Mathematics BSc (Hons)

UCAS code G100 BSC/MATH

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About this course 2018/19

Mathematics is the language of our data-driven society. Mathematics graduates understand the world in a special way, and their skills are in high demand. According to a report by the Council for Mathematical Sciences, demand is still rising, giving graduates access to a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers boasting excellent salaries.

Our Mathematics degree will build your analytical and quantitative skills, as well as develop you into a problem solver and a flexible thinker. You will explore the elegance of pure mathematics, apply your theories, use computers to solve mathematical equations and cultivate a strong modelling instinct to translate everyday problems into mathematics. Our Mathematics degree also includes the use of modern software, training on how to present your work professionally and learning to articulate how you have come to your conclusion.

Our approach works well with our students and employers, and our Mathematics graduates have gone on to work at Intel, NHS, the financial industry (including Accenture, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble), UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions, Government Statistical Service, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. We have an Employer Advisory Board to ensure our course content is 100% relevant (members include Hewlett Packard and PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

In your final year, you can specialise in areas such as financial mathematics, cryptography, medical statistics or fluid dynamics and will dig even deeper with a specialist project. Recent specialist projects have investigated the volatility of shares, ocean modelling, mathematical modelling of cancer, kidney transplant survival data, and Bayesian modelling of Premier League results.

There are opportunities to do a work placement year as part of your mathematics course. This is a great way to help build your confidence in essential skills and gain valuable first-hand experience in the workplace. Undertaking a work placement year can help you to stand out to graduate recruiters. Our students have taken up placements with Nissan, Lloyds Bank plc and IBM.

In addition, you will have the option of study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, USA, South East Asia and Australia. Studying abroad is a fantastic way to broaden your cultural awareness, gain experience of a different academic environment, and develop a range of personal and professional skills which enhance your employability.

97% of Mathematics students said that Northumbria staff are good at explaining content (National Student Survey, 2016).

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Northumbria University - Maths Department from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from a team of leading mathematicians and statisticians. Our internationally diverse teaching team come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience between them.

You can find out more about our teaching staff and their specific areas of interest and expertise in the staff profiles section.

  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

From the outset, we’ll help you to take responsibility for your own learning as you develop the skills to investigate the frontiers of mathematics and statistics.

You’ll be taught through lectures, classes, seminars and workshops in computer labs where you’ll work with your fellow students, supported by academic staff.

You’ll be able to use the university’s online resources to support your study, including the e-learning portal where you can access course materials and develop discussions with your peers.

We’ll also encourage you to take an independent approach to problem solving and you’ll develop skills in computer programming and data analysis using a range of specialist applications.

At the start of each module, we’ll be really clear about its content and what you should expect to achieve. Assessment will be through a mix of practical and theoretical approaches including coursework and exams and we’ll provide regular and high-quality feedback with every piece of work, as well as throughout the course, to ensure you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Your optional industrial placement will help to reinforce and develop your knowledge and skills, bringing real context to your studies.

 

Learning Environment

We have benefited from a £6.7m investment in STEM facilities (HEFCE teaching capital award 2014–2016) including a mathematical modelling lab and an MMath suite.

Technology will play a big part in your learning and is embedded throughout the course and you will be able to benefit from an extensive range of specialist facilities to support all aspects of your studies.

 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

One of the main aims of the course is to stimulate your scientific curiosity and help you to develop you into a problem solver and a flexible thinker.

Teaching takes place in a research-rich environment and you’ll be gradually introduced to the advanced research methods and processes needed for the construction of new knowledge in mathematics and statistics.

As you progress through your studies, you’ll develop your critical thinking skills and academic rigour and have lots of opportunities to engage with analytical and computational techniques, including your final-year independent project where you’ll be expected to demonstrate your independent research and inquiry skills.

 

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Mathematics is a highly-respected degree and mathematicians and statisticians work across a wide range of disciplines in a variety of sectors.

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with a range of advanced mathematical and statistical skills that are highly valued by employers, as well as advanced IT skills, communication skills and the ability to present complex information in a clear way.

Your research project will require you to apply qualitative and quantitative analysis, form objective judgments, justify and communicate outcomes and contribute to the creation of new knowledge, and these high-level skills will really enhance your employability.

You’ll also have a good understanding of the wider global issues around mathematics, statistics and their applications.

If you choose the option of a sandwich year placement, you’ll also develop project management experience, enhanced technical skills, awareness of business models and a valuable contact network, giving you a real head start in the job market on graduation.

Your Future

We’ll place great emphasis on supporting you to develop the knowledge and skills that employers value the most, including transferable skills such as creative thinking, communication, analysis and IT.

Mathematics graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors, both in the UK and internationally, including the financial sector and public sector, as well as in commerce, industry and teaching.

Our graduates have found employment in the financial, retail, manufacturing and teaching sectors, including Intel, NHS, the financial industry (including Accenture, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble), UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions, Government Statistical Service, BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce, as well as advancing to postgraduate study.

