BSc (Hons) Mathematics

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Overview

Your introduction to degree-level mathematics will leave no stone unturned, with a broad range of topics including discrete mathematics, linear algebra, calculus, statistics and decision mathematics. And in our high-tech, high-spec teaching laboratories you’ll learn to program in a mathematical language, using software packages that are commonly used for both commercial and research purposes.

As you progress, you’ll be able to choose from a range of subjects that reflect your interests and career aspirations, culminating in a chance to apply your learning in project work. Typical areas of study include further calculus and linear algebra, numerical methods and modelling, mathematics of computer graphics, number theory, cryptography, operational research, financial mathematics, statistics, digital communications, sound processing, dynamical systems and group theory.

Our Maths course also has built-in flexibility for those considering studying to a higher level, and if you achieve a second-year average mark of 60% you can transfer seamlessly to MMath (Hons) Mathematics. This option is also open to students who come through the Foundation Year route (a tuition fee loan will be available for all five years). You will also have the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons, working on a placement in industry in your third year.

This course is available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

  • 96% of BSc (Hons) Mathematics students say the staff are good at explaining things (according to the 2018 National Student Survey).
  • The four-year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on an industry placement boosting your employment prospects on graduation.
  • You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of mathematical software packages for use in solving real-world problems.
  • Our excellent facilities include 14 teaching laboratories with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with specialist, industry-standard software running on Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems.
  • All our maths degree courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics students may transfer to MMath (Hons) Mathematics at the end of their second year Level 5 studies if they achieve a second year average mark at least 60%.
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Foundation) students may also transfer at the end of Level 5 to MMath (Hons) Mathematics if they satisfy the 60% unit average requirement and a tuition fee loan will be available for all 5 years.
BSc (Hons) Mathematics was voted Course of the Year in the Manchester Met Students’ Union Teaching Awards 2018

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

A degree in mathematics opens a wide range of career paths, from accountancy, business and management services, to financial services, statistics, computing and computational modelling. The skills and experience you’ll develop with us are also in demand by employers in areas like teaching, engineering, insurance and project management.

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of BSc (Hons) Mathematics students are satisfied overall with the quality of the course.

*2018 National Student Survey.

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

A levels ­– BCC-BBC, to include grade C in Mathematics.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered in combination with A level in Mathematics at grade C or above. 

UCAS Tariff points from Extended Project (EPQ) will be counted towards overall points score when achieved at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Mathematics with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Mathematics

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Study mathematics with us and you’ll graduate a problem solver, creative thinker and innovator – skills that are highly sought-after in both the commercial and academic worlds. A mathematics degree is a key that opens many doors to a wide range of paths and possibilities, from accountancy, business and management services, to financial services, statistics, computing and computational modelling – all areas in which your aptitude and ability will be highly rewarded.

The Department of Computing and Mathematics has a reputation for academic excellence and you’ll learn from research-active staff working at the forefront of their specialist fields – well placed to support and guide you as you discover yours.

We aim to give our maths students an experience to remember and we know we’re getting it right. In 2018, BSc (Hons) Mathematics won Course of the Year at the Manchester Met Student Union Teaching Awards, with a 96% overall satisfaction rating in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Probability Theory and Statistics

This unit teaches you basic statistics in a style that will prepare you for second year work, making use of relevant statistical software. It covers descriptive statistics, probability and statistical applications. 

Decision Mathematics

The unit provides an introduction to operational research and its methodology. It covers topics on methodology and modelling, linear programming, non-linear optimisation, project planning, decision trees, financial calculations and an introduction to graphs and networks to include minimal spanning trees and shortest path algorithms and maximal flow.

Graduate Development and Employability

This unit provides students with a range of essential skills to ensure that students are adequately prepared for undergraduate study and to enhance their employability attributes.

Discrete Mathematics

This unit studies the logic, set-theory, function and number concepts necessary for understanding mathematics.

Linear Algebra and Programming Skills

This unit extends the work on matrices and vectors that you will have met previously and introduces you to programming with MATLAB®. It covers topics such as vectors, matrices and the design and implementation of MATLAB programs.

