MSci Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics)
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34|
At Exeter we are strongly motivated by the application of Mathematics. It is an exceptionally powerful tool that is an essential part of life in the real world. There is a strong link between what we teach and what we research.
Strong links across industries provide real examples of situations to be solved logically. We have three Met Office professors within climate mathematics and good links with Biosciences and Physics; at Exeter you have the flexibility to choose.
Mathematics degrees give a firm foundation in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics/Optimisation. In the first and second years there are compulsory modules in all these areas, together with some optional modules.
Our MSci degrees prepare mathematicians to work in a named area of science of major contemporary importance which depends heavily on mathematical tools and models.
The MSci Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics) programme will enable you to explore how mathematics contributes to our understanding of the fluid dynamics of atmospheres and oceans, and fluid flows in astrophysical systems.
This expertise is of great importance to commerce and society. Such modelling is highly mathematical, with interplay between analytical and numerical methods, and our understanding of the physics of fluid flows, waves and instabilities. Similar methods are used in astrophysics for studying fluid and magnetic phenomena in stars, planets and galaxies. This programme gives a firm foundation in these methods and is suitable for careers involving applied mathematics including meteorology atmospheric science, oceanography and related areas.
AccreditationThis programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Choosing Mathematics at Exeter gives you:
- The flexibility and freedom to choose a wide range of optional modules - enabling you to sample various disciplines and specialise if desired.
- Research led teaching - all academic staff are active, internationally recognised researchers across a wide range of mathematical topics.
- First-class equipment and excellent facilities - a £2.8 million investment including a major expansion of computer facilities and completely refitted lecture theatres.
- Staff committed to helping you make the best mathematics career choices - you'll be guided at every step to help you choose the best mathematics option for you.
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 all the main areas of university-level Mathematics, consolidating and building on the material you will have learned at A level. The Mathematical Investigations module includes group work to tackle open-ended problems in mathematics under the supervision of a member of staff.
Core modules cover concepts and techniques that are widely used in many areas of mathematics, while optional modules give you the opportunity to learn about more specialised topics.
In the third year, a wide range of modules are available, including Mathematics: History and Culture. These, together with electives available in years 2 and 3, give you the opportunity to specialise in one area of mathematics, or to continue with a broad-based course. MMath and MSci students also have the option of studying in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand for half of the third year. Progression to the third year of the MMath or MSci is conditional on a satisfactory performance in the second year.
You will take advanced mathematics modules, including modules covering various aspects of fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics.
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. 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.
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.
The MSci Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics) provides advanced mathematical modelling skills, an understanding of the interplay between analytical and numerical methods, and knowledge of the physics of fluid flows, waves and instabilities. Such applied mathematics expertise is of great importance to commerce and society and this programme is suitable for careers including meteorology atmospheric science and oceanography.
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.
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. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.
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