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MMath (Hons) Mathematics

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Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2020

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4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA/AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

Clearing and adjustment 2019

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We designed our four-year MMath degree programme for those who want to follow careers in industry or research.

You'll learn about more topics in depth, and even approach the cutting edge of research in your final year of study.

Spend time in industry

As an MMath student, you can also apply for a Year in Industry. This year, which slots between the third and fourth year of your study, will give you the opportunity to gain research experience in industry or a research institute relevant to your degree. Your degree title will then become MMath (Hons) Mathematics with a Year in Industry. This hands-on experience of working in an industrial environment or research institute will allow you to develop your skills and put what you have learnt in your degree into practice in the real world. It will also give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

Obtaining an industrial placement will depend on the grades you achieve during your course and transfer to the programme is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Placements are competitive and applying for one will be like applying for a job. Our placement coordinator will help you find opportunities, provide advice and support with CVs, cover letters and application forms and help you practise interview techniques, but you will be responsible for securing your placement.

You don’t have to make a decision about taking up the Year in Industry option now – you can transfer to the programme in your second year.


Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting the educational requirement for chartered status.

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

93% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019


Six months after graduation around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study

Year in industry

Opportunity to spend a year gaining research experience in industry or a research institute relevant to your degree

The department is great with inspiring lectures, the University has a great vibe and is in an amazing city. The college system is also fantastic as you feel like you can contact your college committee about anything.
Stephanie, Mathematics (MMath)

Course content

While working toward your MMath degree, you'll have the chance to specialise in one or more pathways:

  • Pure Maths (including analytic number theory, Galois theory and Riemannian geometry)
  • Applied Maths (including fluid dynamics, stochastic processes and scientific computing)
  • Mathematical Physics (including quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and general relativity).

In addition, you can undertake any of our undergraduate modules in Statistics and Mathematical Finance, as well as some modules from our MSc programme.

The first two years of the BSc and MMath single-subject programmes are identical. This means it's possible, subject to satisfactory academic progress, to switch between the two.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Year 1

In your first year, you'll study a number of core modules which will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

One-third of the year consists of four core modules:

For the other two thirds of the year you choose two out of three specialisms:

Year 3

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which will make up one third of your credits.

Alongside your project, you will choose eight 10-credit option modules. Our option modules are mostly split into groups - Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, and Statistics and Mathematical Finance. Your choices will depend on which specialisms you take during your second year. 

Pure Mathematics

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics

 Statistics and Mathematical Finance

We also have some modules you can take no matter what specialisms you took. These may include: 

 You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments

Year 4

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which makes up one third of your final year.

  • MMath final-year project: An independent investigation of a mathematical topic, followed by a clear presentation of your findings.

There is an optional Directed Learning Module: Choose your own topic to learn about under the guidance of a member of staff

The remaining modules, all 10 credits, are chosen from our list of Masters' modules, which may include:

Pure Mathematics

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics


Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Use, with a high level of confidence and sophistication, the mathematical language and tools that underpin a wide range of research in, and applications to, science, technology and industry.
  • Recognise when an unfamiliar problem is open to mathematical investigation, and be able to formulate their own strategy for the process of such an investigation.
  • Use logical reasoning as a basis for the critical analysis of ideas or statements which have a mathematical context, and develop independently their own ideas using well-founded reasoning.
  • Conduct, both independently and as part of a group of peers, a study of a specialised area of mathematics which takes into account recent mathematical progress. They will be able to compare and synthesise multiple sources to produce this study, and be able to check or complete technical details from these sources independently.
  • Communicate advanced mathematical ideas clearly, in writing and in a presentation, at a level appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Create mathematical documents, presentations and computer programmes by accurately and efficiently using a range of digital technologies.




Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Lectures, seminars and problem classes are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive material provided online, including discussion forums.

In your first year small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core mathematical ideas. They also develop the skills you'll need in employment such as communication and group work. Your development will continue with programming skills and an individual project in the second year followed by a larger project in the final year.

Small fortnightly seminars and larger fortnightly problem classes support all lecture courses through the degree; a regular pattern of work that will keep your study on track. As you specialise in the third year your lectures are usually smaller and more interactive.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars324 hours300 hours288 hours228 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Mathematics which is on Campus West. Teaching will take place at a variety of locations across Campus West including in the Physics and Electronics building, Derwent and Vanbrugh.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular homework. In your third year, you'll do a group project, assessed by written report and a poster presentation. In your fourth year, you'll do a final project that combines a final report, presentation, and short written assignments.

  • Feedback may be through written form, in-class discussion, model answers, or online discussion board responses.
  • Your final project is a time for something that interests you. 

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams95%92%84%59%
Practical exams0%0%3%3%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Your MMath degree will be in high demand for advanced careers that rely on logic and problem solving.

Career opportunities

  • Banking and financial services
  • Computing and IT
  • Engineering
  • Public administration
  • Logistics

Transferable skills

  • Logic-building
  • Analytical thinking
  • Practical problem-solving
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

One of the following:

  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS level
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics
Irish leaving Certificate AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAAAA/AAAAB in Highers and AA/AB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics
Other qualifications

 about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 169, with a minumum of 162 each component 
  • TOEFL: 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing 
  • Trinity ISE III: Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS

Accepted applicants will be invited to visit the Department between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, and have a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

We will offer you an interview if you present with a strong school performance and application form. Although the interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A Level grade or equivalent.

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