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MMath (Hons) Mathematics

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): G110 (full time); G111 (sandwich)
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Four years full-time, five years with a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

We know that a Master's degree in Mathematics is never an easy option, but it’s a worthwhile journey and one that we’ll support you on every step of the way.

We’ll take your mathematics knowledge to the next level with a wide range of options in statistics and pure and applied mathematics, all taught by our lecturers who are experts in a wide range of topics.

High-powered computing labs, 3D printing and a virtual reality kit – we’ve got all the cutting-edge facilities that get you hands-on and apply your mathematics skills.

You’ll get to use professional, mathematical and statistical software to boost your subject knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills. These are all essential elements when it comes to developing your final year research project which can be based around your interests.

Throughout your course, you’ll study in an informal, supportive environment, and you’ll work closely with the School’s mathematics-related research groups, Applied Mathematics, and Statistical Modelling.

Industry accreditation

All of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, which is our guarantee that this course is current and relevant to the needs of the business. Our close links with the industry mean that, if you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to take up job placements with some of the world’s leading companies. Plus, you’ll acquire specialist skills and knowledge to prepare you for further study and research if that is where your interest lies.

Research scholarships

Every year we offer a number of Mathematics Undergraduate Research Scholarships (MURS), giving successful applicants funding for a 6-8 week placement in one of our research teams. This is a great opportunity for you to further your research interests and contribute to the academic activities of the mathematics department.

More student opportunities

Our students run a Mathematics Society, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in regular events hosted on campus by the local branch of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

  • Top 20 for student satisfaction in Mathematics (National Student Survey, 2022)

Course accreditation

  • Institute of mathematics and its applications logo

What you’ll study

There are approximately 120 places available across our Mathematics cluster of courses. Should your aspirations change during the course, you can opt to graduate after just three years with a BSc (Hons) degree. Our other courses include:

Who will teach me?

  • Dr David Chappell (FHEA) is an applied mathematician, with an interest in fluid and wave problems arising in engineering and industry.
  • Professor Nadia Chuzhanova uses mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to uncover the architectural flaws in the human genome that lead to genomic disorders.
  • Dr Jonathan Crofts (FHEA) has research interests in the areas of network science and dynamical systems and in particular their applications to biology.
  • Dr Tim Hetherington (FHEA) is interested in graph theory and acts as the University Coordinator for the British Combinatorial Committee.
  • Dr Martin Nelson is an applied mathematician, whose work has applications including the modelling of gastrointestinal cancer and carbon capture and storage.
  • Dr Golnaz Shahtahmassebi (FHEA) specialises in the effective analysis and visualisation of data (with application to life sciences including medicine, sport, and physics) using statistical, mathematical, and computational techniques.
  • Dr Colin Wilmott is interested in open quantum systems and the physics of information. Colin is a former recipient of three European research fellowships.

Meet the rest of the team

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and our research interests.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Mathematical Methods

This module aims to consolidate and extend your previous knowledge of calculus and linear algebra, with emphasis on the underlying intuition of the techniques.

Data Analysis

Gain an introduction to important statistical ideas and their application using modern software. You will explore data analysis, probability, statistical inference and statistical modelling.

Introduction to Numerical Methods

Learn about important numerical methods for solving mathematical problems and develop computational skills using specialist mathematical software packages.

Introduction to Abstract Algebra

You will be introduced to the world of rigorous mathematics, as well as the theory to help you learn about the most important algebraic structures; groups and vector spaces.

Vector Algebra and Calculus

Gain a basic knowledge of vector algebra and vector calculus and learn how to apply these techniques to physical situations.

Foundations and Investigations in Mathematics

Develop a range of skills appropriate to conducting open-ended mathematical investigations. Learn about the importance of rigour and techniques of proof in mathematical contexts.

Differential Equations and Modelling

Extend your knowledge of calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, and gain an introduction to difference equations, the eigenproblem and transform methods.

Probability and Statistical Inference

Refine your knowledge of statistical inference and statistical modelling and further develop essential computational and IT skills.

Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations

You will further develop your computational and professional skills and enhance your knowledge of specialist numerical software packages.

Linear Algebra and its Applications

This module will build your conceptual and technical background and, in particular, work on vector spaces will be extended and generalised to linear transformations. You will be introduced to coding theory through the application of linear algebra to linear codes.

Advanced Calculus

Broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in advanced higher calculus to topics including Fourier series, partial differential equations and complex analysis.

Problem Solving

Learn how to select and apply appropriate techniques, and use specialist mathematical and statistical software to help solve open-ended applied problems. Extend your commercial awareness by tackling industrial problems in a professional manner.

Optional year-long work placement.  If you are not taking a placement, you will progress directly to your final year in year three.

Core module

Research Methodology and Ethics

Provides underpinning research skills relevant to independent study and an introduction to the techniques required to formulate a research project and critical review.

Optional modules – choose one module from:

Statistical Modelling

This module will help you to recognise and understand the principal methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and dealing with large, complex datasets.

Linear Systems

You will continue your previous studies in the fields of linear algebra and differential and difference equations.

Optimisation

An optimisation is the art of optimal decision-making under constraints. This module introduces you to optimisation, focussing on the theoretical foundations of the subject, as well as the practical modelling aspects, and the algorithm analysis and design.

Choose one module from:

Differential and Integral Equations

Apply your knowledge of advanced calculus and differential equations to the solution of differential and integral equations.

Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems

Develop your knowledge of numerical methods with an emphasis on numerical optimisation techniques, advanced methods for the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and the application of methods to non-linear problems.

