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BSc (Honours) Mathematics

Learn the practical applications of mathematics using modern technology and develop employability skills in a supportive environment.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS G100 Course code

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 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 at least one optional module in each year, which can either relate to mathematics or other topics like programming, astronomy or a foreign language.

Placements and work experience

A high proportion of our students choose to take a paid work placement in their third 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. The degree programme has an applied focus, so you would look at solving real-life problems throughout the course. These may include developing a model for a health epidemic, using data in credit scoring, creating sports fixture lists, and many others.

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 2016 National Student Survey 95% of our students said they were satisfied with the course.

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

We have recently moved into a new shared learning space where our students and staff work alongside each other. As well as having easy access to your lecturers, you work closely with other students in a supportive environment. We aim to provide opportunities to mix with staff and students outside of formal teaching time. For example, at our maths arcade, staff and students play strategy and logic games, learning the analysis and tactics of games.

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

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

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language, mathematics and science, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points from A level mathematics. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in mathematics. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Foundation – successful completion of our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics or equivalent

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language, mathematics and science, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points from A level mathematics. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in mathematics. We accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Foundation – successful completion of our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics or equivalent

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

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

Year one options

Choose from • explorations in mathematics (which can include • basic computer programming • history of mathematics • graphs and networks • astronomy • number theory • communicating mathematical ideas) • foreign language

Year two core modules

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

Year two options

Choose from • mathematics for Excel and mathematical programming for the web • business mathematics • pure mathematics in practice • mathematics in Education • stochastic and Bayesian business methods • foreign language

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core modules

• project • advanced modelling case studies

Final year options

Choose from • modelling with partial differential equations • mathematical biology • tensors: the mathematics of space and time • fluid flow • data mining with business applications • statistics for business and industry • abstract algebra • financial mathematics • foreign language

Assessment
  • case studies
  • group, self and peer assessment
  • presentations
  • examinations
  • project work
  • coursework

Employability

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 83% of these in professional or managerial roles (based on the latest available figures from 2014/15).

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

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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