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University of Portsmouth

Mathematics

UCAS Code: G100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including Mathematics.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-52 to include a Principal Subject in Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with Mathematics at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.

112-128 Tariff points to include Advanced Level Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including Mathematics.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Mathematics

**Overview**

If you enjoy solving problems, applying logic to complex issues, and want to learn a skill set valued by many employers, this BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree course is the perfect choice.

You’ll tackle a blend of mathematical theory and practical application, setting yourself up for a career in anything from finance and IT to marketing and government research.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the UK's professional body for mathematicians. This assures employers that you have the skills, experience and professionalism to work as a professional mathematician. It also allows you to become a Chartered Mathematician (CMath) more quickly, with additional experience and study after the course.

92% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

98% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this course you'll:

- Choose modules that match your interests and career ambitions

- Cover topics like statistics, operational research and modelling

- Have access to our computing labs, harnessing powerful hardware and software to unpick complex mathematical problems

- Get training in advanced mathematical and statistical software, such as Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, as well as industry standard statistical and operational research software

- Have the chance to get work experience in the community, such as assisting in local schools

**Careers and opportunities**

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have been on placement with household names, including:

- IBM

- L’Oréal

- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

- Transport for London

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

"The course is really interesting and the lecturers are fantastic – I completed a module based on mathematical ciphers, which was a lot of fun." Pippa Cooke, Mathematics Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Calculus I
Computational Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Foundations
Mathematical Models
Statistical Theory and Methods I

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills
Calculus II
Real and Complex Analysis

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics
Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
Mathematics for Finance
Mechanics and Dynamics
Numerical Analysis
Operational Research
Statistical Theary and Methods II
Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Abstract Algebra
Advanced Analysis
Advanced Decision Modelling
Financial Derivative Pricing
Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
Modern Astrophysics I
Nonlinear Dynamics
Project
Project in Mathematics
Quantitive Supply Chain Management
Statistical Learning
Statistics in Health Research and Social Science
Stochastic Processes
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Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

examinations
written coursework
multiple-choice tests
presentations
mini projects
a major piece of supervised independent work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
Year 3 students: 68% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 30% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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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.

85%
high
Mathematics

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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

93%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£20,821
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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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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