Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a broad range of degree courses, with about 580 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students.
There are over 30 academic staff with a wide variety of research interests in both pure and applied mathematics. Principal research areas are nonlinear mathematics and its applications, geometric analysis, mathematical biology, spectral theory and waves, stochastic analysis, mathematical physics, fluid mechanics and materials modelling.
The difference between BSc and MMath
Our undergraduate courses are designed to ease the transition from school to university level mathematics. The extended course leading to a Master's degree (MMath) is for students seeking a broader and deeper study of mathematics than is possible within three years.
All BSc courses are available as three-year full-time or four-year sandwich courses; the MMath degree is available as a four-year full-time course or a five-year sandwich course.
The award-winning Mathematics Learning Support Centre is available at two locations on campus for students to get help with mathematics. As well as giving access to a wide variety of printed and online resources, a member of academic staff is available in the Centre for four hours each day to provide one-to-one help.
All of our courses are available as either full-time or sandwich courses, with the sandwich course including an extra year spent on professional training in an industrial, commercial or research establishment. Good relations have been established with companies including; GL Noble Denton, Ernst & Young, IBM, Aston Martin Lagonda, ICI, Hitachi and GSK. For full details of Industrial Placements, see individual course pages.
If you choose one of our sandwich courses, an alternative to professional training is a year spent studying at a university in another country through a student exchange scheme, leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).
We currently have exchange agreements with universities in the following countries: France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lithuania, Australia, Canada.
Opportunities include actuarial work (which involves application of probability and statistics), computing (particularly systems analysis and programming), financial work (accountancy, insurance, banking etc), management (which might involve operational research, a branch of applied mathematics), engineering (for example mathematical modelling and simulation in a design team), scientific research, design and development (perhaps using numerical methods and other techniques of advanced applied mathematics), statistical work (for example, Government departments) and teaching and lecturing.
Recent employment destinations include: Rolls-Royce – Graduate Engineer; Certegy - Risk Analyst; Bank of America - Treasury Sales Analyst; British Gas – Data Analyst.
See www.mathscareers.org.uk for more on career prospects for maths graduates.