This four-year Mathematics masters programme has a student satisfaction rating of 100%
At Birmingham, our Mathematics programmes are designed to give you a sound mathematical basis in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn to apply analytical, statistical and computational skills to formulate and tackle problems; think logically, independently and imaginatively; and use technical language and express complex ideas clearly and accurately. You will make the choice as to whether you continue on to a BSc or MSci programme at the end of your second year. If you miss the entry criteria for the MSci but you meet the BSc criteria, you will automatically be considered for entry onto the BSc.
Your first year is carefully designed to manage the step up from school to university mathematics, focusing on the key ideas you will need later in the programme. Alongside core calculus and algebra, other modules develop discrete mathematics, mechanics, pure mathematics, statistics and computational mathematics - you do not need to have studied these subjects before.
As well as having some choice of modules, you will now be introduced to some of the more advanced areas of mathematics, such as complex analysis, allowing you to develop your particular strengths and interests in the third year. You will make the choice whether to take the BSc or MSci at the end of this year.
You will now be able to specialise in one area of mathematics or cover several different areas. The range of modules to choose from is very wide - from the highly abstract, such as logic, to the highly applicable, such as financial mathematics. MSci students take at least one module involving project work, and if you’re interested in pursuing a career teaching there is an option to work in a local school.
You can now reach the cutting-edge of mathematics, choosing dedicated fourth-year modules that reflect staff research interests. Classes are often small and highly interactive. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the MSci is the project, worth one third of your final-year mark. Here you will work individually, guided by a supervisor, on a project of your choice, allowing you to experience the challenge and pleasure of mathematical research. The process of working independently on a major project, writing a substantial report and presenting your work to others develops skills highly valued by employers.
Year in Computer Science/professional placement
Between your second and third year, you can choose to do a year of study in Computer Science, ideal if you expect your final career to involve a significant amount of computing. You could also opt for a professional or industrial placement..
Generic skills-training, focusing on transferable skills and employability, is embedded throughout the course from the outset, and will ensure that you are equipped with the ICT, presentation, team-working and problem–solving skills which will enhance your employability on graduation. . Project and programming work in particular help to develop these skills.
BSc or MSci? The first two years of this MSci course are interchangeable with our BSc programme (GG14) , which means you can delay your final choice of degree (BSc or MSci) until the end of Year 2. MSci study is dependent upon performance so you will need to successfully complete Year 2 with a high 2ii to remain on to the MSci programme.