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BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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Overview

Learn how to apply mathematics in the workplace on a course with a 96% student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2014).

Key points
• You learn the practical application of mathematics, specialising in the areas that reflect your career aims.
• 95% of students on this course are in work or further study six months after graduating, with 65% of these in professional or managerial roles.
• Students and lecturers work alongside each other in a supportive new learning environment.


Attendance

Part-time – typically three to six years
Starts September


Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, which can lead to Chartered Mathematician status following subsequent training and experience.

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £4,500 a year

Course description

What you study
On this course you learn the practical application of mathematics, including mathematical and numerical approaches to modelling and problem-solving, and statistical and stochastic methods.

You learn how to use mathematics to solve problems in the real world – including environmental, medical, industrial and commercial contexts. Using technology to apply mathematical techniques, you develop your analysis and interpretation skills to provide solutions.

You develop a range of practical skills, including communication, teamwork and problem-solving, which you will continue to use throughout your career.

You also choose an optional module in each level, which can either relate to mathematics or other topics like programming, astronomy or a foreign language.

Support
In the mathematics department we have a strong, supportive learning community, based on excellent staff-student relations. It’s one reason why in the 2014 National Student Survey 96% of our students said they were satisfied with the course – putting us in the top ten maths departments in the country.

From your first week you work on projects with your coursemates as well as final year students, helping you settle in and form friendship groups that last throughout your course and beyond.

Facilities
From January 2015, the maths department will be situated in a newly refurbished space where our students and staff will work alongside each other. As well as having easy access to your lecturers, you will be able to work closely with other students in a supportive environment.

You use industry-standard software including Mathematica, Excel and SAS, which is used for statistical analysis. Employers are looking for graduates with experience of these programmes, especially proficiency with Excel.

Where appropriate, we also develop our own specialist software to help bring specific parts of the course to life.

Placements and work experience
Our students can choose to take a paid work placement during the course. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer.

As well as the placement, you have opportunities throughout the course to gain practical experience. For example, at our maths arcade staff and students play strategy and logic games, learning the analysis and tactics of games.

Assessment

Continuous assessment and examination. Continuous assessment includes • case studies • projects • group, self- and peer-assessment • presentations.

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Entry requirements

Normally a GCE A level pass in mathematics or the equivalent, but we seriously consider applications from students who can demonstrate an interest and aptitude for mathematics.

Course content

Level one core modules

• modelling 1 • mathematical technology • number and structure • mathematical methods • statistics and probability

Level one options

Choose from a range including • basic computer programming • dynamic geometry • history of mathematics • mathematics workshop • graphs and networks • foreign language

Level two core modules

• modelling 2 • linear and discrete mathematics • dynamical systems and Fourier analysis • mathematical analysis • statistical methods

Level two options

Choose from a range including • mathematics for Excel • mathematical programming for the web • business mathematics chaos and fractals • introduction to knot theory • foreign language

Level three core modules

• project • advanced modelling case studies • professional development

Level three options

Choose from a range including • modelling with partial differential equations • digital signal processing • tensors • fluid flow • abstract algebra • data mining with business applications • statistics for business and industry • foreign language.

Careers

Highly numerate graduates who can solve problems are much in demand by employers. As a graduate of this course, you will be qualified to work in a huge range of careers, including finance, computing and teaching.

95% of students on this course are in work or further study six months after graduating, with 65% of these in professional or managerial roles.

Our graduates have gone on to roles including • managing director of USA-based insurance firm Research Service Bureau • operational research analyst at the Department for Work and Pensions • senior risk analyst at HSBC • data and information manager at Northern Rail.

To read more about career options, visit the Maths Careers website www.mathscareers.org.uk

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Come and visit us on 2 November 2014.

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