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## Course overview

Are you curious about how advanced techniques in mathematical modelling are used? Are you fascinated by the properties of black holes? Do you want to learn about insights from the latest mathematical research? Perhaps you are keen to apply this learning to a real-life situation with a placement year as part of your degree.

**About mathematics at the University of Nottingham**

During this MMath you will cover these topics, learning from dedicated mathematicians. Their professional research allows us to offer you a wide range of specialised modules. Our degree gives you the chance to learn more about the exciting research our academics are working on.

They are working on problems that span medical, biotechnology and food security challenges. We are conducting innovative research into stochastic epidemic modelling, thanks to experts with internationally recognised research excellence in statistics and probability.

You'll have the chance to put your knowledge into practice during the final-year dissertation. This gives you a taster what it is like to conduct your own research project under expert supervision.

**Placement year**

The industry placement enables you to take what you've learned and apply it to real projects in business. You will be supported by a placement tutor in securing a position and they will keep in touch during the year to see how you are getting on. They will also help you in preparing a report about your experience on your return to Nottingham for your final year. The placement year can provide you with a source of income and can even lead to a job offer before you've graduated.

**What you'll study**

The first-year gives you a flavour of the different areas of mathematics on offer. This helps you to decide what you enjoy and in which topics you may want to specialise. You can do this through optional modules during the later years of the degree.

**Later topics include**:

- how probability and statistics are used to solve real-life problems
- coding theory and an introduction to cryptography
- how mathematics helps us understand population dynamics
- how to use numerical techniques to determine the approximate solution of ordinary and partial differential equations
- mathematical finance used for investment strategies

Your personal tutor, our student mentoring programme and small group tutorials will support your step up to university-level maths.

**After graduation**

The power of mathematics is about what it can do. Many graduates use the mathematical principles and techniques they have developed, for jobs in data analytics, engineering, finance, medicine and teaching. The course also provides a good foundation for further study such as a PhD.

**Important to note**

We are working with employers, including Capital One, Deloitte and BP, to design and deliver exciting new learning and assessment activities for students joining from 2022 onwards. These workshops and assessments will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills for a successful career using mathematics. Taking part in these activities and engaging directly with our industrial partners will put your mathematical knowledge into practice whilst enhancing your employability.

### Why choose this course?

- Spend a year in industry to put what you have learnt into practice
- Opportunity to network and make useful potential employer contacts
- Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS) run by like-minded maths students
- Paid research internship opportunities

## Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements | |
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A level |
AAA in Clearing for home students
Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextal admissions policy for more information. |

Required subjects | At least A in A level mathematics. Required grades depend on whether A/AS level further mathematics is offered. |

IB score | 34; 6 in Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level in Clearing for home students |

## A level

### Clearing offer for home students

AAA including Mathematics

or

AAB including Mathematics and Further Mathematics

A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not accepted.

## GCSEs

English 4 (C) (or equivalent)

## University admissions tests

STEP/MAT/TMUA is not required but may be taken into consideration when offered.

## Contextual offers

**A Levels** - AAB including A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

This type of offer is given to students who meet our contextual admissions or elite athlete criteria.

Find out more about contextual offers at University of Nottingham

**Alternative qualifications**

In all cases we require applicants to have at least the equivalent of A level Mathematics, so we typically only accept alternative qualifications when combined with an appropriate grade in A level Mathematics.

### Foundation progression options

If you don't meet our entry requirements there is the option to study the Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Programme. If you satisfy the progression requirements, you can progress to any of our mathematics courses.

There is a course for UK students and one for EU/international students.

### Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

## Learning and assessment

### How you will learn

#### Teaching methods

- Computer labs
- Lectures
- Tutorials
- Problem classes

### How you will be assessed

You will be given a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how your work is assessed. Your work will be marked in a timely manner and you will receive regular feedback.

The first year is a qualifying year but does not count towards your final degree classification. In year two the assessments will account for 20% of your final mark with years three and five accounting for 40% each. In the fifth year you will do an assessed oral presentation as part of the final year dissertation.

The year in industry will be assessed by you being required to prepare a final report and poster of your experience and taking part in a placements fair arranged by the school.

Students require 55% at the first attempt in the second year to progress on this programme. Students who do not achieve this will automatically be transferred to BSc Mathematics with a Year in Industry

#### Assessment methods

- Coursework
- Group project
- Poster presentation
- Research project
- Written exam

### Contact time and study hours

The majority of modules are worth 10 or 20 credits. You will study modules totalling 120 credits in each year. As a guide one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of work. During the first year, you will typically spend approximately:

- 12 hours a week in lectures
- 4 hours a week in problem classes
- 1 hour each week in tutorials with your personal tutor
- 1 hour a week in computing workshops across the Autumn and Spring terms
- 1 hour each fortnight in student-led academic mentoring Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS)

You can attend optional drop-in sessions each week up to a maximum of three hours and the remaining time will be spent in independent study.

In later years, you are likely to spend approximately 12 hours per week in lectures subject to the modules chosen.

During term time in your first year you will meet with your personal tutor every week in groups of five to six students to run through core topics. Lectures in the first two years often include at least 200 students but class sizes are much more variable in the third year subject to module selection.

