Find out why we are fourth in the Guardian Mathematics University League Table for 2020 

Welcome to Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth

Mathematics at Plymouth is a blend of high-level research and excellent teaching involving around 25 academic staff. 

We have a proud track record of supporting our students to master beautiful and challenging material: we are fourth in the Guardian Mathematics University League Table. This high ranking is due to our students receiving excellent teaching and doing well in their studies as a result.

In the latest UK government survey of research (REF2014) 68% of our research papers were classified as World Leading or Internationally Excellent. 

This research is across pure and applied mathematics, medical and financial statistics, theoretical physics and simulations using high performance computing.

Undergraduate courses

Our degrees all provide a strong base in pure and applied mathematics, probability, and statistics. Computing skills are built in from the first year so that you can solve important, real life problems. There is a great deal of flexibility to move from one degree to another should your interests develop. 

BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Full-time)

Our most flexible degree gives you a thorough grounding in modern mathematics. You will use this to build up problem solving skills and master mathematical techniques that are in great demand in industry. You have the opportunity to carry out an advanced final year project in any field of mathematics.  

BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Full-time)

Statisticians are in great demand in the modern economy. This course combines a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical statistics. Students master probability, medical and financial statistics as well as data modelling. Students use professional software, such as R, Excel and Simul8, and can analyse real world data supplied by our industrial partners.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education (Full-time)

As a highly skilled mathematics teacher you will be responsible for educating the next generation. This degree gives you a high level understanding of mathematics that goes far beyond A level. You will also engage in practice in teaching through a school placement, our outreach programme and a written project on mathematics education theory.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance (Full-time)

This combines mathematical knowledge with an understanding of the financial world. On this degree you will be taught by staff from our Centre for Mathematical Sciences and from Plymouth Business School. Topics include financial statistics, investment management and a project in mathematical finance.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with High Performance Computing (Full-time)

Our rapidly changing world is increasingly reliant on powerful computing tools and techniques. On this degree, you combine big data analytics, high performance computing and a mathematical understanding of the algorithms that can turn you into a well qualified, industry-ready graduate.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Theoretical Physics (Full-time)

Modern physics is highly mathematical and in this course, you combine advanced mathematics with the study of classical and quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and special relativity. A final year project allows you to spend a third of your final year exploring a high level physics topic in depth. 

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation Year (Full-time)

Do you have a passion to study mathematics, but lack the normal entry requirements for one of our honours degrees? Perhaps you've shown evidence of good academic potential, but don't have sufficient qualifications or have been out of education for a while. In this case, you may be eligible to join our BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation Year route, which will give you the study skills and mathematical underpinning to continue on any of our undergraduate degrees with confidence.

BSc (Hons) Data Modelling and Analytics (Full-time, Final Year Top Up)

This degree allows suitably qualified candidates to spend their final year studying big data modelling and analytics. You master statistics, operational research, modern software, and can develop your skills through a project module. Applicants will be considered individually.

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