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MMath (Hons) Mathematics

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2017/18 entry

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB including Mathematics and Further Mathematics (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2017/18)

International fees

£16,290 per year (2017/18)

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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.


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

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)


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

Extend your study

Our department hosts visits, seminars and lectures from many distinguished mathematicians.

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)
  • Statistics (including financial time series, survival analysis and multivariate analysis)
  • Mathematical Finance (including portfolio theory, risk management and derivative securities).

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.

  • 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:

  • 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 2: 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 in Pure MathematicsApplied Mathematics or Probability, Statistics and Mathematical Finance. You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments

Year 3

Students choose from a range of modules which lead on from the modules chosen in second year. All students take the MMath Group Project.

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.
  • 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.

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

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. 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.

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. 

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

The Department accepts all A level subjects, except for Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers.

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


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

2017 entry application deadlines

  • 15 October 2016: The closing date for Medicine applicants at the Hull York Medical School.
  • 15 January 2017: The deadline for equal consideration for all other courses (not Medicine - Hull York Medical School). We will consider applications received after this date if places are available. We cannot guarantee applications submitted after 15 January deadline will be given the same level of consideration as those which arrive by 15 January.
  • 30 June 2017: The deadline for late applications - although we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications received after this date will be held for Clearing (for applicants who haven't received any offers).

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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