BSc Mathematics with a Foundation Year

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Studying with us means that you will benefit from internationally recognised, research-led teaching and a high academic staff/student ratio. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of mathematics and great career prospects (86% of our graduates were in work or study within six months), whether you specialise in pure maths, applied maths, or a mix of topics.

The Foundation Year enables those who don’t meet our traditional entry requirements to study mathematics, providing an introduction to the fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques that you’ll need during the degree.

The majority of learning will take place in small classes that provide you with quality contact time with our world class lecturers – we were ranked 7th in the UK for the quality of our research outputs (REF 2014).

Overview

This Foundation Year course gives you access to a degree in Mathematics, without the need to meet our traditional entry requirements.

Mathematics is one of the most fundamental and important disciplines you can study, so it’s crucial that higher maths education is available to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding – whether you’re a mature student looking for a career change or someone leaving education without the standard A-levels needed to go straight into a BSc.

The foundation year focuses on the essential concepts, techniques and knowledge you’ll need to progress onto studying mathematics at a higher level – including basic algebra, notation and calculus – and students who demonstrate the necessary skills will continue on to a full BSc Mathematics degree.

Who can apply?

The Foundation Year is open to anyone who wants to study Mathematics and can demonstrate their suitability for the course. We interview all applicants for the Foundation Year to get to know your situation, and the decisions we make are based on contextual criteria such as work experience, educational background and personal circumstances.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to apply, contact our enquiries team to ask for advice.

Mathematics at UEA

At UEA, we combine academic rigour with a supportive community so that our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff can guide students through this fascinating subject.

We pride ourselves on the personal attention our students receive, keeping seminar groups to a small size and ensuring the relationships between staff and students are really strong.

We’re experts in a number of cutting-edge topics and the quality of our research output is ranked 7th in the UK (REF 2014).

The course

The course is structured over four years, beginning with a Foundation Year that introduces basic concepts in Mathematics alongside some optional modules in other Sciences. You’ll need to pass this year before progressing onto the full BSc, which then follows the same structure as our standard degree.

Year two builds on the fundamentals of Year one with a set of compulsory modules that cover the basic tenets of advanced mathematical study: algebra, calculus, set theory, probability, analysis and mechanics.

Years three and four then allow for much greater personalisation with a huge range of optional modules covering everything from fluid dynamics and cryptography to meteorology and accounting. You’ll also have the chance in these final years to complete an individual research project that allows you to apply your newly acquired skills to a problem of your choice.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year consists of two modules in ‘Basic Mathematics’ and one ‘Advanced Mathematics’ module that lay the technical foundations for the following years. We introduce you to fundamental theorems, standard notation and core themes like algebra and calculus. These compulsory modules are supplemented by some optional modules in other related sciences like Physics, Computing or Chemistry to give you an introduction to other disciplines that utilise mathematical techniques.

Year 2

Building on your foundation year, the second year develops calculus and other topics you might already be familiar with, such as mechanics and probability. Modules on linear algebra and analysis introduce you to important new ideas which will be essential in the following years. A module on problem solving skills also encourages you to develop ways of tackling unfamiliar problems and provides an opportunity for group working.

Year 3

The third year combines compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules introduce you to exciting applications of mathematics such as fluid flow and aerodynamics, alongside developing your understanding of the theoretical underpinning of modern mathematics.

In addition to optional modules such as statistics, which is available every year, we offer four specialist topics each year. These topics are updated annually: recent topics offered include quantum mechanics, mathematical modelling, cryptography and topology. There is the flexibility to complement your studies by taking a module in another subject such as business, computing or accounting, which will be lectured by another School in the University.

Year 4

In the final year of your degree programme there are no compulsory modules. There is wide a choice of modules covering topics in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics as well as modules on the history of mathematics and the theory of teaching mathematics. As in year two, if desired you are able to study a complementary subject lectured by another School in the University.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used in different modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Most mathematics modules are assessed 80% by examination and 20% by coursework. The coursework component is made up of problems set from an example sheet, to be handed in, marked and returned together with solutions. For some modules there are also programming assignments and/or class tests.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED MATHEMATICS

The module extends material beyond Basic Mathematics I and Basic Mathematics II, and takes some topics from the equivalent of the Further Maths A-level syllabus. Simple common sets, notions of mathematical rigour and proof by induction, ideas of function such as f(x)=(ax+b)/(cx+d) for curve sketching, including identifying asymptotes. Trig-functions and trig identities, including graph sketching aided by the derivative as the slope of a curve. The hyperbolic functions. Maclaurin series expansions. Matrices and determinants (2x2 and 3x3) and their link with vector-cross-product, and examples of matrix-transformations of the plane and of space. Once integration is being covered in Basic Maths II, some first-order differential equations for modelling. E.g. a car decelerating within a breaking distance; a body falling with air-resistance. Second-order equations may be treated, time-permitting , e.g. either damped simple harmonic motion, or the beam equation.

