G103 Mathematics MMath Undergraduate 2019
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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 (10)
- Differential equations and vector calculus (10)
- 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, Actuarial Mathematics and Special Relativity & 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 twenty 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 three. Some but not all of these modules follow on from options in year three, 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.
This opportunity is available in the BSc Mathematics (European Studies) and MMath (European Studies) degrees.
Up-to-date details for each programme are available online at www.durham.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/undergraduate/degrees
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Learning and Teaching
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 four 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 programme 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
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note our offers consist of:
- Suitable performance on the University’s Admission Test (*) in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level or equivalent (A* for either), together with grade A in a third A level or equivalent
- Alternatively, grades A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level or equivalent, together with grade A in a third A level or equivalent
- Alternatively, 1 in any STEP in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level or equivalent (A* for either) together with grade A in a third A level or equivalent
- Alternatively, suitable performance on the University’s Admissions Test (*) in addition to grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Further Mathematics at AS level or equivalent, and to two further A levels at grade A.
- We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.
- Typical IB score 38 to include 776 or 766 in higher level subjects. Higher level subject requirements apply, see above
- 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
- Please consult the University website for required evidence of English language proficiency
- 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.
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