BSc Mathematics with Placement Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Lay the foundations of a rewarding career with mathematics at its base by undertaking an undergraduate degree at Manchester and having a placement year in industry. We offer a highly flexible degree programme, ensuring you obtain a strong all-round mathematical knowledge while at the same time encouraging you to focus on the areas that appeal most. 

You will cover core topics in the first year, developing your capacity to learn and apply mathematical ideas.  In the second year you then choose two from three themes: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics, along with other optional units such as Programming with Python.  You will understand the significance and power of mathematics, and will acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the mathematical topics that any employer would expect of a maths graduate.

After your first two years, you can choose the areas that interest you most and, from second year onwards, you can even select options from other subject areas. In your final taught year, you can opt to take on a staff-supervised mathematical project.

Between your second and third years is the time to do your year placement. Securing a year placement will involve applying for opportunities that interest you. You will be supported in doing this through guidance on what to consider, how to make effective applications, regular updates on live placement offers, presentations from employers looking for placement students and support from students who have returned from placement to the Department . This is your opportunity to gain invaluable work experience, learn more about the workplace and, ultimately, make informed career choices after graduation.

Mathematics has a rich history at Manchester - our £40 million purpose-built Alan Turing Building, the home of mathematics at Manchester, is named after just one of our famous names - and you could be part of its bright future.

 

Aims

  • You will develop a firm all-round mathematical knowledge, and have the opportunity to experience more specialised results, methods and ideas. You may be able to apply some of these skills in the workplace whilst on year placement.

  • We offer a choice of courses from other disciplines and from a wide variety of mathematics options, allowing you to graduate with finely-honed skills in your chosen areas.

  • You can pursue whichever areas of mathematics interest you most; after your first two years you can choose your lecture courses from a widening range of options.

Special features

Options and flexibility

Our highly flexible single-honours degree programme offers you the widest choice of options - ideal if you are mathematically gifted and wish to keep your options open. You can choose courses from other disciplines and from a range of maths options. The year placement element is not compulsory, and you can decide not to do this if you wish, or if you are unable to secure a placement.

Close community and small-group teaching

Working in the Alan Turing Building fosters a real sense of community, as does our focus on small-group teaching - especially in first year. The Department of Mathematics is also home to a number of student societies,  MathSoc , MUDSS (The Data Science Society) and the Actuarial Society where you can meet like-minded students.

Strong links with employers

You can benefit from our excellent links with a range of employers, forged through various careers events and opportunities to meet alumni, in particular with your employer during the year placement.

Teaching and learning

Most teaching is in lectures, with various support classes (example classes, small-group tutorials or sessions in one of the computer clusters) 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 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 a project) are assessed entirely by your submitted work during the semester. The class of your degree is normally based on only your last two years' work.

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 MATH11022 20 Mandatory
Real Analysis MATH11112 10 Mandatory
Mathematical Foundation & Analysis MATH11121 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Problem Solving MATH11221 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Vector Calculus MATH11411 10 Mandatory
ODEs and Applications MATH11422 20 Mandatory
Probability I MATH11711 10 Mandatory
Statistics I MATH11712 10 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
Managing My Future MATH20040 0 Mandatory
Mathematical Communication and Group Projects MATH20062 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Introduction to AI COMP24011 10 Optional
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics EDUC22001 20 Optional
Science & the Modern World HSTM10221 10 Optional
Principles of Mathematical Modelling MATH20521 10 Optional
Programming with Python MATH20621 10 Optional
Introduction to Financial Mathematics MATH20912 10 Optional
Metric Spaces MATH21111 10 Optional
Rings & Fields MATH21112 10 Optional
Groups and Geometry MATH21120 20 Optional
Numerical Analysis 1 MATH24411 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MATH24412 10 Optional
Partial Differential Equations & Vector Calculus MATH24420 20 Optional
Linear Regression Models MATH27711 10 Optional
Stochastic Processes MATH27712 10 Optional
Probability and Statistics 2 MATH27720 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10042 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Philosophy PHIL10122 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20141 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

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
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation BMAN20792 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Management of Knowledge and Innovation BMAN30010 20 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics EDUC22001 20 Optional
Theories of Equity in Education EDUC30652 20 Optional
Educational Leadership EDUC34752 20 Optional
Independent Study and Technical Explanations EEEN31001 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today HSTM31212 10 Optional
Double Project MATH30000 20 Optional
Mathematics Education MATH30002 10 Optional
Project (Semester One) MATH30011 10 Optional
Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
Linear Analysis MATH31002 10 Optional
Fractal Geometry MATH31042 10 Optional
Topology MATH31051 10 Optional
Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
Commutative Algebra MATH32012 10 Optional
Coding Theory MATH32031 10 Optional
Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32052 10 Optional
Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
Combinatorics and Graph Theory MATH32091 10 Optional
Mathematical Logic MATH33021 20 Optional
Complex Analysis&Applications MATH34011 20 Optional
Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34031 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35002 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
Mathematical Biology MATH35031 10 Optional
Methods of Applied Mathematics MATH35041 20 Optional
Mathematics of a Finite Planet MATH35062 10 Optional
Symmetry in Geometry and Nature MATH35082 10 Optional
Matrix Analysis MATH36001 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis 2 MATH36022 10 Optional
Problem Solving by Computer MATH36031 10 Optional
Convex Optimization MATH36062 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
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30011 10 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20141 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 54 course units for year 3

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