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BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Course Overview

Many recent discoveries are due to the ingenuity of mathematicians, from the invention of the internet to the creation of Facebook to GCHQ operations that save thousands of lives. By choosing our mathematics degree, you can help to shape exciting new technologies for the modern world.

In this course, you will study the broad spectrum of pure maths (algebra, calculus, geometry and logic) and the application of these to a number of areas. Key modules like Problem Solving Methods will help you to develop your ability to solve complex mathematical problems and relate theory to practice.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the language and culture of mathematics and have an appreciation for the importance of rigorous proof, logical deduction and abstraction. In your final year you will focus on developing your communication skills, and graduate with a broad, yet comprehensive knowledge of many theoretical and practical areas of mathematics, with advanced skills in communicating complex ideas.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Mathematics

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BSc with honours

    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time

    Duration

    3 year or 4 years with work placement

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 per year

    Intakes

    October

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    London

Academic entry requirements

• 280 UCAS tariff points including A-Level (or equivalent) Maths at grade B, plus GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C
• BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas
• Access to HE Diploma
• International students should meet equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification
• If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree
• If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level including Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, Actuarial courses or professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates of mathematics courses are employed as professional mathematicians in many organisations, for example GCHQ, where they work on solving abstract problems that directly influence government policy. Mathematics is also fundamental to many other sectors such as commerce, economics, computing, finance, and accounting. The analytical and logical skills that maths students develop make them well suited to careers in areas such as law. Their ability to analyse and solve complex problems means they are sought after by employers and also demand some of the highest starting salaries

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Vectors and Matrices (30 credits)
  • Calculus and Differential Equations (30 credits)
  • Logic and Structures (30 credits)
  • Data and Information (30 credits)

 

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Groups and Rings (30 credits)
  • Mathematical Analysis (30 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics and Geometry (30 credits)
  • Problem Solving Methods (30 credits)

 

Placement year

The university encourages students to either undertake a paid work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or to undertake an internship; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.

Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

The university’s specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.

 

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Advanced Algebra (30 credits)
  • Real and Complex Analysis (30 credits)
  • Communicating Mathematics (30 credits)

 

Optional

  • Project (30 credits)
  • Combinatorics (30 Credits)
  • Multivariate Statistics (30 credits)
  • Simulation and Decision Making (30 credits)
  • Functional Analysis (30 credits)
  • Differential Equations (30 credits)
  • Math Modules (30 credits)

 

Assessment methods
Students’ practical skills are assessed formatively in class employing group and individual working sessions, and summatively using a combination of presentations, examinations and coursework.

 

Aims of the programme

  • provide a broad and comprehensive knowledge of core areas of pure and applied mathematics in a supportive teaching environment
  • stimulate an interest in all aspects of modern mathematics
  • prepare students for work as professional mathematicians either in academia or elsewhere
  • foster skills including problem solving, communication, team work and the ability to work individually on complex problems
  • develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics research

 

Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • core areas of pure mathematics including geometry, algebra, mathematical analysis and discrete mathematics
  • core areas of applied mathematics including statistics, operational research and differential equations
  • several specialised areas of advanced mathematics and its applications
  • the correct use of mathematical language to express both theoretical concepts and logical argument
  • the use of computers both as an aid and as a tool to study problems in mathematics

 

Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • formulate problems in appropriate theoretical frameworks to facilitate their solution
  • develop strategies to solve mathematical problems in a range of relevant areas
  • construct logical arguments solving abstract or applied mathematical problems
  • criticise mathematical arguments developed by themselves and others

 

Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • solve practical problems in a range of areas of mathematics
  • determine the appropriateness of different methods of solving mathematical problems
  • communicate mathematics effectively to a wide range of audiences
  • use computer packages where appropriate to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical problems

 

Graduate skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • work effectively and constructively as part of a team
  • motivate and communicate complex ideas accurately using a range of formats
  • identify and benefit from opportunities for personal and career development
  • work confidently and accurately with formulae and numerical information
  • learn effectively