# BSc Mathematics and Physics

UCAS code: GF13

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Mathematics

College: Science and Engineering

This programme allows you to study these closely related subjects in equal depth. You will normally be able to switch to single honours programmes in either subject during your first two years. It is also possible for well-prepared applicants to take this as an accelerated programme and enter directly into Year 2.

### Year 1

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. In them you will build on your knowledge of pure mathematics in a formal way and be introduced to the ways of mathematical thinking required at university level.

You will also study physics in preparation for further courses from the School of Physics.

You will be able to get support from MathsBase, our popular walk-in help centre and from our Student Learning Adviser.

### Year 2

You will spend roughly equal amounts of time on mathematics and physics. You will take compulsory courses in pure mathematics, extending your knowledge of calculus and analysis, and be introduced to the abstract ideas of group theory.

You will have the opportunity to study statistics, probability, computing and applied mathematics. This will be complemented by courses in physics, covering topics such as dynamics, vector calculus and the physics of fields.

From this year onwards you can use the Maths Hub, our student-run facility that is both a social centre and work space.

### Year 3

You will study courses in both mathematics and physics, chosen to emphasise and develop the very close continuing relationship between these subjects.

### Year 4

You will have a wide range of mathematics and physics 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 in which you research a topic in depth.

### Programme structure

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.

### Our facilities

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.

### Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or University-wide exchange programmes. Students have recently completed placements in Vienna, California, Sydney and Seoul.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

### How will I learn?

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.

### How will I be assessed?

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.

### Programme details

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.

### Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

- SQA Highers: AAAA.
- A Levels: A*AA to include Mathematics at A*.
- IB: 37 points with 666 at HL.

### Minimum entry requirements

- SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A, and Physics (preferably at Grade A). We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
- A Levels: AAB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics (preferably at Grade A). Further Mathematics is recommended.
- IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 655 at HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6 and Physics.

Find out more about entry requirements

### International students

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:

- SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include Mathematics and Physics.
- A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics at A*, Further Mathematics and Physics. (Revised 28/08/2017 to reflect a change in the entry requirements.)
- IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 766 at HL to include Mathematics at Grade 7 and Physics. Further Mathematics is recommended.

##### Other entry pathways

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.

##### English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each ""Communicative Skills"" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

##### SQA and GCSE

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:

- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- IB Standard Level Grade 5

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

### Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Mathematics and Physics

### Additional costs

You should expect to purchase necessary textbooks for some compulsory and optional components of your programme.

### Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

- Recruitment & Admissions Officer
- Email: apply@maths.ed.ac.uk
- Phone: +44 (0)131 650 5060
- Web: Mathematics website
- International enquiries

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