Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Mathematics

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Full-time

With placement

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Many of civilisation’s greatest achievements are built on mathematics. By choosing a mathematics degree, you will learn to make an important contribution to the world around us, be it in science, technology or engineering.

Our mathematics course is designed to take you to an advanced level. Blending applied methods with cutting-edge themes, like nanotechnology, economic stability and artificial intelligence, you’ll graduate with in-demand skills for the contemporary business environment.

You will:
  • Identify, define and evaluate real-world problems, using applied mathematics to challenge conventional ideas
  • Engage with business and industry throughout the course
  • Become familiar with modelling physical processes relevant to industries such as engineering and computing
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a passion and enthusiasm for mathematics

2.

You enjoy being challenged and working with other like-minded people

3.

You want to develop specialist knowledge in applying mathematics in industries including finance, investment, market research, meteorology, engineering or operations

Course details

All about the course

This course focuses on applied mathematics relevant to a future career in industry. You will be encouraged to identify, define, evaluate, analyse and solve problems – many of which come from regular industry guest lectures that provide you with real case studies.

When accepting your offer to study on this course, please be aware that not all optional modules run each year. Your tutor will advise you of available options at the start of term. Whilst we try to try to ensure that you can select your preferred options, we cannot guarantee this.

Industry Placement Year

We encourage you to complete a placement year in industry where you can develop your practical and theoretical knowledge. Successful completion of an industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title. Placements are a great opportunity to expand your CV, get hands-on experience and build connections in your chosen industry. 

Year one

Probability

This module will build upon and extend your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical probability knowledge and develop the subject of probability with applications.

Analysis

You will be introduce to the concept of proofs and construct simple proofs. It will give you an understanding of fundamental concepts of limit, continuity, differentiability, integration and function in mathematical analysis. On completion of the module you will be able to apply the notion of limit to prove fundamental theorems and to perform integration.

Linear Algebra

This module introduces the principles of linear algebra and you will develop skills in solving numerical problems using matrices.

Mathematical Methods 1

You will build on your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical techniques and knowledge in preparation for subsequent mathematics modules. Specifically, you will cover the subject of differential equations with applications.

Mathematical Modelling

This module will build upon and extend your A-Level (or equivalent) mathematical techniques providing a mathematical foundation in support of subsequent mathematics modules. You will also cover differential equations with applications and be introduced to problem solving using a symbolic computing environment.

Mechanics and Vector Calculus

You will be introduced to the principles of classical mechanics and vector calculus. You will develop skills in solving numerical problems in mechanics and vector calculus.

Year two

Business and Industrial Mathematics

This module will give you experience in business and industrial working practices and how to solve practical mathematical problems.

At the start of the module, a series of seminars will be given by speakers on a variety of mathematical applications in business in industry including: probability and statistics, operational research, fluids, structural and solid mechanics, (intelligent) computer algorithms, business and economic models, and how these impact on their work.

You will deliver written reports and oral presentations, which are assessed on a group basis, both during and at the end of the semester.

Inviscid Fluid Dynamics

This module will introduce fundamental mathematical concepts of fluid dynamics, with a focus on inviscid flow. You will learn how to apply the techniques to important physical problems such as hydrodynamics and aerodynamics.

Mathematics Methods 2

You will extend your methods in differential and integral calculus, first and second order partial differential equations and methods in differential and integral calculus for the complex variable.

Numerical Analysis

You will learn how to present key numerical (using the computer) solutions in optimisation and ordinary and partial differential equation. You will also apply the techniques to important physical problems such as the heat, diffusion and wave equation.

Statistics

You will develop a sound knowledge in probability models and distribution theory, skills in statistics and data analysis and provide an awareness of the principles and scope of data analysis models often implemented in statistical software packages.

Vector Calculus and Tensor Algebra

This module will introduce tensors and tensor algebra. You will learn how to use tensors in the representation of physical phenomena and you will develop skills in vector calculus.

Year three

Mathematical Methods 3

You will learn about integral methods for scalar and vector fields and multiple integrals, in addition to the theory and the application of Fourier and Laplace transforms with examples.

Project

The project will give you the opportunity to develop a mathematical model within one of the challenging research theme areas prioritised by EPSRC and the EU Research Council and of benefit and importance to society. These are: climate, nanotechnology, renewable energy and sustainable economics. The aim is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the application of mathematics to one of these areas and give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills.

Optional modules:

Continuum Mechanics

This module develops the concepts associated with modelling material response using a continuum theory.

Mathematical Statistics

The module aims to survey models for statistical and dynamic processes.

Operational Research

You will develop the concepts associated with operational research, and apply them to practical problems.

Viscous Fluids

You will gain the skills to derive the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations of a viscous fluid, and the ensuing Stokes, Oseen and Euler equations. You will also learn how to obtain solutions to the Stokes equation and Oseen equation in terms of the Green's integral representation by singular force solutions and how to apply to this a variety of problems, in particular flow past slender and thin bodies.

Computer Graphics

You will learn about aspects of object-programming applied to high-level real-time 3D graphics toolkits using the C++ programming language. You will study the mathematics of graphical transformations and apply this within computer laboratories in which real-world applications can be demonstrated.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Teaching

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Talks and lectures by academics and guests
  • Business and finance speakers
  • Practical workshops
  • Case studies and project work
  • Group assignments
  • Online learning using Blackboard
Assessment

You will be assessed using a combination of formats:

  • Presentations: individual or group presentations of the final outcome to a particular assignment or brief
  • Examinations: usually two hours in duration and aim to test material presented in lectures, workshops and seminars
  • Written assessments: class tests, reports and evaluations

Some modules use 50% coursework/50% exam weighting, but most use 30% coursework/70% exams criteria.

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

With a mathematics degree from Salford, you should have the knowledge and understanding of mathematical and scientific methods. You will be to build a career in industries such as finance, investments, market research, meteorology, engineering or operations, or progress on to further study.

Further Study

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A data analyst

An accountant

A meteorologist

A teacher

A financial trader

And more...

Career Links

Work placements form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to witness your development in an industry setting.

The University has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with businesses and financial service sector companies in the north-west and beyond, to ensure you receive relevant industry contact during your studies.

We have been awarded Higher Education STEM funding for the delivery of the module Business and Industrial Mathematics. This module will be delivered by guest speakers on a spectrum of mathematical applications used in their respective industry.

Requirements

What you need to know

Foundation year

See here for details about the Foundation Year for this course

Applicant profile

You will be a high calibre student and keen to go on to study mathematics at degree level. You will be looking for a qualification that will give you business skills as well as studying pure mathematics, potentially enabling you to enter a wider range of careers.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Sabine Von Hunerbein for further information.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

120 points

GCE A level

120 points including an A level in maths at grade B or a C in further maths or equivalent

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

Scottish Highers

120 points including a A at Advanced Higher

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 points with an A1 in maths at Higher Level

International Baccalaureate

32 points with Grade 6 in maths at Higher Level

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry System (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group, applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply the following registration and enrolment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West England; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID G100

Institution S03