MTHB3003B

20

BASIC MATHEMATICS I

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard. The module covers functions, polynomials, quadratics, trigonometry and differential calculus and an introduction to integration. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.

MTHB3001A

20

BASIC MATHEMATICS II

Brings students up to the standard needed to take first year Mathematics degree courses. The module covers trigonometric functions, integral calculus, complex numbers, vectors.

MTHB3002B

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTING 1

This module is designed to provide an introduction to computing by covering a wide range of topics that are fundamental to computing science. The binary system and logic is covered. This is followed by an introduction to algorithms, computer architecture and machine code.

CMP-3002A

20

FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTING 2

This module follows on from Foundations of Computing 1 and covers a further range of topics that are fundamental to computing science. Areas of study such as website design using HTML and CSS, and database design using PHP and MySQL are covered.

CMP-3006B

20

FURTHER BIOLOGY

This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.

BIO-3001B

20

FURTHER CHEMISTRY

A course in chemistry intended to take students to A level standard. The module involves laboratory work. The module is reserved for students on the Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Environmental Science and Mathematics Foundation Years.

CHE-3003B

20

FURTHER PHYSICS

This course follows on from Introductory Physics and continues to introduce the fundamental principles of physics and uses them to explain a variety of physical phenomena.

PHY-3010B

20

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.

BIO-3002A

20

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

A first module in chemistry reserved for students on Science Faculty degrees with a Foundation Year and Medicine with a Foundation Year. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

CHE-3004A

20

INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS

A first course in physics for students who do not have an A level in this subject.

PHY-3011A

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CALCULUS AND MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

(a) Complex numbers. (b) Vectors. (c) Differentiation. Taylor and Maclaurin series. (d) Integration: Applications: curve sketching, areas, arc length. (e) First-order, second-order, constant coefficient ordinary differential equations. Reduction of order. Numerical solutions using MAPLE. Partial derivatives, chain rule. (f) Line integrals. Multiple integrals, including change of co-ordinates by Jacobians. Green's theorem in the plane. (g) Euler type and general linear ODEs. (h) Divergence, gradient and curl of a vector field. Scalar potential and path independence of line integral. Divergence and Stokes' theorems. (i) Introduction to Matlab.

MTHA4005Y

40

LINEAR ALGEBRA

In the first semester we develop the algebra of matrices: Matrix operations, linear equations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization and geometric aspects. This is followed in the second semester by vectors space theory: Subspqaces, basis and dimension, linear maps, rank-nullity theorem, change of basis and the characteristic polynomial.

MTHA4002Y

20

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING, MECHANICS AND MODELLING

STUDENTS FROM YEARS 2 OUTSIDE SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS CAN TAKE THIS MODULE IF THEY HAVE ALREADY TAKEN MTHA4005Y, MTHB4006Y OR ENV-4015Y AND HAVE NOT TAKEN MTHB4007B. The first part of the module is about how to approach mathematical problems (both pure and applied) and write mathematics. It aims to promote accurate writing, reading and thinking about mathematics, and to improve students' confidence and abilities to tackle unfamiliar problems. The second part of the module is about Mechanics. It includes discussion of Newton's laws of motion, particle dynamics, orbits, and conservation laws. This module is reserved for students registered in the School of Mathematics or registered on the Natural Sciences programme.

MTHA4004Y

20

REAL ANALYSIS

This module is concerned with the mathematical notion of a limit. We will see the precise definition of the limit of a sequence of real numbers and learn how to prove that a sequence converges to a limit. After studying limits of infinite sequences, we move on to series, which capture the notion of an infinite sum. We then learn about limits of functions and continuity. Finally, we will learn precise definitions of differentiation and integration and see the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

MTHA4003Y

20

SETS, NUMBERS AND PROBABILITY

Basic set-theoretic notation, functions. Proof by induction, arithmetic, rationals and irrationals, the Euclidean algorithm. Styles of proof. Elementary set theory. Modular arithmetic, equivalence relations. Countability. Probability as a measurement of uncertainty, statistical experiments and Bayes' theorem. Discrete and continuous distributions. Expectation. Applications of probability: Markov chains, reliability theory.

