The MMath offers a fantastic alternative to the traditional BSc to MSc pathway, offering you the opportunity to take your learning further and explore topics in greater detail to masters-level study.
Our Mathematics programmes combine the in-house expertise of our internationally-renowned mathematicians and statisticians to ensure you are fully prepared for your future career.
You will be encouraged to fulfil your potential whilst studying in our friendly and dynamic school based in the multi-award-winning Sibson Building.
Our degree programme
To help bridge the gap between school and university, you’ll attend small group tutorials in Stage 1, where you can practice the new mathematics you’ll be learning, ask questions and work with other students to find solutions. You’ll study a mixture of pure and applied mathematics, and statistics, providing you with a solid foundation for your later studies.
In Stage 2, you study some core modules which build upon the material learnt at Stage 1. You also start to tailor your degree to your interests through our range of optional modules, continuing to explore the areas you enjoy into Stage 3.
A year of Master's-level study in Stage 4 gives you the opportunity to explore more advanced topics, which draw on the highly rated research expertise of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.
You can also choose to study Mathematics as a three-year programme with options to take an incorporated Foundation Year or Year in Industry.
This degree will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
You have access to a range of professional mathematical and statistical software such as:
Our staff use these packages in their teaching and research.
The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science Student Society is run by students. It aims to improve the student experience for its members, socially and academically. In previous years the Society has organised:
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The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science also puts on regular events that you are welcome to attend. In the past, these have included:
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Teaching amounts to typically 16 hours of lectures and classes per week. Modules involving programming or working with computer software packages usually include practical sessions. Lectures are given by a wide variety of lecturers, all with different research backgrounds.
Assessment is carried out by means of: coursework involving problems; computer assignments; projects; tests; and written examinations. MMath students complete a dissertation as part of their Stage 4 studies.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the fundamental concepts and techniques of calculus, algebra, analysis, geometry, differential equations, numerical mathematics, and probability and inference
- nonlinear phenomena and related mathematical methods
- applications of mathematical theories, methods and techniques to a range of associated problems
- the role of logical mathematical argument and deductive reasoning including formal process of mathematical proof
- more advanced material with mathematical ideas from more than one area
- project work on an advanced topic based on substantial independent work
You develop your intellectual skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of mathematics
- calculation and manipulation of the material within the programme
- the application of a range of concepts and principles in various contexts
- the ability to construct and develop mathematical logical argument
- the ability to solve mathematical problems by various appropriate methods
- the relevant computer skills
- the ability to work independently.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate knowledge of key mathematical concepts and topics, both explicitly and by applying them to the solution of problems
- the ability to comprehend problems, abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in symbolic form so as to facilitate their analysis and solution
- the use of computational and more general IT facilities as an aid to mathematical processes
- the presentation of mathematical arguments and conclusions with clarity and accuracy.
You gain transferable skills in the following areas:
- problem-solving skills relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- communication skills
- numeracy and computational skills
- information-retrieval skills in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including through online computer searches
- information technology skills such as word-processing, spreadsheet use and internet communication
- personal and interpersonal skills needed to work as a member of a team
- time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and implement effective modes of working
- study skills needed for continuing professional development.
The programme aims to:
- provide an excellent quality of mathematical education, informed by research and scholarship
- equip students with a broad base of knowledge and skills to analyse and solve mathematically based problems, showing a level of originality where necessary
- ensure students are competent in communicating the knowledge, rationale and conclusions, both orally and by writing
- ensure students are competent in the use of information technology and can use appropriate software to solve problems
- develop in students the ability to work independently, with a minimum amount of supervision within agreed guidelines
- prepare successful students with the depth of mathematical knowledge to enter postgraduate studies at the doctorate level in mathematics and other closely related subjects
- produce graduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key mathematical knowledge and personal skills, with the capacity to learn