Department of Mathematical Sciences

Undergraduate studies

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Surprisingly creative

A surprisingly creative discipline which underpins and impacts just about everything, Maths at Essex isn't what you'd expect.

Our undergraduate courses help you understand the why as well as the how of mathematics and related subjects, and you can tailor your studies to your own interests with an exciting independent project in your final year.

We are committed to developing the mathematicians, actuaries, data scientists and statisticians of the future. We want you to be the best that you can be and will encourage you to push yourself and immerse yourself in our Essex Experience.

A growing and influential department, we make sure that our students and staff know each other personally. With an open door policy, a dedicated Peer Mentoring Scheme and an active Mathematical Sciences community of alumni, friends, students and staff, we are a true academic family.

Explore our undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • Mathematical Sciences will move into the new £13.2m STEM building being built at our Colchester Campus in 2018.
  • All of our courses allow you to spend your third year studying abroad with no tuition fees for that year.
  • Our Department offers scholarships for talented undergraduate and postgraduate students. These range from £250 to £6,000 and have various criteria.

So, what do we have to offer?

Study abroad and placement years

You have the option, with all our courses, to spend your third year studying abroad with no tuition fees for that year - a great way to boost your CV and confidence.

Many of our courses have a placement year option, so you can spend your third year working in a relevant industry or gain experience with a shorter summer placement. Previous students and alumni have worked in companies including AXA and Expedia among others.

Develop diverse and transferable skills

A maths degree gives you a wide range of transferable skills that employers value, including numeracy, problem solving, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and IT.

Through tackling mathematical problems, you learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Presentation and group-working are integrated in the specialist modules that we offer.

You can also gain specific computing skills, learning to use software such as Matlab, Maple and R, which will be of particular value if you want to pursue postgraduate study and research.

Enhance your career prospects

Dedicated careers module

Whatever you choose, our careers and employability module will help you build confidence in yourself and your subject, hone your interview skills, and ensure you're in the best position to pursue your chosen career or academic path when you graduate.

Employability and Careers Centre

Throughout your time at Essex, advisors at our Employability and Careers Centre will be available to help you formulate your career plan.

Getting you ready for life after graduation

Maths graduates are always in demand due to the wide range of employers seeking their highly valued skills. Our degrees in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science and data science provide you with a fantastic platform to enter a range of interesting sectors.

With employability modules embedded into all of our courses, placement opportunities and industry links with organisations including Aviva, Profusion, Mondaq, AXA and Buck Consultants, we do everything we can to ensure you are in the best possible position to pursue your chosen career path when you graduate.

I assisted with regular tasks while developing my own project from scratch – a set of reporting tools that would manipulate large databases. This has improved my project and time management skills, along with my proficiency in VBA for Excel, ResQ and SAS – which are the core Actuarial Reserving software packages.
Stefan Stoican Summer placement at axa
"Essex, and the Department of Maths in particular, met all of my expectations and I strongly recommend it to all prospective students."