MTHA4001Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

ALGEBRA

We introduce groups and rings, which together with vector spaces are the most important algebraic structures. At the heart of group theory in Semester I is the study of symmetry and the axiomatic development of the theory, groups appear in many parts of mathematics. The basic concepts are subgroups, Lagrange's theorem, factor groups, group actions and the Isomorphism Theorem. In Semester II we introduce rings, using the Integers as a model and develop the theory with many examples related to familiar concepts such as substitution and factorisation. Important examples of commutative rings are fields, domains, polynomial rings and their quotients.

MTHA5003Y

20

ANALYSIS

This module covers the standard basic theory of the complex plane. The areas covered in the first semester, (a), and the second semester, (b), are roughly the following: (a) Continuity, power series and how they represent functions for both real and complex variables, differentiation, holomorphic functions, Cauchy-Riemann equations, Moebius transformations. (b) Topology of the complex plane, complex integration, Cauchy and Laurent theorems, residue calculus.

MTHA5001Y

20

DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND APPLIED METHODS

(a) Ordinary Differential Equations: solution by reduction of order; variation of parameters for inhomogeneous problems; series solution and the method of Frobenius. Legendre's and Bessel's equations: Legendre polynomials, Bessel functions and their recurrence relations; Fourier series; Partial differential equations (PDEs): heat equation, wave equation, Laplace's equation; solution by separation of variables. (b) Method of characteristics for hyperbolic equations; the characteristic equations; Fourier transform and its use in solving linear PDEs; (c) Dynamical Systems: equilibrium points and their stability; the phase plane; theory and applications.

MTHA5004Y

20

FLUID DYNAMICS - THEORY AND COMPUTATION

(a) Hydrostatics, compressibility. Kinematics: velocity, particle path, streamlines. Continuity, incompressibility, streamtubes. Dynamics: Material derivative, Euler's equations, vorticity and irrotational flows. Velocity potential and streamfunction. Bernoulli's equation for unsteady flow. Circulation: Kelvin's Theorem, Helmholtz's theorems. Basic water waves. (b) Computational methods for fluid dynamics; Euler's method and Runge-Kutta methods and their use for computing particle paths and streamlines in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional flows; numerical computation and flow visualisation using Matlab; convergence, consistency and stability of numerical integration methods for ODEs. (c) Theory of Irrotational and Incompressible Flows: velocity potential, Laplace's Equation, sources and vortices, complex potential. Force on a body and the Blasius theorem. Method of images and conformal mappings.

MTHA5002Y

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

It introduces the essential concepts of mathematical statistics deriving the necessary distribution theory as required. In consequence in addition to ideas of sampling and central limit theorem, it will cover estimation methods and hypothesis-testing. Some Bayesian ideas will be also introduced.

CMP-5034A

20

TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS

This module is an optional Year long module. It covers two topics, Lagrangian Systems and Special Relativity, one in each semester. Lagrangian Systems involves reformulation of problems in mechanics allowing solution of problems such as the osci llation of a double pendulum. Some discussion of Hamiltonian systems will also be included. Special Relativity is concerned with changes in time and space when an observer is moving at a speed close to the speed of light.

MTHF5200Y

20

TOPICS IN PURE MATHEMATICS

This module provides an introduction to two selected topics within pure mathematics. These are self-contained topics which have not been seen before. The topics on offer for 2017-18 are the following. Topology: This is an introduction to point-set topology, which studies spaces up to continuous deformations and thereby generalises analysis, using only basic set theory. We will begin by defining a topological space, and will then investigate notions like open and closed sets, limit points and closure, bases of a topology, continuous maps, homeomorphisms, and subspace and product topologies. Computability: This is an introduction to the theoretical foundation of computability theory. The main question we will focus on is "which functions can in principle (i.e., given unlimited resources of space and time) be computed?". The main object of study will be certain devices known as unlimited register machines (URM's). We will adopt the point of view that a function is computable if and only if i is computable by a URM. We will identify large families of computable functions and will prove that certain naturally occurring functions are not computable.

MTHF5100Y

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED STATISTICS A

This is a module designed to give students the opportunity to apply statistical methods in realistic situations. While no advanced knowledge of probability and statistics is required, we expect students to have some background in probability and statistics before taking this module. The aim is to teach the R statistical language and to cover 3 topics: Linear regression, and Survival Analysis.

