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Mathematics University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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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 Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 128 points To include a minimum of 2 A levels, including grade B in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Excluding General Studies.
A level 112 to 128 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A levels including Grade B in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Excluding General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered following Interview. Standard offer would be in the range of DMM to DDM and to include a Distinction in a Mathematics unit.
Access to HE Diploma Interview and diagnostic test required.
Standard offer would then be to Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction and to include at least 12 credits in Mathematics units with Merit.
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
AS Considered in combination
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 - 29 points 27 - 29 overall to include Grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.
English Language accepted within.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including Mathematics.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
Scottish Advanced Higher 120 points including a Grade B in Advanced Highers Mathematics.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are 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.

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