G103 Mathematics MMath Undergraduate 2021
Please note: 2020-21 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Summaries of course-specific changes resulting from the impact of Covid-19 will be provided to applicants during August 2020.
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|Mode of study||Full Time|
|Typical Offers||A Level|
|Please also check Requirements and Admissions.|
|Contextual Offers||You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.|
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The MMath is a four-year degree in Mathematics. It offers a good basis for a wide range of employment, including a career as a professional mathematician or statistician in industry or if you wish to go on to do research in the higher education sector. You will spend one-third of your final year on project work, and consequently be able to study in depth a topic in which you are particularly interested.
Specific module availability may change slightly but currently, the structure is as follows.
The first year consists of 100 compulsory Mathematics credits:
- Analysis (20)
- Linear Algebra (20)
- Calculus (20)
- Programming (10)
- Dynamics (10)
- Probability (10)
- Statistics (10)
Together with a further 20 credits which can be chosen from:
- Discrete Mathematics (20)
- Any other available Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences modules (subject to prerequisites and timetabling).
In the Mathematics modules, topics that may be familiar from A level (or equivalent) are expanded and developed to help you adjust to university life, provide a sound foundation for your Mathematics degree and enable you to make informed choices when picking modules from second year onwards.
In the second year, you will choose six Maths modules.
You will take two compulsory modules:
- Complex Analysis
- Analysis in Many Variables.
Together with modules from a range which includes:
- Numerical Analysis
- Statistical Concepts
- Mathematical Physics
- A combination of two shorter courses on a wide range of mathematical topics – Elementary Number Theory, Probability, Mathematical Modelling, Geometric Topology, Monte Carlo, Actuarial Mathematics, and Special Relativity and Electromagnetism.
At this stage, you can begin to specialise in areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability although you can also maintain a wide range of options for the third year.
In the third year you choose six from a wide choice of around 20 modules covering a variety of topics in areas such as algebra, geometry, topology, applied mathematics, mathematical physics, statistics and probability, together with options including Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Biology and Mathematics Teaching. Many of these topics are closely linked to and informed by current research.
In the fourth year, you take a double module project, giving you the opportunity to investigate a mathematical topic of interest. You will produce a written report and poster and give a short presentation. This develops your research and communication skills which are very important for future employment or postgraduate studies. You also choose four taught modules from a wide variety of topics as in Year 3. Some but not all of these modules follow on from options in Year 3, allowing you to both advance and broaden your mathematical expertise approaching research level.
We are a part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We have links with universities where courses are taught in French, German, Italian and Spanish – currently in Berlin, Bochum, Bologna, Chambery, Duisberg, Fribourg, Granada, Mons and Strasbourg. Admission to any of our partner universities via the Erasmus programme is contingent upon admittance by the host institution, availability of places, suitable modules in the corresponding academic year, and renewal of requisite exchange agreements.
You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.
Course Learning and Teaching
Most of the teaching in mathematics consists of 50-minute lectures (12 per week on average) in which lecturers will derive theorems and work through examples, constructing arguments piece by piece and in real time, developing strategies and motivation. The best way to learn Maths is to actually do it, by working through problems in tutorials and assignments, so in the first two years lectures are supplemented by tutorials, which are held in groups of about 12 in the first year and 16 in the second. They are informal and provide an opportunity to raise any questions you may have. You will have at least three per week during each of the first two years. Problems are set in lectures on a weekly basis, and your marked solutions may form the topic of discussion in a tutorial or problem class. You will be encouraged to work with other students, and to make use of the University's library and computing resources.
For an honours degree at Durham, you take the equivalent of six single modules each year, each with two lectures a week (apart from the project and teaching modules).
In the first year five of your modules will cover core material. These form the bedrock of your University education, and range over a wide variety of topics. We recognise that our first year class is not homogeneous; there are different A level syllabuses, and some students have non A level qualifications. Our first year courses have been designed with this in mind. Consequently we aim to fill gaps and consolidate previous knowledge during a good deal of the first term although you should find even familiar material presented in an interesting and more sophisticated way.
There are two core modules in the second year. For the remainder of your time you have the opportunity to choose those areas of Mathematics and Statistics which appeal to you most. You can begin to specialise, or if you prefer, study a wide range of subjects.
In the third and fourth year the MMath degree offers a very wide choice of modules, with the last year providing more breadth and depth. Also in the fourth year you will take a double module consisting of a substantial project which allows you to treat a particular mathematical topic in depth and, in many cases, come close to the frontiers of current research. Typically the projects are organised around weekly small group meetings with lecturers and involve presentations and poster design as well as the writing of a detailed dissertation.
We aim to encourage you to develop independence and self-motivation. For that reason we concentrate our tutorial support in the first two years and in the project module, however help and advice is always available from lecturers. You will also have an advisor assigned to you throughout your time with us who can be relied on for help, in particular in choosing your path through the many modules available.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A level offer – A*A*A–A*AA.