Stochastic Processes

Extend your understanding of probabilistic modelling to include stochastic processes and learn advanced techniques for investigating the behaviour of stochastic processes.

Plus choose one module from:

Applied Statistics

Extends your experience with statistical techniques and methodologies, applying them in a diverse range of industrial and commercial contexts.

Partial Differential Equations

Partial differential equations are an important topic in both pure and applied mathematics.  This topic builds on the introduction given in Advanced Calculus to consider linear partial equations in non-trivial domains and to introduce methods of analysing nonlinear first order partial differential equations.

Graph Theory and Combinatorics

This module provides an introduction to a selection of research-informed topics in pure mathematics and aims to extend and complement ideas introduced in years 1 and 2. It provides a blend of mathematical concepts and techniques that are widely applicable in areas such as data science, operational research, chemistry, engineering, computer science, information technology, statistics, sociology and genetics.

MMath Research Project

You will demonstrate your skills and knowledge by producing a substantial, individual piece of work in mathematics or statistics selected from a list of approved titles and reflecting on the modules you have taken in earlier years.

Plus, choose three modules from:

Cryptography and Quantum Computation

Introduces you to the theory of error-correcting codes and cryptography in facilitating the reliable, efficient and secure communication of information.

Computational Statistics and Data Analysis

Explore topics from computational statistics and statistical models that are relevant to modern applications, with an emphasis on developing a solid conceptual understanding of these methods through applications.

Mathematical Recipes

An introduction to six important theoretical mathematical methods and their wide ranging applications, primarily in physics and engineering.

Topics in Mathematical Biology

Examine the use of differential equations and their application to biological systems. You will study network models for a range of biological processes, including models of drug delivery, tumour growth and multicellular systems.

Applied Statistics

Extends your experience of statistical techniques and methodologies, applying them in a diverse range of industrial and commercial contexts.

Stochastic Processes

Extend your understanding of probabilistic modelling to include stochastic processes and learn advanced techniques for investigating the behaviour of stochastic processes.

Linear Systems

You’ll continue your previous studies in the fields of linear algebra and differential and difference equations.

Partial Differential Equations

This topic builds on the introduction given in Advanced Calculus to consider linear partial equations in non-trivial domains and to introduce methods of analysing nonlinear first-order partial differential equations.

Statistical Modelling

This module will help you to recognise and understand the principal methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and dealing with large, complex datasets.

Graph Theory and Combinatorics

Provides a blend of mathematical concepts and techniques that are widely applicable in areas such as data science, operational research, chemistry, engineering, computer science, information technology, statistics, sociology and genetics.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Fiifi Arthur

Financial Mathematics

I would tell my younger self to be bold and creative in pursuing opportunities through building good relationships.

Stefan Loncar

Financial Mathematics

As a child my dream was always to study in the UK and when the time came to choose a university there was no other option (than NTU) on my mind.

How you’re taught

We want you to graduate with a range of transferable skills, so all of the mathematics modules have two or three assessment components that help you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways. As well as traditional exams and in-class tests, you’ll complete assignments and group projects, and give presentations. In your final year, you’ll also complete your final project with the support of your personal tutor.

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study (67%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (31%) and independent study (69%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

Year 4 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Staff Profiles

James Hind

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

James Hind

Martin Nelson

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr. Martin Nelson is a Senior Lecturer of Applied Mathematics. His research is primarily in the area of Mathematical Biology, including problems of a biomechanical nature and complex multi-faceted biological…

Christian Beardah

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Christian Beardah

Colin Wilmott

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Colin Wilmott

Nadia Chuzhanova

Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Timothy Hetherington

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Timothy Hetherington

How you’re assessed

Year 1 - coursework (28%) and written (72%)

Year 2 - coursework (32%) and written (68%)

Year 3 - coursework (32%) and written (68%)

Year 4 - coursework (42%) and written (58%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

There’s a growing need for skilled mathematicians in all areas of industry. Skills such as numeracy and reasoning, together with the analytical approach to problem-solving that you’ll acquire, are highly sought after by employers.

If you have ambitions to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia, then this course is for you.

After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement in the industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.

Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including:

  • L'Oreal
  • IBM
  • Goodrich Actuation Systems
  • Nomura
  • NHS
  • Next Retail Ltd

They have gone into a wide variety of job roles including:

  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Performance Engineer
  • Business Analyst.

You’ll be actively encouraged and supported by our dedicated placement team who’ll help you find and apply for positions that are right for you. They’ll also provide support while you’re in your place of work, whether that’s home or abroad.

You’ll be assessed throughout the year and at the end of your placement, you’ll write a reflective report and diary. On completion of successful placement, you’ll be eligible to receive an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Placements


NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including DeVere Group, Cooper Parry and Government Statistical Services. They secured varied roles such as Trainee Wealth Assistant, Assistant Bio-statistician and Auditing Assistant.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Find out more about our facilities at NTU

Entry requirements

  • 128 - 136 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications including A-level or equivalent Maths grade C
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.


Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications including A-level or equivalent Maths grade C
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential textbooks, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs. Placement opportunities are available in the UK and overseas.  Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs of approximately £20 - £50. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other

Students will require a basic scientific calculator for use in examinations (e.g. Casio 83 or 85 series, approximately £15).

Tuition fees 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2023 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have the offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential textbooks, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs. Placement opportunities are available in the UK and overseas.  Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs of approximately £20 - £50. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other

Students will require a basic scientific calculator for use in examinations (e.g. Casio 83 or 85 series, approximately £15).

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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