Undergraduate Study

MSci Mathematical Sciences (Environmental Sciences) - 2020 entry

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UCAS code GF15
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36/666

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mathematics


  • Allows you to explore your mathematical interests to a greater depth and to obtain a higher level qualification than the standard three-year BSc degree
  • Explore applications of mathematical, statistical and data science techniques for addressing important environmental challenges - from understanding the molecular biology of diseases to geophysical phenomena in climate change
  • Combines traditional mathematics subjects with advanced courses in statistics, programming, and data science, preparing you for the array of numerate and analytical professions
  • Option to study advanced topics in Environmental Science including: Remote Sensing for Environmental Management, Atmosphere and Ocean Systems and Issues in Climate Change
  • In your fourth year you’ll spend two weeks in Kenya witnessing the awesome wildlife of Africa while also learning how to design, carry out and interpret your very own field study in the wild

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Integral Field Course gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and understand the challenges facing our planet

Based at our beautiful Penryn Campus in Cornwall

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB 36/666 IB Maths HL6
BTEC DDD- Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

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Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Course content

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The first year modules introduce you to the main areas of university-level mathematics, consolidating and building on the material you will have learned at A level. Alongside traditional core mathematical expertise, the Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Mathematics module will give you problem-based learning skills around a number of important scientific themes. A further key element of the programme is the focus on real-world systems and integral to this is an understanding of numerical methods underpinned by our 15 credit Scientific Computing module.

Core modules further develop fundamental concepts in mathematics and statistics whilst optional modules open up areas of applications of mathematics in science and technology. Problem-based learnings are strengthened in Advanced Interdisciplinary Mathematics. Data analysis skills are further enhanced in the Data, Signals and Systems and Statistical Modelling modules.

In the third year, a wide range of modules are available in both mathematics and in numerous important areas of science and technology. These give you the option to specialise in a specific area of mathematical sciences or to continue with a generalist mathematics programme. You also have the option of studying in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand for half of your third year by choosing the optional ‘Semester of Mathematical Studies Abroad’ module.

Environmental science is data rich, you will study modules in Computational Modelling and Simulation, Mathematics of Sustainability and have the freedom to choose from a wide range of optional modules in areas including Transforming Energy Systems and Marine and Coastal Sustainability. The field course provides you with a unique opportunity to put your mathematical skills into action whilst the research project allows you to make an in depth study in a chosen area of specialisation.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying Mathematics. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

By choosing to study mathematics in Cornwall you will have the opportunity to develop your core and advanced mathematical skills in an inspirational setting, and apply these skills to important global challenges including biodiversity, energy security, environmental change, human health and wildlife disease.

Your studies will benefit from:

  • Research led teaching: all academic staff are research active and draw on close links to the Environment and Sustainability Institute or the European Centre for Environment and Human Health;
  • Flexibility and choice: many options in mathematics and across applied disciplines allow you to tailor your studies to your personal interests, eg, in mathematics, biology, geography and energy engineering;
  • Interactive learning and innovative assessment: many modules draw on research led activities that inspire inquiry and investigation. These activities include field trips, panel debates and expert-led discussions. Assessments are tailored to learning outcomes and include poster and oral presentations, computer code, technical reports and log books aimed at demonstrating your knowledge, skills and expertise;
  • Inspirational location: Cornwall is a perfect natural environment offering numerous opportunities for you to develop skills via hands-on experiences and to understand the challenges facing our planet. 

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Your future

A degree from Exeter is highly valued by employers. Management and personal skills are built into our programmes and our students take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular and personal development opportunities offered by the University, from study abroad (for certain programmes) to volunteering and playing an active role in student societies.

A wide range of employers from industries as diverse as banking, insurance, medical, transport, power generation, software, and the armed forces, know the department as a provider of excellent graduates who are able to apply their problem solving and analytical skills in the real world. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the deep and adaptable skills that employers are looking for.

You’ll be able to meet with local and national employers who regularly visit the university to engage with students, hosting mock interviews, CV workshops, drop-ins and lectures. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the day to day activities of their business and recruitment opportunities. Our Careers Service also host a wealth of employer activity, such as Careers Fairs, so you’ll never be short of chances to network with potential employers.

Each year a number of our graduating students choose to undertake further study and there is a fast track application process for Exeter students to our postgraduate programmes. Of those choosing the postgraduate route, around half choose to remain at Exeter, which reflects well on their satisfaction with the University and the range of courses available.