Mathematics MMath, 4-5 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS codes G105, G107

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

This four-year degree expands on the Mathematics BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into relevant professions. It’s also a solid base for pursuing PhD research.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating and intellectually challenging subjects you can study. The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science 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 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 linear 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, number theory, analysis, dynamics, differential equations, numerical analysis, mathematical biology, 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.

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.

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 (this course) 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

Download a prospectus (PDF, 6MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. Plus A-level Maths at grade A-B. We may consider substantial Level 3 Maths Access credits in place of A-level Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including 5 points in Maths at HL.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Extended Diploma with DDM plus A-level Maths at Grade A-B. Please contact Admissions regarding eligibility

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for:

  • International Foundation Year – Engineering and Technology run by the Global Study Centre. This course is for international students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Mathematics with Foundation Year BSc run by the School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science. This course is for all students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.

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 School.

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • 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.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year in Industry: £2,617.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

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.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important you gain experience and develop your skills. Employability skills are embedded into our teaching throughout your studies so you will be developing the skills employers are looking for right from the start of your course.

In addition to group work, presentation and communication skills, you will learn a range of the computing and programming skills expected by employers.

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

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of careers and have gone into: the financial sector, including accountancy and actuarial work; management; the Civil Service; industry; and teaching (both primary and secondary education)

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

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 (or optional Year in USA)

Year 2 (or optional Year in USA)

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

* to take this module, you must choose Actuarial Modelling 1 from the previous list
** to take this module, you must choose Statistical Distributions and Inference from the previous list

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 School, 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 Study Abroad Unit.

The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science 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 four 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

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

+ should not be chosen if wishing to take equivalent module in the final year
* not available if Business Microeconomics was taken in year 1

Then choose three option modules (or two if you chose Business Project above) from:

+ should not be chosen if wishing to take equivalent module in the final year
* only available if Financial Mathematics was chosen from the previous list
** not available if Business Macroeconomics was taken in year 1

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 three option modules from:

+ not available if equivalent module taken in year 3

Then choose two option modules from:

+ not available if equivalent module taken in year 3

Plus your Mathematics 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.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are great: 94% of our Mathematics students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (Which? University 2019)

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

The academic staff in the department have written or edited dozens of books and publish regularly in major national and international journals. Where other people only get to read what our experts think, you will be working directly with them, learning from them in lectures and questioning them in seminars.

Our School operates an Open Door policy, meaning you can access support when you need it.

Mathematics at Leicester

Studying the proofs behind what she learned at A-level, Amrin found her course challenging but fun.

Reading list

See the types of texts you might read, over the summer, to get a feel for the course and arrive prepared and ready to go.

View a reading list for Mathematics degrees

Teaching and learning

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.

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: 31% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
  • Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 2: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 3: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

Final year: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 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.

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