# BSc Mathematics and Physics

UCAS code: GF13

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Mathematics

College: Science and Engineering

## Introducing BSc Mathematics and Physics

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 Introduction to Linear Algebra, Calculus and its Applications, and Proofs and 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.

Some students will also take our online course, Fundamentals of Algebra and Calculus. This is an introductory course in university mathematics that provides extra preparation in key topics from advanced high school-level mathematics which have not been covered previously.

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 Advisor.

### 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, the physics of fields and waves, and modern physics.

From this year onwards, you can use the MathsHub, our student-run facility in the James Clerk Maxwell Building, which is both a social centre and a 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.

During Year 3, you will study at least three compulsory mathematics Honours courses, but will also have the option to start to specialise within mathematics. Current option courses include Financial Mathematics, Introduction to Number Theory and Statistical Computing.

You will also study a compulsory physics course plus a selection of option courses from a range that currently includes Thermodynamics, Cosmology and Nuclear and Particle Physics.

### 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 courses include Applied Stochastic Differential Equations, Advanced Methods of Applied Mathematics, and Applied Dynamical Systems.

As in Year 3, the School of Physics & Astronomy continues to offer a large selection of courses.

You will have the opportunity to complete a project that will allow you to research a topic in depth. This can be either a mathematics or a physics project.

### 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

In Year 1, both mathematics and physics classes typically take place in the University's Central Area. In subsequent years, teaching will take place in the relevant Schools, both of which are located at the University's King's Buildings campus.

In addition to the University's extensive libraries and computer facilities, you will have access to the School of Mathematics’ facilities across two campuses: MathsBase in the Central Area and MathsHub at King’s Buildings.

During Years 1 – 3, you will also use the undergraduate physics laboratories. From Year 2, you will have access to the Computational Physics Laboratory.

### Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or University-wide exchange programmes. Students from the School of Mathematics have recently completed placements in California, Sydney and British Columbia.

### How will I learn?

You will be taught mainly through lectures, workshops and tutorials. In Year 1 lectures are usually interactive; lecturers use online voting systems and encourage small group discussion to improve your understanding of core material. You can also work with other students in the MathsBase, with tutors on hand to answer questions, and 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 assessed entirely 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 and analytical abilities, together with the presentation 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.

We regularly invite alumni back to the School to share their experiences with students and to showcase the breadth of careers available to maths graduates.

There are many opportunities within the School for you to develop your skills and enhance your CV. Share your love of mathematics by working with the wider community as a member of our Outreach Team; join our team of Student Ambassadors and enthuse prospective students; become a MathPALs leader and support Year 1 students; or apply for a project scholarship and work with a lecturer during the summer.

### Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

- SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: A*AA - AAB in one set of exams.
- IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL.

### Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

- SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAB.
- IB: 32 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

### Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

- SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade A, and Physics (preferably at grade A). We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
- A Levels: Mathematics at grade A and Physics (preferably at grade A). Further Mathematics is recommended.
- IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at grade 6 and Physics.

Find out more about entry requirements

### International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

### Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of 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 set of exams, to include Mathematics at A*, Further Mathematics and Physics.
- 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 demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

### SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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

Level 2 Certificate Grade C

IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

### English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

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

PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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 Discover Uni 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.

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