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MMath Mathematics - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code G102
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA
IB: 38/766

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Mathematics


  • Gives a deep and broad understanding of modern advanced mathematics, with options to take advanced modules and an independent research project chosen from a wide range of topics
  • Particularly suited to those considering postgraduate study, or careers requiring advanced mathematical skills
  • Opportunity to gain ‘Professional Experience’ in commerce or industry during the summer vacation between two years of study
  • Choose to take a semester abroad ‘with International Study’ at a partner university in Continental Europe, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand during your third year
  • Option to extend your degree and spend a ‘Year in Industry’ at companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Coca-Cola, Met Office and PwC

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Spend a year in Industry as part of your degree

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level A*AA GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB 38/766 IB Maths HL6
BTEC D*DD 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.

International equivalences

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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:

My proudest achievement so far is being involved in a piece of published academia literature, I never thought it would be possible to get this experience whilst being an undergrad.

I’ve also had the opportunity to conduct my own piece of near-publishable research which has really helped prepare me for a future in academia.

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Studying MMath Mathematics

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, with topics covered including Formal Mathematics and Proof, Analysis, Algebra, Calculus, Modelling, Probability and Statistics. Our Foundations of Mathematics module helps support background knowledge from A level, especially if you did not take Further Mathematics, and several modules help develop computer skills.

In your second year you can choose from a number of streams that develop your understanding of Real and Complex Analysis, Abstract and Linear Algebra, Applied Mathematical Modelling and Statistics. Optional modules give you the opportunity to learn about more specialised topics. Up to 30 credits of elective (free choice) modules can be taken, including up to 15 credits outside the disciplines of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.

If you are studying ‘with a Year in Industry’ you will spend the third year of your five year degree on placement and carry out a 120 credit module. For further information about our placement years, please see the course variants.

As you move in to the third year you can choose from many advanced topics such as Cryptography, Fluid Dynamics and Mathematical Biology and Ecology. The compulsory module Research in Mathematical Sciences provides you with an opportunity to look in-depth at current research in a chosen field.

  • If you are studying 'with International Study' you will study in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand for half of the third year. Module information for this year is listed below.

  • If you are studying 'with Professional Experience' 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. Module information for this year is listed below.

For further information about our placement years, please see the course variants.

Mathematics MMath

With International Study

With Professional Placement

During your final year, in addition to masters-level advanced modules, you will undertake an independent research project supervised by a member of academic staff. A large range of optional modules is available to choose from, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests and reflecting the range of research interests of the department from algebra and number theory, through dynamical systems and fluid mechanics, to statistics, climate, biomedical and data science.

Course variants

UCAS code - G104

On this programme you will undertake a work 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. The combined placement and project allows you to undertake paid vacation work while gaining highly relevant career experience.

You will be encouraged to stay in touch with your placement host throughout the completion of your academic project and may continue this relationship into your final year MMath project.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes, it’s worth 45 credits.

How does it affect my tuition fee?


How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the unique UCAS code. There are also possibilities to change to this during the first year of the programme.

Preparation and support

We have excellent links with employers and will support you to find and prepare for your work placement. You can also arrange your own placement, as long as it is graduate level work related to the degree programme, and the employer agrees to this.

UCAS code - G106

This programme allows students to take the ‘Semester of Mathematical Studies Abroad’ module. This counts for one half of an academic year and can only be taken during the autumn (first) semester of your third year of study. During this time you study mathematics modules of a similar nature and level to those you would have taken in Exeter.

We strongly encourage our undergraduates to consider a period studying abroad. There are many benefits to undertaking international study, including having the opportunity to experience a different culture and (depending on host country) practice your foreign language skills.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes, it’s worth 60 credits.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

You pay fees as normal: the host university waives their fees.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the unique UCAS code. There are also possibilities to change to this during the first year of the programme.

Preparation and support

There is a process to match students with partner universities for their semester abroad that takes place during the second year, and a lot of guidance and support before, and during the semester abroad, both from the University and the Department. Many partner universities can help you find accommodation as well as settling in.

UCAS code - G109

The MMath Mathematics with a Year in Industry programme includes an industrial placement which takes place in the third year of this five-year degree.

Your placement will be spent working in an appropriate business or industry related to mathematics, and you will benefit from our established connections with local, national and multinational organisations. As well as increasing your first-hand knowledge and improving many personal and transferable skills, making new contacts and enhancing your employability.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee, visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the unique UCAS code. There are also possibilities to change to the ‘with Year in Industry’ programme during the first year of MMAth Mathematics.

Preparation and support

We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module 'Employability and Placement Preparation’ takes place at the start of your first year. This is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.


These programmes are accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


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

All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, examples classes, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module 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 the first term, the ‘Foundations’ module helps you with the transition from A level to university mathematics.

Private study and support

In addition to lectures and seminars, you should spend about 20 hours per week in private study. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics, and we advise you attempt all coursework problems, whether formally assessed or not. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services and you are encouraged to discuss mathematical problems or questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through lunchtime mathematics surgeries or our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.

Project and computer work

There are modules at all levels that involve project work and report writing, and the final year project is a major piece of research and writing that allows you to go into depth for a specific area under the guidance of a member of academic staff. You can choose from wide range of possible project topics each year, or negotiate a topic/title with a member of academic staff. Several of the modules develop skills to use a range of modern computer tools for working with data, programming or symbolic algebra as well as typesetting and presentation.

Elective modules

Once you have mastered the foundations, our mathematics programmes offer in later years a wide range of options within the programme. In addition to the named degrees with study abroad, professional experience and year in industry, you can take optional (called elective) modules from all over the university in later years. These options are subject to your availability, having the appropriate background (pre-requisites) and certain programme constraints.

A research and practice led culture

You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising internationally-recognised mathematicians, scientists and practitioners active across a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and applications. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest mathematical research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become actively involved in a research project yourself.


Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the coursework helps you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically as the degree progresses. 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. Some modules have tests, essays, presentations and/or project reports that contribute to the assessment.

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Your future

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates go on to excel in many specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors. 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.

Industrial experience

As part of our MMath Mathematics degree and International Study and Year in Industry pathways, you can choose to take an optional ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ module during the vacation before your 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. We have excellent links with employers and can provide assistance in finding suitable employment.

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