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Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.

Mathematics gives us the tools to understand, predict and control everyday phenomena, from how your orange juice flows out of the carton to the behaviour of a vehicle’s anti-lock braking system and the intricacies of quantum theory.


 Our course provides a strong practical approach to modern applied mathematics, offering you detailed and varied insight into a range of topics, such as fluid dynamics, astrophysics, electricity and magnetism. Successful graduates will also have the experience to work in a wide range of professions such as accountancy, computer analysis and industrial design where analytical skills are highly prized.

 If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • a course which meets the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) - when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competencies to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees;
  • employer links with National Grid, MathWorks, Unipart, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover;
  • strong practical emphasis through modern applied mathematics and physics;
  • one-to-one help from the Mathematics Support Centre, organised by sigma, the University’s internationally renowned Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support;
  • placement opportunities to apply for with companies that have previously included: National Grid, Mercedes- Benz and Jaguar Land Rover;
  • being taught by active researchers in Applied Mathematics, who carry out The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) scored 86% of outputs as world-leading or internationally excellent;
  • the opportunity to study abroad as part of the Erasmus scheme.


Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Institution of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


The first year lays a solid mathematical foundation and introduces the academic skills needed for the rest of the degree. The year is common with the Mathematics degree. The applied focus is provided by studying modules in ‘Problem Solving’ and ‘Motion in Time and Space’.

The second year strengthens your knowledge of core mathematical methods, and introduces more key elements of mathematics and physics such as electromagnetism and mathematical modelling.

Your final year affords you the opportunity to study further topics such as fluid dynamics, quantum and statistical physics, and astrophysics. You will also engage in a final year dissertation project. Recent examples involve: black holes, social networks, the flow of liquid metal in a magnetic field and phase transitions.


Your timetable will be based on lectures, computer laboratory sessions and examples classes. We schedule weekly sessions where your module lecturers are available to provide support, and on top of group work sessions you will have regular personal tutorials. The Mathematics Support Centre is open seven days a week to provide you with one-to-one support. The

Centre also has specialist staff to provide extra support for dyslexic students.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Mathematics courses are ranked 8th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 47%;
  • coursework, including tests and groupwork 47%;
  • practical work, including presentations 6%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


Each module has a different mix between lectures, tutorials and labs. In a typical week you will have 15-19 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of personal academic tutorial (or later, individual project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 6-12 hours of tutorials, laboratories and studio sessions each week

Large group teaching: 6-12 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: ABB - BBB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: Assessed on an individual basis

Access: Assessed on an individual basis

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include 5 points from Mathematics at Higher Level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful graduates in Mathematics and Physics should be well prepared for a wide career choice, rather than being trained for a specific job. This degree will highlight your numeracy and analytical ability to employers. Career opportunities for graduates in Mathematics and Physics exist in industry, accountancy, banking, computer analysis, marketing, industrial design, management, and scientific research.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material and software (to run on a Windows environment);
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


To enhance your employability and create global graduates, Coventry University enables you to study abroad as part of this course. This could include Europe (through the Erasmus scheme), America and Asia.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say - Paul Bowen 

I found the intimate nature of my course to be one of the my favourite aspects; being able to work more closely with lectures is very constructive for my learning. 


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course
  • Part time


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152