MSci Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics)
|Typical offer||A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD|
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.
You will take advanced mathematics modules, including modules covering various aspects of fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics.
Entry requirements 2020
A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD
GCE AL Maths grade A
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB Maths HL6 and/or Analysis and Approaches
BTEC Extended Diploma (2010 and 2016)
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A
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Learning and teaching
Lectures, seminars and tutorials
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.
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.
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.
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
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This programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.