BSc Mathematics with a Modern Language

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc (Honours)
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
 We typically accept the following results at GCE A level:

A* (Mathematics) A (French/German/Spanish) A to A (Mathematics) A (French/German/Spanish) A

A-level Further Maths is preferred but not essential. Those offering Further Maths are more likely to receive the AAA offer.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
We make contextual data offers to students who are  eligible .  This is likely to be A (Maths) AB (including chosen language).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

36 points overall.  6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects to include 6 in HL Maths and 6 in your chosen language ie French, German or Spanish at Higher Level.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
No data available.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
G1R9
UCAS institution code
M20

Course description

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This four-year joint-honours degree programme develops your language skills (in French, German or Spanish) whilst you train as a mathematician. The third year of your studies is spent overseas, either at a university studying mathematics, or improving your language on an approved course, or undertaking approved paid work (in a school for instance). During your three years in Manchester, you study mathematics and your chosen language in the ratio 2:1

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Department of Mathematics offers scholarships for academically excellent students from the UK and around the world; further details can be found on the Department's website .

Contact details

Department
Department of Mathematics
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5803
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/maths
School/Faculty overview

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

 We typically accept the following results at GCE A level:

A* (Mathematics) A (French/German/Spanish) A to A (Mathematics) A (French/German/Spanish) A

A-level Further Maths is preferred but not essential. Those offering Further Maths are more likely to receive the AAA offer.  Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.  This is likely to be made explicit in any offer you receive.

Duration of A-level study

If you either sat your examinations early or followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years, your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course.If you have studied an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact us for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall.  6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects to include 6 in HL Maths and 6 in your chosen language ie French, German or Spanish at Higher Level.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers.  In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers A (Maths) A (French/German/Spanish) A in one more subject are normally required.

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels (Maths and chosen language) to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Pearson BTEC qualifications

You will need a grade A in A level Mathematics and a grade A in either French/German/Spanish A level (or equivalent).  A BTEC qualification with grade D*/D may be accepted in lieu of a third A level qualification.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry to this course.

We do not consider legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3). The 45 credits at Level 3 to be at Distinction (to include seven specific Maths units). Applications are considered on an individual basis. For further information on the specific units required please contact the Department of Mathematics. In addition, you will need a grade A in A level French, German or Spanish (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

A typical offer would be D3 (Mathematics), D3 (French or German or Spanish) and D3 in one additional subject.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

Core Maths is not accepted for entry onto our courses.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact us. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact us.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language grade C or better , or 4 or better;
  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0 (and no component less than 6.0), or; 
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

Please note that if you hold English as a second language IGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your IGCSE than the one stated above.  Please contact us for clarification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting department. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the department to which you applied as soon as possible.

Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Once your application has been received it will be considered, on merit, by Department of Mathematics admissions staff. A number of factors are considered including your reference and whether you are likely to meet our entrance requirements.  In addition, we will look at your personal statement to see the nature and extent of your interest in Mathematics.  We are also keen to hear about your interests, hobbies, extra-curricular experiences, work experience and career aspirations and how these have prepared you for success on your chosen course.

Interview requirements

Many of our applicants are invited to attend a visit day.  During this visit, you will have an interview with an academic member of staff.  The visit will also provide an opportunity to look round the Department and the University, and to get some insight into what it is like to be a Mathematics student in Manchester.  Applicants invited to a visit day will be provided with further details about the day at the time.

Aptitude test requirement

Some applicants may be required to come to the Department of Mathematics to sit an aptitude test in Mathematics

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

This four-year joint-honours degree programme develops your language skills (in French, German or Spanish) whilst you train as a mathematician. The third year of your studies is spent overseas, either at a university studying mathematics, or improving your language on an approved course, or undertaking approved paid work (in a school for instance). During your three years in Manchester, you study mathematics and your chosen language in the ratio 2:1

Special features

  • Generous entrance scholarships are available.
  • Small group teaching is a significant part of first year.
  • Wide range of options is available in the final year.
  • All undergraduate students have affiliate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Teaching and learning

