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Our four-year integrated Masters course is ideal if you want to take your studies to the next level and prepare to work in academia or research. Going into greater depth than our three-year BSc programme, it’s a flexible course that allows you to specialise in either pure or applied mathematics, or a combination of the two.

In your final year you’ll take on a substantial research project. This will give you experience in independent study and help develop key career skills such as report writing and oral presentation. So you’ll not only graduate with a deep understanding of mathematics, but with great career prospects too.

At UEA you’ll also benefit from internationally recognised, research-led teaching and a high academic staff to student ratio. Lectures are complemented by small group teaching in your first year and regular workshops in later years, ensuring you get quality contact time with our world-class lecturers.

Overview

Our prestigious four-year Master of Mathematics degree programme will allow you to delve deeper and really develop your interests in pure and applied mathematics.

Our flexible course format will enable you to decide whether you want to focus on pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or a combination of the two. And – as well as engaging in the study of essential mathematical theory and technique – you’ll have the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project in your final year. The project is designed to not only allow you to experience the challenge of independent study and discovery, but to also develop skills are essential to many future careers.

Complete your studies with distinction you may want to join our active group of postgraduate students, as our Masters programme is also excellent preparation for a career in research – either in industry or within a university. And research is just one of the many challenging career paths open to our Master of Mathematics students.

Course Structure

The first two years of our Masters course run in parallel with our three-year BSc programme, with more specialised content being covered in your third and fourth years. 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

The first year will develop your skills in calculus and other topics you may have covered at A-level, such as mechanics and probability. Modules on computation, mathematical skills and how to present mathematical arguments will encourage you to develop ways of tackling unfamiliar problems while also providing an opportunity for group working. And modules on algebra and analysis will introduce important new concepts and ideas, which you will use in following years.  In addition, you’ll be introduced to mathematical software, which will be invaluable in your individual fourth year MMath project. 

Year 2

As you progress into your second year, you will continue to learn essential algebraic principles through compulsory modules while also taking a selection of optional modules to suit your personal interests.

The optional modules on offer change each year but in previous years you could have chosen to study the theory of special relativity, take a module focusing on topology, or see how the mathematical theory you’ve already studied can be applied to meteorology.

Year 3

By year three there are no compulsory modules. Instead you’ll choose six modules from a range of approximately 15 that we offer.

The module topics vary each year, mirroring the research interests of our lecturers. By this stage we anticipate that you will have found the areas of mathematics that most appeal to you, and that you’ll use this year to focus on these topics, laying the foundations for a successful final-year research project.

Year 4

You willundertake a substantial individual project during your final year, working under the close supervision of a lecturer whose expertise matches your chosen subject. Each of our lecturers will propose project titles covering a wide range of current mathematical research, but some of our students choose to devise 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). In order to be assessed, you’ll submit a written report on the project, and you’ll give a short oral presentation on your findings to your lecturers and fellow Masters students.

Besides your individual project, your studies will focus on Master’s-level modules that explore topics such as lie algebra, fluid structure interaction and mathematical biology. As with years two and three, the optional modules offered in your final year usually change every year.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by leading mathematicians in their fields. As well as teaching, our academics are actively involved in research collaborations with colleagues throughout the world, examples from which will be used to illustrate lectures and workshops. In fact, over 87% of our mathematical sciences research outputs were judged as internationally excellent or world-leading (REF 2014), so you can be sure you’ll be learning in the most up-to-date of environments.

New material will usually be delivered through lectures, which are complemented by online notes and workshops, where you’ll focus on working through examples, either individually or in small groups, under the guidance of lecturers and mathematical teaching assistants.

In your first year you’ll have around 16 or 17 hours of timetabled classes per week, comprised of approximately eleven hours of lectures, five or six hours of workshops or computer lab classes, and one tutorial.

In tutorial groups, you’ll work with your academic advisor and the same six or seven students each week. It’s great way to get to know your fellow students and your academic advisor, who will be there to guide you throughout your degree.

Contact hours are similar in your second year, but with a greater emphasis on workshops, because the best way to truly understand complex mathematical theories is to work through examples with the guidance and support of your lecturers.

In your final two years your formal contact hours will be slightly reduced as you become more independent, but there will be increased emphasis on using the office hours of your lecturers for individual feedback and guidance.

Individual Study

Your final year project will of course best exemplify your independent study but, to succeed at university-level mathematics, you’ll need to spend at least as much time on individual study as you spend in classes and workshops throughout your four years. Working through your lecture notes and trying the exercises set will be vital to really understanding the mathematics.

We offer a wide range of feedback to our students. Each lecturer has at least two office hours available each week, giving you the chance to discuss the material in more detail or to get face-to-face feedback on exercises you’ve attempted.

Prior to undertaking formal coursework (which will contribute to your module mark), you’ll submit answers to questions based on similar material for comments from the lecturer. The feedback you receive will then help with your coursework.

Assessment

We employ a variety of assessment methods; the method we use is determined by the module in question. They range from 100% coursework to 100% examination, with most Mathematics modules combining 80% examination and 20% coursework.

The coursework component will be made up of problems set from an example sheet, which will be handed in, marked and returned, together with the solutions. For some modules there are also programming assignments and/or class tests.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Depending on your academic progress, you may be able to transfer onto our Masters of Mathematics with a Year Abroad programme at the end of year one.

After the course

Study with us and you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of mathematics – and with great career prospects. And the experience of previous students suggests that completing a substantial dissertation project is viewed very positively by potential employers.

You could choose to enter one of the professions traditionally associated with mathematics, such as accountancy, banking and finance, statistics and data analysis, and secondary or higher education. Or you could follow other graduates into roles in which logical thought and problem solving are important. These include information technology, engineering, logistics and distribution, central or local government, as well as other business areas. Many of our graduates also choose to continue their studies by going on to a higher degree.

Career destinations

Example of careers that you could enter include:

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Mathematical modeller in industry
  • Accountant
  • Data Scientist
  • Actuary

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

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 to include an A in Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL6 in Mathematics at HL6 in one other subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC to include a B in Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2 and 2 subjects at H3, to include H2 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. Interview 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 including 85% in Mathematics

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language grade C/4 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

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 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 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.

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