Mathematics at BGU

Help inspire others - study undergraduate mathematics through collaboration and discussion, combining theory with educational placements.

Mathematics is vital in modern society, underpinning our understanding of the sciences, engineering, technology, finance and many other aspects of our everyday lives. Mathematics graduates are in short supply and we aim to provide you with the tools you need to make a real difference in the world and to those around you.

We encourage you to understand and enjoy mathematics. We teach mathematics through group workshops and offer a learning experience that is very different from larger universities.

If you're interested in a career in teaching you'll also be offered a free place on one of our 'Pre-Teaching Courses' as a part of your degree and a guaranteed PGCE interview.

So if you're keen to solve problems and would love to pass on your enthusiasm to others, Mathematics at BGU is perfect for you.

For more information on all our Mathematics options at BGU, or to speak to our Programme Leader for Mathematics about your options, simply fill in the form on this page and we'll do the rest!

Why study Mathematics?

  • Study university mathematics through interactive workshops
  • Small group teaching offers supportive opportunities for collaboration and discussion
  • Develop your understanding of connections within mathematics and principles underpinning school mathematics by studying at a higher level
  • Build your confidence in communicating mathematical arguments on paper and in person

Mathematics at BGU

I like the lecturers for maths, we get on well and they always help when we get stuck on our work – which happens quite a lot! I feel really supported at BGU. We get assessed in a variety of ways. In my first year we had a split between assignments and exams and this year it’s been one assignment and two exams! I want to go into teaching when I graduate. I’m not sure what level yet but I guess ideally I’d be a maths teacher at secondary school. I’m looking forward to doing a placement at a secondary school to see how that goes and help me make my decision.

James, Education Studies and Mathematics

What You Will Study

At BGU you can study Mathematics as a joint honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject. Depending on your year of entry, options and any potential course combinations, you may study some or all of the following modules in Mathematics at BGU.

New Horizons

This module will give you a strong foundation for further study in mathematics. You will consider properties of familiar number systems and then learn about complex numbers by exploring their algebraic and geometric properties. You will also learn about matrices and use them to solve systems of equations and describe geometric transformations. Through investigating more abstract aspects of matrix algebra you will encounter ideas that will be helpful in a range of applications later in the course.

Enhancing Algebra with ICT

This module focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of algebra and graphs through various applications of ICT. You will build on previous work in trigonometry and complex numbers and learn about functions of complex variables. You will also study infinite sequences and series and learn about various tests for convergence. Using software to investigate functions will help you to develop algebraic skills and guide you towards a deeper understanding through visualisation.

Calculus with Geometric Applications

This module seeks to extend your knowledge and understanding of differential calculus into two and three-dimensional space. The basic notions of rate-of-change, derivative and integral are revisited algebraically from first principles. Various key results are then extended to apply in two and three dimensions to provide you with a visual awareness of how these concepts apply to the physical world.

Measuring and Interpreting the World

Core lectures and the seminar/workshop sessions will examine different aspects of quantitative enquiry, including, for example: the meaning of statistical data, raw data extraction and manipulation, correlation and deviation, inference and interpretation and graphic representation. You will consider the design, relevance, application and value of particular quantitative and statistical methods in relation to applied, global issue study contexts.

Modelling and Methods

General concepts and techniques of mathematical modelling are introduced. These enable you to construct appropriate empirical models and to make predictions about real world phenomena. Fundamental laws of conditional probability are applied to appropriate probabilistic modelling situations, including Bayesian processes and Markov chains.

Modelling with Differential Equations

This module continues the theme of applying mathematics to real world phenomena, but extends ideas to more advanced differential equations, including higher order equations and systems of equations. Alongside developing the theory and methods for solving differential equations, you will explore mathematical models for a number of physical situations.

Mathematical Pedagogy and Educational Practice

You will research a number of current issues in mathematics education, including the appropriate application of ICT, common mathematical errors and misconceptions, active engagement strategies, developing programmes for learning, on-line resources and up-to-date curricular influences. Research findings will be explored through student-led seminars, and you will have opportunities to critically analyse your own teaching and that of peers in practical teaching situations, as appropriate.

Independent Study

This module will focus on equipping you to undertake a small–scale research project. The specific topic is chosen in consultation with your supervisor; this is usually an area of mathematics that you have not studied previously in your course, an aspect of the historical development of mathematics or some modern application.