Programme costs

Please note: This information is relevant for students entering from 2012/13 onwards only.

This page aims to outline the additional costs, over and above the tuition fee, that undergraduate students will experience whilst studying for a Mathematics programme.

This information is based on advice from students studying in 2011/12 and has been reviewed by student representatives for the course on an annual basis. This page is intended to be a useful resource to prospective and new students, therefore please do feed through any further suggestions through your departmental SSLC.


We do not perceive it to be necessary for you to purchase any of the books required for Mathematics programmes, as there are sufficient copies in the Library.  However, previous students have felt that there were a couple of textbooks that they found useful to own copies of (e.g. Thomas' Calculus and How to think like a Mathematician, which cost about £60 in total). Please note, it is not essential that you own a copy of these books and you are advised not to buy them until you are here.


Dependent upon which modules you are taking, there are often printing costs involved with the assessment of your work.  This can equate to approximately £10-£15 per academic year.

Industrial placements

Should you opt to take the Commercial and Industrial Experience (CandI) module (EMP3001) then you may accrue commuting and refreshment expenses. This will be dependent on where you live during this time and therefore the costs are estimated to be anything from £700 to £1,100 for the eight week period. However, students typically receive a salary for this placement, or have their expenses fully covered by their placement employer. The costs that a student may incur can vary dependent on the location of the placement and the agreement reached with the employer.

“(the salary) covered all the extra costs incurred by doing an industrial placement. All costs such as accommodation and relocation were easily taken care of by this salary”

2011/12 third year industrial placement student

Study abroad

The exact costs of studying abroad for a semester or a year are dependent on which country you choose, and the type of experience you wish to have whilst there.  Additional costs for undertaking this option may include:

  • Return air fare
  • Living costs such as internet connection fees, phone calls, mobile phone contracts, or laptop fees
  • Purchase of essential equipment that you are unable to take with you
  • Extra activities you wish to undertake such as sightseeing or cultural trips
  • Health or insurance cover: personal liability insurance is often compulsory
  • Visa fees for non EU countries: there is often a processing fee, and you may need evidence of sufficient funds in your bank account to cover your living costs whilst in the country to satisfy immigration officials
  • Additional course fees such as language courses and student cards

Further information regarding study abroad can be found on the University Study Abroad page.