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MMath (Hons) Mathematics

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Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code


Institution code



4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA-AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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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.

You can choose to add a year in industry to your course, giving you an opportunity to apply your learning in the real world, and develop skills and experience that will help you secure your first graduate job.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Successfully completing your degree fulfils part of the educational requirement for chartered status.

93% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

5th in the Russell Group

for mathematics.
Guardian University Guide 2019

Year in industry

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

You'll study a mixture of core and option modules. As you progress through your course you'll have more flexibility to study the topics which interest you.

Option modules are grouped into pathways, which lead to more advanced modules in subsequent years. You don't have to take modules from just one pathway, and in some cases you will need to select from more than one.

  • Pure Mathematics develops abstract concepts and techniques in analysis, algebra, geometry and number theory.
  • Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics focuses on mathematics inspired by problems arising in the natural sciences.
  • Probability, Statistics and Mathematical Finance applies maths to the analysis of data and the modelling of random processes such as can occur in financial markets.

The first two years of the BSc MathematicsBSc Mathematics (with a year in Europe) and MMath Mathematics are identical. You can switch between courses after you begin your studies, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your 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 provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree. 

Core modules

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

In Year Two, 40 credits come from four core modules. The other 80 credits come from option modules in two of three possible specialisms.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two of the following options:

Year 3

During the third year of your degree you'll work on a group project and develop your teamworking skills. Alongside the project, you will choose ten 10-credit option modules.

Core module

Option modules

Choose ten from the following options. The specialisms you choose during your second year will affect which options are open to you.

Pure Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
 Statistics and Mathematical Finance

We also have some modules you can take no matter which second-year specialisms you chose. 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. You'll investigate a mathematical topic independently, and present a clear account of your findings.

You'll select a further eight option modules. Our wide range of choices includes a directed learning module, which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic of your choice, with guidance from a member of staff.

Core module

Option modules

Choose eight of the following modules:

Directed learning
Pure Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics

You may also take some modules from our MSc programmes, and you may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other departments.

Year 5

Optional year

The MMath year in industry slots in between your third and fourth year of study. If you don't take a year in industry, you'll continue straight into the final year of your degree.

A year working in industry or a research institute gives you the opportunity to develop skills relevant to your degree. You'll put what you've learned so far into practice, and gain experience that will give you a competitive advantage when looking for your first graduate job.

Placements are competitive and applying for one will be like applying for a job. Our placement coordinator will help you find opportunities, but you will be responsible for securing your placement. We will give you advice and support with CVs, cover letters and application forms, and help you practise interview techniques.

You don't need to commit to a year in industry before you begin your studies. You can apply to transfer in your second year, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

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.




The year in industry is a real eye-opener. It makes your career choices much easier - both because you get valuable work experience and learn much more about what interests you. Your path from being an undergraduate student to either getting a job or a PhD becomes so much smoother and you suddenly know what to focus on and what's most important to you.
Gabriel, Mathematics (MMath)

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

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 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.

Teaching and assessment methods

Careers and skills

A degree in mathematics helps you to harness the logic and problem solving skills needed to communicate complex ideas. These skills will be invaluable in whichever career path you choose to take.

Careers opportunities and transferable skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels
  • AAA including A in Mathematics
  • AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
  • AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics at AS level
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85% average overall, including 85% in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics

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:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
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).

If we make you an offer, we'll invite you to visit the Department between November and April. 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. The interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, but if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A level grade (or equivalent).

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