Mathematics student explains fibonacci spiral
UCAS Code
GG10 (MMath), G100 (BSc)
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement, 4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Do you have a head for numbers and a talent for solving problems? Do you enjoy applying logic to complex issues? Do you want to learn a skillset valued by many employers? Maybe you simply enjoy thinking about the deep and fascinating world of mathematics?

On this Mathematics degree, you'll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving abilities and learn how maths contributes to society, in the community and in industry. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BSc) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MMath).

You’ll study core mathematical topics in year 1, including analysis, algebra, calculus, statistics, operational research and modelling.

Then you’ll shape your degree to your ambitions and interests in following years, choosing modules that cover specialist and advanced principles such as astrophysics, financial modelling, non-linear dynamics and cosmology.

To boost your employability prospects after the course, you’ll have opportunity to get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry and completing shorter-term work placements.

Maths graduates are in high demand, especially in the expanding technology, data and machine learning industries. You could also go into areas such as education or finance when you graduate.

MMath or BSc?

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BSc) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MMath) share many of the same modules in years 1–3. The MMath allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects.

If you study the BSc, you can transfer to the MMath if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MMath to the BSc if you change your mind once you start the course.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

92% Graduates in work or further study (BSc) DLHE, 2017

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Mathematics entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics or Statistics.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

MMath Mathematics entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 128-144 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Design your degree to suit your interests and ambitions by choosing specialist modules after your first year
  • Tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application
  • Harness powerful hardware and software in our computer labs to unpick complex mathematical problems
  • Develop coding skills in programming languages including Python
  • Use industry-standard statistical and operational research software such as R and SPSS
  • Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software such as Mathematica and MATLAB, which provide high-level simulations of complex dynamical processes
  • Use historical data to apply your skills to challenges such as monitoring the spread of disease, predicting the spread of a cloud of ash from a volcano and forecasting changes to the climate
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including presentation, analytical thinking, communication and team working skills

You can also:

  • Study advanced topics in pure and applied Mathematics, and complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, when you choose the 4-year MMath option
  • Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3
  • Apply your skills on work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme

Careers and opportunities

Mathematics is more than just number crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff.

The demand for mathematics graduates is increasing too. The Council for the Mathematical Sciences predicts more than 7 million people in the UK will need mathematical science skills in 2030 – an increase of 900,000 compared to 2009.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University, as you advance in your career.

Areas you could work in include:

  • Data science and analytics
  • Space and satellite applications
  • Finance and banking
  • Business and operational research
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Engineering
  • Insurance and risk management
  • IT and computing
  • Medicine and health
  • The natural and life sciences

You could also join a graduate scheme or continue your studies at postgraduate or doctorate level.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. This gives you an advantage over other graduates who may understand theory but won't have the experience of applying their learning to a working environment

Previous students have been on placement with household names, including:

  • IBM
  • L’Oréal
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Transport for London
  • Zurich
  • NATS

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

In years 2 and 3, you can choose optional modules that include a short industrial placement and assisting with teaching in local schools.

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find other relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and make you more employable when you graduate.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules in this year are:

  • Calculus I
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Mathematical Models
  • Statistical Theory and Methods I

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year are:

  • Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills
  • Calculus II
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Real and Complex Analysis

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics
  • Institution-wide Language Programme
  • Mathematics for Finance (BSc only)
  • Operational Research
  • Statistical Theory and Methods II
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies

Core modules in this year are:

  • Nonlinear Dynamics (MEng only)
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications
  • Project (MEng only)

Optional modules in this year currently are:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Advanced Decision Modelling
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Modern Astrophysics I
  • Nonlinear Dynamics (BSc only – MEng core module)
  • Project (BSc only – MEng core module)
  • Projects in Mathematics
  • Quantitative Supply Chain Management
  • Statistical Learning
  • Statistics Methods in Health Research and Social Science
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Undergraduate Ambassador

Core modules in this year are:

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Scientific Computing and Data Analytics

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Written exams
  • Practical exams
  • Coursework
  • In-class tests

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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

  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework
  • Year 4 students (MMath only): 100% by coursework

' I have had a really positive relationship with my project leader, Dr Maria Pickett. She has helped me tremendously over the last couple of years and has offered me lots of individual support.'

Mark Howarth, BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduate

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Mathematics degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, practical classes and workshops for about 19 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3 (and year 4 if you do the MMath), but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • Master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • Understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • Solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • Develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • Understand and use assignment feedback

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Café offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – awaiting confirmation 
  • International students – £16,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G100 (BSc) or GG10 (MMath)
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form:

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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