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Queen's University Belfast

Applied Mathematics and Physics

UCAS Code: GFC3

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A*,A,B

Mathematics at grade A/A* and Physics at grade B. A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Successful completion of IB Diploma Programme with 36 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics and Physics.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

Mathematics and Physics at grade H2.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics required. Offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Mathematics

Physics

Mathematics is the universal language of science, and a beautiful subject in itself. It is a discipline which also has important applications in industry and commerce, and well-qualified mathematicians and statisticians are in great demand, with a wide choice of careers, making Mathematics an excellent choice as a degree subject. Mathematical Studies at Queen's encompasses three subject areas: Applied Mathematics; Pure Mathematics; Statistics and Operational Research (SOR) In each, the ideas that have been encountered at school are extended and new areas are introduced. It is important to appreciate that what may be understood as either Pure or Applied Mathematics from school experience will differ from the University experience. For this reason, amongst others, Mathematics students usually study both Pure and Applied Mathematics in the first year, with Statistics being a likely third component. Queen's offers several different degree programmes involving Mathematics, and there are two types of degree available within these programmes - the three-year BSc and the four-year MSci.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£4,030
per year
International
£18,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,030
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen's University Belfast

Department:

School of Mathematics and Physics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Mathematics
81%
med
Physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

96%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B
430

Physics

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B
420

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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