|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34|
Mathematics plays an important role in many aspects of modern life, providing the techniques and language to handle problems from a wide variety of disciplines. It has always been essential for engineering and the physical sciences and is becoming increasingly important in the life sciences and social sciences. Yet mathematics is not only studied because of its applications; it has a fascination and beauty of its own, characterised by precision and logical rigour. Mathematics forms a rewarding, challenging and varied subject of study at university, and our mathematics degrees span a wide range of mathematical topics, encompassing mathematical methods, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics.
The 4-year MMath programme allows you to follow your mathematical interests to a deeper level than the BSc programme, and is particularly suitable for those considering postgraduate work in mathematics or a career which makes extensive use of advanced mathematical techniques in the academic, industrial or commercial sectors.
This programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
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 following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site
You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.
Entry requirements 2017
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
Offers will be in the range A*AA-AAB, but will normally be at AAA or AAB (including an A in Mathematics).
GCE AL Maths grade A; IB Maths HL6
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you would typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module every week and example classes every fortnight, except for modules involving computing or project work. Thus in the first year you would typically have around 16 contact hours per week.
In addition to this, you are expected to spend about 20 hours per week in private study. The tutorials and exercise classes enable you to discuss the lecture material and coursework problems. Further support is available at lunchtime mathematics surgeries run by postgraduate students. You are encouraged to discuss any mathematical problems or questions that may arise with the lecturer. All lecturers have advertised office hours when they are available to provide help. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics so coursework is set in each module.
Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the assessed coursework will help you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically from fairly simple beginnings. Written examinations for mathematics modules are held in January and May/June of the first and second years and in May/June of each subsequent year. Most modules also have either a mid-term test or coursework contributing to the assessment.
Coursework typically contributes 20% to the assessment of all modules except in the final year of the MMath and MSci programmes. In the third and fourth years several modules allow you to undertake further coursework to contribute to your overall degree classification.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your final degree classification.
The College strongly encourages our MMath/MSci Mathematics undergraduates to consider a brief period studying abroad at one of our partner universities as part of their degree. There are many benefits of undertaking international study which include the opportunity to develop and learn new skills and to gain personal confidence. In addition by taking up the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and environment you can gain language skills and an enhanced CV.
If you are registered on a four year MMath/MSci degree you can apply to take the Semester of Mathematical Studies Abroad module. This 60-credit module counts for one half of an academic year and can only be taken during the autumn (first) semester of your third year of study. The MMath Mathematics with International Study programme allows students to increase the visibility of their study abroad component when competing in the employment market.
Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.
We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Careers and employability webpages to find out more.
The lecturers are really great in the Maths department, the staff are always friendly and helpful and there are loads of really good study spaces.
There are so many options that studying a maths degree can give you that it’s hard to choose! The university has been really great in opening my eyes to a range of different careers that I would normally never have thought of pursuing such as becoming a patent attorney, which sounds really interesting! However, immediately after I graduate, I would love to travel. I’m learning some Spanish as part of my degree and I want to put it to good use.
Becca Hanley, MMath Mathematics
An MMath Mathematics with Professional Experience programme is also available. On this programme you will undertake a professional placement in the vacation prior to the start of your third year (6 - 10 weeks, subject to suitable arrangements). This is then followed by an extended individual project during your third year, specifically designed around your placement. You will be encouraged to stay in touch with your placement host throughout the completion of your academic project and to continue this relationship for your 4th year MMath project.
The combined placement and project allows you to undertake paid vacation work while gaining highly relevant career experience. We have excellent links with employers and can provide assistance in finding suitable employment.
All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Professional experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.