Dealing with quantitative data, mathematics is a subject that is vital to our everyday lives. Not only have mathematical equations answered questions and revealed facts we were unaware of before, but as the discipline develops and adapts, so do our discoveries. As a student of mathematics, you will be at the forefront of the new evolutions of the field, and will be able to take your knowledge and skills into whatever employment you choose to pursue.
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The accreditation of a degree in mathematics will depend on the institution you choose to study at. It will also be influenced by the level you are studying at. At undergraduate level, you are likely to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), or an integrated Master of Mathematics (MMath). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £8,000
An undergraduate degree will provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the main areas of mathematics. You might study modules on pure and applied mathematics, calculus, algebra, and statistics. The majority of undergraduate courses will be designed to suit students who may not have a wide ranging experience of mathematics, as well as those students who have well developed mathematics skills. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, and you might be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement module. Depending on your course, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, and mathematical projects.
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will be on more complex and specialist areas of mathematics, covering traditional subjects, as well as the more contemporary areas of mathematics. Modules and specialisms might include computational mathematics, quantum physics, theoretical fluid dynamics, and operational research. Assessment methods can include written work, group projects, and a major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in mathematics will depend on where you choose to study, as well as the level of study you are applying for. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in mathematics and further mathematics, with some institutions accepting other quantitative subjects, such as physics, or other science subjects. If you do not have a strong background in mathematics, but can show that you are passionate about the subject area, some universities may still consider your application. You can display this through your personal statement or an interview. For a postgraduate degree course, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAA-A*AB with an A in Mathematics
- UCAS Points - 144 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - Mathematics or Further Mathematics
- Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Mathematics graduates will have many career opportunities available to them. The most popular destinations for graduates of mathematics is to work within quantitative roles. If you choose to work in a role directly related to mathematics, you might want to work as an accountant, a banker, an actuarial analyst, a teacher, or a statistician. If you wish to work in a role not directly related to mathematics, you might choose to work as an engineer, a business analyst, an intelligence analyst, or management consultancy.
Throughout your degree, you will have gained a wide variety of transferable skills that you will find useful in many different industries. Studying mathematics will develop your analytical and quantitative skills. As well as these, you gain skills such as problem solving, time management, collection and presentation of data, and management of budgets and plans.