Dr Robert Bowles
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Fees and Funding
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General Funding Notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Mathematics and Physics MSci
UCAS Code: GF1H
This MSci offers an additional year of study on top of the Mathematics and Physics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking more advanced courses and completing a major project.
- The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics.
- The MSci programme provides both a broad-based training and in-depth study, particularly suitable if you wish to pursue research in mathematics or physics.
- UCL's internationally renowned Mathematics Department is home to the world's leading researchers in a wide range of fields, and especially convex and discrete geometry, spectral theory and fluid dynamics.
- Three of the six British winners of the Fields medal (the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize) have associations with the department.
In the first and second years of the programme you will cover a balanced selection of courses in both the Mathematics Department and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. You will take a selection of designated courses in the third year and undertake a major project in your fourth year, which will include a substantial piece of written work and a presentation. Students taking this programme do not have to do any practical work, although this is possible if so desired.
This programme is offered as a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci degree. The first two years of the programme are identical, and students are advised to apply for the MSci degree in the first instance, as it is possible to transfer to the BSc during the first three years.
Teaching is mainly carried out through lectures and small-group tutorials. Problem classes allow you to exercise the skills you have learned. In addition, an 'office hours' system for each course allows you to meet with tutors on a one-to-one basis to review parts of the course you find interesting or need clarifying.
Most courses are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment. A system of Peer Assisted Learning has been pioneered in the department, with second-year students offering support and advice to first years.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
We aim to develop your skills in mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and accurate mathematical manipulation. You will also learn to handle abstract concepts and to think critically, argue logically and express yourself clearly.
A mathematics degree is highly valued by employers due to the skills in logical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and, of course, numeracy, that it develops.
Graduates have gone forward to use their mathematical skills in careers in the City of London, such as forecasting, risk analysis and trading, in financial services, such as accountancy, banking and insurance, and in scientific research, information technology and industry.
Further study, such as a Master's degree or a PGCE qualification, is another popular option.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of Mathematics and Physics programmes at UCL include:
- Management Consultant, Deloitte (2011)
- Insurance Broker, Willis (2010)
- Full-time student, MSc in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics at Cambridge University (2010)
- Software Developer, Ocado (2010)
- Full-time student, MRes in Modelling Biological Complexity at UCL (2009)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In addition to academic requirements, we expect you to demonstrate an understanding and enjoyment of the subject beyond the examined syllabus, through your reading and involvement in problem-solving activities. Evidence of your curiosity and perseverance in tackling puzzles, and your enjoyment of logical and abstract thinking, should be shown in your application.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
If your application is sufficiently strong you will be invited to visit the department for an applicant afternoon. Alternatively, some invitations are for an academic interview. You will also be able to talk to current students and staff and will be given a tour.
The department is enthusiastically involved in the Year in Industry Scheme which involves deferring entry for a year to gain valuable work experience.
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