University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mathematics

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Course summary

Overview Do you have a head for numbers and a talent for solving problems? Do you enjoy applying logic to complex issues? Do you want to learn a skillset valued by many employers? Maybe you simply enjoy thinking about the deep and fascinating world of mathematics? On this Mathematics degree, you'll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving abilities and learn how maths contributes to society, in the community and in industry. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BSc) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MMath). You’ll study core mathematical topics in year 1, including analysis, algebra, calculus, statistics, operational research and modelling. Then you’ll shape your degree to your ambitions and interests in following years, choosing modules that cover specialist and advanced principles such as astrophysics, financial modelling, non-linear dynamics and cosmology. To boost your employability prospects after the course, you’ll have opportunity to get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry and completing shorter-term work placements. Maths graduates are in high demand, especially in the expanding technology, data and machine learning industries. You could also go into areas such as education or finance when you graduate. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA). What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Design your degree to suit your interests and ambitions by choosing specialist modules after your first year
  • Tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application
  • Harness powerful hardware and software in our computer labs to unpick complex mathematical problems
  • Develop coding skills in programming languages including Python
  • Use industry-standard statistical and operational research software such as R and SPSS
  • Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software such as Mathematica and MATLAB, which provide high-level simulations of complex dynamical processes
  • Use historical data to apply your skills to challenges such as monitoring the spread of disease, predicting the spread of a cloud of ash from a volcano and forecasting changes to the climate
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including presentation, analytical thinking, communication and team working skills
You can also:
  • Study advanced topics in pure and applied Mathematics, and complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, when you choose the 4-year MMath option
  • Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3
  • Apply your skills on work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme
Careers and opportunities Mathematics is more than just number crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University, as you advance in your career. Areas you could work in include:
  • Data science and analytics
  • Space and satellite applications
  • Finance and banking
  • Business and operational research
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Engineering
  • Insurance and risk management
  • IT and computing
  • Medicine and health
  • The natural and life sciences
You could also join a graduate scheme or continue your studies at postgraduate or doctorate level.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Calculus I
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Mathematical Models
  • Statistical Theory and Methods I
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills
  • Calculus II
  • Real and Complex Analysis
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Finance
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Operational Research
  • Statistical Theory and Methods II
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies
Placement year (optional) After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. This gives you an advantage over other graduates who may understand theory but won't have the experience of applying their learning to a working environment Previous students have been on placement with household names, including: IBM, L’Oréal, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Transport for London, Zurich and NATS. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year are:
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications
  • Project
Optional modules in this year currently are:
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Decision Modelling
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Modern Astrophysics I
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Projects in Mathematics
  • Quantitative Supply Chain Management
  • Statistical Learning
  • Statistics Methods in Health Research and Social Science
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Undergraduate Ambassador
Year 4 Core modules in this year are:
  • Dissertation
  • Topics in Algebra and Geometry
  • Topics in Analysis
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Applied Data and Text Analysis
  • Contemporary Theoretical Physics
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • practical exams
  • coursework
  • in-class tests
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework
- Year 4 students: 100% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Mathematics and its Applications, Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Mathematics at University of Portsmouth - UCAS