CMP-5017B

20

DYNAMICS AND VIBRATION

ENG-5004B

20

ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS

This module gives an introduction to important topics in physics, with particular, but not exclusive, relevance to chemical and molecular physics. Areas covered include optics, electrostatics and magnetism and special relativity. The module may be taken by any science students who wish to study physics beyond A Level.

PHY-4001Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (2)

Introduction to Business is organised in thematic units across semesters 1 and 2, aiming to provide a platform for understanding the world of management and the managerial role. The module explores the business environment, key environmental drivers and functions of organisations, providing an up-to-date view of current issues faced from every contemporary enterprise such as business sustainability, corporate responsibility and internationalisation. There is consideration of how organisations are managed in response to environmental drivers. To address this aspect, this module introduces key theoretical principles in lectures and seminars are designed to facilitate fundamental study skills development, teamwork and practical application of theory. By the end of this module, students will be able to understand and apply key concepts and analytical tools in exploring the business environment and industry structure respectively. This module is for NON-NBS students only.

NBS-4008Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (2)

This module provides a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. The module assumes no previous study of accounting. It may be taken as a standalone course for those students following a more general management pathway or to provide a foundation to underpin subsequent specialist studies in accounting. This module is for NON-NBS students only.

NBS-4010Y

20

INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMICS

This is a compulsory module for all ECO students and it is a prerequisite for later economic modules. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental principles, concepts and tools of macroeconomics and to apply these to a variety of real world macroeconomic issues. There is some mathematical content - you will be required to interpret linear equations and solve simple linear simultaneous equations. The module will introduce students to core macroeconomic indicators such as income, inflation, unemployment and the stance of the balance of payments. Thus, focussing predominantly on the short-run, the module will consider: (1) models for equilibrium in the goods market and the money market, (2) applications of such models to discuss the role of fiscal and monetary policy, (3) the trade-off between inflation and unemployment, and (4) the role of expectations in macroeconomic analysis.

ECO-4006Y

20

INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS

This is a compulsory module for all ECO students and it is a prerequisite for later economic modules. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental principles, concepts and tools of microeconomics. The aim of the module is apply these to a variety of real world economic issues. There is some mathematical content - you will be required to interpret linear equations, solve simple linear simultaneous equations and use differentiation. The module is primarily concerned with: (1) the ways individuals and households behave in the economy; (2) the analysis of firms producing goods and services; (3) how goods and services are traded or otherwise distributed - often but not exclusively through markets; and (4) the role of government as provider and/or regulator.

ECO-4005Y

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-5020B

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. This module explores energy, mechanics, physical properties of Earth materials and their relevance to environmental science using examples from across the Earth's differing systems. The formation, subsequent evolution and current state of our planet are considered through its structure and behaviour - from the planetary interior to the dynamic surface and into the atmosphere. Plate Tectonics is studied to explain Earth's physiographic features - such as mountain belts and volcanoes - and how the processes of erosion and deposition modify them. The distribution of land masses is tied to global patterns of rock, ice and soil distribution and to atmospheric and ocean circulation. We also explore geological time - the 4.6 billion year record of changing conditions on the planet - and how geological maps can used to understand Earth history. This course provides an introduction to geological materials - rocks, minerals and sediments - and to geological resources and natural hazards.

ENV-4005A

20

Students will select 60 - 120 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES

We provide techniques for a wide range of applications, while stressing the importance of rigor in developing such techniques. The calculus of Variations includes techniques for maximising integrals subject to constraints. A typical problem is the curve described by a heavy chain hanging under the effect of gravity. We develop techniques for algebraic and differential equations. This includes asymptotic analysis. This provides approximate solutions when exact solutions can not be found an6d when numerical solutions are difficult. Integral transforms are useful for solving problems including integro-differential equations. This unit will include illustration of concepts using numerical investigation with MAPLE.

MTHD6032B

20

ADVANCED STATISTICS

This module covers two topics in statistical theory: Linear and Generalised Linear models and also includes Stochastic processes. The first two topics consider both the theory and practice of statistical model fitting and students will be expected to analyse real data using R. Stochastic processes including the random walk, Markov chains, Poisson processes, and birth and death processes.

CMP-6004A

20

CRYPTOGRAPHY

Cryptography is the science of coding and decoding messages to keep them secure, and has been used throughout history. While previously only a few people in authority used cryptography, the internet and e-commerce mean that we now all have transactions that we want to keep secret. The speed of modern computers means messages encrypted using techniques from just a few decades ago can now be broken in seconds; thus the methods of encryption have also become more sophisticated. In this module, we will explore the mathematics behind some of these methods, notably RSA and Elliptic Curve Cryptogrphy.