Suitable performance in the University Admission Tests TMUA or MAT or 1 in any STEP will lead to the lower A*AA offer (A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, either way round plus A in any other A level or equivalent). Otherwise the standard offer is A*A*A (A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus A in any other A level or equivalent).
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*D*D – D*DD and A level requirements as above.
IB Diploma score – 38 with 776 or 766 in higher level subjects.
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note our offers consist of:
- We strongly encourage applicants to sit the University’s Admissions Test (*) if it is available to them, as we give a high weighting in our selection process to evidence of ability in Mathematics.
- We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors.
- If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
- We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry, although we advise you to make sure that you take steps to maintain your level of mathematical expertise.
(*) The University uses a national Admission Test in Mathematics (TMUA), in conjunction with the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT). Test results will be sent by the CAAT directly to students at the end of November, and all information concerning the Test (including whether it was taken at all) will be provided to us by the applicants on an entirely voluntarily basis: suitable performance will entitle the applicant to the reduced A*AA offer. Taking part in the TMUA can therefore only increase the chances of receiving an offer. More information can be found on the Mathematics Department website, on the CAAT website and in most schools nationwide. (Schools that currently administer STEP and MAT will be automatically registered).
Science A levels
Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.
English Language requirements
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Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£23,400.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£23,400.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.
The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.
Scholarships and funding
The overall aim of our honours mathematics programmes is to train our students as members of the community of professional mathematicians. Our programmes aim to develop students' capacity for critical thinking, problem-solving and independent learning, which will enable our students to meet a variety of challenges. We seek to develop both the generic and subject-specific skills required to equip our students to pursue a range of careers.
Opportunities for students to develop their understanding of mathematics as a professional practice and to prepare for work are not only provided by the formal degree programme. The department works closely with its students through the undergraduate MathSoc to attract exciting external speakers for its undergraduate colloquium programme.
Attributes gained from a Durham University degree include critical thinking, an analytical approach and ability to reason with information; alongside experience in building relationships and leading teams. These skills are put into daily practice in Professional Services and is why, year on year, we return to Durham University to recruit such talented individuals into our Firm.
Of those students that left in 2017:
- 87% of Mathematical Sciences leavers secured employment and/or have gone to further study within 6 months of graduating
Of those in employment:
- 93% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £28,500
Of those in further study:
- 93% are in graduate level study
(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations)
A significant number of Mathematical Sciences students progress onto higher level study following their degree. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue higher level research, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions including Bath, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Leeds and Sheffield. Others take a different route and pursue postgraduate programmes in related and non- related areas such as statistics, financial management, I.T software, environment/ conservation and teaching .
We have found Durham students to be adaptable, eager to learn and probably most important, able to get on with people very easily
Employability development opportunities
- Careers presentations Presentations are delivered within the Department for the whole range of students, from the first year to penultimate and final year undergraduates.
- Employability skills workshops These are delivered by employers on a range of skills related topics to give you the best chance of success in your internship and graduate job applications. More information is available here.
- Student led activities The department encourages and initiates student led careers activities. They include the invitation of external speakers in the undergraduate colloquium as well as relevant workshops (recently on interview and assessment training and presentation skills). There is also a web page on careers created by students.
- Careers information online A DUO resource has been created with information for undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff. There are also forums for students to discuss experiences and for the department to publicise vacancies and opportunities.
- Departmental advisors As part of their general advice to students, departmental careers advisors encourage students to plan for their future careers, and can help students needing additional support who are encouraged to attend 1:1 Careers interviews.
- Careers Centre website This is a very useful resource which details the full range of services available, along with excellent tips and advice to help you investigate the range of careers available.
Durham University Mathematical Sciences graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and employment sectors. The public, and private sectors are all represented with graduates entering professions such as Accountancy, Actuarial Consultancy, Tax Adviser, Software Engineering, Teaching , Retail Management, Investment Analyst, Insurance, Operations Research, Statistician, Recruitment Consulting, Armed Services Officer and Public Health Information Analyst.
Examples of high profile recent employers include Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, RAF, Mars, NHS, HMRC Lane Clark & Peacock, Co-operative Group, BT, Deloitte.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
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Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays
Discover Durham Tours
Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.
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We offer stimulating, flexible and intellectually satisfying degrees. Whether you are looking for a Single Honours degree, or
Whether you are looking for a Single Honours degree, or wish to combine Mathematics with other subjects, Durham University offers a distinct blend of high-quality teaching and research along with excellent facilities and a stimulating environment for your studies. Whichever degree you choose, you will benefit from research-led education by experts in a wide variety of fields across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability.
- 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
- 4th in The Complete University Guide 2020.
In addition to the large collection of mathematics books in the Bill Bryson Library, the college libraries may also have copies of recommended texts. The Department also provides a great deal of support material online and students are welcome to discuss any mathematical questions with their lecturers and tutors.