Calculus

This unit studies single-variable calculus and associated topics in analysis. Calculus and analysis underpin many other areas of mathematics and applications in mathematical modelling. The use of proof and different proof techniques are studied throughout the unit.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Mathematical Modelling and Employability Skills

The unit provides an introduction to mathematical modelling, supported by relevant software and also enhances the students’ employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, planning and organising.

Numerical Methods

This unit provides an introduction to a range of numerical methods making use of relevant software.

Further Linear Algebra

This unit further develops the linear algebra from the first year, which has its basis in matrices and vectors and is a fundamental branch of Mathematics with a wide range of applications in finance, cryptography, computing and more.

Multi-variable Calculus and Analytical methods

This unit extends the calculus to functions of several variables and studies other analytical methods such as Laplace transforms and Fourier series.

Option Units

Statistics and Financial Mathematics

This unit develops statistical techniques and introduces formal methods of inference and estimation. It introduces interest rate calculations, portfolio modelling and option pricing, with reference to the stochastic nature of asset prices. 

Number Theory and Cryptography

An examination of number theory focusing on results concerning modular arithmetic and prime numbers. An introduction to cryptography and how aspects of number theory are applied there.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

If you opt for the four year sandwich route your third year will be spent on placement.

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Core Units

Mathematics Project or Mini Projects

Mathematics Project

This unit gives you an opportunity to apply your mathematical knowledge to a major piece of independent work and develop your critical analysis. You normally select project choices from a list of project descriptions produced by academics and your project coordinator will allocate a suitable supervisor and a project description to you. You must develop your project description, which tend to be generic and indicative in content, into a Terms of Reference. You will specify aims, objectives, methodology and timetable for completion and this must be approved by your supervisor.

Mathematics Mini-Projects

This unit provides you with the opportunity to apply your mathematical knowledge to a set of four mathematical topics and present your results. The mini projects are offered as an alternative to the individual mathematics project unit and provides you with a more structured means of developing similar skills, such as the ability to break down unfamiliar problems and to be aware of the limitations of the analyses that you undertake.

Option Units

Applied Regression and Multivariate Analysis

This unit extends your knowledge of statistical techniques and deepens your understanding of statistical modelling by introducing a range of models which may be fitted to data commonly encountered in the real world.

Financial Mathematics and Time Series Analysis

This unit gives a firm grounding in many aspects of financial mathematics and time series analysis, introducing a range of modelling techniques and applying them to data commonly found in the real world.

Group Theory

This unit provides an introduction to group theory and a thorough investigation of the basic theory of groups and their isomorphisms, the classification of Abelian groups, the Sylow theorems and the classification of groups of low order.

Advanced Operational Research

This unit covers topics such as selected elements from inventory control, job-shop scheduling, correctness proofs for scheduling algorithms, dynamic programming, non-linear optimisation, mathematical programming formulations, advanced simulation and algorithm theory.

Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations

The unit provides an introduction to numerical techniques for solving partial differential equations and the application to fluid flow problems. It covers the background and theory of finite difference and finite volume methods.

Computational Methods in Ordinary Differential Equations

The unit covers a broad range of computational methods for the solution of stiff and non-stiff systems of ODEs, together with the related computational linear algebra with an emphasis on the efficiency of methods and their applications.

Dynamical Systems and Chaos

This unit extends your knowledge of mathematical modelling and deepens your understanding of dynamical systems theory with applications using MATLAB. It covers the following areas: recurrence relations and iteration, fractals, neuronal systems, ordinary differential equations in one, two and three-dimensions, bifurcations and numerical integration in non-smooth dynamical systems and MATLAB and Simulink.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Placement options

Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme offers the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. If you choose to go down this route, your degree will take an extra year, with the third year spent working in industry. These optional placements not only give you the opportunity to develop your core skills and experience, but also show employers that you’re ready to get to work. Graduate employers report that students who have been on placement tend to be more mature, better organised and better able to apply their skills in a structured way.

Department of Computing and Mathematics

Our Department of Computing and Mathematics is a vibrant community of staff and students, which prides itself on internal and external collaboration.

The department is committed to teaching and research that addresses societal challenges through disciplines like artificial intelligence, big data, computational fluid dynamics, cyber security, dynamical systems, the internet of things, smart cities, robotics and virtual reality.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 to £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£100

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

G100, The course has an optional Foundation Year 

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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