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Mathematics with Mathematics Education

Mathematical Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich G1XH AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time G1X3 AAA 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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NSS 2016

£26,500

average starting salary

92%

graduates in work or further study

Mathematics with Mathematics Education course overview

Have you thought about how you learn mathematics, and about why mathematics is easy or difficult to learn? Do you think there are ways of teaching mathematics that could make it more interesting and more accessible to more people? Perhaps you've even considered becoming a teacher of mathematics yourself. If so, Loughborough's Mathematics with Mathematics Education (MME) course would be an excellent choice for you.

This degree course involves substantial study of rigorous mathematics; 75% of the course is taken up with mathematics modules, which students share with those on other mathematics-based degrees. It thus provides the solid mathematical skills valued by employers across numerous industries.

What distinguishes this degree is the additional opportunity to study psychological and sociological research on the teaching and learning of mathematics, to gain experience of working in a school, and to undertake a substantial education research project in collaboration with a member of academic staff.

This provides excellent preparation for students interested in becoming mathematics teachers, and also for anyone who wishes to broaden their skill set to include critical analysis of the latest research studies, oral debating and presentation skills, and academic report writing.

Facilities

Modules


Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Mathematical Methods 1 & 2
  • Analysis 1 & 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Geometry and Groups
  • Computer Applications in Mathematics
  • Introductory Probability and Statistics
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Numbers
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics
  • Mechanics

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Introduction to Mathematics Education
  • The Use of Technology in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics (replace with Mathematics: Culture and Society)
  • Analysis (Analysis 3)
  • Vector Calculus
  • Fourier Analysis & Partial Differential Equations (Mathematical Methods 3)
  • Complex Variables

Optional modules:

  • Five optional modules chosen from a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Up to two modules taught by other Departments in the University may be included.

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics Education Project
  • Multiple Representations and the Learning of Mathematics
  • Studies in Science Mathematics Education

Optional modules:

Seven optional modules chosen from a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and mathematical physics. Up to two modules taught by other Departments in the University may be included.

Projects and research interests

In the final year, MME students each undertake a substantial individual project. This involves close collaboration with a member of academic staff, and often means that the student can conduct an original research study as part of a research team. Projects are closely tied to the research interests of our academic staff, which fall broadly into two research groups:

Culture, pedagogy and identity:

This group has expertise in the analysis of existing pedagogical practice, in the design and evaluation of novel practices, and in the research-based promotion of teaching development.

MME students undertaking projects in this area might, for instance, develop and test new educational materials, conduct surveys, interviews or focus-group studies on student experiences of mathematics, or assess the effectiveness of educational interventions involving the use of classroom technologies.

Mathematical cognition:

This group conducts research on the psychological processes by which students come to understand mathematical ideas, on numerical cognition in children and adults, and on links between studying mathematics and reasoning skills.

MME students undertaking projects in this area might, for instance, design measures of mathematical skills such as diagram interpretation, investigate relationships between mathematical study and the development of logical reasoning, or conduct eye-tracking studies of expert and novice reading of mathematical text.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


G1XH Mathematics with Mathematics Education - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Mathematics
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus A Level Mathematics at grade A, or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D* plus AA in two A Levels to include Mathematics

G1X3 Mathematics with Mathematics Education - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Mathematics
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus A Level Mathematics at grade A, or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D* plus AA in two A Levels to include Mathematics

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

This course will be highly beneficial when entering industry, business or finance, in any environment or role where you will be expected to use your mathematics through team work and explain your thinking effectively. It will also be of enormous value for those who would like to progress to a career as a mathematics teacher.

Industrial placements

All 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. The academic content of a full-time and a sandwich course is identical.

Satisfactory completion of the professional training in the sandwich course leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

A variety of industrial, commercial and research companies have received our students in recent years and the Department has good relationships established with major employers.

Examples of recent placements include Advantica, Ernst & Young, IBM, Aston Martin Lagonda, ICI, Hitachi and GSK. We are able to assist you to obtain suitable placements but the final responsibility rests with you.

Study abroad

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: Germany, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA.

Our students

George

Course

Mathematics

Department

Mathematical Sciences

Qualifications

MMath (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Heena

Course

Mathematics

Department

Mathematical Sciences

Qualifications

MMath (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: G1XH

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: G1X3