MMath Mathematics - University of Portsmouth
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MMath

Mathematics

ucas codeGG10

full time4yrs

placement option1yr

Develop advanced mathematical skills

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Mathematics is a complex and exciting field and the MMath Mathematics course is the ideal way to explore this area with great depth and variety. This Integrated Master's degree is a four year programme which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

On this programme you will develop advanced numerical skills. This will give you a deeper understanding and wider versatility in applying your mathematical knowledge to a range of technological, scientific, educational or business areas.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Experience a greater breadth and depth of study with opportunities for focussed project work, including with industry involvement.
  • Undertake a year-long industry placement.
  • In the penultimate year you will learn advanced principles and have the chance to focus your studies towards your project choice in the fourth year.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Mathematical prowess is a highly sought after skill and studying this course will put you in a good position to enter many varying lines of work:

  • Three of the top ten occupations held by those employed in the UK are mathematics-based finance-related professions, including accountants and actuaries. Other suitable professions in the top ten include programming and software development professionals and teaching professionals.
  • The MMath’s integrated advanced study opens up further opportunities in fields such as operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology and engineering design.
  • The Department also has links and cross-teaching with the University of Portsmouth's world-leading Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. The MMath can enhance prospects for PhD study opportunities which help employability in these areas and for pursuing an academic and professional scientific career.
  • Accredited by The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation.

 

Course:

Mathematics and Physics

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The practical problem-solving approach based on real-world issues
  • Approachable lecturers who are doing current research
  • Relevant work placements to help build employability skills

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In year one, the core units you will study include Fundamental Calculus, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Foundations, Mathematical Models, Computational Mathematics and an Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods.

Year two

Core units you will study in the second year include Maths Graduates, Intermediate Calculus, Real and Complex Analysis, Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis.

Year three

Your third year includes a Project, as well as core units in PDEs and their Applications, Advanced Analysis and Nonlinear Dynamics. Options to choose from include Stochastic Processes, History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Undergraduate Ambassador and Institution Wide Language Programme.

Year four

In your postgraduate year you will complete a Dissertation, as well as core units in Advanced Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Modelling, Fluid Mechanics and Scientific Computing and Data Analytics.

Placement year

You have the option for a year-long placement. As part of the Faculty of Technology, the department and the course enjoys the support of a dedicated Student Placement office and all students are encouraged to undertake a placement.

Teaching

Staff research is at the forefront of the discipline and we are dedicated to teaching with the optimum range of learning and teaching methods, including the application of technology enhanced learning.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 35% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 65% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 28% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 72% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year four students: 0% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 100% studying independently and 0% on work placement

Assessment

Assessment and feedback will be provided throughout the course will take various forms, including ongoing continuous assessment, other forms of coursework and both in-class tests and examinations.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 65% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year two students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year three students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework
  • Year four students: 0% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 100% by coursework


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Facilities & Features

Specialist Software

Access our modern computing laboratories equipped with a wide range of powerful hardware and software, including multimedia applications. After the necessary training, you will be able to use the computer algebra package MAPLE and the numerical methods and matrix algebra package MATLAB. These are just a few of the programs that will facilitate your learning and bring the subject to life.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Six months after graduating the majority of mathematics graduates are in employment. The MMath’s integrated advanced study may open further opportunities in fields such as operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology and engineering design. The course can also enhance prospects for PhD study opportunities which help employability in these areas and for pursuing an academic career

Work Experience

Work Experience
Employment boosting opportunites

As part of the Faculty of Technology, the department and the course enjoys the support of a dedicated Student Placement office and all students are encouraged to undertake a placement. It has been proven that placement not only enhances employability but also supports higher achievement levels for students.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.


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Apply now

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

Apply now

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