Mathematics

MMath, 4-5 years

This is for you if... you are fascinated by the beauty of mathematics and want a thorough understanding of all aspects of mathematics and its applications in our modern world, with a view to embarking on a postgraduate research degree.

Course Description

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating and intellectually challenging subjects you can study. The Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester is home to an enthusiastic group of mathematicians, both staff and students.

On a mathematics degree at the University of Leicester - whether you study for a BSc, BA or MMath - you will come to appreciate the excitement of a subject which is integral to designing new aircraft or providing tomorrow's weather forecast, where graduates can find themselves employed in areas as diverse as high energy physics and economic forecasting.

The first and second years of your degree contain a core of modules on topics drawn from mathematical analysis and algebra, aimed at helping you to think rigorously and logically. At the same time there is the opportunity to explore other areas of the subject and develop your interests in areas of pure and applied maths and statistics, including abstract algebra, analysis, dynamics, differential equations, numerical analysis, probability theory and linear statistical models.

In the third year and fourth year, you will have a wide choice of option modules, meaning that you can tailor your degree to exactly the structure that you want, reflecting your own interests and your plans for your future career or postgraduate study. Your MMath degree includes a final year research project which is not part of the BSc/BA.

You will have the opportunity to spend the second year of your course at one of our partner institutions in the USA. Further information about the USA year abroad can be found in the Year 2 Course Structure information. 

Leicester has a strong international reputation for innovative research in financial mathematics, actuarial sciences, numerical analysis, scientific computing, mathematical biology, dynamical systems, algebra, topology and geometry. This diversity of research expertise is reflected in the wide range of specialist modules we offer – providing you with the opportunity to specialise in areas of mathematics according to your interests and aspirations.

Key Facts
Typical offer
AAB
UCAS codes
G105, G107
Start date
September 2017
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?

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.

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

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

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

  • Calculus and Analysis 1
  • Calculus and Analysis 2
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Probability
  • Either Elements of Number Theory and Mathematics and Society
  • Or a module from another department, subject to approval
  • Either Plane Geometry and Mathematics for Business
  • Or a module from another department, subject to approval

This is the same as Year 1 of the BSc.

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

Core modules

  • Algebra
  • Calculus and Analysis 3
  • Differential Equations and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Linear Algebra 3
  • Elements of Topology
  • Investigations in Mathematics

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Business Applications in Mathematics
  • Linear Statistical Models
  • or any Computer Science module, subject to approval

This is the same as Year 2 of the BSc. At the end of Year 2 your performance must meet a set level to continue on the MMath. If this is not the case, you will transfer to the BSc and complete your degree in three years.

Year Abroad (USA)

You can, if you want to, spend your second year studying at one of our partner institutions in the USA (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Year 1). You will take equivalent modules chosen from a list approved by the Department, and may also study non-maths modules where available. Modules taken in the USA count towards your final degree classification. On returning to Leicester you will progress to Year 3 of your degree.

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance England you can apply for a travel grant from them.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester has links with these American universities:

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 in Industry (optional)

Year in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can take a year out between Years 2 and 3 to work in an industrial placement (provided you meet set criteria). Or you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in a mathematics-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

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

Core module

  • Complex Analysis

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Groups and Symmetry
  • Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Operations Research
  • Squaring the Circle and Irreducible Polynomials
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Galois Theory

Plus two option modules from:

  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Curves and Surfaces
  • Data Mining and Neural Networks
  • Finite Element Theory and its Applications
  • History of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Business Project
  • Number Theory
  • Strange Attraction in Dynamical Systems
  • Topics in Mathematical Biology

This is the same as the final year of the BSc.

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.

Final Year

Final Year

Option modules

Choose four further option modules from the Year 3 list. The following are also available:

  • Financial Maths
  • Reading Modules

Plus a major research project



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.

Additional Information

Accreditation

If you reach a set standard in the Year 1 modules on 'Probability' and 'Introductory Statistics' and the Year 2 option module on 'Linear Statistical Models', you can apply for exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries exam CT3. Successful performance in the ‘Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics’ modules could also lead to the possibility of exemption from CT1.

What's the difference?

  • The BSc is the regular, three-year Maths degree. You have the option to spend your second year in the USA, or take a year out in Europe between Years 2 and 3. (You can't do both)
  • The MMath is essentially the BSc with a fourth year on the end that includes a major project. This is the course to take if you are considering continuing your studies with a PhD. You can spend your second year in the USA.
  • The BA is essentially the same as the BSc except that the non-Maths component of the course is a European language: French, Italian or Spanish. There are no 'year abroad' options with this one.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

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 ICT 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.

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Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including Grade A at Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths at grade A. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction including Maths.
  • 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

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.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    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.)

    • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year. 

    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.

    The first year option module Mathematics and Society includes a trip to Bletchley Park. The travel cost and entrance fee for this trip is included in your tuition fee.
  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year in Industry: your fee will be £2,293.50 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee. 

      Additional costs

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

      The first year option module Mathematics and Society includes a trip to Bletchley Park. The travel cost and entrance fee for this trip is 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
    Mathematics MMath 4 years full-time G105 Apply Now
    Mathematics with Year Abroad in USA MMath 4 years full-time G107 Apply Now
    Mathematics with Year in Industry MMath 5 years, full-time G105 Apply Now
    Course
    Mathematics
    Qualification
    MMath
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    G105
    Availability
    Course
    Mathematics with Year Abroad in USA
    Qualification
    MMath
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    G107
    Availability
    Course
    Mathematics with Year in Industry
    Qualification
    MMath
    Duration
    5 years, full-time
    UCAS Code
    G105
    Availability

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