Mathematics is ever-present in all our lives. From the Internet to predicting the weather to space travel - all these things are possible because of mathematics. It is the language of science and a far-reaching discipline. Because of the wide range of topics that mathematics encompasses, we offer mathematics courses that are highly flexible and allow you to explore areas that you're most interested in.
In your first year, you'll gain a solid grounding in the major branches of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, statistics and mechanics. Having been able to establish the areas that most interest you in your first year, we give you a huge amount of choice in the years that follow. Modules are available in topics as diverse as fluid dynamics, environmental statistics, coding theory, and groups and symmetry. You can specialise in a particular area of mathematics according to your interests or aspirations. Or, you can retain a broad set of interests and explore several different areas.
Enhancing your degree
We offer two degree options, the MMath, BSc, a 4 year integrated Masters degree programme, and the BSc programme, which is a three year course. In most cases, it doesn't matter which programme you apply for, as both have the same entry requirements and the structure of the first two years is identical. If you don't yet know which programme would best suit you, we suggest you apply for the MMath, BSc degree, as it will be straightforward to transfer to the BSc later if you wish.
This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development. Both of these schemes add an additional year to your course, taking the total course length to 4 years.
Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.
The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of mathematics at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.
In 2015, the School of Mathematics went through a major refurbishment to provide our students with a variety of new study environments. The School now offers social areas, group study areas, a library and a seminar room, where you can interact with other students, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.
This programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society under the condition that the final degree transcript shows at least 60 statistics credits in year 3.
The first year of your course will introduce you to the main branches of mathematics. You'll develop a solid understanding of these core areas, which will provide you with the necessary background knowledge you require to explore more advanced topics later in your programme. The wide range of subjects you will explore at this stage allows you to define what areas of mathematics really interest you.
In your second year, you'll have more freedom to choose and will be able to start specialising, with at least half (60 credits) of your programme being made up of optional modules. You'll study compulsory modules in analysis, groups and vector spaces, vector calculus, and linear differential equations and transforms. Module options are available to you in areas including mathematical logic, computational mathematics, statistical methods, survival analysis, and more.
In your third year, the majority of your study will be in advanced optional modules. You'll have complete control over which modules you study, provided you meet the module's prerequisites. You could specialise in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics, or choose modules across the spectrum of subjects. You'll also have a final year project, for which you'll receive research skills training and carry out independent research. There are several topics that your project can relate to and you'll be able to choose a topic which interests you.
In each year of this degree, up to one sixth of your study (20 credits) can be dedicated to discovery modules - modules taught by Schools across the University that allow you to broaden your learning. Provided they don't clash with your timetable, you can choose modules in areas such as art, business, education, environment, history, languages, law, music, philosophy, psychology, and more.
Our academic staff have extensive research interests, which is why we are able to offer such a wide choice of up-to-date module options. You will graduate as a multi-skilled mathematician, perhaps with particular expertise in an area of interest or with the training necessary to work in a particular industry.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA - A*BB
AAA/A*AB including Mathematics
AAB/A*BB including Further Mathematics
or AAB/A*BB including Mathematics and A in AS Further Mathematics
We always require at least grade A in A-level mathematics. If you are taking further mathematics at A-level or AS-level, we usually make an additional alternative offer. In all cases, the first grade quoted is the mathematics A-level.
We don't accept general studies or critical thinking but may take account of these at the confirmation stage.
Applicants taking a science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: You must also have GCSE English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
A mathematics degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment. Leeds mathematics graduates are extremely well placed for employment after their degree. The University of Leeds is the 5th most targeted in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers' The Graduate Market in 2017 report.
In virtually all areas of life, mathematical skills are highly valued. The numerical, analytical and problem solving skills you will develop, as well as your specialist subject knowledge and your ability to think logically, are highly valued across sectors, including financial services, IT, software design, engineering, and teaching. This course also allows you to develop the transferable skills that employers seek.
Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you'll need to make the most of your career choices.
Our industrial placement scheme allows you to gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students' union's Joblink.
Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students' union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.
We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. We also provide modules that are specifically designed to boost your employability. The second year module 'maths at work' engages you in group-based project. At the start of the module, you'll undertake a skills audit, then prepare a CV, research a company for a mock interview, and participate in an interview workshop. Depending on the nature of your specific project, you may produce a report for a client or deliver a piece of software or webpage. Throughout the module, you'll develop team work, communication, and presentation skills.
If you're considering a career in teaching, you can gain experience of working in a local school or college through our 'mathematics into schools' module. You'll prepare teaching materials, deliver mathematics activities through lessons or a club, and organise a mathematics-based project that shows students how exciting the subject can be.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that many employers actively seek.
On this course, your year abroad adds an additional year to your studies. During your year abroad, you will study mathematics at your host institution.
Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
The industrial placement ('Year in Industry') scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews.
On this course, your industrial placement adds an additional year to your studies.
An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of mathematics-related organisations in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies, including:
During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.
If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.
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