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MMath (Hons) Mathematics

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UCAS code

G102

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB including Mathematics and Further Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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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.

Accreditation

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

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National Student Survey 2017

#1 in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction

Employability

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

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout 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

The first-year modules of your course will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree. Modules may include:

  • Calculus: An introduction to the differential and integral calculus
  • Algebra: Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices
  • Mathematical Skills 1: An introduction to reasoning and the communication of mathematics
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics: Learn the mathematical underpinning of today's data-driven society
  • Real Analysis: A rigorous investigation into limits of sequences, infinite series, limits of real functions, continuity, differentiability and the Riemann integral
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics: Building and analysing mathematical models to answer real-world questions.

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, which may include:

  • Functions of a Complex Variable: Learn how to analyse and work with functions of Complex Variables, and how these can be applied to solve real-world problems
  • Vector Calculus: Deepen your understanding of calculus and learn about scalar and vector fields in two and three dimensions
  • Linear Algebra: An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them
  • Mathematical Skills II: An introduction to recent advances in mathematics and scientific programming

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

Year 3

You will all take the MMath Group Project which will make up one sixth of your credits.

You can choose optional modules which may include:

You'll also choose optional modules from our list of third-year module options based on the pathways you've chosen in Year 2. These might include:

Pure Mathematics

Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics

Statistics and Mathematical Finance

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 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.

 

 

 

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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 hours
(27%)
300 hours
(25%)
288 hours
(24%)
228 hours
(19%)
Independent study876 hours
(73%)
900 hours
(75%)
912 hours
(76%)
972 hours
(81%)

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

Independent study 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 1200 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.

Course location

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%
Coursework5%8%13%38%
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 Grade
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 AAAAA including Mathematics
Other qualifications

Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available.

English language

  • IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 169, with a minimum of 162 each component

Applying

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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