Mathematics MSci

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
G103
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£17,040 (International)
Further information

Our MSci Mathematics gives you the opportunity to take your passion for Mathematics to new heights. You will begin with a broad range of subjects then, in your fourth year, take on an individual project and experience the challenge and pleasure of mathematical research.

You will benefit from the rich diversity of research interests among our world-leading experts here at Birmingham. The analytical and problem-solving skills you will learn will help you stand out in a highly competitive job market with our recent graduates securing positions in finance, management, computing and many other sectors including teaching and healthcare as well as many moving into research by taking higher degrees.

The Mathematics MSci programme will give a sound mathematical basis in a broad range of subject areas, helping you learn to apply analytical, statistical and computational skills to formulate and tackle problems. We will support you to think logically, independently and imaginatively, equipping you to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

In your first year, we will help you to make the step up to university level study and give you a sound mathematical basis in a broad range of subject areas. Alongside core calculus and algebra, other modules develop discrete mathematics, mechanics, pure mathematics, statistics and computational mathematics.

The second year will introduce you to more advanced areas allowing you to develop particular strengths or interests. You can decide at the end of this year whether to continue onto the BSc or MSci programme. The choice of modules in the third year is very broad, ranging from the highly abstract such as logic, to the highly applicable such as financial mathematics. As an MSci student, you will take at least one module involving project work.

In the fourth year you will reach the cutting edge of mathematics, choosing modules that are related to staff research areas. The MSci project is worth one third of your final year mark. You will work independently on a major project, writing a substantial report and presenting your work to others.

Why study Mathematics MSci at Birmingham?

  • Choice of modules allows you to specialise in areas that interest you
  • A rich diversity of research interests among staff provides exciting opportunities for project work and fourth year modules
  • Weekly small group tutorials mean you can work closely with academic staff and other students
  • Use of the Mathematics Learning Resource Centre provides you with a learning environment where you can work independently, in groups, or with help from postgraduate students
  • You will be supported in your study with one-to-one meetings with lecturers and drop-in sessions

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Throughout my time studying mathematics, I not only learnt to differentiate, integrate, optimise and calculate but also learn many core skills which have been factors to deliver in my graduate role. On a day to day basis I use the analytic skills, as well as enthusiasm to learn and to ask questions, which I developed whilst studying at Birmingham. The School of Mathematics was always supportive in helping me to achieve the best that I could.

Hannah McGarty, MSci Mathematics

Modules

Year 1

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.

Year 2 

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.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 40 credits of options. Example optional modules:

Year 3 

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.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 100 credits of options. Example optional modules:

Year 4 

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.

Core Module, choose one of the following:

Optional modules

Choose 80 credits of options. Example optional modules:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Annual tuition fees 2019/20

UK/EU £9,250
International £17,040

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code G103.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View advice on ' How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
A*AA

Required subjects and grades

Our standard offer is A*AA including an A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. For students taking other qualifications we may make alternate offers. For instance we do not require the STEP examinations but if you are taking a STEP paper and achieve a grade 2 or better we will reduce your offer to AAA including an A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

For students taking an EPQ and achieving a grade A we will reduce your offer to AAA including an A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The University makes contextual offers for students from widening participation background. We also participate in the Access to Birmingham (A2B) and Inspired@Birmingham schemes for attending one of partner institutions in the West Midlands.

General Studies not accepted, but a grade A may be considered if you fail to meet your offer.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

7,6,6 at Higher Level, including 6 in Mathematics, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

BTEC

Only considered when combined with other qualifications.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements. We are happy to discuss your individual offer with you.

Foundation Year

Would you like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? Consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

Our professors, doctors and postgraduates will guide and challenge you through your studies. You will benefit from the rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience here at Birmingham, find out more about our  staff and their areas of interest.

How you will learn

You will learn from world-leading experts who will encourage you to become an independent thinker, a vital part of becoming a successful mathematician.

We will assign you a personal tutor who will support your academic progress, help you develop transferable skills and handle any welfare concerns. You will meet at least once per semester.

  • Lectures to introduce subjects and ideas
  • Small group tutorials to solve mathematical problems and discuss material from lectures
  • Examples classes to check your learning with experienced mathematicians
  • Supervision groups to work through problems
  • Computer labs using computer algebra packages to solve problems, using programming languages to model mathematical situations or computer assessment systems to test your learning
  • All modules are linked to iVLE - a virtual learning environment for lecture notes, additional learning units, self-tests and supplementary interactive information

Feedback

You receive regular feedback in all of your modules through marked work, model answers, tutorials, examples classes and supervisions. 

Less formal, more independent study is a vital part of becoming a mathematician. We encourage students to work together and have several popular study areas in and around the School where you can work with friends or individually.

Assessment 

Assessment varies across modules and can include:

  • Examinations - usually taken at the end of the year in which the module is taught.
  • Coursework - this could be continuous or at the end of the module, and is assessed in a variety of ways.
  • Class tests - some lecturers set regular class tests which could be written tests, group presentations or computer-based tests providing instant feedback.
  • Research projects are assessed by, for example, interim reports, a final written report and oral presentations.

At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular programme of study. You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from, and build on, what you have done. You will be given feedback on any exams that you take.

Contact Hours

For each 10 credits of maths modules there are 22 hours of lectures.

In addition as a whole, not per module:

  • First year:  10 additional hours of support classes per term, 20 hours of computer labs per term, and 5 hours of personal tutorial meetings per term.
  • Second year:  5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module, plus 5 hours per term of personal tutorial meetings.
  • Third year: there are 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module, (this becomes year four if you are on a placement year.)
  • Fourth year: (MSci only) there are 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module.
  • All Maths lecturers have a minimum of 1.5 office hours per week.

All modules are divided between two teaching terms. Examinations take place in the summer term.

Our degrees in Mathematics will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.

91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)

Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our  Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:

  • Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
  • An annual Maths Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in mathematics graduates.
  • Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
  • A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a maths student.

We have a range of industrial partners who work with our students including E.ON, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, the Office for National Statistics, R&A, FDM Group, Barnett Waddingham and Malvern Instruments. 

After my second year during the summer I completed an Actuary internship with Barnett Waddingham. I found out about the opportunity by attending the Mathematics careers fair organised annually by the department, where companies both big and small who are looking to recruit University of Birmingham’s Mathematics graduates come to talk to students about the programmes they have to offer.

Whilst on this internship I completed many of the jobs a trainee Actuary would do in their first year of work, gaining an insight into this type of work and developing the skills required to pursue a career in actuarial science.

Completing the Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving and Maths in Industry modules as part of my degree prepared me very well for my internship. The problem solving and teamwork skills developed in these modules helped me both when applying for this internship as I had lots of examples to draw upon at interview, as well as when completing the tasks on my internship, as I was able to approach difficult tasks and present my ideas with more confidence.

As a result of this internship I have been offered a trainee Actuary role after I graduate.

Hannah Smithson, Third Year, BSc Mathematics

Careers Network

We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network  is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.

Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Internships

Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes. 

The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience: