and their application and introduced to methods for solving ordinary first and second order differential equations.

Linear Algebra
20 credits

This module provides you with the experience of using pencil-and-paper techniques and mathematical software to solve realistic problems in Linear Algebra.

Mathematical Computer Programming
20 credits

This module aims to develop programming and problem solving skills to help prepare for work in mathematics and statistics.

Fundamentals of Mathematics
20 credits

This module familiarises you with fundamental skills and mathematical techniques. It provides you with an appreciation of the concept of mathematical proof and give opportunities for practicing different proof techniques. It will also introduce you to mathematical writing. It will give you an appreciation in which historical context and cultures, fundamental mathematical concepts originated.


Level 5

Core modules

Further Mathematical Methods
20 credits

This module continues to build on mathematical methods and elements of discrete/finite mathematics which have increasing application in science, engineering and business decision making.

Statistical Modelling
20 credits

This module covers simple and multiple linear regression, basic one and two-way Analysis of Variance models, and the process of statistical modelling.

Numerical Methods
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the need to analyse and interpret numerical solutions to problems. You will study and investigate the error of certain numerical methods and be provided with practical experience in the use of numerical methods and appropriate software.

Probability and Risk
20 credits

This module will extend your knowledge of the use of probability models to introduce the use of simulation models in order to enable you to familiarise yourself with risk techniques through which can assist decision makers in making informed decisions in the face of uncertainty.

Personal and Professional Development
20 credits

This module will familiarises you with the employment market and the expectations of employers, and develops employability skills. The module also develops advanced I.T. skills related to Mathematics and Statistics.

Differential Equations
20 credits

This module will build on differential equation theory that was introduced in Mathematical Methods. You will be introduced to systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and determine how to solve linear autonomous systems of ODEs and to introduce the concepts of asymptotic theory as a tool for analytically approximating the solution of differential equations.

Optional Modules

Sandwich Year - Mathematics
120 credits

The aim is to provide students with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement their programme of study at LJMU. This will give students the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to their programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment. This extended placement forms a key part of a sandwich degree. All placements need to be assessed and approved prior to commencement in line with the LJMU Placement Learning Code of Practice. The Code of Practice requires students to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner during the placement - failure to do so may lead to the placement being terminated prematurely. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis. Split placements of a shorter duration may be permissible. There is an expectation that a minimum of 1200 hours will be spent in the workplace.

Study Year Abroad - Mathematics
120 credits

The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for the student's programme of study. Assuming successful completion of this year, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the year abroad.

Level 6

Core modules

40 credits

The aim of this module is to develop and widen your experience of tackling a realistic problem selected from the domain of your programme by carrying out independent research to extend the your ability to communicate the solution to a significant problem.

Statistics in the Workplace
20 credits

This module aims to give you an experience of campus-based work related learning focusing on the role of a statistician in industry and how statistical methods are applied in both manufacturing and business.

Advanced Calculus and Partial Differential Equations
20 credits

This module aims to extend your mastery of calculus in application areas such as vectors, complex numbers transforms and series. It will demonstrate the use of functions of a complex variable to evaluate real integrals. It will extend theory introduced in Differential Equations at Level 5 and provide an introductory course on solving Partial Differential Equations (PDEs).


Optional Modules

Operational Research
20 credits

The aim of this module is to examine a wide range of operational research methods and your applicability to real-life problems encountered in business and industry.

Mathematical Biology
20 credits

This module will teach the application of mathematical models to a variety of problems in biology and medicine. The aims of the module are to introduce mathematical models of biological systems and techniques for analysing them.

Introduction to Data Science
20 credits

This module gives an introduction to Data Science and aims to introduce you to the Data Science field, providing you with a wide range of methods and state-of-the-art technologies that are on demand in the job market.


Multivariate Analysis and Time Series
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the structure of multidimensional data sets. It will introduce you to inferential procedures using multivariate data. It will explore the structure of data in the form of a time series, and make forecasts of future observations that will arise in the time series.


Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

You will begin the course with a three day induction and then spend approximately 15 hours per week in the classroom. Independent study is a fundamental element of the course and accounts for about 70% or around 35 hours of your weekly study time.

Teaching is mostly via lectures with informal lab sessions, online activities and small-group tutorials to reinforce ideas discussed in the lectures and to give you a chance to develop ideas with staff and other students.

Work-related Learning

A 12-month paid work placement in your third year gives you the ideal opportunity to get a taste of what its really like to work in industry. Thanks to our extensive industrial links, we are able to place you with high-profile companies like Corus, Lloyds TSB and Unilever, where you will be able to put into practice skills learnt during your first two years and also gain new skills.

This experience will significantly enhance your CV and give you that competitive edge over other candidates when you first enter the graduate job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

This is a supportive and friendly department. Should you choose to undertake a years work placement, this support will continue as a supervisor will stay in close contact and visit you two or three times at your workplace.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of exam and coursework assessment methods for each module. Typically 40% of your mark comes from coursework and 60% from an exam, although some modules could be assessed entirely by coursework depending on the nature of the subject.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning


What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMUs City Campus. Here you'll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

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Grades/points required from qualifications: BBC-ABB (112-128)

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics/ Numeracy.

GCSE Equivalences accepted:
• Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A levels

BBC-ABB Minimum Number of A Levels: 2
Maximum AS UCAS Points: 20
Subject requirements: Mathematics A level (Grade C or above) is required


Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken (must include appropriate mathematical content)

Access awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area and include appropriate mathematical content.

International Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications incuding 5 in HL maths.

OCR Cambridge Technical

Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken (must include appropriate mathematical content)

Irish awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications from a minimum of 5 subjects.

Must include appropriate mathematical content.

T levels

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

You need to obtain the required UCAS points from a related subject area.

Must include appropriate mathematical content.

International requirements


    6.0 overall with no component below 5.5, taken within two years of the course start date.


International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject.

It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.

If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you. International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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