Mathematics

Mathematics MMath

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).

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years (five years with industrial placement), Part-time: At least seven years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    MMath

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    G102

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Mathematics at UCLan is in the UK top 20 for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The UCLan MMath degree offers a wide range of high-level specialisms, including graph theory, topology, and chaos.
  • All UCLan mathematics lecturers have doctoral research degrees, and are experts in their fields, which range from pure mathematics to applied mathematics.
  • Mathematical research activity underpins the teaching and provides internship opportunities for those who wish to pursue a research career.

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

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
     

Compulsory modules

  • Algebraic structures
  • Further real analysis
  • Ordinary differential equations
     

Optional 

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


For sandwich award:

  • Mathematics Industrial Placement Year

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

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

Optional

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

Optional modules

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including Maths at A.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass alongside A2 Maths at A
Pass Access Course: 120 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 Distinction in Maths
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level 6 Maths
IELTS: 6.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

Careers

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

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.

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.

Further Study

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.

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.

INTERNSHIPS

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.

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My internship at UCLan provided me with an insight into the research environment. Being exposed to work beyond lectures and assignments was a breath of fresh air, and allowed me to experience a taste of life as a research student.
I was given time and resources to explore areas of mathematics I had no idea even existed which catapulted my enthusiasm for the subject even further, cementing my desire to pursue postgraduate education.

Thomas Kirk, BSc (Hons) Mathematics 2015 graduate and current PhD student

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MATHEMATICS TEACHING PLACEMENT (UAS)

At UCLan we offer a third year teaching placement module (Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme - UAS) to enable students to get a taste of teaching and to provide experience necessary for teacher training applications. There are many other opportunities to work with schools and younger students and develop key teaching skills. UCLan mathematics students have been very successful in securing placements in schools and teacher training places after graduation. In 2018 three of our placement students won prestigious IMA Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships. Read more

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.