Most teaching takes the form of lectures, with various support classes (example classes, small group tutorials, seminars or sessions in one of the computer clusters or language laboratories) to help you get to grips with the material, exploring topics and working on examples set by the lecturers.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units have some continual assessment (which may be, for instance, a combination of homework, essays and in-class tests), which is put together with the result of an end-of-semester examination to provide the final mark. Some course units (such as the project) are assessed entirely by your submitted work during the semester. The class of your degree is normally based on only your work in the second and fourth years.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Linear Algebra B MATH10212 15 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Real Analysis B MATH20111 10 Mandatory
Complex Analysis MATH20142 10 Mandatory
Algebraic Structures 1 MATH20201 10 Mandatory
Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus B MATH20411 10 Mandatory
Probability 2 MATH20701 10 Mandatory
French Language 5 FREN51050 20 Optional
The German Language Today GERM20221 20 Optional
German Language 4 GERM51040 20 Optional
Japanese Language 5 JAPA51051 20 Optional
Japanese Language 6 JAPA51062 20 Optional
Metric Spaces MATH20122 10 Optional
Calculus of Several Variables MATH20132 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 2 MATH20212 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MATH20502 10 Optional
Classical Mechanics MATH20512 10 Optional
Principles of Mathematical Modelling MATH20522 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis 1 MATH20602 10 Optional
Programming with Python MATH20621 10 Optional
Random Models MATH20712 10 Optional
Foundations of Modern Probability MATH20722 10 Optional
Statistical Methods MATH20802 10 Optional
Discrete Mathematics MATH20902 10 Optional
Introduction to Financial Mathematics MATH20912 10 Optional
Russian Language 4 RUSS51040 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
Spanish Language 5 SPLA51050 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 27 course units for year 2

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
French Language 6 FREN51060 20 Optional
German Language 5 GERM51050 20 Optional
Double Project MATH30000 20 Optional
Mathematics Education MATH30002 10 Optional
Project (Semester One) MATH30011 10 Optional
Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
Fractal Geometry MATH31042 10 Optional
Topology MATH31052 10 Optional
Riemannian Geometry MATH31082 10 Optional
Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
Commutative Algebra MATH32011 10 Optional
Coding Theory MATH32032 10 Optional
Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32051 10 Optional
Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
Combinatorics and Graph Theory MATH32091 10 Optional
Mathematical Logic MATH33011 10 Optional
Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34032 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
Mathematical Biology MATH35032 10 Optional
Symmetry in Geometry and Nature MATH35082 10 Optional
Matrix Analysis MATH36001 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis II MATH36022 10 Optional
Problem Solving by Computer MATH36032 10 Optional
Convex Optimization MATH36061 10 Optional
Martingales with Applications to Finance MATH37001 10 Optional
Markov Processes MATH37012 10 Optional
Statistical Inference MATH38001 10 Optional
Time Series Analysis MATH38032 10 Optional
Medical Statistics MATH38072 10 Optional
Regression Analysis MATH38141 10 Optional
Multivariate Statistics and Machine Learning MATH38161 10 Optional
Generalised Linear Models MATH38172 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Russian Language 5 RUSS51050 20 Optional
Spanish Language 6 SPLA51060 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 39 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

The Department of Mathematics offers scholarships for academically excellent students from the UK and around the world; contact the department for more details.

What our students say

It's such a fantastic experience to live in another country, and really immerse yourself in a different lifestyle. (Isobel McKenzie, BSc Mathematics with a Modern Language)

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics is based in the brand new, purpose built £40 million Alan Turing Building, set at the heart of the University Campus.  Students benefit from extensive facilities for computing and study, relaxation and refreshment, in an attractive, light and comfortable environment.  Computing: The Department of Mathematics has a number of computer clusters that run the standard software as well as powerful mathematical and statistical software, such as Matlab, Minitab and Mathematica.  All our students have free access to email and the internet.  Other larger clusters are available in the University libraries and clusters are situated in most Halls of Residence; most student rooms also have Ethernet connection.  Library: You will have access to the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, one of the largest and best-equipped libraries in the UK.  A special section of this library provides a short loan facility, where you can reliably obtain textbooks that are recommended for particular courses and borrow them on an overnight basis.  The Department of Mathematics also houses a mathematical library of more advanced books and other material used mainly by research students and staff.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The study of Mathematics develops skills and knowledge which are of value in a wide variety of professions. A Mathematics degree is a good preparation for any area of employment requiring people who can think clearly and logically. The main areas of employment are finance, industry, computing (including operational research), management, administration, statistics, teaching (schools and colleges) and postgraduate study.

Many of our graduates have pursued careers in finance in firms including KPMG, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Barclays and Deutsche Bank.

A substantial number of previous graduates have undertaken further programmes of study such as MSc in Maths, Applied Maths, Finance, Business, Management and Computer Science.  Some have gone on to train as teachers.

The Department of Maths puts significant emphasis on careers and holds a number of events throughout the year. These include talks, workshops and networking sessions.

We also host the annual Calculating Careers Fair.  This takes place in early October each year and is attended by a large number of international graduate recruiters.  Previous attendees have included Amazon, Amec, Barclays, BP, BT, Credit Suisse, GCHQ, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RBS, Teach First and Deloitte.  This fair is a great opportunity for students to network with a number of graduate employers early in their academic careers.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society so that, on graduation, you are automatically eligible to apply for their Graduate Statistician (GradStat) award. This is transcript based and dependent on certain modules having been taken. A Second Class honours or above is required.