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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years, Part-time: At least seven years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    G102; Short form: MMath

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Deepen your understanding of pure and applied maths and statistics with our four-year mathematics degree. With a broad range of topics available to study, this allows you to shape your degree to your own interests and career aspirations, and is ideal if you want to go onto postgraduate study. You’ll be taught in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, by staff with doctoral research degrees, from mathematically diverse backgrounds. Get the benefit from small intimate class sizes, giving you regular opportunities for help and support from your tutors. For further information, please see the Mathematics brochure (.pdf, 9.2MB).

Entry Requirements 2017/18

120 points at A2 including Maths at grade B; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass alongside A2 Maths at B
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit alongside A2 Maths at B
Access to Higher Education: 134 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to algebra and linear algebra
  • Introduction to real analysis
  • Functions, vectors and calculus
  • Introduction to mechanics
  • Computational mathematics
  • Introduction to probability and statistics

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Algebraic structures
  • Further real analysis
  • Ordinary differential equations


  • Cryptology
  • Vector calculus
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics
  • Numerical analysis
  • Further statistics

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Fields and Galois Theory
  • Complex analysis
  • Partial differential equations and integral transforms


  • Logic
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Advanced numerical analysis
  • Time series and operational Research

Year 4

Optional modules

  • Advanced Algebra
  • Graph Theory
  • Topology
  • Stability, instability and chaos
  • Mathematics of waves
  • Special topics

Further Information

National Student Satisfaction survey

In the 2015 results UCLan Mathematics has been ranked 10th in the UK and top in the North West for overall satisfaction, with an impressive 96% rating.

We were ranked top in the UK, with a 100% result for the following categories: 

  • The course is intellectually stimulating 
  • Staff are good at explaining things 
  • I have been able to contact staff when I needed to  

The following are also ranked top ten nationally:

  • The teaching on my course / academic support
  • Feedback on my work has been prompt / helped me clarify things I did not understand
  • Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices 
  • Staff made the subject interesting


On the Mathematics degree you study six mathematics modules in each year of your studies. Each module contains 200 hours of work and during the first year about 70 hours of this is timetabled class contact. Timetabled sessions are periods in the week where you attend and study with a member of staff present. These sessions can take various formats; a variety of these are used throughout your studies.

The main difference between studying at school and at university is that degree level studies transfer you from dependent learning, being told how to do things, to independent learning, being given a body of information and working out for yourself how to apply it. What this means in a mathematics degree is that you learn to discover mathematical concepts and their uses for yourself.

In order to develop independent learning skills you need to study in a variety of ways, which is reflected in different forms of class contact. Types of class contact time include:

  • Lecture: This is where members of staff explain new mathematical concepts, using a mixture of teaching materials and methods.
  • Tutorial: This type of session involves a dialogue between the lecturer and the students where students can ask for help, additional explanations and guidance about material covered recently in the lectures. Students will have been asked to prepare in advance of tutorials.
  • Workshops: During these sessions problems, exercises, and examples are worked on by the students (either individually or in small groups) and the lecturer assists when help is required.
  • Lab classes: Some modules require use of computers, so have sessions where the students work in a computer room. These sessions are usually in a workshop style.

Outside class contact time you will work on tutorial sheets, project work and any assessments that have been set, which will test your understanding and guide further learning.

Support for learning outside timetabled hours is provided by the University’s online learning environment (eLearn), which can be used to access course materials.


Most modules are principally assessed by an end of year examination. These are typically supplemented with continuously assessed work. This might take the form of problem sheets to reinforce your knowledge of the material taught in lectures, computer-based assignments to tackle problems that require more extensive calculation, and individual and group project-work to allow deeper exploration of a particular topic. For most modules the weighting is 30% coursework and 70% examination, but some modules differ, for example the MMath Special Topics module is 100% coursework.

This combination of learning methods allows you to develop independent learning skills through a variety of approaches.


The mathematics course will help you to develop a range of important skills that will make you attractive to employers. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Learning skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-management
  • Team work

At the end of the mathematics course, you will be ready for a career in any one of a vast range of industries, including:

  • Finance, banking and insurance
  • Business consultancy and operational research
  • Defense and military industries
  • Space science and astronomy
  • Natural and life sciences, medicine and health
  • IT industries, computing and engineering
  • Education
  • Art, design and music


Students graduating from the mathematics programme are equipped with skills that prepare them for postgraduate study, and may progress on to MSc degrees and PhDs. In addition, every year, PhD studentships are available within UCLan.

Special Features

Maths Society

UCLan Maths Society is open to students from all courses and provides the opportunity to solve mathematical problems, attend maths-related events and to socialise with people who share a passion for maths.

Team Building

Previous first year students have benefited from being taken on a residential team building course in North Wales early in the first semester. This is an opportunity to get to know the students and staff in first year, and build friendships which will last throughout your studies. The course also starts to develop transferable skills such as team work and communication which are important to employers, as well as being useful throughout your degree.


Each summer there are opportunities to take part in UCLan’s funded undergraduate research internship scheme. This involves students being paid to spend the summer working closely with a member of staff on a research project. Students experience what it is like to undertake cutting edge research, developing a variety of skills which are highly valued by employers. Students present their work to their peers in a poster session at the end of the internship.

For more information about internships click here.

Travel Opportunities

UCLan has travel money available each year for student groups who wish to have an international travel experience. Students propose itineraries for the trips, and bid for university funds to cover the cost. The trips must contain an educational component, but are also expected to have an international cultural element.

Recently a group of 2nd year mathematics students visited Toulouse in Southern France. Their trip included visits to Airbus and the Millau Viaduct. For more information click here.

Public Seminars

As well as accrediting the MMath Mathematics degree, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) also holds regular public seminars at UCLan. These develop students’ broader knowledge of mathematics and introduce them to additional applications of mathematics in a variety of specialist areas.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The MMath programme offered at UCLan has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation.

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NSS Results 2016

Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Mathematics courses at UCLan rated the university in the Top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

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My mathematics degree ... allowed me to pursue a career in mathematics education ... teaching at the level that I had always hoped for.

My lecturers were inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly.

One of the highlights of my mathematics degree was the great choice of options, my favourite being mathematical biology.

'Rhys Morgan'