Degree in Mathematics


The curriculum of the Degree in Mathematics takes up 240 ECTS credits, distributed in four years.

The first year comprises subjects of the basic training, corresponding to 60 credits. The second and third year the compulsory contents are taught. All these contents are developed in subjects of 6 ECTS credits each.

In the fourth year 42 optional/elective credits, and 18 credits for the final project are studied. These elective credits have to be from one of the 5 following possibilites, the rest of elective credits must be elective credits from the same mention (not from a different mention), math electives, internships in companies or academic recognition of up 6 credits:

*NOTE: In the itinerary without minors, only a maximum of 18 credits can be taken among the offer of the elective subjects of each of  the minors.

Minors are reflected in the European Supplement to the Degree. In all cases there is the possibility of obtaining 6 ECTS credits from academic recognition for several types of activities, and also 6 or 12 credits can be obtained from internships in companies.



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Orientative objectives for the degree:

  • Train graduates that have acquired a general and balanced education on the different fields of mathematics – nature, methods and most relevant purposes – and prepare them so that they can practice in one of the multiple professions associated with the degree o so that they continue their studies at a superior level with a great degree of autonomy in scientific or technologic disciplines.
  • To develop in students the analytical, abstraction and intuition capacities, as well as logical and rigorous reasoning, through the study of mathematics.
  • To develop in students the capacity to recognize the presence of maths in the natural, scientific, technological and social phenomena.

Meanwhile, respect for fundamental rights and equality between men and women, non-discrimination and universal accessibility for disabled people are transmitted to the students.

General skills:

  • – Having and understanding the subject’s basic knowledge.
  • – Knowing and understanding advanced concepts in some area of mathematics.
  • – Being able to gather up and interpret relevant data to allow drafting reasoned reports and obtaining conclusions on scientific problems, or in other areas that require mathematical tools.
  • – Being able to transmit information, ideas, problems and mathematical solutions both to specialized and not specialized public.
  • – Knowing how to apply the acquired knowledge and analysis capacity to problem solving in professional and academic contexts.
  • – Developing the necessary learning skills to undertake further studies in mathematics or science studies related to them, with a great degree of autonomy.
  • – Teamwork capacity.
  • – Using physical and virtual bibliographical resources.
  • – Organizing and managing the available time and resources.

Specific skills of the degree:

  • – Understanding and using the mathematical language correctly.
  • – Knowing how to enunciate propositions and writing proofs in a rigorous way.
  • – Knowing proofs of classic theorems of different areas of maths.
  • – Assimilating new mathematical concepts in terms of ones already learned.
  • – Knowing to identify mistakes in incorrect reasonings.
  • – Being able to understand problems, abstracting the essence, and formulating them mathematically in order to facilitate their analysis and resolution.

During the last years, there have been carried out studies on labor integration for graduates in Mathematics, which show that their prospects are of great interest and usefulness in different fields, such as:

  • – Computer Science and Telecommunications.
  • – Non-university teaching.
  • – University teaching and research.
  • – Consultancy.
  • – Banking, finances and insurance.
  • – Public administration.
  • – Business administration.
  • – Quality, production, and R+D.
  • – Industry.

*The Royal Spanish Society of Mathematics has recently published a report on the career opportunities of Mathematical studies which can be found in the following webpage:

*The Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia carried out, in the year 2008, a study on labor insertion for university graduates:

*The Faculty of Mathematics has conducted a study amongst its graduates in the period between 2003 and 2007, in which it is shown that 98% of them finds a job within a year, and the professional sectors they work in are:

Non-university teaching Banking, finances and insurance Computer Science Consultancy University teaching and research Public administration Other business sectors
30 % 15 %  13,69 % 12,51 % 8 %  4 % 10,95 %

The results of the different studies agree, in general terms, to consider that the degree in Mathematics offers a wide range of fields of employment in which graduates can apply their acquired knowledge.

A report on labor insertion for the degree, provided by AQU-Catalonia confirms the application in the areas of:

  • Communication technologies
  • Education and research.
  • Business services.
  • Financial institutions.

For other studies related to Computer Science, employment statistics are similar.

To get to know the rules that regulate the permanence of students in the University, check the following links:

To know the minimum credits for every tuition and term that the Univerity of Barcelona stablishes, check the following links:

Article 7.2 «Minimum and maximum credits for tuition»: