UCAS code: G101
Duration: 5 years
College: Science and Engineering
This is a challenging five-year programme taking you to masters-level work. It is designed for those who want to study in more depth, or who might want to use advanced mathematics in their careers or in research. You can choose to specialise in a particular aspect of mathematics or study courses from across the broad range offered by the School.
The MMath can be taken as a broad programme where you will study courses in other subjects in your first two years. These may be in related areas such as physics or informatics or from the wide and varied range offered across the University.
It is also possible for well-prepared applicants to follow an accelerated programme in which you start in Year 2. You will concentrate on mathematics from the start and so will do few other subjects in your initial year. You will be supported with extra courses covering the key ideas in algebra, calculus and proofs and problem-solving from our first year programme.
You will take the compulsory courses Linear Algebra, Calculus and Proofs & Problem-Solving. These are common to all our programmes and will take up half of your timetable.
They will allow you to build on your knowledge of pure mathematics and will introduce you to the more rigorous ways of mathematical thinking required at university level.
You will also take courses in subjects other than mathematics.
You will receive support from MathsBase, our popular walk-in help centre, and from our Student Learning Adviser.
You will spend between half and two thirds of your time on mathematics.
You will take compulsory courses in pure mathematics, extending your knowledge of calculus, probability and analysis, and will be introduced to the abstract ideas of group theory. Other topics include statistics and applied mathematics.
From this year onwards you can use the Maths Hub, our student-run facility that is both a social centre and a work space.
You will focus on the main subjects of your programme. You will receive an excellent grounding in advanced mathematics, preparing you for the options available later in your programme.
You will have a wide range of mathematics courses to choose from and you can follow a programme that suits your particular interests and career aspirations.
We offer a large selection of courses in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. You can take options in areas such as mathematical education, financial mathematics and mathematical biology.
Current course titles include Fundamentals of Optimization, Algebraic Geometry and Multivariate Data Analysis. You will have the opportunity to complete a project that will allow you to research a topic in depth.
During this year you will take courses at Masters level. You will also complete a substantial project.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
First-year classes typically take place in the University's Central Area. In subsequent years, teaching will take place within the School of Mathematics, located at the University's King's Buildings.
You will have access to the University's extensive libraries and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or University-wide exchange programmes during Year 4 of the programme. Students from the School of Mathematics have recently completed placements in Vienna, California, Sydney and Seoul.
You will be taught mainly through lectures, workshops and tutorials. In Year 1 you can work with other students in the MathsBase, with tutors on hand to answer questions, where there are also regular MathPALs study sessions led by higher-year students.
We encourage students to work together throughout their studies and to engage with lecturers and tutors outside of timetabled classes. Our Student Learning Adviser will offer advice on study skills throughout your programme.
Most courses involve regular coursework as well as a final exam, while some will involve producing a group report or giving a presentation. Some will be entirely assessed by coursework.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates have a range of careers open to them. The logical, analytical and practical problem-solving skills you will develop are sought by employers.
Many recent graduates have been employed by large firms in the financial sector. Others have gone into fields including software engineering, logistics, education and civil service.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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You should expect to purchase necessary textbooks for some compulsory and optional components of your programme.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.