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Mathematical Science  BSc (Hons) / MMath (Hons)

City's Mathematical Science MMath (Hons) / BSc (Hons) course introduces you to a wide range of mathematical techniques.

Overview

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The Civil Service, government agencies and research establishments require mathematicians, as do large corporations, public utilities and financial companies. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with skills for a wide variety of careers in industry, commerce, education and research.

The MMath (Hons) Mathematical Science is an enhanced first degree that integrates Masters level modules into your undergraduate degree.

You cannot apply directly to the MMath (Hons) Mathematical Science course. There is a common entry in the first year for both the BSc (Hons) and MMath (Hons) versions of the course. To enter the MMath (Hons) course you need to obtain a 60% average in your second year.

Why study Mathematical Science at City?

  • You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid placement scheme with a salary typically between £15,000 and £22,000 pro rata per year.
  • Our graduates are highly sought after in many different roles and many of our graduates secure careers in the financial sector. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate roles at Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Lloyds TSB, KPMG, Natwest, John Lewis, British Museum, UK Border Agency, Orange and Sainsbury's.
  • This degree can be taken to either the BSc (Hons) or MMath (Hons) level. The MMath (Hons) is an enhanced first degree requiring an extra academic year of study that includes more advanced topics.

Student testimonial

nullDawn Coghlan - 4th year Mathematical Science MMath (Hons)

What has been your favourite aspect of the course?

The variation in modules available to take, you can either go choose a certain set of modules for a career path you may wish to pursue or a certain topic you enjoy learning about but you can also keep your options open. 

You can study modules from quantum mechanics to mathematical processes for finance and mathematical biology to models and modelling.

Have you done a placement or internship?

As an individual I have to be pushed and challenged in anything I do. Hence partly why I study mathematics, but from that it set my career options I wanted to go into and following an internship between my third and fourth year with Santander Asset Management I hope to continue working in this field and more specifically in multi asset management.

What has been the highlight of your time at City University London?

Living in London after growing up in Devon at first was quite a daunting thought but the choice to do so was one of the best aspects of my degree. It's vibrant, culturally varied which is great to learn about, you can do anything you want any time of day and means you learn to be independent in the countries capital city.

How has City prepared you for your chosen career path?

There was options for potential internships and graduate schemes sent to us via email or uploaded onto the central learning website, moodle. Also practice interviews could be arranged and support for assessment centres and psychometric tests were available to practice on before completing our own.

Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points or ABB at 'A' Level, including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A
IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Mathematics
GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent). More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year
More...

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

G100

Entry Requirements

'A' Level

320 UCAS tariff points or ABB at 'A' Level, including Mathematics or Further Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A

IB

32 points, 6 in higher Mathematics

GCSE

English Language grade C (or equivalent).

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.0 overall score, with at least 6.0 in each of the four sub components

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English


Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
MMath (Hons): 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

The MMath (Hons) Mathematical Science is an enhanced first degree that integrates Masters level modules into your undergraduate degree.

You cannot apply directly to the MMath (Hons) Mathematical Science course. There is a common entry in the first year for both the BSc (Hons) and MMath (Hons) versions of the course. To enter the MMath (Hons) course you need to obtain a 60% average in your second year.

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, students concentrate on basic mathematical techniques.

Core modules include:

  • Algebra
  • Number theory and cryptography
  • Programming and computational mathematics
  • Functions, vectors and calculus
  • Logic and set theory
  • Introduction to probability and statistics
  • Introduction to modelling.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Vector calculus
  • Complex variable
  • Linear algebra and group theory
  • Real analysis.

Elective modules include:

  • Dynamical systems
  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical mathematics
  • Applications of probability and statistics
  • Decision analysis.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Mathematical methods
  • Group project
  • Two compulsory special topics.

Elective modules include:

  • Discrete mathematics
  • Differential equations for finance
  • Mathematical biology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical models and modelling
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical processes for finance
  • Groups and symmetry
  • Operational research
  • Stochastic models
  • Probability and statistics 2.

Teaching and Assessment

  • You will study in excellent facilities that ensure lectures and tutorials are supported through PC-based laboratory sessions and web-based learning material. Tutorials give students an opportunity to discuss the content of their lectures or coursework with an academic staff member.
  • A particular feature of the course is the weekly small-group tutorial for first year students, which provides intensive individual assistance in the early stages.
Marks for the MMath (Hons) course, marks are weighted in the ratio 1:3:6:6 for the four years. Professional placements do not contribute to the final degree classification but are indicated on the degree certificate.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

You can take a one-year placement in industry between the second and third years of your MMath (Hons) degree.

During the first and especially the second year, you will receive careers support to help you to identify, and apply for, placements.


Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

The Mathematical Science BSc (Hons) and MMath (Hons) degrees equip students with a range of mathematical skills. Graduates have gone on to various careers in business, finance, the Civil Service, teaching and accountancy.

Professional accreditation

Good performance in certain modules can lead to exemptions from some professional examinations of the Institute of Actuaries.

Mathematical Science

UCAS code: G100