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Studying with us means that you’ll 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 from the wide range of optional modules we offer.

This four-year programme offers advanced study of mathematics preparing you for either further study or a career beyond university. Your lectures are complemented by small-group teaching that provides 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 prestigious four-year Master of Mathematics programme allows you to develop your interests in pure and applied mathematics, and in greater depth of study than a three-year programme.

One of the advantages of studying with us is that we offer a great deal of flexibility in what you can study, enabling you to specialise in either pure or applied mathematics, or a combination of these topics. Apart from engaging in study of essential mathematical theory and technique, you will also have the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project in the final year, allowing you to experience the challenge of independent study and discovery. Furthermore this helps you to develop skills that are essential for many future career paths, including experience of report writing and oral presentation.

If you finish your studies with distinction you may want to join our active group of postgraduate students, as the programme is also excellent preparation for a career in research, either in industry or in a university. However research is just one pathway out of the wide range of challenging careers open to Master of Mathematics students.

Course Structure

The first two years run in parallel with the three-year BSc programme, before more specialised content is covered in the third and fourth year. In these final two years you will learn advanced principles through a huge range of optional subjects, as well as undertaking an independent project.

Year 1
In the first year you will undertake a set of compulsory modules to consolidate a broad knowledge of mathematical disciplines, primarily algebra and calculus. This is supplemented by classes on the applications of mathematics, problem solving and analysis. The skills you gain from these courses will be revisited throughout the degree and should help inform your future module choices.

Year 2
The modules on offer to you are the same as those available on the BSc programme.
As you progress into your second year, you will continue to learn essential algebraic principles through compulsory modules whilst taking a selection of optional modules to suit your personal interests. The optional modules offered change each year but for instance you may choose to study the theory of special relativity or take a cryptography module to see how number theory studied elsewhere can be applied to the theory of coding. In addition, you will be introduced to mathematical software which will be invaluable in your individual fourth year MMath project.

Year 3
At this stage there are no compulsory modules and you will choose 6 modules from a range of approximately 15 offered. Each year the particular topics on offer vary to mirror the research interests of our lecturers. By this stage we anticipate that you will have found the areas of mathematics which most appeal to you, and you will use this year to focus on these topics, laying the foundations for a successful final-year research project.

Year 4
You will undertake a substantial individual project during your final year, working under the close supervision of a lecturer whose expertise matches your subject. Each of the lecturers proposes project titles covering a very wide range of current mathematical research, but many of our students come up with their own topics in conjunction with one of our lecturers. Recent topics have ranged from “The Mobius function of Finite Groups” to “The Aerodynamics of Golf Balls” (a topic suggested by the student). The project is assessed through a written report as well as a short oral presentation to lecturers and fellow Masters students on your findings. For the remainder of your final year, you will choose from a range of Master’s-level modules that explore topics such as lie algebra, fluid structure interaction and mathematical biology. The topics on offer typically change every year.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are applied across the different mathematics 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. In Year 4, the research project makes up one-third of the final assessment.

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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CALCULUS AND MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

MTHA4005Y

40

LINEAR ALGEBRA

MTHA4002Y

20

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING, MECHANICS AND MODELLING

MTHA4004Y

20

REAL ANALYSIS

MTHA4003Y

20

SETS, NUMBERS AND PROBABILITY

MTHA4001Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

ALGEBRA

MTHA5003Y

20

ANALYSIS

MTHA5001Y

20

DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND APPLIED METHODS

MTHA5004Y

20

FLUID DYNAMICS - THEORY AND COMPUTATION

MTHA5002Y

20

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

Name Code Credits

MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

CMP-5034A

20

TOPOLOGY AND COMPUTABILITY

MTHF5029Y

20

QUANTUM MECHANICS AND SPECIAL RELATIVITY

MTHF5030Y

20

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

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED STATISTICS A

CMP-5017B

20

DYNAMICS AND VIBRATION

ENG-5004B

20

ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS

PHY-4001Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (2)

NBS-4008Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (2)

NBS-4010Y

20

INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMICS

ECO-4006Y

20

INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS

ECO-4005Y

20

METEOROLOGY I

ENV-5008A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

CMP-5020B

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

ENV-4005A

20

Students will select 80 - 120 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED STATISTICS

CMP-6004A

20

DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY

MTHE6030A

20

DYNAMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

MTHE6007B

20

ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

MTHE6010A

20

FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS

MTHE6026B

20

FLUID STRUCTURE INTERACTION

MTHE6013B

20

REPRESENTATION THEORY

MTHD6016B

20

SEMIGROUP THEORY

MTHE6011A

20

SET THEORY

MTHE6003B

20

WAVES

MTHE6031A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS

MTHA6002A

20

MATHEMATICS PROJECT

MTHA6005Y

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

ENV-6004A

20

THE LEARNING AND TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS

EDUB6014A

20

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

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

ENV-5004B

20

CHILDREN, TEACHERS AND MATHEMATICS

EDUB6006A

20

CLIMATE SYSTEMS

ENV-6025B

20

COMBINATORICS AND FURTHER LINEAR ALGEBRA

MTHF5031Y

20

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

EDUB5012A

20

KNOWLEDGE SCIENCE AND PROOF FOR SECOND YEARS

PPLP5175B

20

MATHEMATICAL MODELLING

MTHF5032Y

MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

CMP-5034A

20

METEOROLOGY I

ENV-5008A

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

ENV-5016A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

CMP-5020B

20

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

BIO-6018Y

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

ENV-5017B

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Please note that CMP-6004A Advanced Statistics or equivalent is a prerequisite for CMP-7017Y.

Name Code Credits

MATHEMATICS DISSERTATION

MTHA7029Y

40

MMATH PROJECT

CMP-7017Y

40

Students will select 80 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GRAPH THEORY WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7005A

20

MATHEMATICAL LOGIC WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7015A

20

DYNAMICAL METEOROLOGY WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7018B

20

FLUID DYNAMICS WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7020A

20

MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7021A

20

CRYPTOGRAPHY WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7025B

20

MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7032B

20

FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHD7033B

20

GALOIS THEORY WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

MTHE7004B

20

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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including A in Mathematics or ABB including A in Mathematics and B in Further Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Mathematics at 6 and one other HL subject at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including A in Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including A in Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 at Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics
  • BTEC Only accepted alongside A-level Mathematics
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 85% in Mathematics

Entry Requirement

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

Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted.

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 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 academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3

International Foundation in Mathematics with Actuarial Science FMA 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students 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.

  • A Level AAB to include an A in Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 6 in Mathematics and HL 6 in one other subject. 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 BBC to include a B in Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1 and 2 subjects at H2, to include grade A or H1 in Higher Level Mathematics.
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDM in a relevant subject plus A-level Mathematics at Grade A. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall to include at least 85% in Mathematics.

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.  

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 meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also 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 requirement. Please contact us for further information.

 

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

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515