Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: G1W3 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: G1WH 4 years with professional training
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for mathematics and music, with our courses in music ranked 9th by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
Our innovative BSc Mathematics with Music course enables you to study both subjects at degree level. The course contains a balance of modules in mathematics and in music, with at least one-quarter in music, and more than one-half in mathematics, enabling you to study both subjects at degree level.
Taught by academics who are renowned in these subject areas, the course allows you to take essential modules offered on our other mathematics courses, across a broad range of mathematical topics including pure and applied mathematics as well as mathematical statistics, while also pursuing your passion for composing or performing.
What you will study
At Surrey, we make our courses as flexible as possible, meeting the needs of the individuals who apply. This course is at least one-quarter music, and more than one-half mathematics. It includes a wide range of mathematics modules in topics such as algebra, analysis, geometry, mathematical biology, fluid mechanics and statistics.
These modules provide an in-depth treatment of modern mathematics, and you will receive a thorough grounding in the main mathematical theories and techniques, equipping you for a variety of rewarding careers.
You’ll also be able to mix and match performance and composition modules in Years 1 and 2. Composers will explore a wide range of contemporary repertoire and learn to interact confidently with performers of their music, while performers will be able to take advantage of opportunities within the University’s arts and music scene.
"I’ve realised that getting every last ounce out of university life is crucial because these opportunities won’t come along again.” River Edis-Smith, student
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) - 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.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
A degree in mathematics with music opens the door to a wide range of careers. Not only is mathematics central to science, technology and finance-related fields, but the logical insight and analytical skills you’ll gain are also highly sought after in areas such as law, business and management.
Additionally, there’s a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools.
The breadth of experience you’ll gain on this highly stimulating course will help you to develop transferable skills which are also needed to excel in the music industry.
Many of our graduates start their careers with some of the most sought­ after employers in the UK and further afield. Recent graduates are now employed in roles such as:
Operational Research Graduate, British Airways
Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Oxford University PGCE
Manager Research Analyst, Barnett Waddingham LLP
Music Supervisor, PH Media
Cyber Security Expert, IBM
Graduate Trainee Tech Risk, KPMG
Assistant Studio Runner, The Crypt Studio
Studio Manager, Spitfire Audio
Graduate Banking Scheme, Lloyds Banking Group
Digital Operations Executive, RMP Enterprise
Concerts and Projects Manager, London Sinfonietta.
Assistant Producer, Perfect Pitch
As well as preparing you for employment, our courses give you a solid foundation from which to pursue further study in mathematics or research in science or music-related fields.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Surrey, as I felt that it allowed me to gain my independence while developing the skills necessary for working life such as time management, working to deadlines, and communicating well with others.” Kim Holding, graduate
Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Music.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Mathematics with Music placements
Mathematicians are in demand in many areas of business and industry, and this breadth is reflected in the Professional Training placements that students can take up as part of their course.
You might choose to gain experience in financial services, including banking and insurance, computer programming, or logistics. You might even get involved with an internet start-up.
We have excellent links with an extensive portfolio of companies and organisations, including:
Office for National Statistics
Department of Transport
HM Revenue and Customs
English National Opera
London Symphony Orchestra
Faber Music Publishers
"While an increasing number of universities offer a similar opportunity, in my opinion, Surrey is the best in that it provides a lot of help in finding a placement and has an excellent relationship with many companies.” Dominic Meyer, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
In your second year, you may have the option of spending two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities. These include:
Brock University, Canada
California State University, US
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
North Carolina State University, US
Texas Tech University, US
Northern Arizona University, US
University of Central Florida, US
University of North Texas, US
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Sydney, Australia
University of Virginia, US