## 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?

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

This degree will give you 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.

**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.

**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.

**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 for further study such as a PhD.

### Why choose this course?

- 83.8% of undergraduates from the School of Mathematical Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation*
- Paid research internship opportunities working with leading academic staff
- Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications
- Study abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada or the USA
- Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS) run by like-minded students
- Optional work placement year available

## 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 | |
---|---|

A level | A*AA/AAA/A*AB |

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

IB score | IB 36; 6 in maths at Higher Level |

## A level

### Standard offer

A*AA including A* Mathematics

or

AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics

or

AAA including Mathematics, plus A in AS Further Mathematics

or

A*AB including A*A in 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.

## 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 four accounting for 40% each. In the fourth year you will do an assessed oral presentation as part of the final year dissertation.

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.

#### Assessment methods

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

### 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.

### Study abroad

You can apply to spend a period of time studying abroad (usually one semester) through the University-wide exchange programme.

Students who choose to study abroad are more likely to achieve a first-class degree and earn more on average than students who did not (Gone International:Rising Aspirations report 2016/17).

#### Benefits of studying abroad

- Explore a new culture
- A reduction in tuition fee of up to 30% for the year in which you study abroad
- Improve your communication skills, confidence and independence

Countries you could go to:

- Australia
- Canada
- China (teaching is in English)
- France
- Germany
- Italy
- New Zealand
- Singapore (teaching is in English)
- Spain
- USA

To study abroad you need to achieve a 60% average mark at the time of application. A good academic reference and personal statement should be provided as part of the application process.

If you choose to spend a semester abroad through the University-wide exchange programme, the marks gained will count back to your Nottingham degree programme.

### Year in industry

A placement year can improve your employability.

You can apply to do a placement year between years two and three. This would add an extra year to your degree. You'll pay a reduced tuition fee for this year.

Although it is your responsibility to find a placement, you'll have help from the school and the Careers and Employability Service. It could be in the UK or abroad. While on placement, you'll be supported by a Placement Tutor.

If you are interested in spending a year in industry as part of your named degree, find out more at MMath Mathematics with a Year in Industry

## Modules

### Core modules

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

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 a maximum of 120 credits from the below.

You will also have the option to choose some modules (up to 20 credits) from outside of mathematics. Languages, psychology, business and economics are all popular choices.

### Optional modules

### Core modules

Choose one of the following modules worth 20 credits.

### Optional modules

You will also 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 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

- 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 paid 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.
- Nottingham MathSoc offers students a chance to enjoy various activities with like minded individuals also studying mathematics. Examples of events are balls, river cruises, sport and other social activities.

## 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

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition
fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals
living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland
will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee
status at UK universities until **31 December 2027**.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

### Additional costs

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.

#### Study abroad

If you study abroad, you need to consider the travel and living costs associated with your country of choice. This may include visa costs and medical insurance.

#### 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. Find out more about IT equipment.

### 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

#### 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/EU students

We offer a range of Undergraduate Excellence Awards for high-achieving international and EU scholars from countries around the world, who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers. This includes our European Union Undergraduate Excellence Award for EU students and our UK International Undergraduate Excellence Award for international students based in the UK.

These scholarships cover a contribution towards tuition fees in the first year of your course. Candidates must apply for an undergraduate degree course and receive an offer before applying for scholarships. Check the links above for full scholarship details, application deadlines and how to apply.

## 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

Our graduates have gone to work for companies such as:

- BAE Systems
- Boots
- Commerzbank
- Experian
- KPMG
- Royal Bank of Scotland

#### 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.

### Average starting salary and career progression

83.8% 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 £26,985.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. 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).

### Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

**Gold**for outstanding teaching and learning

#### Disclaimer

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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