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UCAS Code
GG10
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you've got a head for numbers and want to see where your mathematical skills can take you professionally, this 4-year MMath Mathematics integrated Master's degree course is the ideal choice.

The course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single programme. You'll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills and get an in-depth knowledge of calculus, algebra and computational mathematics.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the UK's professional body for mathematicians. This assures employers that you have the skill, experience and professionalism to work as a professional mathematician. It also allows you to become a Chartered Mathematician (CMath) after the course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Choose modules that match your interests and career ambitions, and cover topics such as statistics, operational research and modelling
  • Have access to our computing labs, harnessing powerful hardware and software to unpick complex mathematical problems
  • Have the option to take an undergraduate ambassador module in your third year and spend rewarding time in a local school
  • Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software, such as Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, as well as industry standard statistical and operational research software
  • Spend your penultimate year learning advanced principles, then focus your studies on your project choice in your final year

Careers and opportunities

Mathematics graduates are valuable in many different areas of business. When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job or PhD research position that puts your skills to work.

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

Past students on this course have gone into areas such as:

  • operational research
  • medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies
  • meteorology
  • engineering design
  • academic research
  • accounting
  • insurance
  • retail management
  • government research

After you the leave the University, you'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

The course is really interesting and the lecturers are fantastic – I completed a module based on mathematical ciphers, which was a lot of fun.

Pippa Cooke, Mathematics Student

What you'll study on this MMath Mathematics degree course

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.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • 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 include:

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

Optional modules in this year currently include:

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

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

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

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

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications
  • Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Advanced Decision Modelling
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Modern Astrophysics I
  • 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 include:

  • 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.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

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

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe 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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • independent study

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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: 100% by coursework

 

Entry requirements​

MMath Mathematics Master's degree entry requirements

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

See the 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 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 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – GG10
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

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. 

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