Core modules are typically delivered by a mixture of Professors, Associate Professors and Lecturers, supported by PhD students in problem classes and computer lab sessions.

### Year in industry

A placement year can improve your employability.

The year in industry will be supported by a named placement tutor, through a combination of telephone and/or video-conferencing calls and site visits. The year in industry will be assessed through short reflective reports on your work experience, a final report and your participation in a Mathematics with Industry Fair early in the subsequent academic year.

## Modules

Due to the exciting course changes we have planned for 2022 entry onwards, please check this page again later so that you have the most up to date information.

You will study the following core mathematics modules during your first year.

### Core modules

Choosing from a range of optional modules, you will continue to study two of the three main mathematical subject areas. You must take a minimum of 100 and maximum of 120 credits. You will also have the option to choose some modules (up to 20 credits) from outside of mathematics.

### Optional modules

### Research internships

During your second year, you may want to apply to do one of the school's research internships. This involves working with an academic member of staff for 8-10 weeks over the summer.

It provides insight into the latest mathematical thinking and an opportunity to get a flavour for what a research career might be like. This is helpful if you are considering future masters or PhD study.

Alongside optional mathematics modules, you will also have the option to choose some modules (up to 20 credits) from outside of mathematics.

### Core modules

You must take the group project module. The compulsory group project allows you to consolidate your mathematical knowledge and understanding whilst gaining experience of working collaboratively to solve complex problems. Completion of this project provides you with excellent preparation for your fourth year dissertation.

At least half your optional modules must be from one of the following areas:

- applied mathematics
- pure mathematics
- probability and statistics

You will also have the option to choose some modules from outside mathematics if you wish.

### Optional modules

You will select between 80 and 100 credits worth of optional modules and your choice must include at least one subject group from:

- Applied mathematics
- Mathematical physics
- Pure mathematics
- Statistics

You will spend this year on an industry placement.

On return to university for your final year, you will choose from a wide range of advanced optional modules. You must also write a dissertation, which accounts for one third of your fourth year. You will specialise in one of the three main subject areas, and there is also the option to choose some modules from outside mathematics if you wish.

### Core modules

### Optional modules

You must take a minimum of 60 and maximum of 80 credits from the below.

## Where you will learn

### University Park Campus

University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.

Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.

You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.

## Where you will learn

### Mathematics facilities

The undergraduate study room allows you to work alone or in small groups trying out mathematical problems. The maths building also offers:

- dedicated computer workroom
- breakout pods
- social area

The George Green library is only a two minute walk away and provides additional study areas alongside all the books and reference materials you may need.

## Fees and funding

### UK students

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

### Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

#### Books

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

#### Printing

Due to our commitment to sustainability, we don’t print lecture notes but these are available digitally. You are welcome to buy print credits if you need them. It costs 4p to print one black and white page.

#### Industrial placement year

For the year in industry, you may be paid but you will need to factor in accommodation or travel costs.

#### Equipment

Personal laptops are not compulsory as we have computer labs that are open 24 hours a day but you may want to consider one if you wish to work at home.

### Scholarships and bursaries

We offer an international orientation scholarship of £2,000 to the best international (full-time, non EU) applicants on this course.

It will be paid at most once for each year of study. If you repeat a year for any reason, the scholarship will not be paid for that repeated year. The scholarship is awarded in subsequent years to students who perform well academically (at the level of a 2:1 Hons degree or better at the first attempt).

The scholarship will be paid in December each year provided you have:

- completed your registration
- been recorded as a student on a relevant course in the 1 December census
- paid the first instalment of your fee

**Alumni scholarship**

The school are pleased to offer a limited number of donor-funded scholarships on a competitive basis for home MMath students joining us in September 2022, who meet the University’s Widening Participation criteria.

Each student will be awarded £1500 per year of study*. An application form for this scholarship will be available soon.

* Subject to meeting the required selection criteria.

#### Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

#### International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships## Careers

Mathematics is a broad and versatile subject leading to many possible careers. Our graduates are helping to shape the future in many sectors including banking and finance, business consulting and management. Other employment sectors include education, local and central government and some graduates pursue a career in mathematical research.

They have jobs such as:

- Business analyst
- Chartered accountant
- Data management administrator
- Graduate engineer
- Graduate transport planner
- Statistical programmer

#### Further study

Recent Nottingham graduates have continued their studies through masters degrees in statistics, financial mathematics and PGCEs in secondary maths. Other students have gone on to pursue a PhD in maths, statistics, computer science, fluid dynamics and quantum engineering.

#### Other opportunities to help your employability

Become a PASS leader in your second or third year. Teaching first-year students reinforces your own mathematical knowledge. It develops communication, organisational and time management skills which can help to enhance your CV when you start applying for jobs

The Nottingham Internship Scheme provides a range of work experience opportunities and internships throughout the year

The Nottingham Advantage Award is our free scheme to boost your employability. There are over 200 extracurricular activities to choose from

### Average starting salary and career progression

86.8% of undergraduates from the School of Mathematical Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £27,295.*

* Data from University of Nottingham graduates, 2017-2019. HESA Graduate Outcomes. Sample sizes vary. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

#### Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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