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University of Portsmouth

Mathematics

UCAS Code: G100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including Mathematics.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54 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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

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.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.

112-128 Tariff points to include Advanced Level Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Mathematics

**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.

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 methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£16,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Mathematics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,821
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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