Major in Mathematics

BSc, 3 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of Mathematics with another subject.

Course Description

Choose Mathematics as your Major if you are fascinated by the beauty of mathematics and want a thorough understanding of all aspects of maths and its applications in our modern world. This degree will equip you with a solid foundation in contemporary mathematics and its applications. Depending on your particular interests, you will be given the opportunity to follow the general curriculum or to specialise in concrete areas of pure maths, applied maths, numerical simulation, or data analysis.

Key Facts
Typical offer
AAB
UCAS code
G111
Start date
September 2018
Department
Mathematics
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3896
mathsug@le.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics website



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Why Leicester?

Our degrees are designed to deliver a combination of a thorough mathematical education and a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge essential in the modern workplace.

We have a thriving, student-led Maths Society (SUMS) which organises a range of social activities and guest lectures throughout the year.

The Department of Mathematics regularly hosts national and international mathematics conferences, which attract leading speakers from across the globe.

As well as tutorials and seminars, our regular drop-in learning sessions, run by both staff and postgraduates, will enhance your learning and help you get to know others in the Department.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

There is a basic 'tool kit' that every Mathematics student needs to master: mainly relating to the realm of pure mathematics. At Leicester, these fundamentals are covered by core modules that take up two thirds of the first year. The remaining option modules allow you to follow your own interests.

Core modules

  • Calculus and Analysis
  • Linear Algebra

Option modules

Chose one option module from:

  • Probability
  • Mathematics and its impact on society
  • Elements of Number Theory

Then choose one option module from:

  • Introductory Statistics
  • Mathematics in Business
  • Plane Geometry

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will study rigorous mathematical modules that will enhance your knowledge of maths. You will also, depending on your choice, learn statistical concepts and tools that will allow you to tackle real-world problems or undertake guided independent study in a mathematical area of your choice.

Core modules

  • Vector Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Algebra

Option modules

Chose one option module from:

  • Linear Statistical Models
  • Investigations in Mathematics
  • Statistical Distributions and Inference

Then choose one option module from:

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Business Applications in Mathematics

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In your final year you will continue to shape your future career by selecting option modules. The third year syllabus is designed to bring you to an understanding of some of the current research issues in mathematics.

Option modules

Chose three option modules from:

  • Scientific Computing
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Operational Research
  • Curves and Surfaces
  • Groups and Symmetry

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematical Portfolio Theory
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Complex Analysis
  • Number Theory
  • Computational Partial Differential Equations with Finite Elements
  • Data Mining and Neural Networks

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case Mathematics), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Now choose your Minor

Teaching and Assessment

As well as lectures, your course will involve regular group meetings, run by both staff and other students, where students’ work is discussed. You will gain experience in presenting mathematical arguments to fellow students, which will enhance and develop your presentation and communication skills.

Development of IT and programming skills is an integral part of all our mathematics degrees. Through a combination of computer labs and dedicated modules, you will learn to use the computational functions in Excel, program in Matlab and VBA, and use LaTeX for scientific writing. However, no previous knowledge of computing is needed for any of our degrees.

A typical week for a first or second year student might consist of nine or ten hours of lectures, about four hours of small group working and about three hours of problem classes or computer classes. You will also spend several hours a week on private study: review of lecture material, problem solving, additional reading, and preparing for tutorials.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Mathematics courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 28% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
  • Independent learning: 864 hours

Year 2: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including Grade A at Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 15 credits at Distinction in Maths Level 3 modules. Plus grade A in Maths A-level.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points including 6 in HL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM, plus Grade A at A-level Maths. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Additional costs

    Please note that you will need to buy a Casio FX83GT calculator (approximately £6). This is not included in your tuition fee.

  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Additional costs

    Please note that you will need to buy a Casio FX83GT calculator (approximately £6). This is not included in your tuition fee.

     

Career Opportunities

The 'Business Applications of Mathematics' module gives you the opportunity to experience the application of mathematical theory and mathematical modelling in a business context.

Our drop-in sessions are tailored to develop employability skills.

Training in computing and programming is available for all students, helping you develop work-place skills.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Major in Mathematics BSc 3 years full-time G111 Apply Now
Course
Major in Mathematics
Qualification
BSc
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
G111
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