MTHD6025A

20

DYNAMICAL METEOROLOGY

Dynamical meteorology is a core subject on which weather forecasting and the study of climate and climate change are based. This module applies fluid dynamics to the study of the circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. The fluid dynamical equations and some basic thermodynamics for the atmosphere are introduced. These are then applied to topics such as geostrophic flow, thermal wind and the jet streams, boundary layers, gravity waves, the Hadley circulation, vorticity and potential vorticity, Rossby waves, and equatorial waves. Emphasis will be placed on fluid dynamical concepts as well as on finding analytical solutions to the equations of motion.

MTHD6018B

20

FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM

This module looks at the Mathematics developed in attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem: that there are no natural number solutions to xn+yn=zn when n>2, This begins with Fermat's method of infinite descent, together with the property that any integer can be factorized uniquely into primes. However, to go beyond very small values of n, we must look at extensions of the integers, where unique factorization fails. Everntually, using tools from Abstract Algebra (rings and ideals) we will see Kummer's proof for so-calle regular primes n.

MTHD6024B

20

FLUID DYNAMICS

Fluid dynamics has wide ranging applications across nature, engineering, and biology. From understanding the behaviour of ocean waves and weather, designing efficient aircraft and ships, to capturing blood flow, the ability the understand and predict how fluids (liquids and gasses) behave is of fundamental importance. This Module considers mathematical models of fluids, particularly including viscosity (or stickiness) of a fluid. Illustrated by practical examples throughout, we develop the governing differential Navier-Stokes equations, and then consider their solution either finding exact solutions, or using analytical techniques to obtain solutions in certain limits (for example low viscosity or high viscosity).

MTHD6020A

20

MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY

Mathematics finds wide-ranging applications in biological systems: including population dynamics, epidemics and the spread of diseases, enzyme kinetics, some diffusion models in biology including Turing instabilities and pattern formation, and various aspects of physiological fluid dynamics.

MTHD6021A

20

MATHEMATICAL LOGIC

The subject analyses symbolically the way in which we reason formally, particularly about mathematical structures. The ideas have applications to other parts of Mathematics, as well as being important in theoretical computer science and philosophy. We give a thorough treatment of predicate and propositional logic and an introduction to model theory.

MTHD6015A

20

THEORY OF FINITE GROUPS

Group theory is the mathematical study of symmetry. The modern treatment of this is group actions and these are a central theme of this course. We will begin with permutation groups, group actions and the orbit-stabilizer theorem with many applications. This is followed by a discussion of the Sylow theorems, the class equations and an elementary theory of p-groups. Further topics include the theorem of Jordan and Hoelder, solvable groups and simple. Simplicity of finite and infinite alternating groups.

MTHD6014A

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS

We trace the development of mathematics from prehistory to the high cultures of old Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Valley of Ind, through Islamic mathematics onto the mathematical modernity through a selection of results from the present time. We present the rise of calculus from the first worsk of the Indian and Greek mathematicians differentiation and integration through at the time of Newton and Leibniz. We discuss mathematical logic, the ideas of propositions, the axiomatisation of mathematics, and the idea of quantifiers. Our style is to explore mathematical practice and conceptual developments in different historical and geographic contexts.

MTHA6002B

20

MATHEMATICS PROJECT

MTHA6005Y

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-6004A

20

THE LEARNING AND TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the study of the teaching and learning of mathematics with particular focus to secondary and post compulsory level; to explore theories of learning and teaching of mathematical concepts typically included in the secondary and post compulsory curriculum and to explore mathematics knowledge for teaching. This module is recommended for anyone interested in Mathematics teaching as a career or, indeed, for anyone interested in mathematics education as a research discipline.

EDUB6014A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students who have selected EDUB6014A from Option Range B cannot select EDUB6006A

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED STATISTICS A

This is a module designed to give students the opportunity to apply statistical methods in realistic situations. While no advanced knowledge of probability and statistics is required, we expect students to have some background in probability and statistics before taking this module. The aim is to teach the R statistical language and to cover 3 topics: Linear regression, and Survival Analysis.

