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Mathematics (MMath)

Entry year


Study Mathematics because it is fascinating, challenging and elegant and because it provides the skills much in demand for a wide range of careers. 

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Course overview

If you would like to become a professional mathematician, or gain a deeper understanding of mathematics beyond the scope of the BSc, the MMath is a great choice. The course expands on the BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into relevant professions. It’s also a solid base for pursuing a research career.

Whatever your reason for considering a maths degree, you’ve made a great decision. You'll gain knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the workplace, and not only in jobs which use maths directly. A mathematics qualification is valued by many employers and your numerical, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills enable you to tackle a variety of roles.

Our four-year MMath course is the same as the three-year BSc degree with an extra year of study. In this final year, you will complete a major piece of project work. This could be:

  • a survey of an existing area of mathematical theory not covered in taught modules;
  • an introductory research project;
  • the development of a piece of mathematical software.
     

Not only will you explore a research topic of your choice, you will develop the crucial project and time management skills that graduate employers are looking for. Plus, you’ll show that you are at the forefront of the discipline through extensive coverage of topics such as Mathematical Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Fluid Dynamics.

Distinctive features

Specialist knowledge - Alongside learning advanced mathematical techniques, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills through extensive coverage of topics beyond the scope of the BSc degree.

Project-based year - You will complete a substantial mathematical project at an advanced level in a research area of your choice.

Flexible degree schemes – In most cases, you're free to switch between degree programmes at the end of Year One if your interests change. There is also the option of adding a Professional Placement or a Year Abroad between your second and third years. You don’t need to commit to this until the autumn semester of your second year, so there’s plenty of time to explore your options and add this on at a later date*;

Summer placements – Although we can’t guarantee summer placements, our dedicated placements team are there to help you find a placement and provide support you during your time there.

Student satisfaction - We've been voted top among all Russell Group Universities in the main category of Overall Satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey 2018;

Student support - You will have your own Personal Tutor allocated at the start of the first year as well as weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories, and access to daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.

*This would extend the MMath degree to five years and is subject to your academic performance.

Accreditations

UCAS codeG101
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 170 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 700 applications.

Entry requirements

AAA-AAB including A in Maths. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in BTEC plus A in Maths at A-level. Any BTEC accompanied by Maths A-Level.

Achieve 36 overall in the IB Diploma with 6 in HL Maths or achieve the IB Diploma with 666 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in Maths    

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Mathematics admissions criteria pages.

If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.

You will require GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£20,950None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time degree. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 or 20 credits and you need to earn 120 credits a year. The modules you choose in years one, two and three will inform the choices available to you later.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Most of the first year modules are compulsory, but you can choose to study up to 10 credits in another subject.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Linear Algebra IMA100810 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA170110 credits
Fundamental skills for University and BeyondMA190010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Classical MechanicsMA130110 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Finance I: Financial Markets and Corporate Financial ManagementMA180110 credits

Year two

There is a greater choice of optional modules in year two. The modules you will inform the choices available to you later.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Complex AnalysisMA200310 credits
Series and TransformsMA200410 credits
Real AnalysisMA200610 credits
Linear Algebra IIMA200820 credits
Multivariable and Vector CalculusMA201020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Modelling with Differential EquationsMA023210 credits
Operational ResearchMA026120 credits
Introduction to Number Theory IMA201110 credits
GroupsMA201310 credits
Vibrations and WavesMA230310 credits
Foundations of Probability and StatisticsMA250020 credits
Numerical AnalysisMA270110 credits
Finance II: Investment ManagementMA280010 credits
Problem SolvingMA290010 credits

Year three

The modules available in year three are closely aligned to the research interests of the School. In year three you will take a selection of advanced modules, allowing you to focus on topics of particular interest. 

Year four

In year four the course develops research training and enhanced mathematical skills, especially in mathematical analysis, mathematical physics and fluid dynamics. There is also a major piece of project work, in which you will undertake novel research.

This gives you the opportunity to develop presentation and communication skills, in addition to applying your mathematical skills to a research topic of your choice.

Module titleModule codeCredits
MMath ProjectMA490040 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is carried out through lectures, small-group tutorials and examples classes. Increased independent learning is encouraged throughout the course.

In all years the classes are used to discuss theoretical concepts and essential mathematical techniques. You are encouraged to undertake additional reading outside of timetabled classes and reflect upon assessments and feedback.

In year four, more student participation is expected as some lectures take the form of seminars.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

29%

Guided independent study

71%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

27%

Guided independent study

73%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

13%

Guided independent study

87%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

At the start of each year you will be given a guide to module aims, learning outcomes, methods of assessment, module syllabuses and reading lists. You will be allocated a personal tutor, a member of the academic staff who will provide pastoral support and academic advice during your course.

All lecturing staff can be contacted by email and have either an ‘open door’ policy for students with specific queries about course material, or a system to book meeting times. The School Office can answer most administrative queries immediately.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, excellent libraries and resource centres.

Further learning support is also available via the University wide Maths Support Service. This provides relaxed and informal daily drop-in sessions where students are encouraged to discuss any elements of their studies with a tutor on a one-to-one or small group basis.

How will I be assessed?

Many modules have written examinations at the end of the autumn or spring Semesters, with some also having an element of continuous assessment. This may include problem-solving exercises, written reports, computer programs and oral presentations. Feedback on progress is typically provided through a combination of discussion in class, written comments on submitted work and review of outline solutions to problems. You are encouraged to discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers.

Your major research project in year four is assessed through a written report and its oral examination.

The grade of your final degree is currently based on 20% from your year two studies, 30% from year three and 50% from year four.  An average of at least 55% in years one and two is required to continue on this programme.

Feedback:

Written feedback and outline solutions on in-course assessment give you an opportunity to reflect on your progress. Further feedback is provided in examples classes and tutorials (in year one) to review problems in more detail and discuss potential solutions. You should discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers. There are a number of further feedback mechanisms in place to support your study; please see “How will I be supported?” below.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

5%

Year 2

Written exams

97%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

3%

Year 3

Written exams

95%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

5%

Year 4

Written exams

67%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

28%

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and important employability skills. You will:

  • develop your communication skills and ability to communicate mathematics in written and oral form
  • demonstrate the effective self-management and organisational skills needed to undertake a substantial mathematical project
  • enhance your computing, IT, information retrieval and handling skills
  • develop your ability to apply logical and analytic thinking to problems in other disciplines
  • demonstrate group working, time management and presentational skills
  • show a commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in a process of personal development planning

Careers and placements

Career prospects

You can use your MMath as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in a variety of fields such as data science, operational research, internet technology, medicine, banking, logistics, risk management, and marketing. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing a PhD in mathematics, the sciences, computing or engineering.

In 2017/18, 89% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Some of our previous students had gone on to work for companies including the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.

Maths Careers Support

In the Spring semester of your first year, there are a range of masterclasses available to you to help support your future career prospects. The classes cover work experience, CV and covering letters, application forms, interview techniques, and an introduction to LinkedIn.

We have a regularly-updated student jobs board featuring a range of volunteering, internship, placement, and graduate opportunities. Plus, we organise a full programme of student and employer presentations every year with employers, such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, PwC, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Sainsburys, Network Rail, GSK, Office of National Statistics, Welsh Government, the MOD, Welsh Water, and the Met Office.

The School of Mathematics also has a Careers Management Skills Programme, presentations by students returning from industry and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.

Jobs

  • Finance Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Statistician

Placements

There is the option of taking a year studying at a university abroad between your second and third years. This would extend the MMath degree to five years.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 36% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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