About this course 2019/20

Mathematics is the language of our data-driven society. Mathematics graduates understand the world in a special way, and their skills are in high demand. According to a report by the Council for Mathematical Sciences, demand is still rising, giving graduates access to a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers boasting excellent salaries.

Our Mathematics degree will build your analytical and quantitative skills, as well as develop you into a problem solver and a flexible thinker. You will explore the elegance of pure mathematics, apply your theories, use computers to solve mathematical equations and cultivate a strong modelling instinct to translate everyday problems into mathematics. Our Mathematics degree also includes the use of modern software, training on how to present your work professionally and learning to articulate how you have come to your conclusion.

Our approach works well with our students and employers, and our Mathematics graduates have gone on to work at Intel, NHS, the financial industry (including Accenture, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble), UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions, Government Statistical Service, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. We have an Employer Advisory Board to ensure our course content is 100% relevant (members include Hewlett Packard and PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

In your final year, you can specialise in areas such as financial mathematics, cryptography, medical statistics or fluid dynamics and will dig even deeper with a specialist project. Recent specialist projects have investigated the volatility of shares, ocean modelling, mathematical modelling of cancer, kidney transplant survival data, and Bayesian modelling of Premier League results.

There are opportunities to do a work placement year as part of your mathematics course. This is a great way to help build your confidence in essential skills and gain valuable first-hand experience in the workplace. Undertaking a work placement year can help you to stand out to graduate recruiters. Our students have taken up placements with Nissan, Lloyds Bank plc and IBM.

In addition, you will have the option of study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, USA, South East Asia and Australia. Studying abroad is a fantastic way to broaden your cultural awareness, gain experience of a different academic environment, and develop a range of personal and professional skills which enhance your employability.

97% of Mathematics students said that Northumbria staff are good at explaining content (National Student Survey, 2016).

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Northumbria University - Maths Department from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from a team of leading mathematicians and statisticians. Our internationally diverse teaching team come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience between them.

You can find out more about our teaching staff and their specific areas of interest and expertise in the staff profiles section.

  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

From the outset, we’ll help you to take responsibility for your own learning as you develop the skills to investigate the frontiers of mathematics and statistics.

You’ll be taught through lectures, classes, seminars and workshops in computer labs where you’ll work with your fellow students, supported by academic staff.

You’ll be able to use the university’s online resources to support your study, including the e-learning portal where you can access course materials and develop discussions with your peers.

We’ll also encourage you to take an independent approach to problem solving and you’ll develop skills in computer programming and data analysis using a range of specialist applications.

At the start of each module, we’ll be really clear about its content and what you should expect to achieve. Assessment will be through a mix of practical and theoretical approaches including coursework and exams and we’ll provide regular and high-quality feedback with every piece of work, as well as throughout the course, to ensure you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Your optional industrial placement will help to reinforce and develop your knowledge and skills, bringing real context to your studies.

 

Learning Environment

We have benefited from a £6.7m investment in STEM facilities (HEFCE teaching capital award 2014–2016) including a mathematical modelling lab and an MMath suite.

Technology will play a big part in your learning and is embedded throughout the course and you will be able to benefit from an extensive range of specialist facilities to support all aspects of your studies.

 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

One of the main aims of the course is to stimulate your scientific curiosity and help you to develop you into a problem solver and a flexible thinker.

Teaching takes place in a research-rich environment and you’ll be gradually introduced to the advanced research methods and processes needed for the construction of new knowledge in mathematics and statistics.

As you progress through your studies, you’ll develop your critical thinking skills and academic rigour and have lots of opportunities to engage with analytical and computational techniques, including your final-year independent project where you’ll be expected to demonstrate your independent research and inquiry skills.

 

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Mathematics is a highly-respected degree and mathematicians and statisticians work across a wide range of disciplines in a variety of sectors.

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with a range of advanced mathematical and statistical skills that are highly valued by employers, as well as advanced IT skills, communication skills and the ability to present complex information in a clear way.

Your research project will require you to apply qualitative and quantitative analysis, form objective judgments, justify and communicate outcomes and contribute to the creation of new knowledge, and these high-level skills will really enhance your employability.

You’ll also have a good understanding of the wider global issues around mathematics, statistics and their applications.

If you choose the option of a sandwich year placement, you’ll also develop project management experience, enhanced technical skills, awareness of business models and a valuable contact network, giving you a real head start in the job market on graduation.

Your Future

We’ll place great emphasis on supporting you to develop the knowledge and skills that employers value the most, including transferable skills such as creative thinking, communication, analysis and IT.

Mathematics graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors, both in the UK and internationally, including the financial sector and public sector, as well as in commerce, industry and teaching.

Our graduates have found employment in the financial, retail, manufacturing and teaching sectors, including Intel, NHS, the financial industry (including Accenture, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble), UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions, Government Statistical Service, BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce, as well as advancing to postgraduate study.

Course info

UCAS Code G100 BSC/MATH

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018 or September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

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