Mathematics at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Mathematics

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Overview If you enjoy solving problems, applying logic to complex issues, and want to learn a skill set valued by many employers, this BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree course is the perfect choice. You’ll tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application, setting yourself up for a career in anything from finance and IT to marketing and government research. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).

  • 92% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
  • 98% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)
What you'll experience On this course you'll:
  • Choose modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Cover topics like statistics, operational research and modelling
  • Have access to our computing labs, harnessing powerful hardware and software to unpick complex mathematical problems
  • Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software, such as Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, as well as industry standard statistical and operational research software
  • Have the chance to get work experience in the community, such as assisting in local schools
Careers and opportunities After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Previous students have been on placement with household names, including:
  • IBM
  • L’Oréal
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Transport for London
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. "The course is really interesting and the lecturers are fantastic – I completed a module based on mathematical ciphers, which was a lot of fun." Pippa Cooke, Mathematics Student

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
  • Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
  • Mathematics for Finance
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Operational Research
  • Statistical Theory and Methods II
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Advanced Decision Modelling
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Modern Astrophysics I
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Project
  • Project in Mathematics
  • Quantitive Supply Chain Management
  • Statistical Learning
  • Statistics in Health Research and Social Science
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Undergraduate Ambassador
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:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work
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

Professional bodies

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

  • Mathematics and its Applications, Institute of

Unistats information

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93%
Student satisfaction
55%
Employment after 6 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 128 points 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics.
A level 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma 112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-128 Tariff points to include Advanced Level Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 - 26 points 25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with Mathematics at Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 To include Higher Level Mathematics.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-52 to include a Principal Subject in Mathematics.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £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 £15100 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/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 International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. 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