City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Explore a fascinating range of mathematical topics with this versatile degree, which is focused on mathematics to prepare you for your future career. This four-year MSci degree is focused on pure mathematics with real-world applications. As you progress, you will have increasing choice and flexibility about what you choose to study. Mathematics is the universal language of today’s global economy. Whether you are managing an investment portfolio, encrypting financial transactions, building the next smart-phone or predicting the path of a hurricane, you will be doing it with Mathematics. Mathematics opens doors to the widest range of careers, because virtually all industries need graduates with mathematical skills. The confidence and knowledge you gain at City will open doors to a rewarding and satisfying career.

  • Understand the universal nature of mathematics as a discipline that knows no borders or language barriers
  • Master a wide range of mathematical topics and techniques, such as calculus, probability, linear algebra and mathematical physics
  • Learn to apply abstract and logical mathematical methods to real-world problems
  • Boost your employability with an optional paid one-year work placement – past students have secured placements at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music
  • Take special career development modules to understand mathematics’ essential role across all industries and the opportunities available to you.
The MSci serves as a benchmark qualification recognised by employers looking for graduates with strong analytical skills and capable of advanced quantitative analysis and critical thinking, and opens doors to both to further study in a variety of disciplines and a satisfying future career. This means our graduates are highly sought after. Some of our recent alumni have gone on to graduate roles at high-profile organisations, such as: PWC, IBM, JLT Group, McKinsey, SDM, O2, Ernst and Young. Given City’s location and links to business, it is unsurprising that many graduates have been employed by large firms in the financial, industrial or retail sector. Others have gone into education, civil service, research and further study. Students that complete a placement year have been found to be more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. Placements can offer the opportunity to contribute to real-world projects. Our students have previously secured placements and internships at organisations such as: Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, EY, GE Capital, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft · Toyota, Warner Music. The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has its own dedicated placements team, the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU). The PLU provides you with support and guidance in securing a relevant placement, through longstanding relationships with a diverse range of companies. The PLU also collaborates with our Careers Service to support you if you wish to take a summer internship at the end of an academic year.

Course details


Year 1: Students developing foundational mathematical skills through core modules which include, Algebra, Calculus, Probability theory, Number theory and cryptography, Modelling, Programming and computational mathematics and a module on Skills, careers and employability analysis for mathematics students. Year 2: Students continue to develop mathematical skills through core modules including: Vector calculus, Linear algebra, Applied mathematics, Numerical mathematics, Real and complex analysis, Sequence and series, Professional development and employability as well as an elective module in Decision analysis or Applications of probability and statistics. Year 3: Students take modules in Advanced complex analysis and Differential equations as well as a group project, supervised by an academic member of the department. Students chose four elective modules from: Discrete mathematics, Dynamical systems, Mathematical processes for finance, Mathematical biology, Game theory, Groups and symmetry, Introduction to mathematical physics, Introduction to the mathematics of fluids, Operational research, Stochastic models, Probability and statistics II. Year 4: MSci students take three core modules: The mathematics of information, Forecasting, Perturbation methods, and a MSci project, as well as three elective modules from: Mathematics for quantum computing, Game theory, Graph theory, Mathematics: algorithms, computation and experimentation, Dynamical systems."

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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Qualification requirements

Contextual offers We apply a contextual admissions process for UK undergraduate applicants who have been in care or are the first in their family to enter Higher Education. Those who are eligible may receive a conditional offer with reduced entry requirements, typically two grades lower for A-levels and one grade (or eight tariff points) for BTEC or mixed qualifications. Read our contextual admissions policy for eligibility criteria and further information. Mixed qualifications Typically the only scenario where we make conditional offers expressed as UCAS tariff points is when an applicant presents mixed qualifications, most typically a combination of A-levels and a BTEC qualification. In this instance, we may make a tariff point offer to present the applicant with more flexibility on equivalencies. In this case, please be aware that we may still ask for a specific score across certain qualifications and subjects. E.g. 'This offer is conditional on you achieving 128 tariff points. This must include A-level Mathematics at grade B.' Subject exclusions We do not accept General Studies and Critical Thinking. These subjects will not be included in any conditional offer we make. Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are: IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English. PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component.

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