CMP-5017B

20

CHILDREN, TEACHERS AND MATHEMATICS

Learning Outcomes: This module aims to introduce students to key issues in mathematics education, particularly those that relate to the years of compulsory schooling. Specifically in this module we: Introduce the mathematics curriculum and pupils' perception of, and difficulties with, key mathematical concepts; Discuss public and popular culture perceptions of mathematics, mathematical ability and mathematicians as well as address ways in which these perceptions can be modified; Outline and discuss specific pedagogical actions (focused on challenge and motivation) that can be taken as early as possible during childrens' schooling and can provide a solid basis for pupils' understanding and appreciation of mathematics. By the end of the module you will be able to: Gain understanding of key curricular, pedagogical and social issues that relate to the teaching and learning of mathematics, a crucial subject area in the curriculum; Reflect on pedagogical action that aims to address those issues, particularly in the years of compulsory schooling; Be informed and able to consider the potential of persuing a career in education, either as a teacher, educational professional or researcher in education with particular specialisation in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Assessment: Written Assignment 40% 3000 words Mini Project 60% 4500 words

EDUB6006A

20

DYNAMICS AND VIBRATION

ENG-5004B

20

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

This module is about the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting. This includes an examination of current and legal professional requirements as they relate to limited liability companies in the UK. Large UK companies report using International Financial Reporting Standards and therefore international reporting issues are considered.

NBS-5002Y

20

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

The module aims to develop students' understanding of the theory and practice of management accounting. It develops underpinning competencies in management accounting and builds on topics introduced in the first year. It extends comprehension of the role and system of management accounting for performance measurement, planning, decision making and control across a range of organisations. Additionally, it introduces recent developments in management accounting practice, particularly those which underpin its growing strategic role.

NBS-5007Y

20

MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

It introduces the essential concepts of mathematical statistics deriving the necessary distribution theory as required. In consequence in addition to ideas of sampling and central limit theorem, it will cover estimation methods and hypothesis-testing. Some Bayesian ideas will be also introduced.

CMP-5034A

20

METEOROLOGY II

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module includes a major summative coursework assignment based on data collected on a UEA meteorology fieldcourse in a previous year.

ENV-5009B

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences fieldcourse.

ENV-5016A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-5020B

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SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

This module brings an understanding of how science is disseminated to the public. Students on the module will be made aware of the theories surrounding learning and communication. They will investigate science as a culture and how this culture interfaces with the public. Students will examine case studies in a variety of different scientific areas. They will look at how information is released in scientific literature and how this is subsequently picked up by the public press. They will gain an appreciation of how science information can be used to change public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted. Students will also learn practical skills by designing, running and evaluating a public outreach event at a school or in a public area. Students who wish to take this module will be required to write a statement of selection. These statements will be assessed and students will be allocated to the module accordingly.

BIO-6018Y

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SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). This module explores the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy.

ENV-5017B

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TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS

This module is an optional Year long module. It covers two topics, Lagrangian Systems and Special Relativity, one in each semester. Lagrangian Systems involves reformulation of problems in mechanics allowing solution of problems such as the osci llation of a double pendulum. Some discussion of Hamiltonian systems will also be included. Special Relativity is concerned with changes in time and space when an observer is moving at a speed close to the speed of light.

MTHF5200Y

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TOPICS IN PURE MATHEMATICS

This module provides an introduction to two selected topics within pure mathematics. These are self-contained topics which have not been seen before. The topics on offer for 2017-18 are the following. Topology: This is an introduction to point-set topology, which studies spaces up to continuous deformations and thereby generalises analysis, using only basic set theory. We will begin by defining a topological space, and will then investigate notions like open and closed sets, limit points and closure, bases of a topology, continuous maps, homeomorphisms, and subspace and product topologies. Computability: This is an introduction to the theoretical foundation of computability theory. The main question we will focus on is "which functions can in principle (i.e., given unlimited resources of space and time) be computed?". The main object of study will be certain devices known as unlimited register machines (URM's). We will adopt the point of view that a function is computable if and only if i is computable by a URM. We will identify large families of computable functions and will prove that certain naturally occurring functions are not computable.

MTHF5100Y

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)

Entry Requirement

All applicants are required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Applicants who have been in continuous education are required to hold a level 3 qualification even if they meet the contextual criteria with regard to the GCSE's.

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.

or

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.

or

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.

or

  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year your GCSEs were taken - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

When writing your personal statement it is advisable to reference the contextual data you meet. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year. 

Course Open To

UK and EU students only.
  • A Level The typical offer for student studying A-levels with be CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC or 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma.
  • BTEC MMM. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 60% overall

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

Contextual Criteria
We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:
•    You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.
or
•    You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.
or
•    You have been in Local Authority Care.
or
•    You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year you achieved your GCSEs.  If you completed your GCSEs in 2016 onwards we will refer to Progress 8 data.   - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

 

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. (For FY’s Only – delete as necessary) Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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