University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mathematics

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Course summary

Exploring the beauty of mathematics trains you to think systematically and creatively, so you're valuable in today’s economy. Choose the direction you want on our highly flexible course, culminating in a final-year project of your choice. Employers want graduates with work experience, so when you arrive here, ask about our placements programme. Science, engineering, finance, government and medicine – as a mathematics graduate you stand to enter a rewarding career in a sector that interests you. We’re very proud of being top in the Guardian Mathematics University League Table for 2019 for satisfaction with the course. We are also fourth for satisfaction with mathematics teaching. This is part of a record of students regularly saying that they enjoy our degrees and teaching.

  • This course offers modules in all key areas of mathematics, statistics and theoretical physics, including a wide choice of final year options allowing you to follow your interests and shape your future career. We have a proud track record of success in the National Student Survey (NSS). We are top of the 2019 Guardian Mathematics League Table for satisfaction with the course.
  • You will acquire skills which are highly sought after by employers: problem solving skills, knowledge of industry software packages as well as presentation and communication skills. In the 2017 NSS, 100 per cent of our final year students said that 'I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course'.
  • Our graduates find a wide range of interesting jobs or progress to postgraduate study, often winning funded places on highly contested MSc courses. Recent employers include Ernst & Young, PAREXEL, Glory Global Solutions, KPMG, PWC, GCHQ, Lloyds Banking Group, the Met Office, Towers Watson, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, BT Retail.
  • Modules are taught by lecturers who are outstanding as both teachers and researchers. In the 2018 NSS, 99 per cent of our final year students said that 'Staff are good at explaining things'. In the last UK Research Excellence Framework (2014), 68 per cent of our research papers were classified as 'World Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent’.
  • Our generous contact hours, our open door policy and small group tutorial sessions are designed to enhance and support your learning experience. Both peer-assisted learning activities and dedicated study space are provided. We use the latest technology in class and you will be equipped with a tablet PC so that you can access Podcasts and eBooks which form part of our extensive suite of online support materials.
  • A paid placement year primes you for the career you want. Previous placement providers for our maths students have included the Department for Communities and Local Government, Eli Lilly, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline and Liberty Living. This placement year is optional but highly recommended.
  • Our course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and your degree sets you on a path to Chartered Mathematician (CMath) status.

Course details

Modules

In Year 1 you'll acquire a solid foundation through mastering calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods and programming, plus probability and statistical inference. New material includes an introduction to logic and methods of proof and the number theory underlying public key cryptography, which you use every time you purchase something online. You'll also study branches of pure mathematics such as group theory and graph theory. In Year 2 you'll expand your knowledge with topics including vector calculus, real and complex analysis, differential equations, transform theory and mathematical statistics. A case studies module introduces operational research, the branch of mathematics developed for better management and decision making, and powerful Monte Carlo methods for simulating complex problems. The final year focuses on individual and group project modules offering a chance for you to study a topic of your choice in depth. Also you may opt to study a school-based placement module. You’ll additionally have a wide choice of modules which cover a varied range of topics from pure and applied mathematics and operational research, to theoretical physics and statistics. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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 4

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Must have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/ 4 or above.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
89%
Student satisfaction
70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14200* 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 £14200* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Mathematics at University of Plymouth - UCAS