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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Overview Mathematics is the universal language of science, and a beautiful subject in itself. It is a discipline which also has important applications in industry and commerce, and well-qualified mathematicians and statisticians are in great demand, with a wide choice of careers, making Mathematics an excellent choice as a degree subject. Mathematical Studies at Queen's encompasses three subject areas: Applied Mathematics Pure Mathematics Statistics & Operational Research (SOR) In each, the ideas that have been encountered at school are extended and new areas are introduced. It is important to appreciate that what may be understood as either Pure or Applied Mathematics from school experience will differ from the University experience. For this reason, amongst others, Mathematics students usually study both Pure and Applied Mathematics in the first year, with Statistics being a likely third component. Queen's offers several different degree programmes involving Mathematics, and there are two types of degree available within these programmes - the three-year BSc and the four-year MSci. BSc Degrees The BSc degrees are available in the following subjects: Mathematics: this degree offers the greatest flexibility and choice among the three subject areas. Mathematics and Computer Science: this is a joint degree which combines these two subject areas. Mathematics and Statistics & Operational Research: this degree contains more emphasis on Statistics and Operational Research. Mathematics with Extended Studies in Europe: this degree is designed for students with an interest in French or Spanish. After two years at Queen's, students spend one year abroad studying Mathematics in their chosen language before returning to Queen's for their final year. Mathematics with Finance: compared with other Mathematics degrees that allow a wide choice of modules,...

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Belfast City (County Antrim)
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· Requirements

Entry Requirements   Selection Criteria In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.  Entrance Requirements BSc options A-level: ABB including Mathematics grade A. *For degrees marked with an asterisk this must include A-level Physics grade B or better. Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in Mathematics BSc Mathematics with Extended Studies in Europe A-level: ABB including Mathematics grade A ...

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What you'll learn on the course

GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Physics

Course programme

Course Content (including module information)

The mathematics programmes at Queen’s offer students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their mathematical interests. We offer a range of modules across the main areas of mathematics: pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics and operational research. Pure Mathematics provides the essential tools used in the increasingly numerate science of today, and is continually developing new ones to solve problems at the forefront of research in many disciplines. Applied Mathematics is concerned with the application of Mathematics to the study of the physical universe, including theoretical physics, as well as the social, industrial and commercial world. Statistics is concerned with deriving sound inferences from data.This may be experimental or observational and obtained from investigations of physical or biological phenomena or from the study of the workings of industry, commerce and society. In all areas, computers are used to obtain accurate numerical solutions to the mathematical problems involved.

The first year, and a sizable fraction of the second year, of the studies is devoted to core mathematics knowledge. During the second, third and (for MSci, students) fourth year, students can choose from a wide range of optional modules. BSc students will carry out an investigation in their third year to gain insight into the practical application of mathematics within a particular context. MSci students will carry out an extended investigation in their fourth year to gain experience of mathematics at the forefront of research.

Level 1

In the first year of study, most Mathematics students choose to take the six modules on offer within Mathematics:

  • Introduction to Calculus and Analysis
  • Introduction to Statistics and Operational Research Mathematical Modelling
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Methods of Statistics and Operation Research

Students on joint pathways (Physics/Computer Science/Finance) will combine a specific selection of these modules with modules taken from the respective department.

The modules at Level 1 lay the foundation for the future study of mathematics, and, through the Mathematical Modelling and Reasoning modules, and the SOR methods module, will also provide insight into how mathematical methods and mathematical thinking relate to real problems.

Level 2

Level 2 completes the mathematical foundations with three core modules for most mathematics students:

  • Linear Algebra and Complex Analysis
  • Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • Analysis

Students can take three optional modules from the following list to start the personalisation of their mathematics study:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Graph Theory
  • Group Theory
  • Linear Models
  • Methods of Operational Research
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Statistical Inference

Students on joint pathways will take at least two modules outside Mathematics, and the Analysis module does not form part of the core.

Level 3

At this level, the BSc and MSci, pathways separate. BSc students take a project module and at least one other module that assists with the development of skills relevant to their chosen programme. For mathematics students, this module is Computer Algebra. MSci, students take on an investigations module, which develops the research skills needed for the extended Level 4 investigation. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of a wide range of mathematical topics, ranging from data mining and financial mathematics to quantum mechanics and algebraic equations.

Module topics include:

  • Algebraic Equations
  • Calculus of Variations and Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Computer Algebra
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Investigations
  • Linear and Dynamic Programming
  • Mathematical Investigations
  • Mathematical Modeling in Biology and Medicine
  • Metric and Normed Spaces
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Quantum Theory
  • Ring Theory
  • Set Theory
  • Statistical Data Mining
  • Stochastic Processess
  • Tensor Field Theory

Student on the joint programmes with Physics and Computer Science will take a selection of modules from both Mathematics and the joint programme. Mathematics with Finance students will take a selection of modules of relevance to finance, from the list above.

Level 4

The Level 4 modules open to MSci. students offer students the opportunity to study a selection of topics in greater depth than is possible in the BSc programme. The centrepiece of the fourth-year is the double-weighted investigations module, in which a student has the opportunity to study an aspect of mathematics close to the frontier of knowledge. The main choice of modules includes:

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Agebraic Equations
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Applied Mathematics Project
  • Functional Analysis
  • Information Theory
  • Integration Theory
  • Mathematical Methods for Quantum Information
  • Practical Methods for Partial Differential Equations Processing
  • Pure Mathematics Project
  • Rings and Modules
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Survival Analysis
  • Topology

Assessment & Feedback Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the BSc in Mathematics we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
  • Tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers.
  • Self-directed study: This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Supervised projects: In final year, students will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that they have chosen. Students will receive support from a supervisor who will guide them in terms of how to carry out research and who will provide feedback on at least 2 occasions during the write up stage.
  • Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Additional information

Career Prospects Studying for a Maths degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including mathematics.  Although the many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, banking and finance,...

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