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Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc
UCAS code: G1F3
Mathematics and physics are closely interlinked subjects, with each providing many fascinating insights into the other. Students on this programme receive a thorough mathematical training and may also take courses in physics and astronomy elsewhere in UCL and the University of London.
- Entry requirements
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|Grades||A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or distinction in Mathematics AEA|
|Subjects||Mathematics and Further Mathematics required at A*, or one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A* if STEP or AEA offered. Physics also required.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and at least 6 in Physics, or 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and at least 6 in Physics and a 1 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no score below 5.|
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The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
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English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Gain transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving and logical thinking, which can lead to a large variety of interesting, diverse and well-paid careers.
- A wide range of applied mathematics/mathematical physics courses are offered by the department, reflecting the research interests of current staff.
- UCL's internationally renowned Mathematics Department is home to world-leading researchers in a wide range of fields, especially geometry, spectral theory, number theory, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling.
- 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 year and a half of the BSc you will receive a thorough grounding in pure mathematics and mathematical methods following the same courses as the single-subject mathematics students; except that Quantum Mechanics can be taken in place of Algebra 3. The programme then follows relevant pure and applied mathematics options in the second half of the second year and in the third year, supplemented by physics courses given by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Possible options include: Atomic and Molecular Physics (Physics and Astronomy); Point Particles and String Theory (King's College London); Quantum Mechanics (Physics and Astronomy).
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 on department website: Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc
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 (2010-2012) of Mathematics with Mathematical Physics programmes at UCL include:
- Auditor, Deloitte (2012)
- Geophysicist, CGG Veritas (2011)
- Full-time student, MSc in Advanced Studies in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (2010)
- Full-time student, PhD in Mathematics at the University of Surrey (2010)
- Full-time student, PhD in Mathematics at UCL (2010)
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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Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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